An Unintentional Summer

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Summer Decisions

I’m an “intuitor” (is that a word)? I feel things out. I go with my gut.

I’m also a stubborn gal. If I can help it, I’ll always choose the opposite option as what my dad wants for me.

So as I was thinking out this summer, I was faced with a bit of a dilemma. The only option that sat right in my gut was the option my dad was rooting for: visiting family in Finland and Singapore. What!? My gut always disagrees with my dad.

Although this trip agreed with my intuition, it offended the things I value most. That is: accomplishment (I am a pro at finding resume-building opportunities), community (This summer I will be leaving behind a beloved camp community where I was extravagantly loved and really useful), and an identity of humanitarian suffering. This last one is perhaps the hardest to unpack.

Identity Crisis

You see, I idealize this archetype of the individual that suffers. I can’t remember who said it, but those of us who don’t seek an identity of extravagance/wealth/fame, seek out another identity in suffering.

This identity might seem more altruistic than the first, but it’s ultimately dysfunctional because it asks for something in return for service. It seems altruistic, but it’s completely conditional.

Anyways, the point is that I almost committed to working in the Global South with marginalized people. It was an impressive, seemingly-altruistic summer commitment, that would have been entirely selfish.

Flights booked, ready to go

Reflecting on the things I’ve been forced to loosen my hold of, I’m seeing more and more potential in my summer choice to go on this family trip. And here I am. My flights are booked, and my will fitfully surrendered to the direction ahead.

I’m a big advocate of the law of replacement (that is, if you want something out of your life, you must replace it rather than leave an empty space of a vacuum in your life), so these are the things I’m consciously grabbing hold of in Finland and Singapore:

Relaxation, because sometimes you can accomplish more in doing nothing than doing something.

Family time. It’s been 9 years or more since I saw my relatives in Singapore, including my almost 90 year-old only-living grandparent.

Heart growth. I want to find a mentor, walk the beaches, eat obscenely good food,  make music, laze about, and live at a different pace.

So cheers to a summer happened upon, completely unintentionally.

See you soon, Finland.

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Hey girl, Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Inspired by the immortal meme featuring Ryan Gosling, here is an homage to the pick up line and all things Glendon-related.

Leave your best pick-up lines in the comments!

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(the 124 is a bus, btw).

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(Thanks for this line, Laura!)

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Thanks for the photos, men. Among these faces, we have two eAmbassadors. Check out Juan’s blog or Nick’s blog.

Also, if you want to feel more campus love, check out my Valentine’s Day post from last year. I think you’ll like it.

the "Love List"

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I finished my exams on Monday! It’s a bizarre feeling to be left without a schedule, with hours available for pursuing the things I’ve been leaving on the back-burner for a while.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how I use my time. I was inspired by an article about this thing called the “love list.” The idea is to write down the things that you love doing – that bring you joy and satisfaction. Then, you make another list of things that you actually spend your time doing. After that, you evaluate how you’re spending your time.
Just a few things off the top of my head:
I need more: face-to-face, I need less: email/text | more: outside, less: inside | more: playing music, less: YouTube | more: real-book reading, less: article-surfing
I guess there will always be things that we have to do, so the challenge is cutting out the unnecessary time-sucking soul-draining things, and transplanting better things into their places. It’s kind of like surgery, but without the blood.
Thinking about your time and the way you spend it can be a good way to prepare for university. There will be a lot of opportunities, so make sure to choose the ones that will feed your soul!
Play sports? Join a team or house league.
Love singing? Make sure you head out to open-mic nights at Lunik and think about starting your own radio show.
Need to write? Write for ProTem or take an English course if you’re not an English major.
One last caveat: You won’t be able to do everything, so aim to do a few things well.
P.S. Spring is coming into full bloom at Glendon! Just a few shots I’ve taken on campus:
Intense cherry blossoms next to York Hall. Gorgeous.
My favourite tree at Glendon.
To me, it looks like something out of a Group of Seven Painting.
I’m a morning person.
I love walking to the quad early in the day as the sun is shining through the branches and mist.
P.P.S. I was sort of hoping you wouldn’t scroll all the way down here, but now that you have… sorry. For my absence. (My head is hanging in shame.) I kind of went into exams/studying/surviving mode for a while. I promise to be posting more regularly. Ciao!

#Luniktic

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I love: opening the Manor doors and stepping into coffee-scented air; walking down creaky wooden stairs and going to the counter of stiff-peaked cupcakes and Cliff bars (usually with Sarah Yu sitting behind); soft places, dark places, nice people. Nostalgia.

If you’re a Glendonite: Don’t forget about late-night Tuesdays at Lunik. Colouring, board games, beverages, other good stuff.
The photos in this post were taken by awesomer-than-awesome Denise! She posts her photos on twitter; you can follow her at @deni_dunea.