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As far as I know, I’ve graduated from Glendon. I mean, I got invited to convocation and I haven’t heard anything suggesting that I’ve done anything but graduate – but I won’t feel 100% confident until I receive absolute confirmation that I have finished this degree.

I left Toronto 3 weeks(?) ago.

In that time I took a test for a job that I do not have the skills for and did not pass this test.

I mean, I didn’t fail *miserably* but I didn’t reach the “competitive range”.

I went back down to the city for the first time as a tourist – going to the ACC for a City & Colour concert and the ROM (first time going to the ROM since elementary school and its after I left the city).

I had an interesting Mother’s Day.

I became really stressed out about finding a job.

I realised that there are no jobs that even require a uni degree anywhere I want to live.

I cried over how my degree has done nothing for me other than make me eligible for positions that high school graduates can get.

I cried some more over being a loser and taking 5 years to do a general BA.

I cried over: “Of course your degree is useless – I told you years ago that you should change programs and you *refused* to listen to me”. (Not the support I was looking for).


I have since become hell bent on getting a job with either Parks Canada or Ontario Parks.


I love being outside.

I loved interpreting to people where I used to work.

I love teaching people but I don’t want to be a teacher (right now).

I am resolute to find a job where my university degree will serve me and I refuse to have spent 5 years studying Canada for nothing.



Captain Canuck save me!

In the meantime, I’m going to have to find some kind of job so I can start paying back the insane debt I’ve wracked up over the last 5 years but I’m enjoying bumming around Western Ontario and hiding out at my girlfriend’s house.


PS: This is just a sassy post, there are plenty of good things going on right now, there will be another update soon.




Education is great.

Education is wonderful.

Education leads to the world being awesome.


This will not be a post of me ragging on Post-Secondary Education or its merits, but it will be one where I talk about why you shouldn’t go to university/college.

There are bad reasons for going to university/college.

I don’t want anyone to repeat the mistakes I’ve made and I want you to carefully consider your path before you embark on it.


1) Because your parents want you to 

This is the #1 reason because it is absolutely, positively, without a doubt the WORST reason to go to university.

Here’s a little secret from one sort of grown up to a sort of growing up person: DON’T LISTEN TO ANYTHING YOUR PARENTS SAY.

K, I don’t really mean that, sometimes they can have good advice (and don’t take this as an excuse to be a jerk and skip out on stuff like cleaning your room or being a nice person) but what I do mean is DO NOT GO TO UNIVERSITY BECAUSE ITS SOMETHING YOUR PARENTS WANT FOR YOU.



We all want our parents to be proud of us (often especially if we feel like they don’t care about us) but spending thousands of dollars to do something you don’t really like is NOT a good idea.

University and/or College are places of learning, places of growth and places of knowledge.

If you’re there for anything other than yourself – it will strain not only your mental and physical health, but also your relationship with your parents.

Even if you never tell them that you’re only doing it for them, you will grow to resent them, resent university and resent yourself for listening.

Listen to your heart and follow YOUR dreams.

You’re 18, if you want to spend 2 or 3 years trying the whole singing thing – DO IT!

If you want to head out to Australia and work on a dive boat – do it! (I have a buddy who did).

It’s YOUR life and when your parents are gone, will you be proud of what you’ve done for yourself? Or will you still regret listening to them?

PS. Don’t believe the crap they say when they tell you “If you don’t go now, you’ll never go.” People go back to school ALL THE TIME! It’s absolutely manageable, it’ll be a bit tougher if you go when you’re older – but if you aren’t ready right now it’ll feel impossible. 

2) Because you want to escape

Let’s say you have an awful home life (I feel you).

Let’s say you’re gay and you want to run away (I feel you).

Let’s say you’re bored of your little town and you’re dying for a new experience.

Let’s say high school sucked, the people sucked and you want to run away.


I went to university when I was 17 because my choices were stay home and work or go to university.

I absolutely HATED being at home.

I had a countdown to the day I was leaving home starting at 389 days.

I used to plan out how to run away and get away with it, but I was always too scared to do it.

Between cutting myself in places no one could see and starving myself on and off – I was a total disaster literally dying to escape.

I should not have used university as my escape, I should have done Katimavik like my best friend did and found myself that way.


PS escaping doesn’t really work – but distance helps.

University is full of pressures and if you’re trying to run away from one stressful situation – diving into another is not very smart.

You’ll have friends who go away to school, if they aren’t living in res – go move in with them!

Get a crappy job!

Flip burgers and hang out with your friends for a while, until you get sick of it and then call up OSAP and get some of that cash money and go to school.

It’s OK to do that.

You’ll have to be brave to follow a different path, but it won’t be as painful as everyone says it is.

3) Because you think it’ll be one big party

Will you party in university?


