BC students (PC years 35 and 36) at RaceRocks, taken by Mark Kelsey. Spring 2010.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


"Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it is really worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass them on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face the east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It's okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise."
Miranda July

One of the wisest people I know shared this quote with me and I love it. It's comforting and true... and one of the most profound things Pearson College has taught me, I think, is to see and honour the light within each person under the sky.

This will be my last post (I think!) and I'd like to take the time to thank YOU for reading.  I realize it has been an ERA since I last wrote so if anyone is still following this blog, kudos to you!  You deserve a bone crushing cyber hug at the very least.  But in all seriousness, I hope this blog has at least helped someone as much as it has helped me.   And to everyone who reached out in comments or emails or just by reading, thank you thank you thank you.  I must admit there is a weird narcissism attached to blogging, but having a space to unleash my random thoughts and reflections was at times therapeutic and helped  tremendously to process my time at Pearson.

And this brings me to the bright topic of adventures. Yep the name of my blog is perhaps a little cheesy and hokey but I guess our adventures are chances to learn, and I am honoured to have shared some with you.  I love the word adventure - it can turn the most tricky lesson into something exciting... it represents a trek into the unknown.  And that's what life is about, right?  I have been very lucky to have known some adventurous people lately and I admire their courage, strength, and determination.  Keep adventuring!

 Pearson is an idealistic place, but it's still easy to get caught up in the immense problems are world is facing and the suffering that permeates daily life.  So there is one idea I still hold dear, one that Pearson does too I think,  that there is something uniting us all, and we are all capable and deserving.  And that it is this vision of a better world that keeps the tides of hope flowing.  Peace is possible, and it begins in our own hearts. It's never too late to enter the present moment, take a breath, and remember that.

So most likely there won't be many more adventures for me at Pearson, but my second year was filled with some precious and incredible experiences.   Congratulations to everyone that contributed to a historically successful and supportive year.  I am proud especially of year 36 who began this year together and ended it together. I am equally proud of year 37, people I have come to love dearly and as a second year, could not feel happier and more trusting in passing the campus down to. I know they will be amazing role models.   I am infinitely grateful to everyone I have spent the last year with.   They are all incredible human beings.

I'll post some photos undeneath, but unfortunately due to my loss of a camera and only regaining one in May, I don't have many photos from the bulk of this year, therefore all of the ones below are from the last month of my second year. Trust me, though, there were tons of picture perfect moments but they're permanently stored on an 'internal' memory card you can't see. 

Lastly, since my short but phenomenal 2 years have come to a close,  I think I will take this blog off the internet by the end of August. As much as I have loved keeping it,  I think it's time to move on to the next chapter of life - and all the trials and tribulations of university.  Also, this blog by no means represents anything more than the passing thoughts and musings in my own head during my time at Pearson, and do not necessarily reflect the views of anyone else related to Pearson or UWC.  Everyone's experience at Pearson is so very unique.  That said, I am indefinitely indebted to this great organization that is building bridges around the world, in a very real, relevant, and important way.  Pearson College has opened my eyes and my heart.  And I miss it dearly. 

So keep shining, dear reader.  It has been an awe-inspiring 2 years and I wish you all the very best.

With peace, love, and gratitude from the bottom of my heart,

Friday, June 3, 2011

Embarking Again

First year Flashbacks

How do I even start to begin? Well 2 years ago I remember feeling anxious, sad, happy, overwhelmed, beyond excited, and full of hope. And once again I find myself in a swirling sea of constantly changing emotions. It has been the most incredible adventure and a tremendous privilege to be at Pearson for the last two years. I can't begin to describe how indebted and thankful I feel for everything: the ups, the downs, the friendship, the beauty, the peace. So I thought I'd put up a few of my favorite photos from my time at a gorgeous place on the edge of the ocean, where pretty much anything is possible.

All of these pictures have a story. All of these people I love dearly. Only that words and love cannot be contained and limited to this page, they are alive and travelling at this very moment, from my heart to yours.  I can hear the conversations already....

Second year photos to come...