The Next Chapter
I’m a recent graduate. Kind of. I finished all my undergrad work about three weeks ago, but since I don’t receive my actual undergraduate degree until June, I haven’t “techincally” graduated yet. But my grade report says I am eligible to graduate, so I’m basically a graduate now. And so with this shift, I’m starting a new chapter in my life.
And what better way to mark that, than with a redesign of my blog, and a renewed commitment to writing. This blog will now focus on my life as I explore identity, work in higher education, develop a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, and look for coffee.
Identity: I spent the last 5 years as a dedicated student leader at Glendon. That all ended at once when I finished my undergrad. I learned a lot about leadership, and a large part of that is reflection. This new chapter of my life I’ll continue reflecting but on different part of my life. How do I feel about my identity(ies) as a latino or as an immigrant? Where do I want my life to go in terms of my advocacy and activism? Through this new period of my life, I intend to explore these parts of my identity.
Education: I’m currently the New Student Communications Assistant for Glendon College’s Office of Student Recruitment. Through organizing coordinated communications through email and video with different department at Glendon and rooting my work in Lizzio’s Five Senses of Student Success, my job is to assist in the successful transition and development for new students at Glendon. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I’m loving the work I’m doing and working full-time in a field I love. As I proceed through this job, and future positions in the post-secondary sector, I can’t wait to learn more about the field, conduct research, and advance my own studies. Plus, I get to direct the video series that I starred in two years ago! Check out the trailer below!
Lifestyle: Ever since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, I have been trying to lead a more healthy lifestyle. It’s worked… kind of. My weight has fluctuated up and down for the last few years, but I have become more conscious of my health. Now that my schedule has normalized, I’m finding more time for the gym and exercise. In addition to living a healthy life, I’m also interested in ways to live more sustainably – I try to buy clothes, books, and furniture secondhand, I refuse to buy bottled water, and I’m only drinking non-dairy milk and buying free-range eggs. Going forward, I want to learn more ways to further reduce my carbon footprint, and shop more ethically while doing it all on a budget.
Coffee: I love coffee. I don’t go a day without a cup (or two). Part of living in Toronto means being surrounded by coffees shops everywhere, both chains and independent. My new favourite spot is The Mad Bean, because not only is it super close to my apartment and serves great coffee, but it also has an appreciation for art, prides itself on supporting fair-trade and organic businesses and hosts a number of community events. This will definitely be a regular spot for me.
A lot has changed in my life now that I’m done my undergrad, but I know that my values of community, self-development, and gratitude will stay same. I’m excited to see how this next chapter and my new goals will coincide with my values in order to help me become the best citizen, community member, higher education professional, advocate, and learner I can be.
How do you reflect on your identity? Want me to write about something in higher education? Know of a great business that is sustainable and ethical? What’s your favourite coffee shop in Toronto? Leave me a comment below!