Will you party too much?

(If you’re an irresponsible dill hole like me)

Will it negatively affect your grades?

Quite possibly.

If you’re only there to party, will you actually even want to go to class or are you spending thousands of dollars to act out every scene of every stupid American movie you saw about college?

You know the answer to this.

Like I said previously, if you’re not ready for the commitment and the responsibility of university or college yet, DON’T GO.

You will waste your money and you will be unhappy – that’s a guarantee.



You aren’t avoiding life, you’re LIVING IT RIGHT NOW.



WORKING A “BAD” (no such thing) JOB IS LIFE!



4) Because you are unsure of what you want 

Don’t waste your money.

You can do other things to find out your passions, but spending a few grand at school is a bad idea.

The best way to motivate yourself for school is to do something you really hate for a while.

Me, right now.

5) Because you are smart

Guess what?

My buddy and I were the two “smart” kids in our high school.

Guess who struggled the most with university, its pressures and our health?

You know the answer to that one.

Don’t go to university because you’re the smart kid and university is what smart kids do.

At this point, you’re probably thinking:

Damn Krista, you just listed a whole bunch of reasons why I SHOULDN’T go to school, so why should I go to school?

Here are my reasons to go to university/college: 






I would love to go back to school NOW with the knowledge I have of myself.

I have not been the most successful student and its because I didn’t use university as well as I could have.

You are paying for the service and for the knowledge.

You wouldn’t buy something you don’t want to use, so don’t.

Wait until you’re ready, it’ll be worth it!

You’re probably wondering why I’m wasting your time with such a trivial post.


You tell me.

5 year crisis.

I’m alone in my friend Juan‘s room, chilling listening to Chance The Rapper, trying to decide what my next move should be.

I want to make stuff.

I want to talk to people.

I want to make people laugh.

I want to make dumb troll-y paint pictures of my friends forever.


My favourite half-unicorn, future YouTube super star & fellow eAmbassador/summertime office friend. Shiny Silver!

This is the first time in my life where I have NO idea what the next step is and its FREAKING ME OUT.

Mostly because I have far too many interests and not enough time!

So many of my friends (who graduated in 4 years) went to grad school, law school, post-grad college… its a big scary world out there  but at least they have a bit of direction.

I have no idea where I’m headed next.

(Re: The earlier blog post where I said I was sure about Teacher’s College LOL JK, not ready for more school yet!)

My 22nd birthday just passed and I was talking to one of my best friends (and a very wise dude), he said “I think we could be the first generation to think 22 years old is old.”

We all wanted to grow up so fast, well here we are folks.

I’ve been very lucky and while we joke about Liberal Arts, they’re awesome! I know that Glendon has helped me develop a ton of transferable skills.

Read about how awesome Liberal Arts are here!

Liberal Arts helps with developing critical thinking, problem solving and my leadership positions have helped me develop managerial skills. I have bilingual professional experience and I’ve made a ton of great connections!

Overall I’m not AS scared because I know I’m well prepared for the job market.

But, I’m still a big kid with bigger dreams and no real direction.

I’ll figure it out 🙂

The Apprentice theme song is relevant to my life right now.

Well its meant to be ironic, because I have no money.

The biggest downside of student life is how miserably broke and hungry you are.

I’m not going to sugar coat it. (Because I have no sugar.. Ha!)

This was my food timeline:

In 2nd year I lived off of Popcorn covered in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and Peanut Butter for 3 weeks at the end of the semester. (I still can’t look at peanut butter the same way).

In 3rd year KD was my best friend.

In 4th year I left Toronto for lengthy periods of time so I would be able to eat at home.

In 5th year, I’m actually buying groceries – but I’ve definitely been eating a lot of frozen pizza and Chef Boyardee.

However, fear not!

I am terrible with money and this is why I’ve suffered.

Use me as a cautionary tale (kind of like the town drunk of Sparta) and do as I say not as I do.

Here are my recommendations on how not to be broke in university:

1) Apply to every scholarship EVER


Seriously, apply for EVERYTHING. Free money = awesome.

Do it.

Do it.

Do it.

It’s actually a horrible idea NOT to. Any extra cash you get is incredibly helpful – trust moi.

Check out Glendon’s scholarships!

2) Get a job!

Working while you’re in school definitely helps, but don’t overdo it!

University is about balancing school, personal relationships, health and work. Make sure you don’t overwork yourself or one of those areas will suffer.

There are Work/Study positions on campus for students who are interested.

In my time at Glendon I’ve worked at the Glendon Athletic Centre, for the Residence Life Team as a Don and in Student Recruitment (come visit me!) but there are a MILLION other jobs available – check for postings in September and at the end of the academic year.

