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What I’ve Been Up To At Media & Comm. (And Otherwise)

Well, it certainly has been a busy and exciting summer here at SCLD. There’s been lots to do and create, and all of us with the Media & Communications team have been working diligently on a variety of projects.

So what projects have I been working on?

I got back from Saskatchewan about a month after the rest of the team had already begun working, but thankfully I’ve managed to complete some stuff and catch up a bit since my return.

So far, I’ve completed first and second drafts of the 2014-2015 Parent & Family Calendar, a calendar that’s given out to the parents and family members of new students at the beginning of the academic year. It’s still in-progress.

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Here’s a first look at this year’s front and rear covers – but SHHHH! It’s top secret!

I’ve also completed the first 5 blog posts for the Orientation Blog Series featured on our website, a few of which feature some of my photography and videos! Nikki and I have been working hard on this series, and you can check out her posts (which help introduce new students to the presidents and O-Chairs of their respective colleges) there too!

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Here’s a sample photo of mine from the past few weeks. It’s been my first time experimenting with photography and video, and so I’m really excited to learn more and become more familiar with our team’s camera!

Want to see a sample of one of my videos? Check this out!

The best part about the series: it’s not over, so there’s still lots more about orientation to come!

I’ve also had the opportunity to work with the wonderful team over at Res Life! As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I am currently the Media & Comm. liaison for Residence Life, and so far I’ve assisted in making a video for don training (which has since been completed) and am currently in the process of filming and editing another video that will be shown during don training. We also have a giant infographic in the works too, which I’m pretty excited about.

And of course, as always, I’ve been blogging, instagramming, tweeting, and pinning to my heart’s content.

However, outside of this work stuff, I’ve had the opportunity to visit New York City, spend time with family and friends, go camping, bike around main street in my hometown of Markham, and tons of other stuff. But ‘ve had a lot of work to do, too.  I’m currently still in summer school doing one (thankfully just one) course, Applied Ethics. That’s PHIL 2075 for anyone looking to take it. It’s really cool, and the textbook for the course is extremely interesting; I’m actually doing really well in it, too, based on my midterm mark and the marks from my two papers and two debates. However, it’s going to be a busy next two weeks in school for me – I have a paper due this thursday and an in-class marked debate to be a part of, as well as a final paper worth 30% of my grade due the following week. I’ll have to go pedal to the metal for the next little while!

But I still have to remember to have some fun along the way – summer is almost over, after all!

Until next time,

~ Christopher Ford

Here's a shot of my dad and I outside the New York Times HQ in Manhattan

Here’s a shot of my dad and I outside the New York Times HQ in Manhattan

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I’m Back! (And looking To Improve)!

Hello all!

Yes, it’s official – I’m back!  I flew in last thursday evening from Saskatoon, SK, and I was very excited to return home to Ontario and see my family, friends, and colleagues again. I must say however that it was pretty tough to say goodbye to all the new friends that I had made – and that’s also without mentioning how tough it was to say goodbye to the beautiful province that I called home throughout the month of May!

IMG_0804Regardless, I was still very excited – particularly, of course, to return to the community here at York University! So, as of this past Monday, I’m back here taking summer courses and working at SCLD. Continue reading

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May and June at the New York-er

There are a lot of exciting things in store for the New York-er over the next month.

First of all, through the month of May and part of June, I will be studying French at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. It’s a five-week French immersion program that I applied to through EXPLORE, a bursary program sponsored by the Canadian government to help students in high school and post-secondary institutions to improve in their conversational French. The program at USask is accredited by the Council of Ministers of Education Canada and it is looking to be a lot of fun – on the trip, I’ll actually get the opportunity to go camping in Banff, Alberta, which I am particularly excited for.

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What that means for my blog is that for the duration of my time in Saskatchewan, all of my blog posts will be in french! I am going to practice my french as much as possible while I’m there, so I plan on updating my blog daily (or as much as possible), writing completely en français. Expect lots of photos as well!

When I return on June 12, my blog may also be undergoing a significant overhaul. I was recently hired for a new job within Student Community and Leadership Development as a Media & Communications Ambassador, and so I may need to begin tailoring my posts to more SCLD-related content. However, if I will not be using my blog as a part of my job, I will continue keeping up with it, and running it on my own time.

Regardless however, The New York-er will still be around – and this past year for my blog could not have been as successful without the help of all of my readers and followers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

What do you have in store for May & June? Comment below, or tweet me and let me know!

~ Christopher Ford

Watching the Berlin Eisbären play (and win) at O2 World in Berlin, Germany.

Watching the Berlin Eisbären play (and win) at O2 World in Berlin, Germany.

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