30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

DAY 20 >> 30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

Write about the best (or worst) event you’ve been to at York

Virtually every event I have been to at York has been simply fantastic. Of course, there were a few that I liked more than others, but overall they have all been great so far – and there are still more to attend during this year!

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November: the one month a year that I can grow a moustache without anyone complaining (much)

I would definitely have to say though that the event I enjoyed most (outside of frosh week) was the Movember Pub Night at The Underground! I went with a few of my friends and we had an awesome time. There are lots of other pub nights going on all year round at the Underground – there’s actually a Pub Night happening tonight for YorkFest! There are also lots of pub nights throughout the year at The Absinthe Pub (located in Winters College) and at Vanier College (put on by the Vanier College Council)!

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I really need to find a photo pose other than the ‘thumbs-up’

The great thing about pub nights at York is that you don’t have to be of age, and you don’t have to be a drinker. When I was in first year, it kind of made me feel left out when all of my of-age friends were going to pubs off campus and I couldn’t come – but at pub nights at York, you are simply given either a stamp or a wrist band indicating that you are under 19, and then you can go in and party with your friends. With great friends, great music, and a great atmosphere, who even needs alcohol to have a good time?

Overall, Pub nights are a great way to meet new people, to have some fun, and to experience the rich diversity that we have here at York. You should definitely check a few of them out during the year (starting tonight at the YorkFest pub night)!

~ Christopher Ford

**Blast From The Past**  Here's my good friend Patrice & I at our high school grad!

**Blast From The Past**
Here’s my good friend Patrice & I at our high school grad!

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30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

DAY 19 >> 30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

Write about a York Alumnus that inspires you 

One York alumnus that inspires me is Paula Todd – a Canadian Journalist, investigative reporter, and lawyer, among other things.

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Todd earned her BA in English Literature from York University, as well as her L.L.B from Osgoode Hall Law School.

She has had an extremely successful career in journalism and reporting, having written articles for The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Macleans Magazine, Canadian Living, and many more. During her time at York University, Todd was also a co-editor for York’s Excallibur, where she was a leading member of the campaign which secured independent funding for the newspaper.

I can not even begin to say how much of an inspiration she is for me – nor can I truly do justice to her storied career through a short blurb. Check out this Wikipedia article to learn a bit more about her!

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30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

DAY 17 >> 30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

Name 7 cool facts about York that you think most people don’t know.

  1. York University, established in 1959, is now Canada’s third largest university
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  2. The Health, Nursing, & Environmental Studies Building is actually the former location of Schulich School of Business – Schulich made the move to its new building in 2003.

    North Side of the HNES Building, York University

    North Side of the HNES Building, York University

  3. Glendon was the first York University campus, and was actually purchased for $1 from the University of Toronto!

    Old Photograph of the Glendon Manor at the Glendon Campus, Courtesy of alisonogl.tumblr.com

  4. Various Movies & Television shows, such as The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009), American Psycho 2: All American Girl (2002), and “Free Fallin’, Parts 1 & 2,” were filmed exclusively at the Glendon Campus.
  5. Every year that York University has been open, it has had some kind of construction going on – basically, the university is always changing!
  6. York University has been listed as one of Canada’s greenest employers for 2013 – it has also been ranked as Canada’s greenest university for two years in a row, and the 14th greenest university in Canada in 2011.
  7. York University’s Life Sciences Building was voted one of the five best new buildings in Toronto by Blog TO in 2013.

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Do you know a cool fact about York University? Submit it to me so I can show it off on my blog!

~ Chris

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30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

DAY 16 >> 30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

What’s one thing that you have done during your time at York that most people haven’t done?

I regret having to say this, but one thing that I have done during my time at York so far that most people haven’t is that I have gotten involved.

The reason why I regret having to say this is because I wish more people joined clubs, or ran for their college council, or volunteered with theYFS or York is U. I truly wish I didn’t have to say that most people haven’t done it, because there are so many great reasons to get involved and to be an avid member of the York community. So, if there is one thing I would like you to take from this post, it is that getting involved is a great way to make your undergrad experience rewarding and unforgettable. 

