Bye-bye, Summer 2011!

From my Healthy Living column in Moncton’s Times & Transcript.

The last week of summer has just eclipsed…

Yes, readers, this is one of those columns in which I become ridiculously nostalgic as I reminisce over past experiences. I should go search for the Kleenex box, because I just may need it to be able to finish writing this column.

In all seriousness though, summer 2011 really was an awesome one for me that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

What did I do this summer? I began it with a part-time job at a chemistry laboratory at Universite de Moncton, a summer communications course, and plenty of article writing during May and June. In July, I left home for the longest period of time yet to attend a summer academic enrichment program, Shad Valley, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In August, after a family vacation in the Magdelan Islands of Quebec, I returned to Moncton for a four-week Shad internship at Medavie Blue Cross, spending my free time finishing up writing projects, preparing for the new school year (course schedules, textbooks, and all of that jazz), and saying goodbye for the year to new friends.

One of my objectives for this summer was to develop a better perspective of health sciences by working in different health-related environments—in the lab, at school, and in the office. Since I now surprise even myself by thinking differently than I did just a few months ago, I feel confident saying “mission accomplished”.

I am happy that a year into university, I’m not having second thoughts and still love my area of study. Although I was exposed to many different topics this summer and found them interesting, even if I had to choose all over again, I would choose the same area of study as my focus.

Looking ahead, I am planning to work hard during my second and final year of DSS (diploma of health sciences) at Universite de Moncton, continue writing and teaching cooking classes at NBCC, and enjoy another fantastic summer during 2012.

Monctonian students, I hope you all enjoyed summer and have a great start to the 2011-2012 school year this week.

 

Originally published in the Times & Transcript on September 3rd, 2011.

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