- My sister and I spent the summer together, doing ridiculous stuff and making memories that would last a lifetime. One of our favourite activities was spending time at the University of British Columbia, where we had sushi and ice cream and visited several museums.
- My family travelled to Salt Spring Island with family friends, where we paddle-boarded, ate goat milk gelato, and enjoyed some of the best seafood on Earth.
- I attended a medical school conference that made me look into MCAT details, interview tips, med school vlogs, and more. Now, I am fully invested in the idea of medical school. I can’t wait.
- I had the opportunity to have coffee with the author of When They Fade, one of my favourite fictional Young Adult novels: Jeyn Roberts.
- Speaking of authors, I was thrilled to meet R.L. Stine, a childhood hero, who came to Toronto for a talk in November.
- After being denied twice, I finally obtained my Australian student visa and will be travelling to Brisbane, Australia, for a five-month semester.
- Dad, Grandpa, and I planned a trip to Cambodia, China, Taiwan, and Macau for January 2018. Coming up!
- I worked a full-time internship from January to April in downtown Toronto, where I was a clinical assistant at the Toronto Health Centre.
- From September to December, I had a wonderful internship placement at Centennial College, where I tutored nursing students in human anatomy and human physiology.
- I spent most of the summer in Waterloo, where I did a summer term. Hands-down the hardest, but most rewarding, term of school that I have ever endured. Enjoyed. I meant enjoyed. 😉
- I moved out of a wonderful house in Waterloo that I’d lived in for over two years.
- Got a LOT of coupons, and even a large box of twelve jumbo-sized popcorn bags from BOOMCHICKAPOP popcorn, mailed to my house!
- I got to give a speech at my old high school about travel, volunteer work, and more.
- I practiced lots of aerials at Cirqueability in Toronto, then Brass Butterflies in Waterloo, and finally, Vancouver Circus School in New Westminster, BC. What a lovely way to spend my spare time. I miss it!
- I had the opportunity to meet some fascinating, hardworking, intelligent, wise people like Vivian Tsang and Shanna Yeung.
- My sister and I watched KURIOS, a Cirque du Soleil show that I once saw in Montreal back when I lived in St-Eustache, Quebec, one summer. I added some more details about the show below, at the end of this post.
- Seline and I discovered that we had a strange interest in baby names. I know… what?! We share a lot of the same opinions on which names are wonderful, and which names we strongly dislike. My mom sent me this list below, which involves the top baby names of 2017.
Some of the aforementioned popcorn!
Had the opportunity to go to a public skate with Seline yesterday. It was my first time skating in a very long time (haven’t been on the ice for figure skating since Grade 11ish of high school!), so it was a lovely experience. We had a lot of fun.
I am very excited about taking this course in Australia next month. 🙂
Like I mentioned, Seline and I were exhilarated by Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS. The duo straps act was my favourite part. 🎪
- beautiful and creative fusion of art, physics, and technology
- charming and comedic
- interactive with audience
- live band with spectacular singing
- nautical steampunk theme
- exciting, imaginative, daring, nerve-racking
- stars a scientist/inventor and his exploration of the dream world
- intricate stage
- stunning, mesmerizing acrobatics and choreography
Happy 2018, everyone!