For as long as I could remember, I’ve always been of the adamant opinion that everyone had a predetermined destiny; that no matter what choices you made in life, you would always end up in the same place. The only role that “choices” played was one that either set you on a clear path, or one filled with weeds and dark forests. I believed that no matter how hard I tried to succeed at one thing, it wouldn’t work out if I was destined to succeed at another. I believed that no matter which path I went down, the people I met were people I was supposed to meet, and regardless of which path I walked I’d still end up meeting them one way or another. It’s a very black-and-white, blameless, simple way to live.
Now I’m starting to wonder how much of this concept really makes sense. Up until now I didn’t really have to make a decision that determined really the rest of my life and how I will live it. I’m starting to think that maybe there isn’t really such a thing as destiny at all… that maybe there are multiple endings we could have, and it’s up to us to pick one. Any of them could be satisfactory, but it’s up to the heart to decide “this it is”. Now suddenly, I feel like I see the world in color.
It’s been forever since I’ve posted an update. I’ve been clearing 60-hour work weeks at two jobs while going to school full-time as well. It’s difficult but satisfying. There are a lot of new photos I’d like to share which were taken with my (relatively) new HTC mobile phone. The quality is amazing. The above is just one – more to come! Stay tuned!
I haven’t updated in a while – things have become quite busy! I am now working full time at two jobs, while also studying full-time at school. I also moved to my very own place last week, and decided not to get Internet in attempts to lead a more proactive life. Unfortunately, it might mean saying goodbye to the blogosphere. Until next time, please still enjoy my past photos!
I know, I know… it’s been about a million years since I’ve updated this site. Things have just been insanely busy this year, what with juggling classes, work, and social life. I have written an entry reflecting on my time working in accounting and administration at the Bata Shoe Museum (mostly for course credit purposes) and my thoughts on my time spent thus far studying Arts Management at the University of Toronto, but I’m still waiting for some new photographs to publish along with it. I feel like this blog would be too boring and wordy without its usual image-heavy content. I’m planning to visit the new aquarium downtown within the next three weeks though, so it should be published soon!
Just as a quick update, things have been looking pretty good even though it has been busy. I had to adjust my priorities this semester: last year 90% of my time was spent studying, memorizing, studying, and memorizing. I put in some time working in events and marketing on campus, and had one or two volunteer experiences, but for the most part, it was all about the grades.
At one point I decided that what was probably more important was being able to really understand things and apply practical skills to be able to work after graduation. My dad told me,
“Once you enter the real workforce, they will expect you to know, not learn. The expectations will be higher and there will be less room for mistakes.”
So, I decided to put in more time towards practical application: hands-on experience, social improvement, etc. I haven’t neglected my studies, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t devoting too much time towards the short-term learning. Inevitably, the significantly less allocated time for studying resulted in lower grades this term (good, but not spectacular)… but I have to say I have actually learned more, and I have never been happier with my life.
I’m not trying to make excuses for having dropped a few points on the CGPA scale; I just find that removing myself from the mindset of getting 90’s allows me to actually enjoy courses and truly “get it”, even if test results do not immediately reflect that. Allocating time to various other activities also allows for putting together functional pieces (that didn’t fully make sense or even appear in the classroom). The bottom line is…
Yes, grades matter… but they shouldn’t matter as much as the current education system implies you should. Once you let go of this concept, life is pretty darn near perfect – even with its bad days.
This has probably been the longest unofficial hiatus I have ever been on. Things have been insanely hectic over the summer, and evidently are continuing to be until after October. I want to be able to write a post regarding my administrative internship, and thoughts on the end of my freshman-sophomore impressions on arts management… but as of now I don’t know when that’s going to happen. I’m looking at mid-late October… hopefully earlier. Just wanted to make an update; let y’all know I’m not dead, and share a photograph I took a while back!
This has become a long hiatus. Over the course of the summer, I seemed to have been lucky enough to have landed an awesome student internship/part-time job, and my best friend of almost a decade has moved to Toronto! I’ve also been busy moving to a new condo (and wasting a frivolous amount of money on decoration pillows, within my budget of course but frivolous nonetheless), and attempting to pass Statistics. I have one last exam to go before being free to spend (what little is left of) the rest of summer. Then it’s off to school again.
Well, hasn’t this just become a delayed update (as always). Just wanted to share an image from a set of portraits I recently took! The rest can be viewed on Flickr.
Also wanted to do a quick rant, because I seem to attract problems like this. A year ago I was falsely accused of not having paid my tuition fees. Then I was falsely accused of cheating on an exam. Both were dealt with and resolved, not without some bitter memories and grudges held against the school for its lack of responsibility. Today I came home to find a letter in my mailbox titled “Notice of Academic Probation”. I read it multiple times through, confused; I have nothing short of a B+! How is this possible? It must be a mistake, but now I have to clear this up again and it will probably screw up my entire fall OSAP application too. I’m so angry at the fact that I work my ass off to maintain good grades on top of leading multiple extracurricular activities. I’m expected to be proactive and be responsible for myself, but when is the school going to be responsible? I understand there are a lot of students to take care of, but I’ve yet to meet a counsellor or “academic officer” who actually gives helpful advice or even really cares/takes their job seriously. I’m paying thousands of dollars, and for what? A piece of paper that says I’ve graduated from a school whose reputation far exceeds its performance.
Once again this has become a belated update. Things have been quite busy, despite the summer rolling around. I suppose that’s what progression of life is… less time for fun and games. Hopefully, I’ll be getting around to traveling more and taking more photographs before autumn comes again! (Canadian summers never last very long.)
My summer vacation lasted less than a week. Classes commenced again this afternoon. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed myself over the break – my next trip back home will be indefinite, as our house has now been sold.
It was yesterday once more.
The song A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton played on the radio as the bus back to Toronto drove on past the “Welcome To Windsor” sign. How appropriate, being as this was the song that played when we crossed the Ambassador Bridge moving from Michigan to Canada.
Haven’t really been posting recently… but it’s because I’ve just finished up my one-week vacation back home. I’ll do a proper post once I get back to my apartment in Toronto!