"The Night Before"

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This was my Thursday: 8 hours of class. 12 hours on campus. Missing the bus. Finishing an essay last minute. Getting cut off in line. Showing up to class without my homework/books. Frantically catching up between classes. Feeling woozy from not eating/sleeping enough. Getting a quiz back with a ‘C’. Questioning the meaning of life. Consoling myself with Haagen Dazs’.

It was just one of those days. Nothing went terribly wrong, but nothing went right. By the end of it, all I was thinking was that, “something’s got to change.” Although this day wasn’t entirely of my own making, a lot of it was my fault. I packed my courses into 3 longer days during course selection. I procrastinated a bit on that essay. I let my circumstances control my mood.
We all have our days. Most of the time they like to sneak up on us, so we only realize we’re going to have one just before they happen, like during the night before.
Alas, the night before.
“The night before” is known to every student that has ever walked the face of the earth (that is, with the exception of the ones that “have it all together,” but I’m still not convinced these people exist). “The night before” is usually when you’re burning the midnight oil, working on a manageable amount of last-minute work. But then something happens (in or out of your control):
“Shoot, we had to do that reading too?”
  
“Shucks, I forgot about that quiz/essay/important thing!”
 
“…did my computer just crash!?”
All of a sudden, preparing for the day ahead turns into a Herculean task and you roll up into a stress-ball. You feel your bowels liquefy when you think about that-thing-you-wrote-down-but-forgot-about. You start calculating when and how you’re going to do all of this, and wonder if maybe time travel is possible.
Unfortunately, I’ve been in that moment a few too many times, so I am officially making an appeal to myself right now, and I suppose to you as well.
Remember.
Remember “the night before” of frantic last-minute work and stress. Remember the exhaustion. Remember the unnecessary pain! When? Now. Before it happens, and while you can still try to avoid it. Borrowing from an ancient author of proverbs:
“A little Twitter, a little Tumblr, a little browsing on the internet – and “the night before” will come upon you like a bandit, and the next day like an armed man.” Seriously.
I won’t always be able to avoid these days, but better time management would certainly make them less awful. At the same time, I think I also have to let some things go. I won’t always get to do everything the way I want to, and that’s okay. Patience, young grasshopper. In the meantime, I really need to get off of the internet. It’s destroying my life…

Why I love Lunik!

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(*for your information, a co-op is a business that’s owned, operated, and used by the same group of people. In this case, if you’re a Glendon student, you are an owner of Lunik, which means you are responsible for making it awesome.)

Fall really gets on my nerves. It makes everything cold, dark, and slightly damp – including me. Once the temperature dips below 15 degrees Celsius, I start feeling grumpy, unless I’m drinking something warm in a dry place. It’s no wonder I love Lunik.

Lunik is a new addition to campus – a student-run café that offers a place to eat, study, and hang out. It’s nestled into the basement of Glendon Manor and filled with couches, eclectic lamps, and copies of ‘The Onion’. (Note: I mean the satirical newspaper ‘the Onion’, not actual onions. That might not be so pleasant.)

If you haven’t been to Lunik, you need to go. Here’s why:

Lunik provides for the students’ basic needs (e.g. shelter, human contact, carbohydrates, caffeinated beverages, and good music).
Lunik has a heartbeat.Just like “Tom’s Restaurant” in Seinfeld or “Central Perk” in Friends, Lunik has serious potential for producing good company and good laughs. The place is filled with cute little things here and there, interesting art, and corners to read in.

Lunik is based on participatory democracy and sustainability. Since Lunik is a co-op, it’s actually owned and managed by students. Students can volunteer to supervise the café, wash their own dishes, and curate art for the walls. Plus, since Lunik is not-for-profit, students pay completely reasonable prices for food that’s better for them (fair-trade, organic, vegan).



At Lunik things are just different. There’s usually another student (or former student) behind the counter organizing things. Music is chosen by whoever is volunteering to supervise the café. Not all of the furniture matches. See? Different.

So pick up your drink, grab something to eat, and drop your donation in the box. Kapeesh!
If you go to Glendon, you own Lunik, and ultimately, it will be as good as students like us are willing to make it. Awesome? Yes. In a world where it feels like all we do is consume (e.g. Starbucks, education, and media), it’s refreshing when we get to give towards something instead.
Pst! Check out Juan Garrido’s post about Lunik if you want to know more! 

Turning a new leaf.

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I was on my way to the gym the other day, but because it was so warm outside, I thought I’d go for a jog outdoors instead. Best decision of the week.

The forest surrounding Glendon is enormous and beautiful. So for an hour and a half, I spent some quality time with the trees. As I jogged, I listened to some Jon Foreman, who sang me this:

“This is your life and today is all you’ve got now / And today is all you’ll ever have.” (listen to a pretty good live version of the song here)

This really struck me.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my life. For the first time ever, I feel truly responsible for it. I think it happened when I came to university. When you’re a university student, no one can dictate what you should do (although they may try). The result is that you have, practically, the freedoms of an adult.

So when Jon Foreman was singing to me about my life, I knew the weight of his words. This is my life. So what am I going to do with it? Even now, it’s a terrifying question, with no easy answer.

Instead of getting paralyzed into inaction by fear, here’s the gist of my current resolve: 
live your life,
see what works out,
be gracious with yourself when you mess up. 
Things will work out.

Personally looking forward to new things happening in life and nature. Happy fall everyone!