My First Year University Classes

Hey guys,

Whether you’re in high school or college or just entering either  I thought I would do a post on what classes I took this year (my first year of university) to give you an idea of what’s offered! Keep in mind that I’m in a tumblr_me18fruRNz1qhoazlo1_1280media program, so obviously my classes are going to be more on the social science and arts side of things. Still, first year is pretty general, and I’m lucky I got to experience such a variety of classes in order to figure what I did and didn’t have an interest in.

English 

All throughout high school English was easily my best subject, which was why I really did consider that being an Rnglush major.Although  I chose media as my program instead, I would definitely say that English is my favourite course this year. The course analyze’s short stories, poetry, plays, and novels from all different time periods, and the things you learn to look for between the lines has made reading and writing  even more enriching!

Philosophy 

Philosophy was probably the most difficult class I took this year, but oddly also the one I’ve done the best in so far. For some reason I thought that taking a university philosophy class would be enlightening, but it was mainly just confusing. The good thing about philosophy though is that philosophers and their theories cross into different subjects and disciplines, so having some philosophy knowledge can prove unexpectedly useful.

Sociology

Sociology, the study of group behaviours and their effect on society, has been another favourite of mine this year. Everything we’ve learned so far has been super interesting and has actually felt useful. If you’re thinking of taking psych but aren’t a huge fan of science, or learning about parts of the brain, hormones, etc., then I definitely recommend sociology!

Creative Writing 

Creative writing has been a hobby of mine for years now, probably stemming from my love of English and all things literature. In my senior year of high school I took a creative writing class that I absolutely loved, which inspired me to take one at the university level. Let me tell you this though, there is something very difficult about having something you wrote creatively marked, especially if it doesn’t get the mark you thought it deserved. Writing is extremely subjective, which surprisingly made this one of my least favourite classes this year.

Computer Science 

Since I just started this class  I don’t really have enough to go off of in terms of a review. What I can say is that since the computer science course I’m taking is more about graphics, video editing, and website design versus say programming and coding, this class feels super helpful, especially being a media major. I’m excited to see what’s in store for the rest of the semester!

Media

This is the one class required for my major, so it’s no surprise that I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. On one hand, I love looking at media from a technological, cultural, and economic standpoint because it’s relevant and interesting. But on the other hand, media can sometimes feel too theoretical and dare I say it depressing, then hands-on and fun. Either way I still feel like media is the best program for me, so I guess we’ll see!

Hope some of you found this helpful!

Xoxo, Ana. 

My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

Hey guys,

Now I get that this post is a little (like three weeks) late, and that probably a lot of us have already given up on our New Year’s Resolutions or simply just don’t care about them much past January 1st. With that being said, I’ve always been the kind of person to make resolutions for the new year, even though most of the time I would never really keep them all that long. This year, on the other hand, I am determined to change my ways and actually keep my resolutions for once. Htumblr_o0n64jeorB1skydfdo1_1280opefully posting them here for everyone to see will give me a little extra motivation as the months go on!

1.  Get healthy. 

This one is a New Year’s Resolution classic for almost everyone. Each year I vow to start working out more and eating healthier, and every year I always fail miserably. This year though, I have gained the infamous Freshman 15 (a blog post coming on that subject soon), and I feel a strong desire to get back into the shape I was in before way too many frat parties and late night pizzas.

2.  Improve my grades.

This should probably come to no surprise to anyone who has ever taken a post-secondary class, but university is hard. Very hard. And a lot of the time, no matter how many classes you attend, how many days a week you lock yourself in the library, and how many hours you study, you will still get a terrible mark on something you worked diligently on. I know that sometimes bad grades are inevitable, but this year I want to make everything I turn in is so damn good that the profs will have write their own essay just on how to mark me.

3.  Meet new people.

In the first couple months of university, it can feel overwhelming just how many people you meet on a weekly basis. Then, once everyone settles into a routine it starts to feel as if theres no where to go to meet new people, even when you go to a school of thousands. This year I want to make an effort to constantly meet new, interesting people, whether it be in my classes, residence, extracurriculars, or at random events. Variety is, after all, the spice of life.

4.  Step out of my comfort zone. 

Continuing along the theme of “new”, I want to always make sure that I try something new when things start to get a little boring in  life. I want to do all the things I haven’t had the courage to do in the past, like get a tattoo, go bungee jumping, or spend a week at a music festival. My goal is to always keep life exciting, no matter how much it may freak me out in the process.

5.  Find myself. 

This may be the ultimate resolution/ life goal cliche, but I love it anyway. I think that every new year is an opportunity to grow and to figure who we are and what we want out of life. I’m excited to see what the new year holds for me, and I’m exciting to share it with all of you.

XoXo, Ana.