Friday, December 16, 2011

fast times at Prov College

this morning, i finished the last exam of my first semester at UOM. after closing off my 8th semester overall, i have to say that i have never stayed the whole three hour period at write an exam... until today.
so i started thinking of how many classes and exams i did take... so let's take a look:

Semester 1:
Intro to Psych II 3
Intro to Soc II 3
Intro to Bible II 3
Marriage + Family 2
Mission Issues 2

Semester 2:
Psych I 3
Intro to Bible I 3
Intro to College 2
Applied Linguistics 2
Pracitum I 0?
Second Language Aquisition 1?

Semester 3:
Applied Linguists II 2
Materials and Methodology 1?
Practicum II 0?
Special Topics in Psychology: Addiction 0?
Anthropology II 2
Speaking in Public

Semester 4:
Acting I 1
Theories of Personality 3
Christian Spirituality I: Formation 0
Romans 2?
Ethics [vw]
Archeology + The Bible [vw]

Semeser 5:
Critical Thinking 2*
The Pentateuch 0
BTS Research Methods 0
Abnormal Psychology 3
Sociology of Religion 2
Stagecraft + Production 0
Social Science + Christianity 0

Semester 6:
Men Women + Society 2
Ecology, Technology + Culture 2
Worldview Studies 2
Research Methods 3
Self + Society
Intro to Soc I

Winter Break Module: Intro to Computer Usage I 0

Semester 7:
Contemporary Youth Issues 2
Hebrew Prophets 0
Philosophy of Religion 2
Qualitative Research Methods 0
Adolescent Development 3
20th + 21st Century Literature 2

from this list, i count 59... i'm working mostly from memory here, but i'm fairly confident it is accurate (also leaving out the exams i wrote this semester).
not to say all of these classes are easy, but the exam that i wrote today (Human Behaviour) looks at 10 different perspectives/approaches/theories in understanding how humanity operates and how to work with them... and writing six long essays takes a very, very long time.

8th semester fin.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


well, a lot of time has past since my last entry. this is really on account of my computer frying in my cabin this summer and having a job that is constantly on the go. still, i would like to get this blog going again, filled with random insight from my life experience.

also, i will explain the lack of caps (minus the last two blogs) and why i will make the switch to using them (which was the plan. six months ago...).

mucho lovo.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

in transit.

I have finished my post-college break and am reading to start blogging again. The two weeks after my graduation weekend were full of reading books, watching television, and playing board games. Still, with all this I felt that the need to do something exciting before I started back at camp, so I flew out to Vancouver to hang out with friends on the West coast. I left Winnipeg on a cold, snowy morning in April (!?) and arrived in sunny and warm Vancouver... definitely an awesome trade.
This trip was full of MORE board games (Settlers, Risk, Wizard, Phase 10)(which are actually card games...), dining at BC exclusive restaurants (White Spot, Red Robins, random BC Sushi shops). It was a good refresher before this upcoming Four Month Storm (more to come on this later).
I also went on a day trip to the Yukon. Was a good time, will also blog about that at a later date...

I still want to talk about my grad weekend, but will also save that for another post.

I am currently in the Whiteshell, where I'll be living in the boonies and continuing the purge of everything that goes along with city life. And working, of course.

More to come!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chapter Finished.

For the past 3.5 years of my life, I have been attending a small Christian college in southern Manitoba called Providence College & Theological Seminary. During my stay there, I completed a one year TESOL certificate and four year Social Science degree, as well as earned a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies. The part that I have earned it really hasn't hit me yet, I feel like I should be going back in the Fall as I have had the mindset of returning three times now. I'm sure the Fall will be interesting.

Right now, the plan is to rest, read, and write for the next two (maybe three!) weeks and then head back to Manitoba to work for four months at Lake Nutimik Baptist Camp in the Whiteshell.

Plans for today: clean up around the house, settle in room, read a book, and watch season 6 of Survivor!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

so close.

i am currently working on my last two papers at Providence College... a lot of my friends are done, but i am still chugging away at my school work. i finished my last exam today; it was very difficult, but i feel confident in my answers and look forward to seeing how i finished.
anyway, i will be up late tonight working on my last assignments... i am drinking my first cup of coffee for the night, hopefully it will be enough.
then grad weekend begins!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

year eight.

so, i've been given the opportunity to serve at camp nutimik again. the past few summers have been quite the adventure, a lot of good times and a lot more hard times, but i'm still excited. this summer i want to grow more as a leader; last year i spoke in front of large audiences, and while i didn't do a terrible job, i wasn't the most natural speaker... so i want to develop that. also, i want to spend some time developing some devo's for the staff. i want to be able to whip up a good one and communicate it effectively.

