Changes In The Course

Saturday morning. Taking this quick moment to enjoy some peace and quiet? Nope. Watching the *new Skyfall 007 Movie — and it is quite amazing and just typing out this quote from Q when she delivers that amazing speech about the temper of heroic hearts and want to take a look at the heroic and not so heroic feats I have accomplished this year.

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Early in June, June 07, to be exact, I made the move to Mt. Blakiston Conference Services where I booked a month to get myself settled in on campus to re-plan my new school programs. Now it is only 3 days to start of school, and I still feel like I am scrambling to prepare. I am already feeling like I haven’t studied enough, and have little idea what to expect about my learning ability, or disability, since I am heavily focused into the Sciences.


To put this in perspective, my formal education in the sciences has been non-existent. I got a 52 in Chem 20, and didn’t take any physics classes, and even my BIO marks were not that great. However, seeing as I have been out of high school for 16 years, I feel that my time has been well spent learning about the sciences on my own, as well as a few classes I took at Uleth back in the day.

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My most recent readings of Isaac Asimov, Johannes Kepler, and George Herbert Mead have prepared me with the theoretical perspectives to keep my mind open about the possibilities of space, time, and what it means to really live. This has been one of my long-time quests, and feel that the sciences will definitely put some things in perspective.

Other than that, one of the greatest changes to my lifestyle has been accomplishing some of my sports goals. While I stayed really fit and toned when I was back in the forest, I never had the chance to watch or play in a gym, and that has been one of my top joys this summer. I passed on the camping and fishing since I pretty much OD’d on hunting, fishing, and camping over the last few years seeing as those recreational pursuits were more as a means of survival than enjoyment. So I use that to make me deal with how I can’t fish or be outdoors or find true privacy that the wilderness offers.

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As a result, it has been alot easier to dive into sports and start building up some loyalty to our School Teams to boost the competitiveness and awareness of the facilities and teams. So far, the summer offered a great chance to change into a training program, and get a chance to see some great athletes, players, and even meet some people.

So far, I have been playing basketball every day, and focusing on my long-shots and can pretty much drill swooshes from half-court. Shortcomings include not having enough money to play golf, buy hockey equipment, or even having enough cash to really venture very far from the house, but it has come a long way from the Hotel Room I checked into a few months ago.

The cost of the hotel was approx. $1200, which I put on my credit card, and gave me a little setback financially, but feel that it was a wise move to start with rather than getting into a lease on a place that I wouldn’t like. After spending a month in there, I was able to find a decent place to rent close to the school within 7 minutes walking distance, making for a great spot to walk, bike, skate, or run to almost all the amenities. As a result, I have again put less than 100KM on my vehicle, so I am really proud of the low-mileage I have retained, having driven only 4 times in the 3 months I’ve been here!

Some of the largest challenges have been to make ends meet financially, and I have started freelancing again, which opens up some new territories to work across the internet.

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So now Summer is OVER. SCHOOL STARTS NEXT WEEK. I look forward to the challenges that school will pose to me, as well as working with all my new knowledge to see if I can get into some new projects.

I remember when I first moved, I felt pretty similar to when my mom helped my move-in so many years ago, and brought just a couple sentimental items like my stamp collection, guitar, and art. When I first arrived, I immediately tapped into the arts and music so that I could get a taste for the SCENE, and felt that it was much more supportive towards arts, music, and culture, than the limited bush league audiences I was dealing with, and tried to get a studio setup, as well as looked at the costs of piano lessions, and even considered a fine arts program, that I may go back to pursuing if Science takes the backburner. These goals are driven by my love of the arts and science, as well as a possible chance to get more edication and make some money so I can play sports, and do things that I want to do.

I have been sooooo poor it has been ridiculous! I went shopping twice, once at the Used Goods Store, and once at Old Navy, and managed to piece together some decent matches, but could sorely use some cash to increase my fashion gadgets, since it is unlikely that I will be returning home to get my winter kit, or to hunt or bundle, but may make a trip once school is in session and I am back into the routine.

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Lately, I have been getting immersed in sports, the TV-Experience, and just enjoying the conventions of modern life such as electricity, water, and civilization in general. The awesomeness of being able to make these big-life-style choices in mid-life has only been possible by retaining an agile approach to both work and life, and has taught me a lot about my approach to life in general, and feel that once I am more educated, that I will be able to build on some of the goals I started in my earlier years, and just really nervous about starting school, and really love feeling that nervousness since it is exactly the feeling I get when I get on an adventure, and is ultimately what I live for….Whether the adventure is off the beaten path in the middle-of-where, or to a science class, I think it is important to try and keep learning as much as possible, even if it means going back to school later in life.

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