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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.

Some people struggle with a social life, some with work. Others struggle with the course load and commitment needed to help you succeed in school. But, that commitment in one department means that you must make sacrifices in other areas of your world. For me it’s a complicated situation. School isn’t my strongest point. I know and admit that. Well I won’t say school in general I’ll say that tests aren’t my strongest point. It sucks because unlike some people I enjoy university learning.

When it comes to exams in university, I suck. I freak out I usually don’t know what to do or my brain blanks. My other biggest flaw is getting started on final projects. I hate it so much. I want to do I really do. I just stress so much that it causes me to do badly.

Anyway onto the point of this. I’ve had to make many sacrifices this semester, including skipping events with my roommates. I know that maybe I should stop being so busy with theatre stuff and focus more on my friends. But in all honesty I consider my theatre friends closer to me then my roommates at this point.

I guess I spend so much time with theatre stuff because I have to Stage Manage Directors Festival. What is Directors Festival? Well Directors Festival or D-Fest as most of us in the theatre department call it. This has taken up a lot of my time. I’ve had to put together this binder with all the scripts to every play in the show for Night B.

This is definitely the toughest test I’ve had to endure this year because it’s taken so much time and is still going to take so much more. But All I can say here is bring it on…!

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.

Excellent Post Hannah 🙂

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,


Sometimes I think we do things out of spite for other people. Other times I think it’s out of pity. Then there is sometimes I think that people actually care and want to do. That’s the case with Actors and Actresses at the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Actors Workshop Theatre. (AWT) If combined all together (TRUAWT) If you really wanna know more about TRU and the Actors Workshop Theatre follow them on Twitter. The thing I notice is that every student in the AWT really loves  doing it. I mean why would we do something that we hate?

It doesn’t really matter if you’re a 1st year or a 4th year, we all seem to get along well. Well I guess it matters in some regards you don’t usually see 1st years mixing with 4th years. This isn’t completely as some 1st years seem to have made their way into the “in crowd” with the older students. Even in 2nd year you really have to work to make an impression on the 3rd and 4th year students. For me personally I think I had a slight advantage because of my age. If I had gone to university directly out of high school I would be in 4th year right now. However, by taking 2 years off it makes me a 2nd year. I’m the same age or older then a lot of the 3rd or 4th years because you can’t obviously stop yourself from aging. Sometimes I feel so old compared to my classmates.

Well anyway the 1st show of the year, Gossip by George F. Walker, was a huge success! I really enjoyed it I got to go see it twice. The story itself is quite good. It’s about this investigator journalist trying to solve the murder of Jane (Bitch) Nelson. Tyrone Power (The Main Character) is told by his boss Baxter to solve the case of who killed Bitch Nelson. This leads him to slowly solve a giant ring of crime. I suggest if you really want to enjoy this play however you go see it performed somewhere. I could go into all the details but that would take way to much effort. It’s fantastically done. I’m really proud to have been able to say I helped put on this show.

The next show that the TRUAWT is putting on is An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen. I don’t know much about this play except that it’s a mystery. I haven’t had a chance to actually read the play itself yet. However, I will get to see the play about 10-12 times. So by the end of the play I will definitely have a good idea of what is going on. For An Enemy of the People or “Enemy” as we refer to it. None of the actors/resses from Gossip are in Enemy, which is kind of nice because this allows us to see an entirely new cast of student actors/resses. That is probably something I’m looking forward to the most. A chance to see friends I either haven’t seen or who have played a minor role in plays.

For Enemy, I’m doing the lighting board. That’s where I will be in charge of the entire light system for the show. It’s going to be interesting. But since I need so many ‘crew’ hours for one of my classes this should be able to cover most if not the rest of them. I don’t mean to sound stuck up or like I’m better than everyone else in the class, but I can tell my technical theatre (class) prof really relies on me. I just try and do a good job and make sure everyone succeeds. Being in a Theatre department calls for a lot of teamwork. For example to make a play successful it calls for cooperation from everyone. If the Stage Manager didn’t check in on the lights, sounds, running and dressing crews the whole show would collapse. But what’s so awesome about doing something like this is that it makes everyone become friends. And if everyone is friends it makes everything a whole hell of a lot easier.

We still however have to deal with building, painting, lighting, costumes, and everything else before this play can go on. Without these people there would be no show. Enemy opens in 4 weeks and I’m looking forward to it. But Lets remember that even though it’s only a small part of the theatre department that is helping it makes it a whole lot easier with the cooperation of everyone involved. Working around different schedules. Working around the building of a stage. Anything like that always makes life better. I really enjoy theatre and everyone in it. Whether it be 4th years or a couple of the 1st years everyone in Theatre has a part to play in becoming a star at TRU.

Have a good one guys!


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

Why the sad face?

Well to tell you the truth, its really simple. I’ve been so bogged down with homework that I haven’t had the actual time to update this bloody thing. The reason being, you just have to read the title to guess why. I have like 3 essays due on Wednesday. And there has only been 2 weeks of class! Unbelievable, right? I thought so.

So since I only have one class tomorrow I will be spending a good part of the day doing homework. I don’t care much about homework but it’s a necessity at this time of my life. Joy to the world. Not…..

The essay for Communications (CMNS1290) is actually quite simple honestly. And it’s not even going to be graded! This essay is a 5 paragraph essay which will essentially just assess our skills as writers. That one will be easy. As for the other two…..I don’t know if I can describe them as they are much more complicated.

Even if I can explain them I doubt I would as it is 1:00am here.

Talk to you later everyone!


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

Ok so I lied the previous TRU Post that I did was just an introduction. This post is going to be more about my courses and my schedule. Not that it is a bad thing because I honestly have a pretty awesome schedule.

On Monday and Wednesday’s I have two incredibly heavy days. I start at 11:30am and go until 6:30pm. (That felt weird as I don’t use 12-hour time much.) From 11:30am-1:20pm I have Theatre-2110 (THTR2110) which is Acting and Character Portrayal. Should be fun. Directly after that from 1:30pm-2:45 pm I have Theatre-1100 (THTR1100) which is Introduction to Theatre. This course focuses more on the theatrical and history of theatre throughout time. After THTR1100 I get 45 minutes off before I head to a 3 hour class. On Monday I have Communications-1290 (CMNS1290), and on Wednesday I have English-1100 (ENGL1100).

Tuesday and Thursday I only have one class Theatre-2120 (THTR2120) Introduction to Technical Theatre at 3:30pm. That’s crazy as I get so That class should be interesting as it deals with more building of sets for plays. The nicest thing about Tuesday and Thursday is it allows me most of the day to do homework and I can then do shit all on Fridays (Next Paragraph).

Fridays I have no classes which is nice because I take Fridays to do nothing. 🙂 It’s really nice actually.


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