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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Semester Spotlight #1

I made it, I finished my first semester of university. Yeah, I can't believe it either time really does go by in the blink of an eye. Throughout these past few months, I've experienced a wide variety of firsts. Now, while I lay on my bed and bask in the knowledge that I don't have any deadlines to meet until the winter semester, I can reflect on the fantastic things that happened from September to December. This is my first (of hopefully many) semester spotlights.

#1 This is how we Cluett
Seeing that I have decided to list my highlights in chronological order, it only makes sense to start at the very beginning of September. When I first moved into residence I was actually pretty terrified, not knowing what to expect as it's my first long term stay away from home. The people in Cluett are pretty cool, and it didn't take long for poop (Jerrett thinks it's funny when he tries to sabotage my blog post). Let's try that again. It didn't take long for res to start feeling like home. I refer to res as 'home' and St. Lawrence 'home home.' I have a couple of friends around Cluett and res in general. I also have the best roommate ever, and I'm happy to say that I enjoy living in res.

#2 Wheels on the Bus
Okay yeah, honestly this highlight is pretty lame. Riding on the MetroBus is a new norm that small town peeps like me adapt when moving to the city. If I remember correctly, my first bus ride was with Riley to the Mall. (I've been on the bus once or twice before but they're isolated occurrences and therefore don't count.) I've gotten used to taking buses around the city, and I thought I had the routes down pat, but alas I was proven wrong when my friend and I attempted to go to the Mall. She had never used a MetroBus before and I was sure that I knew where we were going but.... We ended up taking and hour detour through Downtown. In the end, we still managed to make it to the Mall though.

#3 City Slickers
Another awesome thing about living in town is that I get to see my family and friends who live there, whereas when I was home I would only get to see them on the occasional trip to the city. It's a nice change, seeing Kyle and/or Will around campus a lot, and being able to pop out to my extended families' homes for supper and to do laundry. (Shoutout to the Afonosos for letting me do my laundry at their house on a regular basis, you guys are the real MVPs). Of course, I miss people back home very much but the roles have reversed and I love having the ability to crash at the Ways' (for example) if I feel the need to get out of res for the night.

#4 This house Would...
This highlight shouldn't come as a surprise, as I tend to talk about this a lot. When I say a lot, I mean A LOT. I just can't help it, though, and I apologise.  Joining the Debate Society was the smartest decision I made the entire semester. Debating has, and well still is helping me become less shy and more confident. The debaters are a fantastic bunch of people to argue with (lol) and hang out with. From the moment I stepped through the door I felt welcome, and I now consider debating to be a favourite hobby and past time. A couple months in and I already have an unmeasurable amount of love for this society.

#5 'Groundhogging'
Finally, after three months, I'm happy to say that I have mastered the munnel-skywalk system. Okay, maybe not completely mastered but I can get to most places around campus without going outside. (This is especially great when it's freezing and/or raining.) It is extremely convenient being able to go from my bed to my classes without stepping outside and dragging around a big coat. The most important route is from Cluett to the Aquarena Tim Hortons. Hatcher, res tunnels, physical education building, fieldhouse, Aquarena. 'Groundhogging' in the winter is a good idea, 10/10 would recommend.

#6 You meddling Kids
Another one of the biggest highlights occurred by chance, One day I ran into Kyle and he then introduced me to a group of people at the library. I had no idea at this point that I'd end up talking to and hanging with these guys almost every day. The crew consists of Hanaa, Kyle, Ally, Megan, Duncan, Ashley, Jon, Sarah, Keenen (Keen Bean), David, and others who come around sometimes. (I consider them guest stars.) In only a month we have become so close and have and many adventures, and I think there will be lots more next semester and throughout our time at university. Library crew, I love you all!

I could list out more highlights but the ones above are the biggest and the ones that came to mind first. I'm looking forwards to what the winter semester brings, Achievement Unlocked: survive first semester of university.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Library Group

This is a little this thing I wrote early this morning since today marks knowing most of the group a month.

Now this is a story all about how

My life got flipped-turned upside down

And I'd like to take a minute

It's not a loop 

I'll tell you how I became friends with the library group 

In St. Lawrence, Newfoundland grown and raised

Around the harbour was where I spent most of my days

Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool

And all shooting some soccer balls outside of the school 

When my grade 12 year was finally done

And it was time to have some fun 

My Mom said, "You're movin' into Residence at MUN" 

I was mostly alone until one day

In the science building my friend Kyle got in my way

He gave me a smile and then he asked me to come along 

I zipped my bookbag and said "sure, what can go wrong?" 

We walked and when the library was near

I followed Kyle up the stairs, he was grinning from ear to ear 

If anything I could say that this library was huge 

And I thought, "Woah, this is different from the use-" 

We approached the group a couple minutes later 

And Kyle said to them, "Yo guys this is Claire"

I looked at everyone 

I was finally there 

To join the library group, with room to spare