Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

I don’t have a post today because I had a research paper to finish but I just wanted to say hi and hope you guys have a happy Easter.

I know I haven’t been responding to comments lately but I’ve been super busy but I will try to catch up to them whenever possible. I have been reading them though and I really appreciate every one of them.


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My Courses For This Semester

This semester I’m only taking history courses because I finished my electives last semester and I have to say I am really enjoying it. As most of you know my major is History and I am loving concentrating on it and learning all these amazing history courses. Here are the courses I’m taking this semester:
The American Revolution- This course is kind of tied in with the course I took last semester on the American Enlightenment. As you guys know I’m really enjoying my American history courses because I had never done American history before university so it’s all new and exciting to me. I also like how it’s taught by the same professor I did the Enlightenment and early American history courses with because I feel like now I have enough information to tie everything together and do well in this course. The professor is really interesting and I love the course material but the only problem is the lectures are at 8 am in the morning and are slowly killing me.
The Sixties- This is another American history course that I am really enjoying. It focuses mainly on the sixties but we also got a bit of an insight into the 50’s and how they lead to what became the 60’s. The professor is really great for this course too and it’s in the afternoon which is perfect because it gives me time to take a short nap before class!
Middle Eastern Culture- I thought this would also be very different from other history I’ve learnt so far because I haven’t learnt much about the Middle East before. So far it’s pretty interesting. I also like that it’s being taught by someone who’s actually from the Middle East which I think gives a better insight into their culture and what’s currently going on there.
Women In China- I think this is probably one of my favourite courses that I’ve taken at Brock. It’s taught by one of my favourite professors and I think he does a good job in trying to give us an unbiased view of women in China. I also like that he wants us to enjoy the class and not be stressed about assignments but rather learn the material well.
So those are my courses for the semester. I am really enjoying them so far and I think I made good choices when picking my courses for this semester.
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Courses I’m Taking This Semester

History Courses

Roman History- okay not going to lie this one isn’t super interesting but I still enjoy it to an extent. I really like learning about Roman history but I am more of a modern history kind of person so this is a little out of my area of interest. It also doesn’t help that most of the people in my seminar class are kind of unfriendly.

History of Diaspora’s– This class is super interesting to me and I am so glad I took it. So far we have learnt a lot about Jewish diaspora communities and soon we’re going to learn about other diaspora communities. Since I am from a diaspora community I find it very relatable and I really like my professor he has such a mellow vibe. The only problem is that it’s a three hour class and sometimes I end up tuning out by mistake.

American Enlightenment- I have taken quite a few American history classes and one with the same professor so I knew I was going to like this one. It’s been so fun and interesting and I look forward to learning more. We are reading both Franklin’s and Jefferson’s autobiographies which are so fascinating.

American Popular Culture- This is a Popular Culture/History course that I am so obsessed with. This is one of my favourite classes I’ve taken so far. My professor is so understanding so we have a much smaller workload and a really fun final paper. We are basically learning about the past American culture and often we compare it to the American culture now.

Other

Archaeology- Not going to lie- the Indiana Jones movies had a lot to do with me taking this course. It’s super fun and interesting- nothing like Indiana Jones though- and I think learning it really compliments the history courses I’m taking. Plus, my seminar class is really fun and friendly!

Country Music- Okay, so this is just the best class ever (may change my mind after I get my marks for my first assignment…). It is super fun, absolutely fascinating and my professor is really good. Even though we have no breaks the two hour class flies by and I rarely tune out. I love country music and learning about it in detail is so interesting because I knew nothing about its origins and how it became popular. Seriously loving this class!

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Finally Done With Exams!

I’m finally done with my exams and this semester!

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I am so looking forward to doing a bunch of stuff I couldn’t because I was revising like watching the new GoT!!

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Also do you guys know any good TV shows or movies I can check out now that I have a bunch of free time on my hands and have nothing better to do with my life…

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I’m also looking forward to blogging regularly because I missed it like crazy!

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Exams Are Upon Me

It’s that time of the semester again folks where life revolves around coffee and studying and more coffee and more stuDYING…

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You guys might have noticed that I am not as active as I usually am on WordPress and that’s because my exams have started and obviously I’m spending most of my time studying.

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Luckily I have two take home exams so I only have to go for two of them but they’re both super early in the morning which is very annoying.

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Anyway in case I am less active for the next week or so and am not able to reply to your comments or post everyday it’s because of all the revising I’m doing and definitely not because of me being distracted by Instagram…

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Wish me luck guys!

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5 Cofacilitations And A Presentation

So thankfully my semester is almost over which means I’m done with my cofacilitations and presentations. I have a really hard time with these as I’ve told you guys because I am one of those people that is just not great at speaking in public or to groups.

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So two of my cofacilitations I did on my own which I actually prefer because I’m kind of a perfectionist and like to be in control…

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I had to do the other three cofacilitations and the lecture presentation with other people and the majority of them went pretty well. One of the people I had to do the cofacilitation with turned out to be an arschloch while the others were really nice.

