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3rd year that is. Now I can tell right away that this year is going to be a lot different then what previous years held. Why? Because I’m at that age where arguing and caring are trivial when it comes to a university setting. I’d rather deal with school work at school then disappear from campus and do the stuff that we must do at home. For example I have a couple of new year resolutions (school resolutions that is) Each one is gong off on a totally different category but if I remember correctly some of these overlap from last years resolutions.

1. Pass every class this year.

Over the past couple of years I’ve failed four courses. I guess this is attributed to a few things but mostly because I didn’t put in the work necessary. I’m not going to make excuses this year I need to pass every class this year. And not only do I need to pass them I need to pass them big time.

2. Get my GPA over 3.0.

Now I know that this one is an extreme long shot as for this to happen I would have to average 90+ in every course through the Year and I know I’m sure as Hell not going to get that. So if I set the bar at say 2.5 and then get higher it means I succeed. Let’s see how this one works out.

3. Get a Girlfriend.

I posted this one as one of the goals for last year. I have to admit I was close for a while but it kind of fell apart quite quickly. We are on OK terms now but I doubt that we will ever go back to what we were before. Frankly I’m over her and I’m ready and on the hunt for someone new. I said last year that I was going to be less picky but then again I was just that. Part of me is like I don’t give a fuck, the other part is I really want a girlfriend. We will see where this one goes.

4. Get a Job.

This is not so much school related as it is Kamloops related. I’ve got to get a job this year otherwise I won’t survive money wise. I just can’t. I’ve got a good possibility of a few but it will only be until the spring when I can move onto the one at General Paint that I really want. I’m just curious as to how much that will pay me.

That’s all I can think of for now, if anymore pop up I will keep updating this post throughout the year.

First off I’d just like to say, ‘Welcome to Canada,’ no, let’s take it a bit further and say ‘Welcome to British Columbia (BC),’ even further, ‘Welcome to the Thompson-Nicola Region of BC,’ and even further ‘Welcome to Kamloops, BC!’ For those of you who are new to Canada, BC, the Thompson-Nicola Region or even Kamloops this applies to you. For those of you who live in Canada, BC, Thompson-Nicola Region, or Kamloops, thanks for tuning in.

Before Kamloops was established the Secwepemc people (Sushwap) shared the area with the Cree-Saulteaux people. When David Stuart and Alexander Ross set out from Fort Astoria which at the time was a Pacific Fur Company they established a trading post known as ‘Fort Cumcloups’. Over time rival trading companies began to merge. Eventually all of these became known as Fort Kamloops.

Downtown Kamloops

Downtown Kamloops

Over time Kamloops began to grow until 1893 when it became known as The City of Kamloops with a population of about 500 people. Fast forward 118 years and you will find the population has grown from 500 to ~85,700 people. The word “Kamloops” comes from the Sushwap word “Tk’əmlúps” which means ‘meeting of the waters.’ To learn more about the history of Kamloops you can click HERE or HERE. Or vist The City of Kamloops page to learn more.

But this post isn’t so much about Kamloops, but what lies inside Kamloops in the form of a small university called Thompson Rivers University. Again, instead of me going into the vast history of Cariboo College or TRU click HERE to learn more. Thompson Rivers University or TRU as students here call it is an excellent university. It’s not huge like say UBC (University of British Columbia) or McGill over in Quebec. But considering the size of Kamloops to the amount of University students is quite a nice size. UBC has about 70,000 people in total (staff and students.) TRU has about 13,700 in total (staff and students.)

So why am I writing this post? Well, maybe this movie will show you why?

Does that not show you what a university experience should look like? I’m looking directly at those in Whitehorse where I grew up. TRU is a fantastic place and I’ve loved most of my experiences here. It’s a wonderful place to come if you want to experience University like I have but not want to go to something huge. Now I can understand that some people prefer to go to places that have better connections. And coming from the Yukon I do understand that UBC, the University of Lethbridge (UofL) and University of Victoria (UVIC.) But I know that you’ll love TRU if you are willing to give it a chance.

