University Must Haves & Tips!

sam_1801Winter is Coming and first year students are shivering in both excitement and worry! But fear not, I’m here to give you tips on how to survive this big transition.

1) There’s nothing worst than forgetting your bus pass and getting ticketed for it. I’ve been there. To avoid this accident from happening, find a wallet that has a window ID. I found this functional and chic Michael Kors wallet that has the window ID at the back, a keyring and multiple compartments. Its small size is ideal for tight spaces.

2) At first you would think that having pizza or burgers everyday is a dream come true since fast food is very accessible in most campuses, but I must warn you that your health, wallet and tastebuds will not like you in the long run. It’s not a sin to have the occasional greasy, overpriced food from campus, although I highly suggest that you bring food from home/dorm most of the time. This glass Lock&Lock container is a must in my list as it’s the perfect size, is BPA free, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe and best of all, has a locking system that seals it air and water tight!

3) If you so prefer and your professor allows it, laptops and iPads are good ways to remain eco-friendly and sharing notes will be easier. However, I personally find these options distracting because who wouldn’t be tempted to check social media when sat in lecture for hours? I’m going to be honest, I plead guilty to such crime! To avoid this, try it old school. This cute trio from Studio-Oh! that I found from Chapters will do the trick! Also, despite paying overpriced tuition, don’t expect luxurious, oversized tables. It’s most probable that you will find very small desks so aim to buy small notebooks. Lastly, binders will be your enemy!

4) What’s paper without writing utensils? As tempting as it may be to buy those pens and pencils that come in 12s, trust me, you don’t need any more than one. Invest in one good, expensive pen & pencil because it will last you longer and you don’t have to worry about asking it back from that unprepared classmate. Unless you intend to make ‘sharing’ into flirting with that cute guy/girl in class, then perhaps you can save an extra one ; ) I highly recommend brands such as Pentel, Pilot and Staedtler.

5) You may think that school books are more than enough of a read, but if you’re like me who enjoys leisure reading, you’d probably find yourself procrastinating with other books. There is nothing wrong with that because at the very least, this option expands your knowledge and you’re less likely to fall into the trap of pulling an all-nighter because you were too distracted with the internet and all its glory! Bookmarks are very helpful in both leisure and school reads. This feather bookmark is from a local market but you can buy ones similar to it on Etsy!

6) As organized as day/weekly planners may be, there are too bulky and incompatible with my preferences. I like post-it notes better and as a fan of Hello Kitty, these are perfect for those short notes, reminders and to-do lists!

7) Earphones are necessary not only for your favourite tunes in those daily bus rides, but also for when you need peace & quiet when studying. You are likely to encounter a person who prefers studying in groups but as friendly and fun as that may seem, it can sometimes get distracting. Plugging in your earphones, even without music playing, is the ultimate ‘Do not disturb’ sign. If they are really persistent or you just happen to be in a noisy environment, consider noise-cancelling headphones such as the ones I own from Sony.

8) If you are lucky enough to experience dorm life like I did, decorating your own room for floormates/housemates to visit is exciting! Those first few weeks will feel a little lonely, but adding personality into your space will attract people that share common interests and you’ll eventually find some good folks, possibly even lifelong friends. So don’t be afraid to show your inner geekiness and with that, I chose this Game of Thrones Stark Stein! You know nothing, Jon Snow”.


I hoped this post was informative for you freshmen. Which school are you attending and what field of study? Good luck and take care!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

 

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Music Recommendation of the Week: Hey Rosetta!

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Hey Rosetta! is a six-member indie rock band from St. Johns Newfoundland and Labrador, led by Tim Baker. I first heard Hey Rosetta! when searching for new music in the internet. What captivated my attention was the unique transitions and eventual blending of various instruments: from electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, drums, cello, the violin and to the unexpected tinkling of the xylophone.

Tim Baker, who is (ehmm) such a beau, is the lead singer. His voice is charmingly masculine with an incredible range and dynamics, switching effortlessly from low to high notes. But on certain songs where some of the members harmonize or play backing vocals, it becomes pure eargasm.

Their songs are mostly danceable but ironically, contrasts with the usual melancholy and poetically inclined lyrics. Thus, it’s no surprise that I’m such a fan.

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Hey Rosetta! at Calgary Folk Fest 2014

Just last week, I was able to see them for the first time at Calgary Folk Festival. I was in awe, jaw dropped (figuratively) at their incredible, lively stage presence. The balance of sounds resonating from their instruments, perfect in volume from each, was music to my ears (well duh…). On occasion, Tim encouraged the crowd to sing along and guess who poured their heart out? Who cared about the embarrassment I must’ve received from doing so? The sing along was well worth the confused looks, especially when they played my favourite, Bandages! I cannot wait to see them again!


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Carry Me Home: “But I’d give my food and drink
To see my home again
To see my mother’s hand
Against her apron edge.”

2) Yer Spring: “Am I rising up?”

3) Young Glass: “Even though – I thought I was – all alone – I was wrong
Even though – I thought I was – all alone – I am not.”

4) Red Heart: “Were you born a closed book,
full of secret lines? (and bound so tight)
or did you learn to lock it,
as not to break your spine? (oh! you were bound so tight)
Cause you shut up
and you’re all shut inside.”

5) A Thousand Suns: “These are twisted times when trust and truth collide
When a stranger’s love could make your heart explode
I want to give it all back!”

6) Bandages: “That half of the bed
Empty like a page
All the cursive claims you’ve yet to make.”

Website: http://www.heyrosetta.com/

Come back for next week’s recommendation!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!