New semester


If I’m not mistaken, this is the 17th or 18th semester of my undergraduate degree. If you’ve done the math and have come to the conclusion that that’s a long time to take for a bachelor’s degree, you’d be correct. I was going to graduate last year but some things got in the way.

The class I was in today was about communication to mitigate disasters. Our lecture today was about how everything is out to get you: natural disasters, weather events, hazardous materials accidents, diseases and epidemics, war, conflict and terrorism.

The scary thing is that reported weather related disasters have doubled since 1996 and insurance losses have been exponential. Yay for climate change.

Before class I went for veggie lunch with Abby. She’s been holed up in Maple Ridge all summer and now she’s excited to be back at school. I think school has lost a little bit of its lustre for me. I don’t really want to leave but it’s not really very exciting. It’s just something that I do, and will very predictably do well.

I feel like I’m on a different plane from everyone in my classes. For all my involvement in clubs and organizations, I don’t really feel like I know a lot of people there. A lot of the people I have met have moved on to somewhere else, and being naturally reserved I don’t really meet a lot of people. I’m okay with that, mostly.

For a while there SFU’s database had me stuck in that category where they assume that you have one foot out the door, or at least they think you should. I got all the emails about graduation and academic advising and the great registration dates.

Now something’s changed. Either it’s that I’ve finally clawed my gpa back up from the great brain mush that was 2006 or they’ve looked at me and decided that I’m not leaving so I may as well stay. Suddenly they’re inviting me to all sorts of grad school recruitment and scholarship stuff. I’m still on the fence as to what I want to study and where, but that’s the direction I’m headed, and maybe they can persuade me to make up my mind. We’ll see.


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