It was about a year ago, Spring 2016, I made the decision to apply for the student exchange program at KPU. Crazy knowing nine months have gone by and I'm still in the process of filling out paperwork. Although I'm almost there, I wanted to do a short post on how this opportunity crossed my path and to give you a heads up, I'm going to Australia!
Story goes, I was studying with friend who I met in my Macro class, great guy, we were in the library studying and I brought up the idea of going on an exchange. Little did I know that "idea" is soon to be reality. I also bet he's super jealous because I told him to apply with me but he only has a few classes left to graduate so it wouldn't of worked out.
Before I could fill out the application, I had to decide where I wanted to go. I knew for sure I wanted to go to Australia however, I was torn between Perth or Melbourne; both very beautiful places. I make the decision by a flip of a coin. Melbourne, it is.
As of February 2017, I will be considered an International student at Swinburne University of Technology at the Hawthorn campus, Melbourne. Now you can't disagree that sounds pretty awesome. I just can't wait to be walking around with heavy textbooks and a smile on my face heading to class. I plan on taking my electives there so total of three classes. Intro to tourism, families relationships and sexuality and writing fiction, all over the place. Business, sociology and literature. What's great about studying abroad is that you can take courses that arn't available at your current institution, so why not take advantage of that! I never thought I would be this excited to go to school..
I must share that this is the longest, complicated, paperwork process I have ever experienced with back and forth emails, scheduled meetings, phone calls and tons of research but is it worth it? I sure hope so. Today I sent off one of the many paperwork bundles, but this one was special. This was my "acceptance" paperwork, accepting their offer as an exchange student. Now, I wait for the official letter stating "YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED" which then, will be used to apply for visa followed by finally booking my flight. Let me repeat myself, complicated.
I am super grateful that I have this opportunity to even consider going on an exchange. If it weren't for the staff who have been helping me through this process, I wouldn't be where I am today, thank you! I emphasize that the culture at KPU is beyond supportive. I never hesitate to reach out for support or any question that need answers. KPU is almost a second home, where friends are family and the Surrey Library Campus is my bedroom since I've fallen asleep so many times there. What I love about KPU is the small classroom sizes and the teachers. They are able to really connect with their students and offer additional learning support. I have never been declined help from a professor, thank goodness.
I'm looking forward to studying abroad and seeing how different it is compared to studying at KPU!
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For those who don't recognize who Yanis Marshall is, check out this video or this one. Still don't know? Alright, well he's a dancer born in 89 in France and specializes in sexy street jazz heels choreography. He's currently on tour which explains his visit to Vancouver, however you would usually find him in New York or Los Angeles.
Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents: Post Malone , Jazz Cartier and Larry June
While some were spending their evening getting ready for their third Halloween night out, I was making my way to the city for an exiting event filled with bruises and mosh pit madness. This wasn't my first rodeo so I knew what is to be expected however this time, I have some tips to share with you guys for any genre of people filled concerts.
1) Braid your hair. This will prevent major hair loss as you are stuck between many sweaty human bodies that as a result made my hair a rats nest. Literally qualifying as a potential living habitat.
2) Wear a vest with spikes on the back: Hate people pushing you forward? Complain no more. By wearing a spiked vest, the humans pushing you will be the ones complaining.
3) Bring a floatie: The circle ones you can find at the dollar store. Why? This will forcefully create personal space as attempted intruders will be bounced off. It's also super light and if you buy the children ones they will fit around your waist perfectly.
I have been on a concert binge these past two months because some of my favorite rappers are touring around. I have been super lucky to have purchase my tickets in advance because every concert I’ve attended have been sold out! Schoolboy Q, sold out, Post Malone Sold out, and yes, ASAP Ferg also sold out.
Today was already a busy day given that I was sick but prior to the concert, I attended a 4 hour dance workshop taught by the one and only Yanish Marshall which was also sold out, score. After that I rushed over to put my dance stuff in my brother’s car because he was meeting me downtown and yes, he was also sick. Just call us the Sick Siblings.. get it? Sick as in cool gangster …hip yeah? No. okay. We headed in and agreed to skip the moshpit madness and enjoy the show from the second level which supringly, the view wasn’t that bad. The show had started and it was dark, difficult to find spots. Everything was taken in the middle so we got comfortable on the right side. This was my first time hearing the name PlayboyCarti and maaan this guy is lit. Seats became available in the middle section, second row and we bring over our heavy duty jackets and scarfs to claim our seats.
I was snapchatting myself dancing when I was distracted by a yougin behind me. I turned around to ask “how old are you?” he raised an eyebrow, old enough. HA omg. No seriously how old are you I asked again, he replied. “Sixteen”.. bro. seriously. At this point I started to notice who I was surrounded by and they were all under the age of seventeen! Me being five years older than them, I felt obligated to make sure they were alive. I’m enjoying the concerts bobbing my head and the kid next to me asks, “do you have a cup?” uhh homie does it look like I have a cup. “no”. He pulls out a ziplock back of booze and says “I need to drink this”.. I thought to myself, yeah clearly because you don’t look hammered enough. I suggested to seal the bag and to make a hole on the bottom corner and drink it through there. What have I done. A genius idea to encourage underage drinking, at this point there was nothing else I can do and what did you expect, to grab it out of their hand?! They would attack me.
We are now considered “friends” and conversation sparks. I hear behind me some boy were about to pop Xanax?! Jesus Christ. He asked me if I had any water. “no”… that I was willing to share at least. So he proceeded to chase it with some alcohol, lovely.
My brother who is seventeen leans over and asks, “what’s Xanax?” Innocent child.
At the end of the concert, which was amazing by the way! SO HYPE. I was shocked to see more of the younger generating there than adults. What’s happening? How much younger can they be? I understand all ages isn’t limited to a certain age but what if I start seeing 14 year olds? Time will tell..
Tonight I had the opportunity to work at Vancouver's two level night club, the Roof Garden. Next to me in the photo is lovely woman named Tess and girl, I have a confession.