Wednesday, December 15, 2010

UBC'ing. You-be-seeing: An Unusually Long Photo Diary

I feel like a university student.
But you are a university student.

Shut up, interior monologue.
So it has happened. I have matured. (Please do not extricate evidence that otherwise seems to contradict this statement. Read: holy moli ravioli).

1. I am slowly transitioning from my email to my email (which by the way, is where you should email me now!) LIKE, GMAIL!? How adult is that? As said by a peer of mine, I am "deflowered". Geddit? Haha, chuckle, chuckle, snort, snort!
It's like my childish instincts are being siphoned out of me at a rate of 248558 girly-bits/min. and the accumulation of sophistication is occurring at a rate of 248558 soph-bits/min. (Oh, see how I still remember calculus? This calls for a function, as in, a function celebrating my intelligence. Heh.)

2. I write papers, not essays y'all. *shoulder brush*

4. I have profs, not teachers y'all. *shoulder brush--but to no avail--that rascal piece of lint still won't brush off!*

Anyways, what will start now is a photo diary depicting My First Term of University.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words....but they were probably not referring to cellphone camera pictures, eh? It's true. Cellphone camera pictures indeed. However, fear not, as I will compensate by pairing 'em up with commentary by yours truly.

The September sun was certainly a sight to marvel at. Blue skies, fresh green vegetation on campus; school started off with oh-so aesthetic-appealing sights.

 Shrooms! And this is only debut number one of my gold metallic sneakers. Sadly, as routines go, I am stuck in a rut--they have become my everyday sneaks. *winces* Thank goodness they're pretty, though. And vintage, of course.  

 Like I've mentioned in an earlier post (what. *you* all don't creep me? Ridics, I say). Falling in love with fall was so easy. Truly. I've never been much of an autumn person. I used to be completely biased and only fixated my admiration and longing for one season only: summer. But if beautiful yellow, red, and orange leaves are slowly falling from treetops and are thrusting their beauty in your face, how can you not be touched and want au-tumn au-ll the time?
 Highlighter and highlighter yellow shoes? Win. Working outside in September and October was a luxury, though, seeing as November brought rain and December brought cold. Will cherish this fact next year, definitely. 

Pretty, right? And a couple of months later... 
...and a couple of months later, this is what it looked like. Not that different, right? Only difference is that the flag is turned the other way.

We constantly were chilling-like-villains. P.S. yes, that is my backpack. My very functional backpack. I no longer carry purses. I know! It's silly! Like, function over fashion....who does that!?

Another sunny September day--love that skirt, love those rings. Sadly, there is no documentation of the outfit.

Hellcats! Heard of it? I hadn't---till they started filming at our school. It stars Ashley Tisdale and that other blonde one. I admit, I got a bit fan-girl-ish. Not that I'm a fan. I'm simply a consumer of media. I don't know which is worse. Also, apparently UBC is a hot spot for Hollywood. (Now does that mean *insert hot celebrity* has the possibility of being within 50 meters from me? Hot dang! I chose the right school).

This is The Bus Loop. Also known as my own personal hell. Commuting 4 hours per day is bound to have an effect on me, so hush now. [But there is an 85% chance that me and a few friends will be getting an apartment next year near campus, so fingers crossed! iA]

And these are the effects of commuting: collapsing in buses. Lawls, don't worry, we don't always sit on public transportation like this.

Favourite building on campus!

More snow. And my favourite building on campus, still.

The beach! Right on the outskirts of campus. Never mind it's a nude one and one has got to take 1924584578676 steps to get down--it is so pretty. Miles and miles of the Pacific Ocean right there.



Pigs! Yes we are! Incoming college kids: Freshman 15 is no lie--you will gain 15 pounds and your average will drop 15% (or more-ha!ha!) from your high school average.

For some reason that is unbeknown to me, I sat in on a friend's Chemistry lecture. Don't worry, even I don't know what I was thinking. Chemistry will always = chemisery to me.

Also sat in on another's friend Econ lecture. Yup, that's one subject I'm glad I'm not taking--talk about snore!

Here is a photo somewhat not depicting my first politically-inflamed event ever! It was so exciting and exhilarating! The tension, you could've cut with a knife! Here's a brief synopsis of what went down: so a social justice club at school was allocating $700 to another club, called Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, to give to The Canadian Boat to Gaza. Opposition and unjust claims followed suit, especially by one group in particular, The Israel Awareness Club. They spewed postcards all over campus proclaiming that the money was going to a terrorist organization. The above photo was taken at a meeting of the Alma Mater Society, which handles all undergraduate affairs at UBC. After 3 hours of debate, it was decided that the money was to be sent, indeed! Ah! Felt great standing up for what was right. However, the president of AMS, was still opposed to this decision...

