This year’s TIFF experience was exhausting

TIFF ended 15 days ago, and I am just writing my TIFF experience blog now. Sigh. I’ve had such a hectic schedule since the end of August, I’m not sure why I decided it would be a good idea to start a brand spankin’ new blog. Perhaps I underestimated the workload for the first month of school… Though actually, it’s less about the “first month of school” but more “first month of the last year of undergraduate school”. I have always been involved with extracurricular activities at school, but because I am in my last year, I’ve felt greater pressure to add more to my resume to ensure I can start my career as soon as I graduate. This meant trying to juggle positions at two part-time jobs, one student group, four school courses, and briefly, a two-week volunteer position all at the same time. Chaos.

Make the most of your 20s

We’ve been called pre-adults, emerging adults, millennials, the defining decade and the lost decade. We graduated during the worst economy in recent memory and pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps to recover what was lost. We’ve been told 80% of life’s most significant events take place by age 35, but listened to other 20-somethings daydream about “taking some time off,” presumably to spend more time gaming. We have an intuitive sense that the foundation we lay now will continue to carry us throughout life. We’ve seen lists on “20 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make” go viral and helped make it happen. One thing is clear: we’re searching for answers on how to make sense of this messy life we’re leading. I know, because this is my generation.

I read this article a couple weeks back, and it made an impression on me. “20 tips to makes the most of your 20s” sounded just like another article formatted as a list particularly for millennials like me who have short attention spans, but the article gave great advice. I am in my last undergraduate year, so the list reminded me of all the things I should do to change my mindset about my future.

But looking at this list, I can confidently say that I am definitely fulfilling at least seven of these suggestions: Be honest, choosing the right friends, start listening etc. But there is also a lot of work to be done: Stop complaining, be revolutionary, make a cold call etc. When I turn 30, I want to have cleared this list!

Begin the end

I suppose it’s very fitting to start a blog today out of all days.

Today marks the last holiday weekend before the start of my last undergraduate year. Today marks the summer Transfer Deadline Day for the 2013-2014 European football season, which my all-time favourite players moved from my team for the past three years to his home team, AC Milan. And last week, I helped participate in organizing and promoting Ryerson University 2013-2014 frosh week on their various RU Student Life social media accounts, which was significant to me because I had never attended the frosh week for my first year at Ryerson University – way back in the fall of 2007. As my Instagram caption for the photo I published on last week’s first day of frosh, “Beginning the end with the beginning I never began with.”

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  • Berlin's Cathedral Church. I love travelling. ❤️
  • With all the places I visited in 2017, it's easy to forget that I also did a three-day weekend trip to Paris. 🇫🇷
  • "Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race." Bought this book yesterday after seeing it circulate on Instagram via @emmawatson's post. As a WOC raised in Toronto 🇨🇦 but moved to London 🇬🇧 last year, I was really surprised to see the difference of how POC are treated are over here compared to in Canada. I too have gone through negatives experiences in the UK, where people would think they are being polite or being inclusive, when it actually just made me feel even more excluded because of my race. Multiculturalism is so different here. I can't wait to start reading.
  • I miss this. #Dresden #FlashbackFriday
  • I think I need to watch more Premier League games! I was a bit disappointed by the atmosphere tbh, because @torontofc games at BMO Field have set such a high standard in terms of a footie fan atmosphere that even big games like Arsenal FC vs. Chelsea FC seem bland in comparison. ⚽ Could just be the supporter rules in English stadiums though. 🤷🏻‍♀️ P.S. I'm real tired of the image compression on Instagram. Ugh.
  • Spent the last night of 2017 drunk and, quote unquote, being "the life of the party" at a New Year's Eve party. Apparently I've got great stamina. 😂 There are definitely some things that I will never forget from last night... 😏

2017 was a huge year of changes for me, but I've never been happier. I want to continue to learn and to grow as fast and as much as I can. Can't wait to see what 2018 will have in store for me! ❤️