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Summer travels: Regina, Banff, Brandon and St. John’s
Sorry for such a delay! To say that life has been hectic since exams ended would certainly be an understatement! So, having said that, let’s start blogging!
Well, today my advice is going to be short and sweet. Enjoy your summer! For those of you who have completed your first year of university, sit back and relax – you made it! For those of you who are going to be entering into your first year of university – relax all you can! September is a stressful month full of changes and transition, so take this time to let go of your university fears and embrace the opportunity to hang out with friends, especially those you may not get a chance to see again soon once everyone departs for school in the fall. If you are working a summer job, make sure that it is a job that you enjoy. While money is important, you will learn that it is more important to be happy and content making less, rather than being stressed and frustrated making more! Summer is a time for relaxation and rejuvenation, so my final advice to you is to enjoy yourself! Hit the beach, lake, or kiddie pool! Go on a romantic picnic! Get a killer tan! Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy it because time for fun can often hit the back-burner once school commences! Having said that, make sure you register for classes on time and start preparing to make the transition to university – the summer will be over before you know it!
I finished exams on April 19, flew home to Regina on April 20, and was on my way to Banff, Alberta on April 21. The week of April 21 was spring break in Regina for my younger brother, so naturally my mountain loving family headed to Banff to engage in skiing and snowboarding. It was a welcome break for me, as it had been a while since I had boarded. It was so nice to hit the slopes and even nicer to hang out with my family. Once our trip in Banff was done, we headed back to Regina. Two days after we returned, I was once again packing my bags and heading off – this time my destination was Brandon, Manitoba. I returned to Brandon to do a leadership presentation at my former high school, providing grade 12 students with scholarship and university advice. After this, it was back to Regina for a day or two before jet setting off to St. John’s, Newfoundland! I was lucky enough to be selected for an Oxfam Change conference, along with three other Carleton Oxfam members. We got to participate in amazing leadership opportunities and were able to network with even more awesome Oxfam campus members from across Canada! Myself and my three fellow Carleton Oxfam members arrived in St. John’s a few days early to engage in touristy opportunities and even climbed to the top of Signal Hill! The highlights of my trip? Visiting the Yellowbelly Brewery, eating cod tongues and meeting other amazing Oxfam members! There is something to be said for getting involved with groups on campus, as not only do you get to make a difference on campus and meet new people, but you also get the opportunity to travel!
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