Snow day at UBC! Snow [n]ice, right? ;)

Sometimes, when I am compelled to take the sky train, I pretend it is a roller coaster. Increases the quality of my life by a thousand-fold, at that moment.

 Cam-whoring in libraries--my specialty.

One of the 2 main libraries. The aerial view resembles a book, with the spine and pages and everything. F'reals, yo. I'm sorry I couldn't get an aerial view, heh.

My first university reading ever. Only 2 pages. I was satisfied and decided, "Man, college is so easy!" Still is, but I found myself reading hundreds and hundreds of pages of readings the day before tests....Um.

A few blurry outfits....

Step out of psychology class and into this. ^

7 AM fog.

 And this is on the roof of our "rival school". We were on "enemy territory". lol! Nothing of that sort! We went to visit a few friends at another university nearby, Simon Fraser. This is one of their 3 campuses. It's on a mountain, hence the pretty view.

Luckily, today's trending twitter topic (OMG, MY BRAIN IS APPRECIATING ALL THIS ALLITERATION) was #collegetaughtme. The following were my additions; all true.

that my sister will call me a college dropout during any long break I have. i.e. this one month break between semesters.
that my T.A.'s will most likely always be young men in their 20's. My peers have taught me to take advantage of this.
that my English Prof probably lives alone in a house full of cats.
that there is an unspoken rivalry between faculties, that BECOMES SPOKEN. Dundundun.
that paying $500 for a visual arts course is like paying $500 for FREE time. oooo, IRONY.
to think profoundly/deeply/critically. :)
that the average 18 year old undergrad knows NOTHING and/or very little and/or is misguided about .
that it is possible to be a 7th-year undergraduate student D:
to bond with new acquaintances by drawing our professor during lectures.
that doing 2 papers in one night is equivalent to the pain brought on upon by labour and having your toenails ripped off.
that grad school is a necessity. lolol.
that first year Science students are seldom comforted by their first year Arts counterparts. lol, sorry.
that aesthetically-appealing environments to study in are compulsory. Thank god I go to @. :)
that if I need a badly-written essay for investigative purposes, I should ask my good 'ol engineering buddies.

Ahhhhhhh. Omg. You read all that? pat yourself on the back.


Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

AH! My school totally just had a UBC rep come in! (By "just" I mean like three months ago. WOWZA. Time really does fly!) I'm so envious of your campus. It's ridiculously amazing. So is Vancouver.

And I'm fully appreciative of all your puns that trickled into here! Particularly chemisery because I really never understood any of that. And I love how you went into the lecture. OH YOU SLY REBEL.

Anonymous said...

Awesome post =) Reminds me of my first year of uni...

prahmahita rayi said...

I give you blogger award
please check darl :)

Maria Elena (Zarul) said...

salam urooba!! hehehee!! aww im missing my uni life already.. hahaa!!
btw, thank you for dropping by my blog! yes Yuna and Hana were in Malaysia!!! come to Malaysia darling! im sure you'll love it here!! =D

salaam sistah! :D said...

:O metallic oxford-esque flats! almost bought some myself, in hot pink. Yours wouldn't happen to be Fiona brand, would it?

Raez said...

you're adorable--can I get you a lint brush for that piece of lint? haha

glad you're enjoying university, im sure it's quite a change, but still super exciting! can't wait myself!

xx raez

MYGA said...

Hi Urooba

yummo those pics of food look so good. Uni sounds sooo awesome, Inshallah we plan for UBC too! woo hoo lol. yea we are from BC...and no joke, we're from surrey too :)

There's this dawa for deen event coming up this saturday in vancouver, are you gunna go? those things are super interesting. I'm pretty sure its being held by sheikh abdurrahman murad.

Hijabi :) Nista said...

Awesome post :)

Denise Bomfim said...

Salam, Urooba! Fantastic post. You can write a book, go on!
Have a wonderful weekend!

MD said...

Salaam Urooba,

You're hilarious! Awesome entry :)


Eloquence said...

so my best friend goes to UBC and this is sort of making me jealous now. the OCEAN!! ahhh ok i just want the ocean here.

btw i totally approve of your outfit choices. awesomness

Amalina E Azmi said...

cool pictures dear! and u're so cute wearing the blue dress with red skinny. like seriously! hehe. i like it yaww