Hal-con 2016

As some of you may know, I’m a giant nerd. Naturally, that meant I *had* to go to the Halifax Comic Con. And so I bought myself a weekend pass, and made plans to have some fun!

The following are observations from the whole weekend:

  1. They had a rest area with inflated seats and let me tell you, that was heaven after being at con all day.
  2. Even though it wasn’t the biggest star lineup for panels, all the panels I went to were awesome.
  3. Nobody yelled at me for standing near the wall for two seconds to figure out where I was going. (Calgary Expo, I’m looking at you…)
  4. Some of the vendor art was absolutely beautiful, and I loved all the steampunk style jewelry for sale.
  5. Everyone was so friendly, from panelists to people standing in line. Two girls my age even started chatting with me and offered me Timbits while I was in line for a panel.
  6. My favorite cosplay was two (or three?) guys that had made Boba Fett cosplays including the armor. Absolutely amazing.
  7. The location was great since it’s in the heart of downtown Halifax and close to the boardwalk. So, it’s really convenient to go to lunch or do touristy things when the con gets tiring.

Overall, Hal-con was worth the weekend trip. I probably won’t be doing it next year, but I will definitely go back!

Also, huge shout outs to my friend from university who convinced me to go, my roommate who now lives in Halifax for getting me unlost, and one of my Banff friends who spent a lot of time with me the entire weekend.

If you guys have any questions about Hal-con, leave them below!

-Mel.

Lest We Forget

I had originally planned to post about my experience with Hal-con last weekend, however, I owe this great man for upholding my country’s freedom, and so it can wait.

The man above is my great grandpa, who fought in World War Two for the Canadian Navy doing supply runs in the North Atlantic. He is a hero, and one of my role models. Unfortunately, he passed away almost ten years ago, but he lives on in my memories.

Like many WW2 heroes, he was more than just a member of the Navy. He gave the best back massages, guaranteed to put my younger self to sleep, even though his hands were covered from calluses from years of hard work. He teased me about being shy to practice my French whenever I visited as well. His house was always a safe place, and you would leave stuffed with food, and hopefully a bit of lefsa. He and my great grandma were a strong couple, and I can remember them dancing together at one family gathering, looking so happy together.

So, every November 11th, I thank him for his service, and for the time I got to spend with him. His memory reminds me to live life in a way that embodies the positive qualities of life, from courage and perseverance, to love and giving back.

Lest we forget those that have fought for Canada and those who still fight.

-Mel.

Happy Halloween!

Hope all of you are having a spook-tacular day!

I just wanted to make a brief thank you post for going through the 30 Day School/University Challenge with me. It was a lot of fun, and it encouraged me to get studying! Special thanks to new followers Miguel Olmedo Morell, College Mate, The Historical Diaries, havau22, and Dr P M Yeah, MBA, JD, PhD.

I’ll be going back to regular posting now, which is every second Friday. It’s definitely less frequent but I need a bit of a breather with the amount of essays and exams coming up the next two months!

And, just since it’s Halloween, please enjoy the following:

2009-10-30-pun-kins

-Mel.

P.S. Source for pun here, in case you want to use it on your friends.

Top 3 Tips For School

Here are my top three tips for post-secondary or university!

  1. Talk to your profs: As scary as going to your prof’s office hours *alone* may seem, it’ll be totally worth it. Getting to know them is really useful for references later, and getting help on content first hand is incredibly helpful. Since I’m at a small university, this is a lot easier since my profs remember me anyways, but I still have to put in the effort to talk to them.
  2. Learn how to study and write: University is a lot harder if you don’t know what types of study methods work for you. Writing is incredibly important for academic writing, so you’ll need to pick up that skill fast. Check out your campus for resources that can help you, for example, my university has a writing center to help students.
  3. Get involved: You’ll probably hear this so many times it hurts, but join a few clubs and societies. You don’t have to go to every meeting, but even being informed by being on an email list doesn’t hurt. I personally have joined a few societies, and the extra lectures and events they facilitate have been pretty cool and enlightening!

Anyone else have a tip for those in university? Leave them down below!

-Mel.

The Best Thing About University

In my opinion, the best thing about university is freedom.

Suddenly after high school, you’re most likely living in a new place without the support systems like your parents or high school friends that you’re used to. And it’s really scary, that all of life suddenly looks a lot like a giant question mark.

That’s a good thing, because now you have the freedom to make your life what you want and need it to be.

You have the freedom to learn about anything and everything you want to. You can take whatever courses you want, and take what you need to learn about life out of them. You have the freedom to join whatever activities on campus that look attractive, and make new friends with whoever you want. You have the freedom to live on your own, make your own schedule, and take care of yourself.

All those options might look scary, but they’re all important choices you need to make yourself. In doing just that, you’ll learn a lot of lessons about yourself and the world, and from there you can decide where you want to go in life.

So, the freedom in university, it’s a good thing. It allows you to grow in ways you can’t even imagine yet, and I’m sure you’ll be grateful for the roller coaster of an adventure it’ll be.

What do guys think is the best part of university? Leave a comment below!

-Mel.

 

Your To Do List

So, since today is a Friday, here is my to do list for the weekend:

  • Rewrite my lecture notes for the week
  • Work on my history essay
  • Go and work at the Coady library on Sunday
  • Work on Spanish exercises
  • Do research for other papers
  • Hang out with friends
  • Go grocery shopping 

What do you guys have to do this weekend? Leave a comment down below!

-Mel.

Favourite Quote

This semester, this has been my favorite quote so far:

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. -Theodore Roosevelt

It’s written on my quote wall in my room, and it’s just a nice little reminder to look at when I’m studying.

I definitely do have bad days in university, and this quote reminds me to have a little faith and I’ll get where I’m going. Especially during midterm, essay, or exam season, it’s a nice reminder that you just need a bit of confidence to achieve your goals.

What are your favourite quotes this semester? Leave it down below in the comments, and I might add it to my quote wall!

-Mel.

What Motivates You

I couldn’t really pinpoint one thing, so here’s a list of things that motivate me to do well in school:

  1. My family
  2. My friends
  3. My dream job (to be a diplomat)
  4. To learn new and interesting things
  5. Coffee
  6. Having the chance to get scholarships for school
  7. The chance to go digging through old documents

What motivates you to do well in school? Leave a comment down below!

-Mel.

Study Playlist

During the last 30 Day Challenge I did, I started a Spotify playlist for this blog, and I’ve updated it a bit for this post! You can find it here.

Otherwise, I usually listen to more instrumental music when I’m really focusing on studying or doing assignments. This year I’ve been listening to the X-men First Class album as well as some of the epic movie score playlists on Spotify.

If I’m feeling like music with lyrics, I’ll usually listen to acoustic pop or covers, or Hamilton. I listen to those types of playlists when I’m rewriting notes or need to relax a bit between classes.

What type of music do you guys listen to when you’re studying? Leave songs, albums, or playlists down below!

-Mel.