You know what’s crazy? I’m in my final year of my undergrad.
For the longest time, I didn’t think I could do it. I’ve gone through a lot physically and emotionally to get this far. I’ve built and burned many bridges along the way.
I’ve had multiple realizations in this past year.
- I’m not able to do everything that I want to do, but I am capable of asking for help and guidance when I need it.
- I hate being alone, but I’m perfectly happy spending the night watching YouTube and drinking tea if it means that I don’t have to talk to people that I don’t like.
- When I had a large group of friends, I felt out of place. Now that I have just a few friends, I’m at ease with everything I say and do around them.
- The end result is truly based on what you do beforehand.
I used to lament that I had no friends and would be isolated from my large group of friends. I even felt incredibly alone when I lived on a floor with 45+ people. But looking back, it was important for me to experience all of that.
From “losing” friendships with the large group of people I had befriended in high school, I was able to find out who really mattered to me. Those are the friends that I know I’ll have for life. I can pick up a conversation with these people despite not seeing them regularly. And I know we’ll always make time for each other. I thank these friends that have risen from the bridges I burnt, for anchoring me to my home when I thought I lost it.
To the friendships I lost from first year … well I really did dodge that bullet. None of you guys really cared about school the way the friends I have now do. It really killed my aspirations academically being around people who didn’t want to work hard. I’m glad we stopped talking. It pushed me to find friends who inspired me and challenged me to take risks and see things through.
There’s one person however, that has given me everything and expected nothing back. And to you, I thank you for loving me way back in 2010 (and perhaps even before that), and convincing me that we were meant to be. And I thank you for loving me again after I left and came back. And for loving me more and more each day. It really is a beautiful thing to have someone to love and trust.
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Lately I’ve been feeling like there is only a communication breakdown.
I remember in first year, I signed up for Window Wonderland. That year, I didn’t win anything. But I came away with a renewed passion for the fine arts. I had practically given up on it after only being offered a spot on the waitlist for Fashion Design at Ryerson University.
Currently I’m in my third year at Ryerson University, studying Retail Management. I won’t lie, it’s difficult. Sometimes I want to just stop and try my hand at something different.
However, in a way, I’ve persevered. I’ve done the best I can and finally, for the first time I’ve really done something quite special.
This year, I entered the Window Wonderland competition again. As a refresher to those who probably don’t know me in person, this is a competition that Ryerson Retail Management students can enter. A partnership with Downtown Yonge BIA (Toronto, ON), students create window displays for local retailers. I was assigned the retailer Salon Liberte and two group members.
The specifications for each window display were the following:
- A maximum budget of $100
- The window must fit the theme of “Traditional Christmas”
- How does the window display fit in with the retailer?
- Level of creativity
With this in mind, my group and I designed a window display, utilizing the two windows our retailer had.
The story behind our window is:
In the right window, Santa is at the salon, getting ready for his big day of gifting and his reindeers are helping him by washing his hair.
On the left side, we see Santa is flying away from the Salon and has left a big gift box filled with Salon Liberte’s signature products.
The window took approximately 20 - 24 hours to create. Made mainly out of poster paper, we added extravagance with metallic spray paint, Christmas wrapping paper, and incredibly glittery ribbon (I still have some sparkles on my work clothes …).
I’m incredibly proud of what my team and I have accomplished for this competition. Our efforts paid off - we received the Judges Choice (and main award) for Window Wonderland at the launch of Downtown Yonge BIA’s Winter Magic event, Illuminite. It was an honour and we were pleasantly surprised by the win.
Currently, there is still the People’s Choice award to be won. If you’ve read my entire post, and you wish to further support my window display in this competition, please feel free to reblog and/or like this photo in this Facebook link.
I truly appreciate every vote I receive. This competition means wonders to me as I am in the process of applying for an internship in Summer 2014. It will bolster my resume and provide me a story I can tell with passion.
Thank you and happy holidays!
Sometimes I take it so personally when I see a relationship that has gone through so much fails. I know it’s not my business but I still get frustrated and sad.