The Artists have it right

Why? The artists are the ones that see the reality of society. They tell it how it is and they hold nothing back. Every story, song, poem, painting, sculpture, etc. tells of someone’s little reality, their dreams and how they see the world. Every piece of art is an inspiration to somebody, even if it is someone looking at it and being inspired to do better. Even the little pieces of hidden art tell a story, like the works of scientists and scholars. They see the world for what it is and they know how it can be improved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh-8mw9MKbQ

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Green Space

ImageGreen space one of many reasons to come and visit campus in the summer. In Saskatchewan we only have 3 nice spring and fall months during the regular class times to enjoy the colors of campus. The rest of the time it looks like:Image

I like winter but the green of Saskatoon is the only reason I miss spring and summer. I’ll try to get a picture of the fall colours before I leave.

Jazz me up, baby!

Do you want some music for those smooth occasions? Here is the playlist I have on right now for my writing sprees:

La Vie En Rose – Louis Armstrong

Tuxedo Junction – Glenn Miller

Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin

Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller

Dream a little Dream of me – Louis Armstrong

Moonlight – Sting (*honourary inductee to the list)

As time goes by – Dooley Wilson (Casablanca version)

Summertime – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald

I’ve got rhythm – George Gershwin

All of these songs just get me In the Mood to make something amazing. I’m in love with this era; as you know from previous posts, so this is automatically my go to awesomeness energy booster! Below is another jazzy playlist on 8tracks.com, which is awesome if you are looking for new ways to find something new:

http://8tracks.com/coffeecat21/in-the-mood

Also checkout live 365.com who also have some jazz and swing channels that play a lot of original programing from the 40s and 50s.

Working while studying

Piece of advice to all University students #2: there are always job opportunities on campus.

Need cash while studying? Campus should be your number one place to search.

Many campus departments hire student assistants, like the university libraries, Student Union clubs and food services, to name just a few. These are jobs usually understand both the high demands of student life and the need for extra income. When working with the university library, for example, shifts are flexible and you only have to work the shifts you are able to.

The other benefit to working on campus is that you can study where you work, which was the main problem when I worked off campus. After finishing a shift, it only takes 5-10 minutes to find a room, a table or a even just a comfortable chair to get some school work done.

I got lucky for most of my time at university to work in the University Libraries. Shifts were short, my boss was flexible and if there was extra hours that I felt I was able to take, they were there. I was limited in some ways but the benefits outweighed these limitations.

Start looking for these jobs midsummer, since a lot of places on campus start looking for student employees early.

If you’re going to study and work, make it easy on yourself.

 

Networking

It took a while for me to realize that I wanted to be a journalist but what really made it dawn on me is my love of networking and getting to know people.

There was an event on campus in October that was more political in nature since it was my one Political Science professor who invited us to attend but to me, I went for the networking. The event was covered by the local papers and the CBC so it was the perfect opportunity to meet new people in field. The funny thing was that the event started at 6:00 am. I was taking an 8:30 am Math class that term that I always had trouble getting up for but that morning I had no problem getting up at 5:30 to make sure I got to the event on time.

It was all worth it and went even better than expected. Not only did I end up with a stack of business cards, an invite to tour the local newspaper and pictures with people who have been in the business longer than I have been alive and who I admire greatly, but I also caught the attention of my prof.

Costa and I
Taking the Pulse event
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Costa Maragos, a now retired CBC new anchor who I’ve been watching for a while
Sheila Coles
Sheila Coles, who has been on the radio since I was little and is an amazing personality.

My professor noticed my passion for journalism that day, first by beating her to the event and then by discussing my passion for journalism with her. This is one of the reasons she did the most incredible thing; she helped me network.  On top of everything she had to do that morning, like her own networking and even get interviewed (since it was her project that was the reason for the event), she took the time to help me by practically dragged people to come meet me, everyone from reporters to producers to university officials.. She didn’t have to but she took a personal interest in my endeavors, saw my interest and decided to help. This is the true definition of a professor doing their job right. When I asked her for a reference for my applications to Journalism school, she did not hesitate and make sure to tell everyone of the passion she saw that day.

It angers me when people complain about professors and university and complain that it was not worth their time and effort. Granted, professors do not have to help you but they are more likely to give you a hand if you show them you are passionate about the topic. On top of that, if you are passionate about the subject, you are more likely to succeed. By showing your professors that you are passionate, the more networking opportunities you will have since they will gladly invite you into their circle of professionals. Therefore, piece of advice to all university students #1; whether you’re in medicine, science, engineering, computer science, ANYTHING, no matter how busy you are, take the time to network, even if it is just getting to know your professor.

Graduation

So I have finally graduated from University after 5 and a half years. This all amounted to 45 classes, 43 finals, 39 professors, around 90 papers, about 9450 hours in class and 3000 hours at work.

I remember my first few years of classes, I thought I would never get out. It seemed so daunting to be in such a place for so long but now that it is all said and done, it’s weird to look back on it all. I have made many friends, got to know professors and professionals, learned many things about myself and about the world and can now be proud to be done.Image