Looking for solid reasons why you should get involved? Check out my article about the Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Get InvolvedAlso, if you’re looking to get your extra-curricular journey started, definitely make an account on YU Connectto get access to the full list of clubs, to your events cork-board, and to your Co-Curricular Record!

~ Chris

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30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

DAY 15 >> 30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

What was the last good deed that someone did for you at York?

Even today, someone went well out of their way to hold open the door for me as I came inside from my bus. Big and small, good deeds happen over the place at York U, and it really helps me to feel at home while I’m here. Spend a little time on campus – I promise that you’ll feel at home, too!

~ Chris

Me, At the 2012-2013 Varsity Football Red & White Bowl

Me, At the 2012-2013 Varsity Football Red & White Bowl

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30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge Update!

Hello & Good Morning to all New & Current York-ers, as well as parents and family members who have taken the time to read my blog,

Before I begin, thanks for being a reader of The New York-er. Without you, my blog would not be possible…and it would basically be me talking to myself. So again,

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Anyways, just a quick update on the challenge – I missed day 15 on friday due to having to run downtown to retrieve my lost bicycle (loooong story), so I am going to try and post both day 15 AND day 16 today!

Hopefully I can get them both out there for you to read by the end of the day!

Have an awesome Monday 🙂

~ Chris

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30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

DAY 14 >> 30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

Have you had any small moments at York that really stuck with you?

All. The. Time.

Even today – while I was walking to work from my bus stop, I had my hands full, with my helmet, my phone, and my bag in one hand while wheeling my bike beside me with the other. I had my headphones in and was jammin’ out to some Elton John, too, so I was completely unaware that my house keys had fallen out of my pocket after I had gotten off the bus.

This super-kind girl, however, did! And she ran after me, lightly tapped me on my shoulder, and simply handed me my keys with a smile. I can’t even tell you how much that small act of kindness made my day (and my night, since I wouldn’t have been able to get into my house), and I feel very fortunate to say that I go to an institution where small acts of kindness like that happen all the time!

So yea – I do have lots of small moments at York that have really stuck with me. And I’m sure that if you spend a day here, you’ll have a few of your own, too!

~ Christopher Ford

 

That’s Me standing up!

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30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

DAY 13 >> 30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

If you could rewind time back to high school, would you have chosen to work (if you had a guaranteed job) or to get your degree?

I really don’t even have to think about this one – I would definitely choose to get my degree.

There are many benefits to being in school – especially at York University. First of all, I love learning; what better place to learn than at university or college? I know there are jobs in which you are learning new things all the time, but at this point in my life, I’m most enjoying my job as a student, where almost all I do is learn!

Second, why not have a great time while you’re learning? There are tons of ways to enjoy your time outside of the classroom, such as through clubs, councils, college life, intramurals, through events put on by the YFS, and much, much more! I don’t know too many jobs that offer extra-curricular opportunities like that!

Third, why just work when you can go to school AND work? York University has over a thousand work/study positions available for you to apply for. The beauty of a work/study position is that you will work a maximum of 15 hours during the year, you will receive more than minimum wage, and they are extremely flexible around exam time – remember, you’re a student first!

There are many more reasons, but I think I’ve made my point. And on a personal level, I simply love being a student at York, and even if I could rewind time, I wouldn’t have done anything different!

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30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

DAY 12 >> 30 Day Blogging @ York U Challenge

Write about one of your biggest accomplishments while attending York

Definitely, one of my biggest accomplishments while attending York U was being hired as a Layout Editor for The Vandoo, Vanier College’s Newspaper, and then subsequently winning the Staff Member of the Year award with The Vandoo. It was amazing to have the opportunity to be a part of such a great team of editors, as well as a part of a fantastic publication like The Vandoo!

Ever heard of The Vandoo? Of course you have! It’s Vanier College’s primary news source for everything Vanier and York U! Check out their Facebook Page and their Website online!

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