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Dear Readers,

It is with melancholy that I am writing my last “official” utmONE blog entry.

First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to follow my blog!

I would also like to apologize if you found some (most) of my posts extremely boring.

I remember like it was yesterday receiving an email about the blogger position. I sent in my application, along with a writing sample. I didn’t really think that I stood much of a chance since I thought that my post was rather unoriginal and too lengthy, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn after the initial interview that I had gotten the job. I remember pinching myself a few times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming as getting paid to write about my experiences and thoughts seemed too good to be true!

Then, it dawned on me that I didn’t know how to do this. Growing up, I’ve never kept a journal and although I had some writing experience, it was always about telling other people’s stories. I wasn’t quite sure that I would be capable of finding new things to write about twice a week. Thankfully, last semester was quite eventful, and it has given me plenty of material to work with!

Throughout the months, I’ve been lucky enough to have gotten to know Jackie, Stephanie and Kathleen, who are the amazing people who spend hours upon hours making sure that outstanding utmONE programming is delivered to all of us. I have also loved reading my fellow utmONE bloggers posts, which were witty, interesting, and an excellent way to procrastinate on school work!

I have spent the past hour or so re-reading all my blog posts, starting from the very first one, and I think it’s safe to say that it has been quite a journey since September.

Quite frankly, it was tough. I would even go as far as say that it was probably one of the most challenging times of my life.

Countless times, I have felt alone and overwhelmed.

Transitioning from high school to university was difficult.

I think that going into it, I underestimated the amount of time that my academic work would take and ended up overbooking my timetable with way too many extracurricular activities, which made everything a nightmare.

Now, step by step, I am trying to re-organize my life and redefine my priorities.

Throughout the whirlwind that these past few months have been, blogging has allowed me to put my thoughts on paper and reflect on the various things that were happening in my life at different points throughout the semester.

Blogging for utmONE has instilled in me a discipline that has helped improve my writing as making myself write twice a week has allowed me to have a lot of practice and try different writing styles.

I think that I am now at a point when UTM doesn’t look so huge to me anymore, and it seems natural for me to wander around different buildings without getting lost.

With about two months left before the end of my first year, I can say that I am at a pretty happy place right now. Although it is still a work in progress, I think that I have developed a rhythm of life that works well for me and I am excited to tackle the next three years of my studies at UTM!

As for looking to the near future, I will probably spend my summer working either in Banff, Ottawa or in Montreal, as I continue my quest to check things off my bucket list.

Thanks again for reading these blog posts and I wish you the best with your finals (and everything else)!

Love,

Estelle  

P.S: I will continue to check in with you guys from time to time, so stay tuned!

 

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