Reflection on the year

Posted by Sunera on April 28, 2014

On-board to York

Wow, another year has flown by. This May will be my one year anniversary at York University! 🙂 Time really flew, I cannot believe I have only been on campus for a year (May. 6th), and have accomplished so much. Along the way I learned my strength and weaknesses too. So, here is a list of things that were a definite success and some are still a working progress.

Fast-trackI started with 15 credits as a Freshie to York U last summer and I am taking 15 credits this summer as well. I will be a third/fourth year student this September, and officially a senior! By next winter, I will be officially be done my degree! This did not come without challenges and requires strong self-discipline. I am extremely proud of myself for staying focused and achieving my credits as fast I have been able to do, along with commuting, and all the involvement on campus.

Verdict: Definite success!

tt10406239flttI signed up with as many events that interested me. Such as a class room reporter, McLaughlin lunch talks, member of the Work and Labour Studies Students Association and applied for a Volunteer Student Ambassador position for the first time last year, which I did not get on my first attempt. I then signed up for Fall campus day, and then team leader.  I re-applied for a Volunteer Student Ambassador position, which second time around was a charm, hence the campus tours!

However, I did not continue with classroom reporting though, due to conflicting schedule. I was also offered a position in the Work and Laobur Studies Students Association, which I had to step down from due to my conflicting schedule with classes, but I stayed as a member.

Verdict: Still a Success!

Work on CampusWorking as a YU-Blogger is my second work/study position on campus. I am also really thrilled to be continuing with position in the summer. This job always fascinated me, as I find it very rewarding to right about my student experiences that can help other students out. I was over the moon thrilled when I got this position, and I am just as happy to be continuing in the summer! So technically, this will be my third time applying for on-campus employment and having been lucky enough to get these incredible experiences.

Verdict: Success!

test and examsOh, the dreaded exams! I just don’t fear exams in an academic settings, I despise them anywhere. I remember how terrified I was when I did G2 and G licenses which has been a long time now. But, I still remember that scary feeling of someone breathing down my neck as I drove, not to mention that your every single move is being observed.  So, it is not a surprise that exams are my weakness in school too. Nonetheless, I have been doing so great with the exception of Science! Thank God, I am not a doctor. My study strategies, time management, everything worked like a charm on my finals, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with my progress.

Verdict: It is a working progress but definitely an improvement!

goallttAim for high goals, not perfection. I blogged about this earlier in the year how I would try to change this habit. I have been trying very hard, and I can honestly say that I have saved myself a lot of stress by not aiming for perfection. The goal was to try my best without pressuring myself for perfection. I gave it my all and this naturally reflected in my work too, as I certainly performed better.

Verdict: Huge improvement! Now, the real challenge remains to continue with this habit in my remaining academic years at school.

Safe travels till next time!



Sunera graduated from York University in May, 2016 with an Honours BA in Work and Labour Studies.

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