Three months ago, I managed to finally work up the courage to submit my application to go on exchange for my third year. After proofreading my statement of interest a million times, and getting fellow eAmbassador Asha (Thank you!) to go over it just to make sure all the t’s were crossed and all the i’s dotted, I hit ‘Submit’, internally screamed, and carried on with my life.
In lieu of making a long list of New Year’s Resolutions, because let’s face it, who doesn’t roll their eyes when someone says ‘New Year, New Me’?, the #OneWord365 project encourages us to choose one word to serve as the ongoing theme of the upcoming year. This one word should encompass your main goals – such as who you want to be, what you wish to accomplish, what you want your life to become, etc.
For the year 2017, I choose to Minimize.
As of today, I’ve been on this earth for 19 years.
I always love counting down the days until my birthday because it’s the one time of the year that I can feel special for no other reason than the fact that I turned a year older. I love getting to celebrate it in December because Christmas is right around the corner and everyone’s in a festive mood!
This month, the eAmbassador team A.K.A. Team Awesome has decided to write about the reasons why we’re here at Glendon.
If you haven’t already, I would recommend you read this post I wrote months ago first: Glendon College: A Hidden Gem.
Now that you’ve read that…(or even if you didn’t) then you know that I ended up at Glendon by accident. Serendipity at its finest, I tell you. The sun, the moon, the stars, and the universe have conspired to send me here and that’s the best explanation I can give you…okay here’s the
boring real explanation: Glendon wasn’t my first choice. I know, shocker, right? I can’t believe it either. It’s hard for me to picture myself in another university because I am a Glendonite through and through. I’ve honestly never felt the sense of community that Glendon has in any other school that I’ve been to before.
I was born in the Philippines and lived there for the first 10 and ½ years of my life. I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life there. Clearly, my expectations for the future were far from the truth.
Little did I know that my parents had applied to immigrate to Canada at around 2002 in hopes of a better future for me and my brother. What they had envisioned was me as a college graduate with hopes and dreams of working abroad in order to earn more money and struggling to make that dream come true. They were thinking way ahead into the future as I was only 5 years old and still in kindergarten.
I’m in the 2nd year of my Psychology undergrad which means I have to take Statistics. This subject takes up so much of my time which is why I haven’t blogged in a while, so I thought what better topic to write about than something that takes up
most all of my time?
Ahhh, Statistics class, A.K.A. the bane of all Psych majors’ existence. Even my Stats textbook acknowledges this:
“Many students in behavioural sciences view the required statistics course as an intimidating obstacle that has been placed in the middle of an otherwise interesting curriculum. They want to learn about human behaviour – not about math and science.” (Graveretter and Wallnau, Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences)
You might be wondering, why is Statistics necessary in Psychology?
Oh, how time flies. I started school on the first week of September, blinked, and all of a sudden, I find myself in the second week of October with assignments piling up, readings that are waiting to be read, mid-terms just around the corner, and stress levels through the roof.