You can also check the Career Centre for job postings both on and off campus!

3) Budget!

Plan out your spending.

If you’re a commuter – bring a lunch!

If you’re in res – buy tokens!

There are small choices you can make every day to help save a bit of cash.

Here are some sample financial plans created by our Financial Services Office.


The Glendon College Students’ Union have worked hard to provide “GL Cards” to students!

They went around and got discounts from local businesses for Glendon students 🙂 drop by their office to get stickers to put on your YU Card.

You can also look for different special deals around the city!

There are student priced tickets for things like the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, rush tickets for plays, student prices on food – all the things!

Do things like get your Post-secondary ID from the TTC so you aren’t paying for the Adult Metro Pass 🙂

Buy your books Used (when possible) and maybe even get a refurbished laptop – look for ways to save yourself money. You probably don’t need that iPad or those Beats, trust me you’ll make yourself hungry later.

5) Say no.

I HATE saying no to things.

But sometimes, I really should.

You don’t have to go to all of the parties, all of the events, all of the movie nights nor do you have to donate to all of the things – you’re a student and money is tight.

Do activities that involve staying in! Hang out and watch a movie, play board games, have a mini-dance party; you don’t have to go out to a pub just to have fun.

Heed my warnings future Glendonites, school is super expensive but its an investment in your future and education is important.

You can do it and not feed yourself exclusively with microwave popcorn.

I’m sure of it!

Good gracious, 26 hours and no caffeine later – I’m still awake.

I made it.

I conquered it.

I conquered the essay.


This adventure began at 9 pm last night. I had this terrifying 8 page essay – who’s handout I had merely gazed at for the past month.

“Yo, I can do that later”

“Whatever, its fine”

“My priorities right now are my tumblr and buzzfeed, assignments can wait.”

Guess when my essay was due?

In a week?


In a few days?


It was due today at noon (aka a university student’s morning).

9 pm: sitting on the couch, bored and staring at my roommate’s laptop screen (mine is under repair/should just die).

10 pm: Draft 1. I’m going to write my essay about FILMS, yes. Canadian Films… in MANITOBA! BRILLIANT.

10:30 pm: Draft 2. Nope, nope. I’m not going to do an essay about films. I don’t even understand the film class I’m in. Plus My Crazy Obsession is on.

11 pm: Draft 3. ART! I’m going to write my essay about the art scene… in Toronto, and look! There are so many readings on art, especially in Toronto!

11:30 pm: Nope. Nope. Not art.

12 am: I start chatting with my best friend. She’s trying to find ways to motivate me as I’ve been complaining about this stupid paper for the last 3 hours.

12:30 am: Draft 4. I’m going to write about the Métis! There we go problem solved.

1 am: OMG I don’t want to write this.

1:30 am: OMG I still don’t want to write this.

2 am: Okay, I can do this. No big deal.

2:30 – 5:00 am: I’m in a blur, all I can remember is reading a ton of articles and filing it all into this neat, passionate little essay.

5:30 am: I’M DONE! OMG YESSSS!!

6-7:30 am: K, this bed is comfortable but I’m not going to sleep.

8:30 am: Grammarly, you were totally worth paying for.

9 am: Yo, I should finish that other assignment.

10 am: Awww yeah it’s done!

10:30 am: Shower.

11:20 am: Catch the bus.

11:36 am: Get to Glendon.


My point is – don’t do that.

I’m so exhausted right now, but I finished the essay on time! I must say, I’m proud of the fact that I actually finished the assignment and I didn’t let my anxiety break me down. It probably wasn’t my best work, but it’s done and ON TIME! 

I’ve had a really bad habit in the past 2 years of just not handing in work, because it felt insurmountable – it’s not.

Even if you have to write a 2000 word essay in 5 hours.

(I’ve clearly been reading a lot of thought catalog)

1. You’re almost done! Hooray 🙂 remember that, its exciting.

2. Apply to jobs! Lets be real, we all have to work during the summer and there are plenty of cool jobs/internships you can do for those four months of break. Cash = awesome.

3. Study! You’ll feel better if you go into your summer vacation knowing you did the best job you could, rather than fretting.

4. If you’re graduating, cherish these precious few months (supposedly the working world sucks – or so I hear from people “on the other side”) so live up the last of your glory days 😉

5. Enjoy it! School isn’t always fun but hey, parts of it are great and those of us in school are lucky to be able to attend.

Hang in there everyone!

Edit: if none of those tips work, here’s a cute baby turtle.

I hate take home exams, so I am taking a break from this two day snooze-fest to write this little post about:


(You folks have no idea how excited I am that I thought of that title – Missy Elliott, you are a goddess.)

Okay, I know what you’re thinking “Krista, I thought you were soooo cool! With all of your posts about how hard it is to live away from home and how scared you are of your fourth year.”

