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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.


  1. Oh.. our Claire is all grown up :)..I love your blog (s) These are great in gifts .. to us old folks.. to just feel your excitement and the pure joy of discovery you portray in your writing...I can't say I ever regret going to MUN way back when ..but honestly I don't think I could have captured the essence of my experiences the way you seem to in your writing...Keep these up Claire...absolutely becoming hooked on them :)

  2. Nah, your MetroBus highlight isn't lame. As a frequent rider, I've seen a lot of interesting/amusing shenanigans happen on those buses.