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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.

A stratagem; a plan or scheme to deceive someone or something. That aside The Beaux Stratagem – by George Farquhar opens tonight at the TRU Actors Workshop Theatre. The play is about two young gentlemen Archer and Aimwell, who devise a stratagem to travel from place to place deceiving young women and taking their money. However this stratagem goes terribly wrong. Both Archer and Aimwell fall in love for real. This play is going to be a great combination of comedy, drama, and hilariously inappropriate jokes.

I am really excited to open this show. I have the pleasure ‘again’ of running the lighting board. (For this show only though.) This is always fun because you get to observe the audience’s reactions for the first time.Until this point you can only laugh at the parts you think are funny but you can never really tell. I anticipate however that most of the places that I have laughed will be laughed at as well.

The Sweet Cherry, the ship the play takes place on

The Sweet Cherry, the ship the play takes place on.

Aside from Archer and Aimwell, this story centers around a highly disfunctional couple in Mr. and Mrs. Sullen. Mr. Sullen is always drunk which causes his wife to be upset most of the time. Aimwell falls for Mr. Sullen’s sister Dorinda, while Archer falls for Mrs. Sullen. This throws a major loop in their plan as even though Mrs. Sullen is reluctant at first she begins to fall for Archer.

Mr. Sullen and Dorinda’s mother Lady Bountiful is this crazy woman who loves to use her “medicinal powers” to help people. However, her “medicinal” ways may not have the strongest effect as like stated earlier she tends to be slightly crazy.

Over the course of the story Archer and Aimwell realize after a while that they both love Mrs. Sullen and Dorinda. They also hear of a plan to rob Lady Bountiful. Because they start to feel guilty and more loyal to Dorinda and Mrs. Sullen. So along with their own plan they decide to protect Lady Bountiful from being robbed by this guy named Gloss.

I haven’t told all the details here, why? Because I don’t want to give away the plot line to those who have yet to see it. Oh wait, that’s most of you. Having already seen this play multiple times I can say that most of you will love it. I can only hope it brings you as much entertainment as it did me when I first watched it. I still have moments when I burst out laughing because of places I find absolutely hilarious.

As much as I would love to keep writing about this fabulous play. I will leave you off wondering this. Do Archer and Aimwell find true love? Come watch the show at the Actors Workshop Theatre Feb.27,28, and Mar. 1st Along with Mar. 6,7,8 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12.00 at the Box Office. Come and enjoy the show everyone.

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

You tell me Guys!

Does what I am going to tell you in the next few paragraphs sound like a life crisis? If so I’d love to hear your feedback. Alright, here it goes.

I am currently in my second year at TRU in Kamloops for University. I’ve decided that I wanted to major in theatre with a concentration in the Communication Field. Sounds interesting right? Well I’ve been thinking of something lately. And that is after I finish with the Theatre and everything at TRU. I’d head over to SAIT in Calgary, Alberta for a trades school. Now which one do you ask me? Well that is a good question. I haven’t fully thought of that but trade that doesn’t require much math would be the ones I can handle best. I’d love to do the Film and Video Production, maybe the sheet metal program? Either of those would be really fun I think. Thoughts?

So That’s a small tidbit into my mind on the future. Thanks for listening guys!

Jophis23

“Love is a mystery in the eyes of everyone. Never truly discovered, only found by 2 people.”