also, this directly applies with what i want to do with my life. someday i hope to work in administration in a social work office somewhere. i like working with people.

call me crazy, but imma goin' back fer mo'

Monday, March 14, 2011

kel's tips 002


belts are always a good accessory to top off whatever you're wearing. black is a great default colour, as it looks pretty sweet on anything from jeans to khakis. white is a good colour if you're wearing darker colours. word of caution, do not wear a belt that matches your shirt colour (with the exception of black), it looks terrible.
on a related note, if you insist on tucking in your shirt, please wear a belt. also, stay away from large, obnoxious buckles... unless they serve some purpose, like wearing the Batman logo to some convention (okay, bad example).

so, go pick up a belt. or three. they're cheap in price and a lot to the way you present yourself.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

the jane austen book club

even with all this homework piling up, i have decided to start reading another book. i recently bought Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility... i know, my testosterone has probably dropped significant levels, but i'm opening myself up to new genres and this seems like a good place to start. S&S is Austen's first of six novels. Not saying i'm going to read them all, but Austen seems to have stood the test of time, so I'm sure there's something good in there. maybe not for the 24 year old male in 2011, but whatevs.

Friday, March 4, 2011

"knowledge is power"

- slogan you see tacked on advertisements encouraging peeps to stay in school.

reflecting on most of the sociology papers i wrote during my time at Prov, a theme that frequently appears is the power found in education.
as a man who has spent the majority of his life in school (yes, i'm counting elementary school and etc), i am a strong advocate of institutional learning. i have recently decided that i will always be taking a course of some sort in some school. after completely my 4 year advanced BA at Prov, the next four years of my life will hopefully look like this:
2 years of bachelors of social work
2 years of masters of social work

in my thirties, i would like to obtain an LLM.

on a related note, i recently read "become wise by walking with the wise, hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. Prov 13:20"
sitting with others who know more on other topics is always an interesting experience. soaking up knowledge like a sponge to water is always beneficial.

keep reading! keep writing! keep listening! and always, keep loving.


Monday, February 28, 2011

sunday lunch.

this past sunday i was reminded of what a Christian family should be like.

after attending a service in Niverville, i was invited to an older couples house with a friend of mine (the seem to have "adopted" him into their family). apparently it is tradition that the whole family comes over after the service and they are free to invite anyone for the meal. there were four generations in the house: the grandparents, their kids, their kids, and their kids. the couple have been living in Niverville since 1932. wowza.

it was just a nice experience of meeting new people and having great food. for the poor college student who makes himself meals, this was definitely a treat.

what i was getting at earlier. i really admire this family for focusing outward and opening up their house to people within their sphere of influence. it is not everyday you meet people who are willing to feed a total stranger and send them away with a plate full of leftovers.
i think that the Christian, as a follow of Christ, has a responsibility to love everyone around them; people beyond their family.

if we really want to have an impact on the world, why focus inward on yourself and just those in your immediate family?

gah, i cannot until i can stop playing the poor college student...


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

something special, just for me (and now for you)

have you ever had one of those moments where something cool happened, but if you ever explained it to someone it wouldn't sound nearly as awesome as it actually is and the other person would not appreciate it nearly as much as you do?

as you may know, i'm currently reading the narnia series. a while back, i was reading 'prince caspian' and i was at the part where he is fleeing from his home. later on that night i was walking down a back path through a forest that reaches Prov. the book kinda came alive in that moment. it was pretty sweet.

THEN i saw this sign hanging in the forest. and it blew my mind.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

kel's tips 001

so, i thought i would impart some of my knowledge on personal care to the masses. personal improvement is always a good thing, whether it be for body or mind. so stay tuned for little updates. anyway...


brushing teeth. flossing. mouth wash. all normal parts of oral hygiene.
one often missed step from this daily ritual is using your tooth brush to wash out the mouth wash taste and smell. the subtle smell of minty alcohol is not going to impress anyone, so be sure to do a final rinse before you head out.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

one week intensive complete.

from jan 3-7 i did a one week course called 'computer usage I'. this involved sitting in a computer lab for seven hours a day learning about microsoft word, excel, access, and powerpoint.
i handed it in my last assignment yesterday and that is another course DONE!

hey bachelor of social science advance. imma comin for you!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

becoming a blogger pt 2

so the past year has been full of some random thoughts, some deep thoughts that i toss around and others funny thoughts that stroll on into my head. whatever the post, blogging has really been a great outlet for me. i'm not even sure if anyone reads this anymore, but it is just nice to get my thoughts out there.

this year, i think i want to be a bit more consistent with posting in my blog. i have a lot of thoughts that i want to remember and what better place then to put them then online for everyone to see?
here's to another great year of WEB LOGGING!!1!1!!