Top 10 First Year Moments

Hello!

The school year is now over, and before I start to cry, I want to laugh a little. I thought the best way to do that would be to go over the last few months of my life, highlighting some of the most important parts. While almost every experience I’ve had so far could have made this list, these are some of the most memorable.

Without further ado, my top 10 (in no particular order) moments from first year!

1. Meeting my roommate

My roommate Rachel and I met on Facebook a couple of months before school started. We hit it off instantly, talking about school our lives, our families, and our living styles! We took the jump to apply to be roommates, despite the fact that we had never met. Walking into my room to meet Rachel had to have been one of the most nerve-wracking moments of my life, and when I saw how pretty she was I instantly felt like a toad. But she gave me a big hug and we’ve been best friends ever since. Our schedules definitely don’t align, and we don’t always get to spend time with each other – but we have each others’ backs always, and I wouldn’t trade her for anyone in the world.

2. Frosh

Welcome week as a whole was pretty intense, and I definitely had some rough nights. But for the most part, frosh was a total blast! Getting to meet a ton of new people, dancing and jamming to music, and party was just what I needed to start the school year off on the right foot. I’m applying to be a frosh leader this year so that I can hopefully help provide that experience to incoming Rams! The entire week was so much fun, and I’m so happy I had that experience and didn’t shy away from letting loose.

 

3. First Story Day

My first story day for journalism was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life, but also one of the most fun. It felt amazing to produce news content for the first time, with a deadline, a story, and 15 per cent of my grade on the line! Looking back now, I can’t believe I’ve done seven more story days since then. I didn’t even think I would survive the first one, to be honest with you. But now here we are, 6 months later and so much stronger! I will always look back on that first story day with fondness and know that it’s what gave me my start in journalism.

4. Visiting my boyfriend at McMaster

Although having a long distance relationship is no easy task, stepping out of my Ryerson bubble for a few days at a time felt sort of nice. Besides spending quality time with Dylan, I treasured laid back weekends, eating at the dining hall and hanging out in common rooms. Like a vacation… but in residence. So a sort of smelly vacation.

5. Nights with friends

I don’t think I would have survived this semester without the help of the wonderful friends I’ve made here. Cass, Jaya and I try to have dinner all together at least once a week, and I spend almost every evening with Jaya watching Workin’ Moms (killer show, BTW). This ritual seriously kept me sane. When my head was up in the clouds, thinking of all of my priorities and commitments, my friends held me down by the ankles to keep me grounded. Thanks guys.

6. Exploring Toronto

I’ll stop you right there– Yes, I DID grow up in Toronto. But that didn’t stop me from investigating the nightlife! With a few minor obstacles, my friends and I had some amazing nights at restaurants and venues in Toronto, sometimes just wandering around the streets in awe of the city around us. If you ever get the chance, walk through the Eaton Centre in the middle of the night. It’s ridiculously peaceful.

7. Vlogging

Okay so, coming into this job, I was excited to flex my writing skills– but I never expected to fall in love with vlogging. There’s something therapeutic about editing, exciting about filming, and thrilling about promoting my work. I feel like vlogging has solidified my aspirations to pursue broadcast journalism. I’ve always liked being on camera, but with my new experience, I feel more connected to the idea than ever. Look out YouTube, I’m not leaving!

8. Halloween

My friends and I threw a killer Halloween party, decorating our place to the nines, setting up a photo booth and making themed drinks. Hosting this was a total blast, and I honestly think it was the best party we’ve ever thrown. I’m going to be a host for life, I can feel it…

9. Residence shenanigans

Being stuck in a shoebox day in and day out can make you a liiiittle stir crazy… so my friends and I definitely pulled some tricks on our late night study nights. I’m sorry to everyone whose door we knocked on, we are clearly children.

10. ICCAs

Going to the ICCAs with Ryenamics was so so much fun, from being onstage for the first time all year to our crazy acapella circle song, I truly felt like I was on the set of Pitch Perfect. We met so many amazingly talented people and got to share the gift of love and music with one another.

And with that, I close off my first year at Ryerson with a bang. From September 2018 to April 2019 – these have been some of the BEST months of my life and I am so, so happy to be where I am today. I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in the future.

I hope I have another chance to interact with all of you, the future students of Ryerson, because it truly makes me hopeful not only for the future of Ryerson, but for the world. We are the next generation of storytellers, scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, nurses, teachers and EVERYTHING in between.

It’s been wonderful sharing my story with you. Signing off… For now!

xo

Mercedes

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