(late) January updates

Hey guys!

I’m gonna start off by saying that January 2017 could have started off better. I got sick on the 2nd and got my period a day later. For the guys out there who don’t know what that feels like, the simplest equation I can come up with is sick + period = death. I was basically a zombie for the first week of school because I had no energy. What proceeded after that was a week of still being sick, and then the Waterloo Winter Wonderland – it snowed a ton, and then rained, so the whole sidewalk was covered in ice and I couldn’t walk my normal pace. Since the gym (the one with more than weights) is on the opposite side of campus from where I live, you can guess that I didn’t end up going after all, and that is where this rant begins.

I usually don’t like making excuses, especially when it comes to going to the gym and working out after a term of doing nothing, and I found it really annoying when things just kept getting into the way. My plan was to start hitting the gym once a week starting at the beginning of the term, but that didn’t happen and I’m still trying to find the time to. Unfortunately since it’s second month of second term and I have a pile of work to finish, it’s really hard to find the time to go, especially when the gym (with more than just weights) is the opposite end of university to where I live. It really sucks when I have goals, but have to put them on hold because of other mandatory stuff that needs to get done. Hopefully I can fast-track a bit and finish schoolwork earlier.

Adding to that, I really wanted to blog once every two weeks because I like blogging and it gives me a chance to express myself online. The only problem is that 90% of my time is taken up by writing essays and assignments, and a nearsighted person like me has to take breaks in between sitting at the computer for some time because it really strains my eyes when I stare at the screen for a long time. With that said, it’s kind hard to set aside time for blogging, even though that’s one of my favourite hobbies. I’m hoping that I can blog more often after I’m done midterms.

I’d also like to talk about eating habits in university. At the beginning of the school year, I promised my parents that I would be eating healthy meals and balancing my meals. Unfortunately I’ll have to admit that I’ve survived last week with bagels and instant noodles. I usually cook alone and adding onto the fact that it’s really boring to cook alone, I also didn’t wanna cook too much because at the end of the day, I have to be able to finish what I make, before it goes bad. Lesson learned: food expiry dates can be harder to follow than academic due dates. So as much as Canada’s balanced diet guide is the ideal situation, I realized that university students really don’t have the time to follow it. The big picture looks like this: I’m living with three other girls who I’m just acquaintances and we share the basement. We have to divide the refrigerator and cooking utensils to ensure everything works out. With families, everyone shares all the space in the refrigerator, so it’s all good, but I have two shelves to myself, so whatever can fit in there is what I eat for the rest of the week. I also can’t go to the grocery store that often, because in Waterloo, they are kinda far from campus and the GRT makes it a lot more time consuming, so I usually go once a week. Since I go by myself, I can only eat what I’m able to carry home, which is not much. Plus there is not enough time to make a full delicious meal, I eat and study. This is why it’s so hard to eat healthy in university.

Now I’ll talk about friends. Back in high school, they told us it would be a lot harder to make time for hanging out with friends and now I finally understand why. In university, unless you’re in the same program or same major with your friends, you most likely have different classes at different times and different days. Unlike high school when the day was 9am – 3:15pm, university classes can range from 8am – 7pm (rough estimate), so everyone’s classes are somewhere in between. Me and my friends have different majors, so a lot of the times, when I have no class, they have class and vice versa. On weekends, I usually stay in Waterloo to review study material, but they like going back to Toronto to visit family, so even on weekends, it can be hard to meet up. Let’s just say that during exam season, meet-ups rarely happen, unless it’s for a group study session.

Alright, that is it for the month of January. Again, I wish I could blog more, but I only have so much time, and SO MUCH to study. I hope everyone is doing well so far, and see you next time!

Jinjin

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