Yes, sadly I am about to, hopefully not disappoint, but rather, enlighten you – I am a closet nerd.

Complete nerd.

I am a hardcore Gleek (definition 6), like seriously hardcore, I ship Brittana like nobody’s business on tumblr. I have not missed a single episode of the show since it started back in May of 2009. (*Edited*)

I play Magic The Gathering , I haven’t reached the point where I’m going to Friday gatherings… but that’s because I’m still learning. It’s just really dorky to tell people that I am a planeswalker and I battle creatures for fun.

I am a huge history nerd – so much so that for the last four years I’ve worked at a historic site called Discovery Harbour as a historical interpreter. For those of you who don’t know what a historical interpreter is I will allow my former supervisor and good friend Michael “Surf” Serafin to explain:

“Ideally, an historical interpreter provides perspective. People often look at history from one side of the pendulum swing. Good interpreters don’t force a viewpoint on visitors – they provide the other side of the pendulum’s arc and, hopefully, the visitor will seek out the truth that is, more often than not, found in the middle.”

Here’s a shot from my first summer – dressed up as a common woman (my hair should be completely in the mob cap – but I was rebellious my first year)

We dress up in period clothing and try to give the visitors who come to our historic sites an integrated educational experience. We mix hands on education and give people the perceived experience of travelling back through time with a guide who semi fits in. Anyway, as Surf always said – it’s a job for strange and unusual people. (If you’ve read Chuck Palahniuk’s “Choke” – the main character in a  historical interpreter).  This is a hilarious video my friend Parker did for our staff appreciation event at work.

I just discovered an app for my Android that is a Game Boy Colour simulator (I had a green one – then I had the really awesome see through purple one). I geeked out so hard when I found it. Guess who’s currently re-playing Pokémon Gold with a bad ass Cyndaquil named “Fiyah”, this girl.

Here’s a short list of other obsessions (by no means is this in order):

  • Hip Hop music from 1995-2005
  • Workaholics
  • Canadian music (mostly indie; Fun fact: the Born Ruffians are from my hometown)
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Oddities
  • Languages
  • Abstract Expressionist art
  • Queer Theory
  • Piercings
  • The Occult
  • Freemasonry
  • Art History
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Mad Men
  • Bilingualism
  • Skateboarding (though I haven’t done it very much since the summer)
  • Poetry
  • TLC
  • The Discovery Channel
  • The History Channel
  • Spike (the channel)
  • Politics
  • Monster movies
  • Graphic Novels
  • Aboriginal History
  • Student Gov’t
  • Taboo 
  • Late late night radio
  • tumblr
  • Used Books
  • Museums
  • Learning true History
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Movies from the 1940-60s
  • Galleries
  • Francophone culture
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Mythology (especially Norse and Egyptian)
  • Local foods
  • Documentaries
  • Alan Moore
  • The computer games: Age of Empires & Age of Mythology
  • YouTube web series
  • Conspiracy theories

Annnnnd that’s where I’m going to end this rant of my geekdom. I apologise if that was a little long. I just get really excited.

But after that giant rant of all of those amazing things, here’s my big confession…

I love all of it and I’m not ashamed of it.

My high school English teacher gave me a Moleskin notebook when I graduated from high school, as a gift for having the highest mark in the class (a tradition at my high school), in it she wrote me a short letter, the phrase that has resonated with me, ever since the first reading, has been:

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or to look like a nerd, (we nerds find our home + our people + thrive after high school)“.

It’s true. I may have tried to cover it up for a long time, but my close friends know most of these things about me and it’s why we’re so close.

Being super into History and unafraid to take risks can really pay off – I’ve been literally paid for my passion for teaching History over the last four summers. Playing card games can help your concentration, memory and critical thinking – plus it’s a stress reliever (unless you’re a sore loser like me). Documentaries fill your mind with interesting facts.

All of your little quirks are what make you awesome and unique! I have a dark and strange mind. I’m a total weirdo, but it’s what makes me interesting (I hope).

So chin up buttercup!

If you’re being picked on at your high school – you will find your place, you’re strong and you’ll make it through! For tough days, there are phone lines you can call, if you have a best friend – turn to them, you can talk to your teacher and if you have online friends – that’s okay, just remember to always be safe!

In university, being smart and passionate about school/books/weird things you read online/politics/war/the environment/etcetera is totally acceptable! It’s an institution where people write 12 page papers on one poem, take classes on 19th century warfare and do their thesis on environmental refugees, no one can judge you.

You being exactly who you are is what will lead you to success – everything else will fall into place.

Never be ashamed and don’t forget to smile!


Note: I used nerd/geek interchangeably, though I realise they don’t quite mean the same thing.