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Welcome back to The New York-er! (Finally, I know.)

After a long, long break, I’m finally back and blogging again. A lot has happened since my last post (which, funny enough, was from the summer last year): 7 courses; trips to Kingston, Montréal, and Quebec; an award at the research fair; a CUPE strike; being offered a position as a House Don next year in residence; and tons more. Truly, it’s been quite a year.

But I’m back at Media & Communications for the summer until Vanessa takes over for me in the fall when I transition into donship. And, overall, I’m super excited – not only will I have the opportunity to work with a fantastic new team (all of whom will be introduced on our website very soon!), but I am also going to have the opportunity to be creative, to learn & grow, and to share through a number of really awesome things that we’re doing this summer. The creativity piece should come naturally through all the creative work we’ll be doing throughout the summer at MediaComm; however, returning team member Jeff has also come up with an awesome activity that we’ll be doing as a team throughout the year called the Creativity Challenge, in which we draw a theme at random from a hat, and each team member chooses a medium with which to feature that theme. For example, for our first week our theme is Pastime and the medium I chose was drawing. I’m really looking forward to pushing my creativity to new limits, and I think participating in these challenges will do that.

The learning and growth might be tougher, however; I will be doing summer school throughout the summer, so I will have to manage my time well in order to make the most out of my job, my education, and (last but not least) these warm summer months. Time management is something I’ve always struggled with, and so I am aiming to hone this skill throughout my time at MediaComm this summer, maybe with the help of some cool apps, like WunderlistGoogle Calendar, and Self Control (to put a damper on my addiction to skimming my Facebook newsfeed). I also plan on reading a ton this summer (my goal is to read about a book a week), listening to podcasts during my morning commute, and completing a few MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on Coursera, Edx, and iTunesU.

Finally, for sharing, I decided to start writing again! For nearly a year, this blog was a pretty big part of my life, and I missed sharing my knowledge and experiences with you, my followers. I want to do start sharing like that again – only this time, it will be bigger & BETTER than ever before!

Let me tell you a little bit about what I have in store:

  • This summer, I plan on publishing an article a week – count on it being released every Tuesday or Wednesday
  • I’ll be sticking to three of my main interests: (1) student life (particularly at York), (2) technology & social media, and (3) social justice
  • From time to time, I may also stray from these three main interested, but rest assured: I promise to keep it relatively connected
  • Although I haven’t completely made up my mind yet, I think The New York-er might soon acquire a new design – and possibly a new name! Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for updates!

It’s going to be an exciting year, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!

~ Christopher Ford

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