Wednesday, May 4, 2011

First Year is Over!

Well I finished my last final on Thursday. I can't believe how fast the year has flown by. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year at university, and I'm looking forward to the next one. Although the Summer break has been anticipated also of course.

My RELS professor this term was a little cantankerous, but in the end he wound up giving me some very positive feedback for our essay-style final exam, and I got an A- overall in the class which I was pleasantly surprised with since so many people dropped his class due to failing... He asked some bizarre test questions like: "T or F: According to lecture, Osama Bin Laden is a terrorist" and "T or F: Humans have religion because we are the only animals with opposable thumbs." Ya...I'm not joking. Those were actual questions on tests worth 30% of the final grade. However, his class was super interesting despite his slightly Jekyll/Hyde personality. He really made the class think deeply about the roots of religion (and ideas really in general). For the final essay exam I chose to discuss Judaism, and how if there was no glaciation, there would not have been a fertile Levant region, and ergo no western religions would have developed. It was really cool breaking religion down to a biological level, and really added to research and thoughts I already had regarding religion. He made a pretty funny comment that I will probably always remember regarding the Bible, "I really would like to know whether they knew they were making this shit up or if they really thought 'God' was talking to them." lol!

It turns out that I do not like Greek and Roman Mythology and Literature as much as I thought I would, but I did well in the course, and have decided to trust my instincts next time. If I don't really like the class within the first week of classes, it's probably not going to be something I enjoy. So if it's an option, then I can drop it and take something I will enjoy more. It was an interesting subject, but just not my cup of tea.

I loved my Anthropology class, as I thought I would, and got an A overall in that. It was interesting to discuss how we are facing a 6th major extinction on our planet, and it's our fault. I'm so excited to continue with this subject. I'm planning on doing a group study program in my 3rd or 4th year where you go to Belize for 6 weeks and study Black Howler monkeys. The department is super nice and enthusiastic, and I'm really looking forward to doing my BSC in ANTH before Law school. Plus, I'm interested in Conservation Law, so it will tie together nicely.

The Art History professor I had was seriously the best prof ever! He is such a nice and funny older guy. I hope to take more classes with him in the future. I learned how literally everything in religious artwork is symbolic, and it was very interesting.

And hopefully since I got all within the A-range, I will get some scholarships which will definitely help reduce my student loan debt. Dang Law school is expensive!! $70,000+!!! Crazy pills! I'm sure it will be worth it in the end though. I'm trying to just not think about it too much lol.

In other news...

Thursday night Gavin surprised me with my favourite flowers (lily of the valley) in this cute pot. Along with a home workout kit, so that I can start to do P90X which I've been wanting to do, but just didn't have any equipment. It was really cute. For almost a year he has been asking the florist that delivers flowers to his work about lily of the valley...they are really hard to find and have a very limited season. It was the best surprise to celebrate my first year being completed! Here are a couple pictures of the flowers:

Also late March we celebrated Gavin's 30th bday, so I thought I'd share a few photos.

This is the bday cake I made for him, and I also had candles saying "30" to complete it haha.

After my crazy week of training at Joey restaurant early in the morning, coming home to study then running to piano lessons, writing a final...etc... I was happy to get normal amounts of sleep over the past weekend and start eating normally again too.  However, the week of stress caught up with me and I've been home sick the past few days.  Should have taken more Cold FX I guess.  Drat it all... I hate being sick.  It's sunny out and there are places to go and things to do!  Plus, I have my beverage test at Joey tomorrow late afternoon.  Let's hope lots of rest, liquids, and supplements will kill this bug by tomorrow!  

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