by Aparajita Bhandari

Even though it seems crazy to me to even type this out, readers, we’re now at the end of the semester, and the end of another school year. I know that everyone always says this about every school year, and it’s just become such a cliché but honestly this year has gone by so quickly. I remember sitting down to write my first post for this blog back in the fall and thinking to myself, “How on earth am I going to do this every week?” Some twenty-odd posts later I’m now sitting here thinking to myself, “I can’t believe I’m not going to be able to do this every week.”

The Art Gallery of Ontario

The AGO!

Writing for this blog this past year has been so amazing. I’ve learned so much more about my own school, my fellow students and really about myself. There definitely were times (usually around midterms) where some of my of my posts were a little bit more rushed, which is to be expected. However, hopefully some of the things I have written have inspired or informed you or even just have made you smile. I’m really grateful for the opportunity through this blog to create something that attempts to improve the experience of fellow students.

Robarts Library interior

This view made studying at Robarts almost worth it.

For me this is the end of my second year here at the University of Toronto, which means I am now halfway done my undergraduate degree. In some ways that makes me feel incredibly old, and in some ways it makes me realize how young I actually still am.

Let's be thankful neon sign

I know I just said that this year passed by really quickly, which it definitely did, but even though it was really short, it also was pretty long. I know that doesn’t really make a lot of sense, but university is like that—basically one huge contradiction. While university years go by really quickly, so much happens during them that they also feel long. In the past two years I’ve moved away from home, lived in residence, and then moved again into a place off campus. There’s been a lot of change, especially during this last year, and no matter the ups and downs I don’t really regret any part of my university journey so far.

A Toronto street in the fall

I think that one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that the outcomes of your actions aren’t always in your hands, so there’s no point in worrying about the things you can’t control. Just always do the best you can, because that’s all that you can really control. Try to remember that fact during the final stressful weeks of this semester when you’re drowning in all of the exams, assignments and papers.

I wish you all the best of luck for the summer and for the following year, whatever your plans may be. If you ever see me on campus please don’t hesitate to come up and say hello. So, I’d like to conclude this all the way that I started it – with a clichéd quote:

Dr Seuss quote