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October Updates – Busy As Ever!

Hey Everyone!

My school schedule is sure a lot more busy than my freelancing / trapping schedule, (well, it you don’t count all the work I did building my cabin), and if nothing else it is a brand new experience, and wholly enlightening in many ways.

I must say I grabbed the bull by the horns and got involved to the max, and have since whittled down my activity after going through a massive burst of involvement.

I have honed down my activities to remain involved in the following:

*school work and academics
*clubs (rotaract, neuroscience, geology, OMC, and GEEK)

You may have noticed that I have been pretty quiet on the blogs, and that is because I have been blogging on my new pet project to get more involved with the Lethbridge News and CAmpus Community, where I have relaunched into an #ulethaltnews student site. Me and another x-ranch-hand have decided to team up and try and collaborate to bring some of my web design and publishing skills to local businesses, and possibly start to grow my web development services, so that would be fun if I could get some new business that way.
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School is overwhelming. there is so much amazing stuff to learn and know, and I am totally in love with it, but get really upset when I get poor grades, as I totally bombed my Physics Midterm, and now am playing catchup, and there is a possibility that I may have to re-take it since I have been out of the physics scene for awhile, but at least I will have a strong approach should I take it again.

As for my other classes, BIO 1020 is extremely challenging, and The Diversity of Life is vast, and more than I could have ever imagined, and will be spending the next few days preparing for my midterms in Bio, as they are some of the toughest, and will really impact my GPA as it stands.

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I recently met with the Co-Op Job Agency on Campus who is working with me to find some placement options to fit with my new science designation, so that I will be able to get some financing, or at least a career-related employment experience opportunity, which is exciting.

In other news, I am going to work with some local groups or departments to develop a budget for exploration, as well as work on some other items.

Suprisingly I am still having good luck finding stones, and miss panning the rivers!
Suprisingly I am still having good luck finding stones, and miss panning the rivers!

My ARky class is totally exciting, and environmental science is scary — learning about all the species, pollution problems, and strain put on good ol mother earth. Oh well, I am glad I got to experience nature at its finest, and can learn some things in the class to help my future adventures. In the meantime, it is safe to say that I am going for my Science degree, and will at least pass a few classes, and have met some new friends, and am maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle for the most part (although some of the food I eat is canned, boxed, etc.), and didn’t get any garden food this year, but can’t complain and enjoy things for the most part.

My roomate is out of the house tonight so I might watch some TV and just keep getting caughtup on homework and other items. Until next time, love ya!

1 Month Into School Update

Hey EVeryone!

It’s amazing that I have only been in a school for one month, and it seems more like 5 since I was doing so much extra-curricular work in sports and volunteering prior to getting registered. So you must be wondering what it is I am up to? If so, then keep reading and I will give you a little low-down on my freelance writing to get me through school.

First, I have a job!! I actually landed a job with the Kinisiology and Phsyical Eduication department as a DodgeBall Referree. It is actually really fun, and is a good start to get me back into a position where I can start earning some wages.

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BEsides my employment, I have been playing Hockey (Indoor) once a week, and Volleyball once a week, putting me to 3 nights of sports per week, and two night Labs (one in Physics, and one in Bio) each week.

The labs are really cool so far, and really add a dimension to the readings and classwork that goes on. So far I enjoyed the recent Physics tests where we dropped a ball through a tube and then used a 2000 flashes per minute strobe light with a hi tech camera to take 12 pictures of the steel bearing ball (5.6 g) falling against a metre stick backdrop so we were able to take the digital picture and calculate the change in the pixel grid to determine the time change, as well as position change, to determine the velocity, acceleration, etc. This is a wealth of information to digest, and unfortunately, I may have to re-take Physics again next semester to either boost my grade, or increase my knowledge since it is a really thick course.

BIOLOGY has been amazing, and really working with my Environmental Science course, especially with the introduction to earth sciences, like how Phosphates and Nitrogren have cycles, and the diversity of life on earth from protists all the way up to polar bears.

Arky is great, and have been really enjoying my National Georgraphic Magazine and all the clubs on campus.

So far one of my highlights has been meeting Jessi, and getting involved with the Clubs. I have made a direct move into the clubs and enjoy all the fun that comes with my memberships.

As part of my involvement with the clubs, I have started developing a Campus News website you can see at — and other than that, just really going to keep things going to try and boost some cash to cover tuition, and possibly increase my news coverage by building a team, joining a new team, or possibly doing some collaborations!!

Other fun things that may be coming to the blog in the next couple weeks include a possible podcast of my new DJ Show that I may be doing at the University Radio. If I take on the show, then I will probably do a metal show, or some other style or genre…possibly even electronica.

Glad to have a local hockey team to cheer for, and have caught quite a few ‘Horns game, and have a HERD pass so I can go to all the games!! This makes for some excellent playing and lifestyle fun!

Business actually looks good over the next couple years, and I have some appointments coming up with some local sponsors, as well as some Co-Op possibilities in the works that may put me directly into a job, so that could be cool, and everything is really on the table.

So that’s all from me. I don’t have the cash to drive back to my shack, so am using the time to sleep, write, and study, but wishing everyone a happy thanksgiving!

It is almost voting time again for the Federal Election, so everyone make sure to go and vote.

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Back to school is actually pretty fun, and minus the stressful moments, I actually am having quite a bit of fun and behaving myself quite well, and hoping to get some of these options to keep growing and networking so things keep developing and progressing at a pace that Jessi would be proud of!

While I have made an intense effort to engage in a super-busy lifestyle, I am also running a small deficit, but feel that I can make a good run in the Q4 to increase my earnings and spending as I continue to make the most of the services available on campus, and other options that are much more accessible for students.

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.