I know its already been 2 weeks since we’ve been back, but I’ve just been so overwhelmed with readings and assignments that I have not had the time to update yet. So I am walking around campus and I am very excited to see many of the people who have contacted me through Facebook here and doing so well.
This week is the busiest week so far since I have been back. We have four assignments due in the upcoming week: Finance, Business Decision Models, Management Information Systems and Marketing. There are meetings every week. including meetings with my cultural club which I am an executive of: Queen’s United Chinese Student Association.
Also, after 2 weeks of being back, I finally finished unpacking most of my boxes, and somewhat settled into our apartment. It has been a very long process, but after finally getting it over with, I now feel more at home. If anyone is thinking of moving out after first year, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other 2nd years. We can provide you with excellent resources to use on your house-hunt.
Until next time!
It’s really hard to believe that the whole summer has flown by and that I’m back in Kingston again. To be completely honest, it feels great to be back. Although it was nice to relax over the summer, I have really enjoyed settling into my new house, spending time with all the friends I didn’t see over the summer, and taking advantage of the warm weather in Kingston (while it lasts at least…)
Getting back to class has surprisingly been one of the good parts of being back as well. Now that I am in second-year, I have the opportunity to take some more advanced courses that my first-year courses set the base for. This semester, I am taking Introduction to Finance, Case-Based Marketing, Business Decision Models (which is kind of like applied Calculus), and Management Information Systems (where you learn how to organize different information and processes in Business).
Besides classes, most people in second, third and fourth year have started to think about looking for a job. In my case, since I am looking for a summer job, I have attended (and also will be attending) many different information sessions put on by the firms that are looking to recruit at Queen’s. For example, tomorrow night, Proctor and Gamble will be having an information session at a restaurant close to campus. I am looking forward to being there, not only to hear what the recruiters are looking for, but also to get the chance to meet some of the executives that have taken time to come to Kingston to meet the students interested in working with them.
Both my classes and the career launch have contributed to a great start to the year, and if the trend continues, I can only imagine what will happen as the year progresses.
After being here at Queen’s for a week, it already feels a lot like home. Just to quickly recap my week…the move-in last Sunday went pretty smoothly. I expected to arrive to a chaotic, packed residence, but since all of the students moved in at different times throughout the day, it wasn’t hectic like how I thought it would be. Residence orientation started that evening, but after all of the Facebook groups about res, I think a lot of the other students here were already well-informed. It’s a quiet affair, but it’s an efficient way to meet others on your floor.
Wednesday marked the beginning of the faculty-specific orientation. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise for anyone, so all I really want to say about the Commerce orientation is that it’s a lot of fun, a lot of partying, a lot of screaming, and that the unique experience really brings everyone together. Considering it’s organized by students for students, they were very good at anticipating what our needs were as incoming frosh. Frosh week was definitely a memorable experience, and I would recommend that everyone give it a chance before judging the event too harshly. I warn you to catch up on sleep before frosh week, as you won’t be getting a good night’s sleep for the next seven days! (And that’s a good thing.)
On Sunday afternoon, I attended the Capstone event held at Ban Righ Hall. It gave students a chance to meet other frosh and interact with Queen’s professors and other Kingston residents. The event was a relaxing one, with great food…perfect timing since all of the cafs are closed on Sunday evenings.
Which brings me to today, Monday, the first day of classes. I only have one class, so I took it pretty easy today. I spent the rest of the evening scouring for food with friends, shopping for a new cell phone, and attempting to figure out the Kingston transit bus schedules. Coming from a big city to a much smaller one is a bit of an adjustment, but I’ll get there eventually!
Now I’m off to figure out where all of my classes will be held tomorrow…it looks like they’re scattered all over the place; but I’ve got an hour between every class so I can take some time to explore the main campus.
Until next time,