Holy tuna was this semester a rough one. It’s a community feeling. There were so many good and bad things that have happened–in hindsight it seems like the bad outweigh the good. Lets recap:
1. The provincial budget was released. Universities were cut a huge amount operational funding.
On my way to school today I read in the paper that MRU has released information about what programs are being cut, and what’s being done to make up for the budget gap that the Redford government has forced on post-secondary institutions. It’s not pretty. Several program in the arts are getting the axe, and layoffs are beginning to make their rounds throughout our institution. Students fees are being increased by $120, with parking passes seeing a rise of about $20. Speaking with some of the executive members of SAMRU, I was happy to hear that they are working very closely with MRU administration to confront the situation the provincial government has put our school in. BUT, we shouldn’t sit back and let other people take on these issues themselves. As students we have a responsibility to ourselves and our peers to advocate for ourselves. We have power in numbers. We have power as the future leaders of society. We have to fight back and defend our education! We should make our voices heard!
2. A good many guests came to Mount Royal to speak to the students and staff.
The highlight guest of the semester, for me, was Will Ferguson. He came to MRU for three days in March to speak with students in the English program. Will’s visit was particularly exciting for me because, besides him being of the most popular and successful writers in Canada, he has had a huge personal influence on me, both in my life and in my writing.
3. Going to the E-Awards is very humbling.
Since I returned from my student exchange I made it a point to live my life doing new things and making the effort to be active and involved. I’ve done a lot with that, and while I’m enjoying the benefits of all the projects I’ve started for myself or involved myself in, I was very humbled by the recipients of the various E-Awards SAMRU gave out this year. People are awesome, and the winners this year are proof of that. Well done everyone!!
4. I got my first C.
*shocked face* I. Got. A. C. A C+ actually, but still, a C grade. It was my first C grade in the four years that I’ve been here. I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I consider myself to be an above average student. I work hard to keep my GPA up despite what extra-curricular things I do, and I take pride in what I know and how I communicate it. I’m not actually that choked. Friends, I know that there’s a tendency for some people to stress about their grades, so much so that it wears on them and blinds them to the smaller things in life that are meant to be, and should be, enjoyed. I’ve written about this before, but, again, remember to enjoy the small things. School is school, life is life. One is bigger than the other, and it should be enjoyed.
There’s so much more going on that I could write about, but they’re mostly part of my personal life. As it is, this summer is going to be an absolutely amazing and eventful one. Take some time in the next four months to challenge yourself. Go to some new things. Join a charity, run a race, go to an event somewhere that you would never normally go to. Find a new passion, spark a new interest, and most importantly, be awesome! Next year will be my last year writing this blog, and then I’m going to pass the flag to someone new. I hope you all have a great summer. See you next year!
Signing out for the 2012-2013 year,