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I did well in all of them except one seminar cofacilitation where no one had read the stuff and no one was answering the questions we had and it was just super awkward and weird.

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The lecture presentation went better then last time and I did pretty well in it.

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Anyway I’m just happy I’m done with them although now that I’ve done them a couple of times they’re not as scary anymore and I kind of know what to expect and how to handle certain situations.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this little update sorry I haven’t been able to do more but…

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Another Scary Experience!

A lot of universities need students to do co-facilitation’s which is when you teach the seminar for one class. My university is one of them. I have five of those to do this semester and I just finished my first one yesterday and I thought I would tell you guys about how it went!

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Firstly, the seminar topic I was doing was about Kenya so I at least I knew what I was talking about and I didn’t have to do a ton of research on the topic.

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So it started with me having to explain the two articles which was alright because I had written notes on what I had to say and kind of just read from the paper. The only thing was I was a little red in the face, kind of looking down while reading and not making too much eye contact. But I don’t think it was that bad.

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Then I had to ask question which I had prepared which was a little scary because sometimes people just stare at you and no one answers.

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Luckily this class was not like that and people participated and answered a lot which was so great. That was a big load off my chest.

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Plus, the professor was SO sweet and helpful. He would always chime in with helpful questions, answers and information. I thought that was nice because some TA’s/Professors don’t do that and you’re kind of just left hanging.

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I was super anxious the whole time obviously but it was 50 minutes and I somehow got through it without totally freaking out.

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After the class my professor talked to me and told me I did a good job which was so nice of him. I got my results for it and I got 9/10!

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I’m glad I have these co-facilitation’s because I’m hoping they’ll help me get over my anxiety a little and be better at being in charge and talking to groups of people.

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Well that’s where my story ends. Have an awesome weekend guys!

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My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

So I had one of the worst days ever today. I woke up thinking I would finish my research paper and hand it in by five in the evening and do some revising and stuff but when I woke up all the work I had done was gone!

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So anyway I had to retype the whole thing by 6 because it was due by 7 and I still had to get it printed and take it to the drop box and stuff.

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I tried really hard to finish the whole thing on time but I was still late and got to the bus stop by about 7pm. I thought okay maybe if I try really hard I can still make it but of course the universe had other plans.

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The bus got delayed and came at about half past 7 by which point of course I was already super late and there was no way I was dropping this thing in on time. And just as a final kick to the face from the universe when I reached school and asked a lady whether the building was still open so I could drop it off she took forever to find out (not her fault at all she was super nice and helpful it’s just the timings were not written anywhere) and so by the time I got to the drop box it was 8.

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I was obviously late and I’ll try to talk to my professor and let him know why I dropped it off so late. He is really nice and hopefully he will understand.

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In case my TA is reading this which doesn’t seem likely but just in case you gotta go easy on me man I had a terrible day and tried my best okay! This is Pooja from HIST 2P61 by the way.

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Anyway I had a totally different post planned for today but I felt like I really needed to tell you guys about this experience. Hope you guys all had a much better day then I did.

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My Scary Experience

So today I had this presentation for my piracy class which was super scary!

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I really like the class but I just really hate presentations because I have anxiety as it is I don’t need it to be made worse with worrying about talking in front of a bunch of people.

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Also for some reason (probably because it’s such a fun class) everyone always shows up so there are at least like fifteen to twenty people there.

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And I am really not a fan of speaking in front of people especially if there are more then ten people. Plus, two of the people who were supposed to present with us could not make it.

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It was a pretty scary experience and I stuttered and stammered and rambled A LOT.

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But it was also kind of fun and I think it went pretty well for a first presentation. I learnt a lot from the experience and hope to do better the next time I have to present (which I’m hoping is never!)… maybe next time I’ll be less freaked out I hope…

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Hope you enjoyed hearing about my little experience and let me know in the comments below how your first presentation went!!

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Life Updates!

I know I haven’t been blogging much or keeping up to date with everyone else’s blog

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However, I thought I would update you with everything that’s going on right now (admittedly not a lot…)

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I have a bunch of assignments due soon (one tomorrow and 3 next week) and I have a midterm test next week for Sociology so I’ll mostly be revising this week which is very hard to do when it’s cold and snowing and all you want to do is curl up in bed and hibernate.

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I also tried out some vegan Indian food from Touch Of India this week which was really good! Touch of India is one of the only two Indian restaurants in St. Catharines (at least that I know of!) and I thought it would be fun to try out their lunch specials!

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It was really good and it pretty affordable too which is always a plus! I would definitely recommend it if you’re ever in St. Catharines!

I also skipped a seminar for the first time since I’ve been in university and felt kinda guilty about it but it wasn’t too important and I really did not want to go. It was super cold and snowy and I just could not deal with it.

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So that’s pretty much what’s been going on with me!

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