Hello there!

I hope this post finds you well, my new friends. My name is Jimmy, and I’m going to be one of the two student bloggers for The NEW during the 2020/2021 year (or at least the fall/winter semester portion of it)!

You know, I never imagined that this would be the source of my first university all-nighter, but I stayed up all night trying to figure out how I wanted to start this post off. I wanted it to be memorable—to have my own unique “flair” to it, if you will. So after countless sleepless hours of constant deliberation and an almost cartoonish amount of debating against myself, myself, and most difficult of all, myself, I finally narrowed down the list of possible openings and came to a solid conclusion as to how I want to introduce myself. And so here it is:

I am not ready for university.

A shocking admission, but probably also exactly what’s on the mind of every first-year reading this (and probably many of the upper-year students too!). Yes, frankly, starting university in the middle of COVID-19 is a challenge and I’m sure many of us aren’t quite prepared for it. But I want you to know that you’re not alone.

“Nothing could possibly go wrong with this intro!”
Image via Giphy.

Now, since this is an introduction post I feel obligated to at least answer the age-old “tell me a little bit about yourself” interview question, so here we go. I’m a first-year student at New College, and I’m in Rotman Commerce. I was born and raised in Toronto, so it’s pretty comforting to be studying in my beloved hometown. Somehow, I feel like this origin story is probably vaguely familiar to some of you!

I have approximately a million hobbies I could tell you about (very few of which are related to one another, funny enough), but if I were to pick the most unique one, I would say it’s the fact that I collect fancy playing cards.

If you’ve seen Now You See Me (I haven’t), you probably know this deck. I’ve been considering getting one for myself.
Image by Aditya Chinchure via Unsplash.

And yes, I do play a lot of card games. Call me a card connoisseur, if you will. Or just an enthusiast.

That aside, I enjoy reading and just writing short stories in my free time. However, my favorite thing to do in my free time is undoubtedly playing video games then falling asleep at an unspeakably late hour. Like any responsible student would. Right?

Why’re you all looking at me like that?

“You…realize you have a test tomorrow, right?” – Everyone reading this.
Image via Giphy.

So exactly what is it that I hope to achieve during my time here at The NEW? That’s a good question, my dear friends.

During this time, when we’re all stuck communicating via Zoom (who saw that one coming?), we’re more separated than ever. Especially as a first-year, starting university in this environment is gonna be rough, what with the lack of opportunities to make interpersonal connections and all. But I’m up for a challenge, and I’m excited to get started. I view this as a bit of a journey—an adventure, really. And I want to bring all of you along with me for the ride!

That’s why I’m making it my objective to engage with the New College community as much as possible during this year. If nothing else I want to be able to help you keep your chin up during this time of quarantine while we all try to stay on top of our studies. As such, I’d love it if you’d drop in once in a while to say hi (or just to take a peek at what I’ve been brewing up)!

Get it? Brewing? As in coffee? Okay, I’ll see myself out.
Image by Aman Upadhyay via Unsplash.

And on that note, I think I’ll end this introduction off here. I look forward to being a part of this college community (and hopefully a part of your college lives this year)!

Until next time, friends,

~ Jimmy