In grade 12, as I was nearing my high school graduation and preparing to go to the University of Waterloo, moving out from my then-home in Whitby was inevitable. The notion of having my own space and total freedom seemed like a dream come true. Along with it, I had all of these far-fetched ideas of how I would spend my freshman year at university. The Emily of 2012 was someone who neatly packed her embroidered tea towels, china tea set, framed opera posters, and any other dainty lacy thing I had collected over the years, and imagined how I would deck out my new townhouse residence. After spending one day in said residence with my crazy roommates, I decided that living away from home was not for me. In fact, at the end of the first semester, I transferred to Ryerson and spent my time commuting from both my mom’s in Whitby and my dad’s in Toronto.
I’ve finally done it. I’ve completed my final term of my undergraduate degree, and each “last” was a roaring triumphant victory: turning in my last paper, completing my last lab, writing the last word on my final exam. As I pushed through these last months, I have been so wrapped up in reaching the finish line that I gave little thought to what I truly want to do after it was all over. Since I was a kid, I constantly flip-flopped between what I wanted to be when I grew up, always trying to pick “real” jobs. Read More
Despite my adoration of city life, I’m the first to say that there are times where I need to step back from being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of total urbanity. I spend nearly every moment of my life surrounded by both locals and tourists, especially since my university is located smack-dab in the middle of downtown Toronto and work part-time in guest services as one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions. When you spend that much time surrounded by a constant flow of people, you can’t help but acknowledge the fact that you’ve become a city girl; I am a city girl through and through, there’s no denying it.
Let’s face it: one of the biggest problems that can impede us from following our goals (such as wandering around the globe) is a lack of funds. As a university student ready to enter grad school this coming September, the fear of not being able to travel for the next little while has me riddled with worry. I can’t imagine not being able to visit at least one new place a year, be it internationally or within my own beautiful country. However, with the right amount of planning and self-control, you’ll still be able to take those trips on a tight budget.
I was initially hired onto Student Unity Project (“SUP”) team — a registered charity devoted to changing school environments and off-setting the damage that can be caused by exclusion and hostility when you walk the halls of your school alone — before the organization became a registered charity. After my summer student contract ended the first summer I was with them, I decided to stay on as a volunteer not only because of how important the charity was to me, but also the people who run it. SUP hires and trains high school students to mentor, support and be a friend, to other high school students who are being bullied. As someone who had been bullied in elementary school (you can read about that on the SUP blog by clicking here), I understand the importance of preventing this from happening, or at least alleviating the burden of being bullied wherever possible. I’ve finally found my permanent volunteer position of choice and I could not be any happier than I am with SUP.
Trying to come up with a solid everyday makeup routine was actually a lot more difficult than I first anticipated. I began this journey of makeup discovery several probably back in second year (2013), when I decided to move beyond just basic foundation and a touch of mascara. Since then, my makeup selection has increased drastically — so much so, that this past summer I had to buy a big trunk to keep it all in. Two shelves in this are filled with just my lipsticks alone.
My last travel post featured on Elite Daily! Click the photo above to redirect to the page and let me know what you think in the comments.