First Semester Completed!

School has started up again. The winter break period came and went, with the long-awaited snow refusing to fall until the last few days of it. I was sledding before breakfast, the first morning there was snow. I spent Christmas and New Year’s on Wolfe Island with my family, enjoying all the family traditions. Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, crafts and cookies and games, reading The Christmas Carol and watching Rudolph for the umpteenth time. It’s hard not to love this time of the year. After completing my first semester at university, it was great to be able to kick back and relax at home.

Board gaming, complete with an odd hat.
Board gaming, complete with an odd hat.

School has been going well… Sort of. I intend to post more on that soon. There are many things about the system (and about my generation) that have been seriously bugging me and making my life more difficult. I’m not as involved as I thought I’d be by this time, which is completely my fault. I’ve holed myself up with my freelance opportunities and my schoolbooks and have neglected my social life. That’s not to say I haven’t gone out a few times. I’ve been to one nice dance, a few parties, and I’ve tried three or four open mic nights. All I’ve discovered is that I much prefer a nice dinner and intelligent conversation to a party, that I’m violently allergic to just about every illegal substance (I’m not doing anything, chill, but I can’t even be in the same room as someone who is without my face blowing up), and I probably need dance lessons. Socialization has been trickier than expected, mostly because there’s practically no real variety in who I can socialize with. Again with the problems I have with my generation.

The budget Christmas tree.
The budget Christmas tree.

However! My grades have been good. I passed all of my classes with ease despite a couple of hiccups / learning experiences. Almost all of them have been pretty interesting, and I’ve had a few happy moments that made me proud. I was the only student in my geography class of 400+ students to get an A on the midterm. That was an uplifting day. My work is going well, and I’ve been pleased to find that I have enough time to pursue my freelancing/teaching/myriad of little online work opportunities AND succeed at keeping a decent GPA at the same time. I recently found a club for entrepreneurs here on campus, which could be a cool opportunity to meet like-minded people and make connections. Ultimately, I’m learning that connections and experiences are going to be the most useful part of my time at Queen’s. Plus, you know, the magical slip of paper I’ll get at the end.

Happy Christmas socks for me and the Manlet, mailed from Germany.
Happy Christmas socks for me and the Manlet, mailed from Germany.

At the moment, I’m sitting in a cafeteria, working to the sound of students chattering and walking by on their way to their next classes. The snow is melting outside, which seems strange because just yesterday it was -22C here. I just got out of my first class in Geographies of the Global Political Economy. I’m very excited to have gotten into this, as it’s a second year course and right up my alley. The prof is a very cool dude from Ghana, and I like his teaching style. It looks like it could be a challenging course, which is fantastic. I’m becoming ever more sure that Geography is the major I want to pursue while I’m here.

Honestly, it feels so good to be back at work. As much as I liked taking a break, I spent the first few days of 2016 feeling completely lost and off track. My students were gone, I had nothing important to write, no school work to pursue, and no plan to set me straight again. I spent all of this morning figuring out where to go from here. Teaching is back on track as of tomorrow, I have a website to start building soon, and I’m sure classwork will pile up quickly. Add a club or two to that, and I should be set. I don’t have a New Year’s resolution, except maybe to wholeheartedly pursue what I love and avoid distraction. I might also learn how to dance. And start posting to Edventuregirl more often. :P

So, there you are! A quick update. I hope you all had an awesome New Year’s and Christmas! Let me know how you’ve been, I miss hearing from you peeps. :)

4 Comment

  1. Heh. Keep at it Chickie. You’re doing great.

  2. Naomi says: Reply

    So glad to hear that everything is going well, Hannah! I know you’re busy, but it’s nice to get little updates on how you’re doing in my Inbox from EdventureGirl; they make me smile. ^_^ It’s nice to hear from you!

  3. dbartenstein says: Reply

    Yay! Awesomeness!

  4. Good luck with school! I’d suggest trying to find socialization in more academic clubs and whatnot– I think you might find more like-minded, school-oriented individuals there.

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