I'm trying really hard to be productive today, so far I am failing, but there's still time to change!
I'm currently working on my article for this semester's publication of Brock Health. I wrote an article last year, but wasn't too happy with how it turned out. It was good for raising awareness of the issue of the aging Canadian population, but that's in the news all the time. I wanted to write something that Brock students could relate to, so I instead chose to write an analogous article; here's a little sneak peak:
Living on campus in your first year, it’s easy to think that the world beyond the escarpment doesn’t exist – with the exception of the Pen Centre of course. In the spirit of that wonderful callowness, let’s assume for 5 minutes that Brock University is the world and all inhabitants, countries and ethnic groups are equally represented among our 18,000 students. First off, a mere 90 inhabitants are Canadian. These students from Canada enjoy a long life expectancy of 80.8 years, however the 61 students from Mozambique enjoy a significantly shorter life expectancy of 49.7 years. If you’re a student living in Sub-Saharan Africa, you may choose from 1 of 3 doctors, but If you’re a student of Europe or Central Asia, don’t worry; we’ve got 58 that you can choose from.
To get the statistics that I'm including is pretty difficult, and involves quite a bit of math to correct for errors, but I'd say that the end product is going to be worth it, as long as I can draw attention to the fact that the rest of the world does not have the luxuries that we have. I'm basing my influences on this around a number of things, like the 100 people world project, the fictional CJ Cregg's speech, and my own experiences with the Australian health care system.
Let the world know that I should also probably be studying for exams... Probably.
I went into the city yesterday with two friends (whom I'll be travelling with) so we can get our money pouches (the thing with the neck strap that you keep your passport and wallet in, under your shirt). I've still yet to buy a backpack, but I think I'm going to do that today off of ebay.
We started off by heading into the city, looking around, and going to some crazy surplus store. Some fond memories of the day are as follows:
- Purchasing and Eating a "doughnut man"
- The bird fight that happened right in front of us
- Getting stuck in the elevator
- Getting lost in the slanty-floored Target (to which nobody else noticed the slant...)
- This was a serious slant. Alicia Hodgins would have walked upright in this store.
- Walking to the Bus Terminal and instead realizing we can take the ferry
- Taking the ferry = best part of the day.
- Seeing the dolphins swimming next to us at the ferry jetty.
That's about it right now. I've got to get back to writing this article / studying for exams / buying a backpack off ebay / doing my 3 hours of ushering work for my performance class.