The Campus is great, it has nine main buildings. Each one most TRU students shorten to initials when we text each to save us having to write out each building as some of the names are quite long. The buildings are the Campus Activity Center or CAC, Arts and Education or AE, International Building or IB, The Brown House of Learning or HOL, Old Main or OM. Old Main was actually the original Cariboo College building back when it was established in 1970. It also has the Science building or S, Clock Tower or CT and Trades and Technology or T&T.

Each building is unique as it holds different classes in each one. As you can guess AE would hold lots of English, Philosophy kind of courses. IB has has lecture halls and usually holds all the bigger classes. This can range in many subjects. The HOL is interesting because it holds many uses. It has a huge lecture hall, a library, offices, a computer lab, and a Tim Horton’s.

Campus Activity Center

Campus Activity Center

And I tell you the Timmies line up is insane most of the time. OM has a combination of most subjects as well as Starbucks. OM is usually where offices, the clinic, the registrar and other places are. It also holds the black box theatre which is where most of my classes are. The CT has the big lecture halls and more classrooms. The Science building is pretty self explanatory as is the T&T building.

Right in the middle of AE, IB, HOL and CAC is what students call Campus Commons. It’s a big open area where in September and October when it’s still quite nice out students hang out with friends. Lots of times during the warm months I’ve seen as many as 100 students lounging around enjoying the sun. It’s also a great place to play catch, frisbee or other games if you have the time.

Campus Commons

Campus Commons

I personally go there when I can to enjoy the sun. In the winter it can be a bit annoying to walk from say the CT to AE, which are on opposite sides of campus. Despite the small nature of the university it can still take over 10 minutes to get from one class to another. That usually isn’t the case however.

TRU also has a variety of housing arrangements, close to or actually on campus. There is the Residence or New Rez. Then you have On Campus Housing or Old Rez. Both of which are on campus. And finally Upper College Heights which is just off of campus. Most people tend to want to move out of New Rez after one year there because it turns into such a gong show. I don’t know about Old Rez and Upper College heights isn’t bad honestly.

TRU New Residence

TRU New Residence

The dorms when it’s super hot still are unbearably hot. But I’m not trying to sway your decision. Personally I think everyone should experience Residence at least once in their life time. I mean what’s university without a little Hell right?

My suggestion if you are trying to decide where to go? I would suggest New Rez. It maybe crazy, loud, and outrageously expensive but out of the 3 it is by far the nicest. Besides New Rez comes equipped with a TV, cable and internet. So you never have to worry about Internet bills. (All the free downloading you could want!!!!) I can’t say if Old Rez is bad as I have never lived there. But Upper College heights is a no go for me next year.

Now let’s approach this a little differently. Let’s go into some of my experiences here at TRU. I’ve had some amazing times here in Kamloops and some not so good ones. I’ve made plenty of amazing friends. In general I’ve enjoyed my classes. Some more than others. I’ve also been on the losing end of a couple of potential relationships. It’s been extremely hard, but in life you may get knocked down. But when you do you must learn to get back up. However, you never can know you just might meet your future partner. It’s where a lot of partners actually meet.

Obviously, every year people can and will go through a rough patch. I recently dug myself out a seven year rough patch. That story is for later. Last year I felt I was playing referee and councillor to a ton of my friends in New Rez. Another negative thing by the way. That’s one reason I moved out of Rez.

But in all I feel that it was a good move coming here to Kamloops and Thompson Rivers University. I have amazing friends, I’m enjoying my classes and every day presents a new challenge. I’m not saying make up your mind right now, but do consider possibly giving it a chance. You never know you’ll be surprised as to what you find…….

We all make mistakes. It’s a fact of being human. Everyone does it. I guess when you take into consideration that when people write blogs they write about personal stuff. Is that stuff sometimes questionable. Maybe it’s not the questionable, but how you broadcast that post to the public is how it can backfire on you.

