Fall is a confetti toss.

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Lately, I’ve been feeling contemplative.

It’s that point in October where things have become mundane, routine, stressful. Drudgery is setting in like the chill.

Yet, all around me there are small spectacles of colour and light: the quad at golden hour, the rustling branches of an oak tree, the muted sunrise of a cloudy day.

The hardest things to overlook are the trees. Their leaves are turning colour, transforming the campus into a sea of gold and rust.

I can’t help but marvel.

Even if just for a moment, I let the beauty spill through my senses, into my depths. I’m shaken out of my stupor.

My concerns fall away like dead leaves from branches and I remember that life is meant to be celebrated, and fall is the confetti toss.

Moments like these inevitably end, and I return back to the books. But when I do, it’s with a heightened awareness that my life isn’t a burden – it’s a gift.

I’m grateful.

In case you’re wondering, all of these photos were taken in and around Glendon Campus. For more musings about fall, check out Nick’s deeply contemplative (and funny post), Laura Stanley’s awesome post, Five Reasons Why I Love the Fall or my very first blog post. Fall really is the time for deep thoughts!

Before next week, go for a nature walk. The leaves are falling fast… you won’t regret it! 

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my residence digs

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Over the past 2 or so years, I’ve commuted from home, lived in an apartment, and now I live in residence. I really like residence. Off the top of my head, here are a couple reasons why.

I have a place to nap in between class. And this is my view (a forest is in my backyard).

I have the shortest commute I’ve ever known in my whole life (I’d say an average of 6 minutes). And for the first time in my life, I have a fridge in my room.

And on top of all those reasons, I have great neighbours, so many things are within walking distance, and all of my stuff is in one, really convenient place.

At the end of the day, I think I just like having a place to call my own.

Are you thinking of living in residence? If you already live in residence, why do you love it?

“I don’t know what major/career/life I want.” Some advice.

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Don’t worry about your future if you’re undecided about your major/school/life in general. Can I say this enough?  Don’t worry. Don’t worry. Don’t worry.

No matter how certain some people seem, we’re all in the process of figuring it out. Study broadly (as the video below says), seize interesting opportunities, work hard, and things will fall into place. You don’t need to know everything right now.

This video is awesome. This guy has a realistic perspective on life. Watch it.

What are you undecided about? Is your indecision stressing you out?

FAQ at the Ontario University Fair (2012)

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I got the chance to spend this past Sunday at the Ontario University Fair (OUF) as an ambassador for Glendon Campus. It was soooo refreshing to meet high school students. Their energy is inspirational.

Throughout the day, I realized that certain questions came up more than once. Then I thought to myself, “I’ll bet lots of other people are wondering about these questions.”

So here are the 9 frequently asked questions from my time at the OUF – with my answers, of course! If you have more questions, you can ask them by leaving a comment on this post or going to my Formspring page.

Table of Contents:
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Concurrent Ed – what is it?
How do scholarships work?
Tell me about the psychology program.
Psychology is offered the Keele Campus and at the Glendon Campus…? I don’t get it.
What are the main differences between the Keele Campus and the Glendon Campus?
Do Glendon students study everything in French?
How does the French requirement work?
Do you offer sciences (e.g. biology)?
How can I see the campus?

Concurrent Ed – what is it?
There are two ways you can get a teacher’s college education.
1. You can obtain your undergraduate degree (BA) and then go to Teacher’s College. This is the consecutive route.
2. You can also do both at the same time. That’s the concurrent route. Applying for this takes more work than applying for a regular BA program.

Yes, Glendon has a concurrent education program. Yes, we teach people how to become French immersion teachers. If you apply for the direct-entry concurrent education program through OUAC, you will receive a supplementary application through email afterwards.

More info about Glendon’s BEd program.

How do scholarships work?
There are two kinds of scholarships at Glendon: the kind you apply for and the kind you don’t apply for (based on your top 6 average). Keep an eye out for those deadlines for the application-based scholarships. Many are already due in February and March.

More info about scholarships.

Tell me about the psychology program.
It’s awesome. The people who I know in this program love it. The classes are dynamic and small, the profs are interesting, and there’s a lot of interesting research going on.

More info about the psychology department at Glendon.

Psychology is offered the Keele Campus and at the Glendon Campus…? I don’t get it.
I know. It’s confusing. I’m not an expert, but here’s what I do know:

  • These are two separate departments run by different people. Think of them as a McDonalds and a Harveys, not two Wendy’s franchises.
  • Classes at Glendon are generally smaller (Glendon’s average class size is in the 20s).
  • Glendon has some pretty cool profs, including Guy Proulx and Timothy Moore.

More info about the psychology department at Glendon.

What are the main differences between the Keele Campus and the Glendon Campus?

In my opinion, the basic differences are:

  1. size – the Glendon Campus population is around 3,000 and the Keele Campus population is about 55,000
  2. location – we’re location at Bayview and Lawrence in midtown Toronto, the Keele Campus is located around Keele and Steeles
  3. atmosphere – the Glendon Campus has a very green, natural, cosy feel. The Keele Campus is a lot larger, so naturally, it feels totally different.

These are just the basics and you’ll get a different answer based on who you ask. The best way to find out more is just to visit. Our open house is November 18th. Register here.

Do Glendon students study everything in French?
Depends. If you want to, yes. If you don’t want to, no. See the next question for more.

How does the French requirement work?
Every student studies French in order to become bilingual. At a bare minimum, that means taking a French as a Second Language course at the second-year level or taking a second-year level discipline course in French (e.g. history, but in French). At maximum, you can take courses in your program in French (e.g. history, but in French), and even pick up other languages! You choose what works for you.

Scroll to page 13 of the student handbook for more info about French options at Glendon.

Do you offer sciences (e.g. biology)?
Sort of. We focus on the liberal arts. But aside from that, we have a BA program in Environmental Science and Health Studies (eAmbassador Michelle is in this program) with courses about science from an arts perspective (e.g. Introduction to Biology, Conservation Biology).

We also have Economics and Business Economics programs.

You can find a list of all of our academic programs in a drop-down menu here.

How can I see the campus?
If you missed meeting us at the Ontario University Fair, you can also
Check out our fall open house (Fall Campus Day)
Come for a tour.
Sit in on a lecture as part of our Shadow Program (stay posted!)
Come for a day during March break (March Break U (stay posted!)

Have more questions? Post them below in the comments section or go to my Formspring!