The university I attend (University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon) has the absolute most beautiful campus in Canada. I think so, anyway.
Tomorrow is my last final exam of my undergraduate career, and I am really looking forward to forever being done with university. Academics really are not for me, I learned. I see the value in having a university education, and I definitely see the value in holding those little letter behind your name (in my case it will be B.A.) but school just wasn't my favourite thing to do.
I started out University thinking I wanted to be a lawyer. My brother and my sister both went through engineering, or were studying it at the time, and I thought that in order to be successful, and even "accepted" in my family, that I needed to go to a professional college as well once I hit university. I later learned that was bullshit and that my family doesn't care if I become an engineer or not. Science was never my strong suit - I don't think it was due to being dumb, because I most certainly am not, but I think it was completely due to wanting to be different than the rest of my family. My brother and sister are both engineers, so obviously science and math are their strong suits! My mother has a B.Sc in math, and as well a teaching degree, where she teaches all the maths and sciences at a college. My dad was studying Chemistry before leaving Chile. So me - oh rebellious me - I decided I wanted to do something different. Law it was. Well, then first semester of my undergrad hit, and I decided that law really wasn't where I wanted to be. I'm getting a political science degree, by the way.
So I did a lot of soul searching. I knew that I loved politics and looking at governmental systems. I knew that I loved learning about international development and democratization. So political science was where I remained to finish off my bachelor's degree.
Summer of 2011 I went to Zambia for four months with a Canadian NGO, and I worked on a really cool project alongside some amazing Zambians. I won't go into detail of which NGO I went with, etc, but it was a life-changing experience. I am still a part of the NGO, and soon I will be attending my third national conference with them, and I couldn't be more excited to see in which direction we will lead.
A year and a half later, here I am. Sitting at my desk with my Democracy in Africa notes beside me and trying to visualize what my life will be like two years down the road. My plan is to move back to my hometown on Saturday and back in with my parents. It will be a big adjustment moving back in with them, but it will be worth it to save some money. I'm going to be working with the art gallery there, as well as planning cultural festivals. I did this once as a summer job a few years back, and they have offered me a full-time position. I'm really looking forward to it. I will be working with them January-June.
In July, I'm moving to Vancouver where I am going to study graphic design. Being an artist I think is where I really want to be. I would like to be the creative director of an up-and-coming fashion company, or work for a magazine, or I'd like to create all the marketing materials for a non-profit magazine. That's where I need to be. So, I'm going to pack up all my things, and drive out west to Vancouver. I might never come back - who knows. I just know that this is something that I need to do for me.
So tomorrow, I write my last final exam of my undergraduate career, and then I am turning a new page over in my book. I'm really excited to see what these next few years will bring, but god damn, I am really going to miss Saskatoon, the university campus, and of course all the people I have met along the way. I hate to leave this wonderful city, and leave my beautiful friends. But in the end, it will all be worth it.
After my final I am going to trek around campus one last time. This time, with my camera. I would like to take photos of all my favourite places that I have so many memories from over the last 4.5 years I have been here.
Thanks for reading,