If you all refer to my previous post “The New Me” I said some questionable things. I edited those things out to keep it more neutral. Let’s say that I don’t really know what happened and what came over me. I wrote that post back in November actually. It was right about the time that I was really upset and mad at life during a stretch I was going through. Don’t worry everyone I’m not going to off the deep end here. I worked it out.

That said to close out 2013 I was sick. Not outrageously but enough that my mother took me to the hospital. After that adventure I was seriously contemplating if I was going to come back for this semester. I was and am still feeling the side effects of it slightly. Kind of like a seriously long hangover if you ask me. But anyway, I was like if I get sick I’m going to be sick in Kamloops because being with my friends is much more important to me then staying stuck at home. In the end I think this will be the end I want.

However, that is not ruling out next year. I don’t honestly know what I want to do next year. I’m going to start looking in the newspapers and everything for places around Kamloops and jobs around here. Because I’d like to be in this region even if I’m not in school. But that’s a ways away yet. Essentially I am keeping myself steady by going day by day. Because I still am kind of confused as to what I want to do in university.

So….Let’s move forwards to 2014 shall we? (Wow 2014! It’s incredible. Many people didn’t expect us to live past 2012. (Serves them fools right) I’m really starting to feel old here.) 2014 started out better but then yesterday I got a bit of news. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to turn miserable like I was last time it happened. So let’s say that I am really banking on a good friend to bail me out of this one. Let’s say she is either going to be my saviour or my failure. (High standards no?)

Since I can’t really remember what the beginning of 2013 was like I can only guess that it was kind of like this one. However I do remember my birthday more clearly than the rest of the month. I will be putting this all into a different post that I hope will help you all understand. For those of you who want to read it will require a password which I will supply to those brave enough to dare to read it.

In all I really hope my birthday this year goes more smoothly than my one from last year. But to be blatantly honest…….I’d rather skip my birthday all together. I just don’t like celebrating them that much.

Take care for now everyone,

Jophis23

Hello Everyone,

First off before we start this post I’d like to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

So to start:

I’m sorry to everyone, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been the past month essentially. The thing is, when I went back home, to the Yukon for Christmas I didn’t really want to deal with anyone. Or anything for that matter. I just wanted to sit at home and play Xbox through the holidays. Also another reason I wanted to just ignore everything is to see if I could get over how I feel about this one girl I like.

My stress level has gone down considerably and I have moved on (hopefully) I will still have to deal with seeing her everyday but I think I can bear that because I know that I will never be the one for her. This is a tricky situation however, because I honestly don’t know what happened between the 2 of us. So I have a friend of mine trying to dig out the information I need to possibly mend the relationship.

I do have some New Year Resolutions however. They aren’t huge ones but they matter regardless.

Number 1: Get a Girlfriend. Yes, that is the big one. I’ve had two so far in my life each relationship has lasted 2.5 years. Which during High school is pretty good. I thought I had something going with this chick but that didn’t exactly pan out. I think I have a plan as to how to do this but I will see how it works. Anything is possible in 365 days.

Number 2: Do better in school. I guess for me this is a major challenge. I’ve always done the best I can in school. What has always been my downfall is exams. I do great on assignments, homework and other stuff. But the exam bit…..That’s where my downfall always has been and probably always will be.

Number 3: Most people think that talking about yourself is a bad thing. However, I have so many friends I’ve listened to over the years that I’ve kept my emotions bottled up inside me. Now I think that it’s time I found someone and it’s my turn to bitch.I’m not saying all the time. I’m just saying that when I need to talk I think instead of saying everything is fine I will say no it’s not and try and talk about it like I originally want.

Number 4: This is the one that I think will be hardest to accomplish but I think that if I work hard at it I can do it. The resolution is to get the first book of my novel series published. I know school and work will take up time but I think that if I really work at it. Maybe spend an hour or so a day I should be able to put together a novel that will sell decently.

My Goal for the resolutions is to accomplish 1,2, and 4. 3 is a bit of a wild card because it all depends on the day and what has happened. That sort of thing. So all I can say is Bring it on 2014!

Talk to you guys in a few days

Jophis23