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Lessons learned through my educational journey

There are a lot of criticisms for education, including that students won’t remember what they learned as soon as they place their pencils down after writing their last exam.

I remember a lot of things about all my years of schooling, to the point where it seems like I’m the only one who remembered what happened.

Do I use most of what I learned academically on a day to day basis? Other than the journalism related stuff from university and college, no.

However, I still remember many of the lessons I learned as a student all too clearly, even if most of them weren’t in the curriculum.
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How to enjoy your Valentine’s Day when single

Sometimes, I think I should go for the Guinness Book of World Records. I’m turning 25, and I’ve been single for every Valentine’s Day.

Before you say “Oh, poor Emily! It’s so sad how she’s always single on Valentine’s Day!” Don’t.

I love the idea of being loved. I love to love, and I love to be loved. I know there are many ways of experiencing love besides being in a relationship. For example, I experience it every time I bite into a hot and cheesy pizza slice.

I’m just annoyed with the marketing that either focuses on the pressure to be in a relationship or that focuses on feeling petty just because you are single.

That being said, I love the cheesy red bears with the hearts and the abundance of flowers and the colour pink everywhere. Also, if someone does something nice for their partner on Valentine’s Day or any other time of year, I think it’s sweet.

I’m not sure if I’m a hopeless romantic or a hopeless hypocrite.

Either way,  I thought I’d give some advice on how to make your Valentine’s Day semi-decent if you’re single.

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HMV is closing and it’s the end of an era

One of the few things that always puts me in a good mood is visiting a music store. I love going through bins of CDs, taking home one or more new spin, and listening to music in my room whilst flipping through the artwork and learning the lyrics.

Soon, I won’t be able to do that anymore at HMV.

HMV Canada announced that all 120 stores will close and the company has gone into receivership.  The company owes $39 million, and all stores will close on April 30.

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30 Day Music Challenge Day 1

Day #1: A song you like with a colour in the title.

“Dirty Blonde – The Arkells

I liked a couple of songs by The Arkells before I bought “High Noon”, but songs like this made me love the album. I knew I had to see them in concert after I gave the album its first spin. Though one of my favourite bands, Mother Mother, was also performing, so I was going to go anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh9OQoSd4gk

Image via 104.5 CHUM FM on Facebook

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10 albums that impacted me as a teenager

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Probably how all of you will feel about this list/Via Giphy

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone at all, but I have a lot of CDs. I still buy them in the physical edition from time to time, though that’s considered passe. There’s something about going to the record store and buying a CD, looking through all of the artwork and lyrics in the booklets and deciding if it’s worthy to put on my iTunes that’s so satisfying.

Most of my album collection is from my teen years. Music blocked everything out for me, and it still does, so I thought I’d write about 10 albums that left an impact on teenaged me. Everyone’s doing it on Facebook, so I figured why not.

I’d like to add this isn’t the first time I saw this on social media. Three years ago, people were doing the “12 albums” tag about the same thing, but nobody tagged me. I was going to post it, but then it became irrelevant by the time I wrote it out three years ago.

My opinion on what albums meant a lot to me in my teens won’t change, because my teen years are what they are, and there was nothing I could do about it.

I hope you like pop-punk because there’s a lot of it here.

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The day Chester taught me that I am an overachiever

If anyone knows me, they know I talk a lot about my golden retriever Tommy. I’ll also post a lot of pictures of him on social media.

It’s no secret that I am a dog person, and always will be. I grew up with goldens my whole life, including Chester. He was our family pet from when I was in the third grade, up until he passed away the summer I finished my third year of university. He would have had his 16th birthday this year.

What? I’m a crazy dog lady, like my mom and my Nana.

He made me smile, with all the weird thing he ate, his love of chewing on ice cubes, his ability to give high fives, and his desire to always receive attention like a typical goldie.

Rather than write a sappy post about how much I miss him, even though I miss him dearly, I thought I’d write a funny story about one of the few times I could ever be mad at my dog and the day he taught me something about myself.

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Explaining my 2017 Goals

I kind of hate this title, to be honest. My biggest lesson in 2016 was that I don’t have to tell every single person every single thing that has ever happened to me. I am still bad with oversharing, and probably will be, but I also feel like I shouldn’t have to justify my actions or my circumstances just because someone else feels it’s not the way they live their life.

If you follow me on Instagram (@emilywritesalot), you probably saw my resolutions already on when I was doing the Night Eyes Countdown to 2017, which I didn’t end up finishing. I made three goals: Send my novel to a publishing company, try downhill skiing, and take better care of myself.

I thought I’d explain why I want to meet these goals this year.

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How do you measure a year?

In daylights? In sunsets? In cups of coffee? What about love? You’re welcome if you got “Seasons of Love” stuck in your head.

The time between mid-November to early January is one of my favourite times of the year. Like many, I reflect on how my year has been and I think about who I was as a person that year. On social media, there would be those collages where people pick their best nine moments of the year. People on Facebook are sharing their “year in review videos” as  you’re reading this. Right now, I’m doing the Night Eyes Countdown on Instagram to share a few photos and reflections on my year.

I decided to share my thoughts on social media depicting the past year because I feel like social media alone doesn’t cover it all.

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I tried doing the makeup with my opposite hand challenge and I’ve never been more thankful for makeup remover

The title of this post is self-explanatory. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the full face with opposite hand challenge is when you use the opposite hand that you normally use for applying makeup.

I saw NikkieTutorials do this on YouTube, and thought it’d be fun to try. Here’s the difference, however. Nikkie looked flawless when she finished the video because she’s a beauty guru who does makeup videos for a living. I am someone who loves wearing burgundy lipstick paired with a brown smoky eye but I am so far from a beauty guru. I didn’t even know the purpose of contouring until fall of this year.

I also thought I’d give it a shot because I like a challenge, and I knew this would be difficult. I have a learning disability that affects my fine motor skills and visual perception. In other words, doing things like applying eye makeup, especially eyeliner, can be challenging enough with my dominant hand, my right hand.

I’ve gotten better at doing my makeup with practice, of course. But it took me awhile before I could make my makeup routine look decent

I knew with a challenge like this, I will either be pleasantly surprised, or I will laugh at how terrible it turned out.

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Some thoughts on microwaved tea

 

Although all I need to feel human is a daily cup of coffee, I drink a lot of tea. My interest in tea started when I was 14 and my cousin brewed me a cup. My addiction crept back up in university.

For those of you who are not in post-secondary, let me tell you a secret. When you have essays, exams, writing projects, and socializing in student clubs piling up, you need caffeine in either Arizona ice tea, coffee, or hot green tea.

Seriously. Before I got into coffee, I was the crankiest person in the world if I didn’t start my day with green tea in fourth year. Not to mention I was sick all the time in my later years of university, and tea always made me feel better.

I didn’t know microwaved tea existed until I procrastinated took a break from writing on BuzzFeed.

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