June 2, 2010
wondering why the title says “fog”? well, it stands for fresh out of graduation…and foggy it is! immediately after my convocation ceremony people started turning around to their neighbours and asking the dreaded question:
“so what are you going to do now?”
it’s a terrifying thought to cross your mind, especially for those like me who have mostly only known “school” in their lives, having gone straight from secondary to university without any stops. after suddenly being spat out by your university as fresh job market meat, the road ahead does seem mighty foggy for the unexperienced fillet.
personally, I’m lucky enough to have scored an awesome summer placement at an organization that does advocacy (and representative) work in the line of corporate responsibility. but even if I do know what I want to happen in the next year or so, nothing’s guaranteed past these next four months, and oh yes, it is scary. nevertheless it must be tackled – it would be a shame to want something but not find the strength to actively work for it!
the most important thing to keep in mind after graduation, I think, is not to stagnate. it’s hard to kick yourself back into gear, especially after those 4+ years of hard work, but this time frame is so crucial in establishing the tempo of the a.g. (after grad) era of your life. it doesn’t have to be the standard “get a job” – it could be starting small; doing temp work in the field you want to get involved in, taking some vocational classes, even going overseas on a trip to volunteer or just explore new cultures and expand your mind. of course, we all deserve a big break from work…just don’t let that “break” become permanent.
so to all recent grads, conGRADUATIONs (see what I did there?! I know! I’m hilarious) on all your achievements, enjoy the summer (the weather is finally picking up on my end), and don’t let all that f.o.g. get in your eyes!
March 28, 2010
point and laugh.*
*Actually the appropriate method is to not appear horrified, but calm. Streakers are usually looking for reactions; acting disgusted or surprised will only encourage the behaviour. Instead, just remain calm and if possible, tell them that you are sorry that they have this problem and that you think they should seek professional help. But wasn’t mine so much funnier?
February 5, 2010
so I’ve been taking a humane sexuality course just as an elective before I graduate, and it’s been awesome so far. besides the basic anatomy lessons I’ve learned a lot about how to take care of and maintain your health, and one such topic that we recently covered was the issue of doing self-examinations on the breasts/testicles.
not only did I find a lump on my right breast, which I am going to see a doctor about in less than a week’s time (hopefully I’m just paranoid), but I also explained to my 50-something year old dad about how to do testicular self-examinations in the shower…using the combination of an apple and a tapioca pearl from my japanese green milk tea drink to demonstrate. and somehow, it was much less awkward than I thought it would be.
anyway, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and make sure you’re doing self-examinations or going in to see a doctor about your sexual health! there’s nothing to be embarrassed about – love your bodies!
(ps: if you’d like some more info about how to actually do the self-examinations, drop me a comment or an e-mail and I’ll send a response back, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it was already somewhere on Google)