SFU Library Research Trip

On November 10ᵗʰ, the TALONS classrooms went to SFU to visit a museum, have lunch, and spend some time researching their eminent person at the W. A. C. Bennett Library. As for me, I was looking forwards to finding some more information, and have some bonding time with my peers as we had missed the trip to Sea to Sky. I was thinking to bring my Canon EOS 7D to take some pictures, but decided against it as I didn’t want to lose an expensive camera. Some smart-phone pictures will have to make do! As my first field trip this year, I was really excited on how it would turn out!

On the bus ride there, I didn’t really do much. Just talking with friends, sharing jokes, playing games – the usual. On the drive, I peered out the window and noticed that today wasn’t the best day as it was raining, and the temperature outside was moderately cold.

Our first stop was The Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology. The museum contained many pieces of art from native BC, along with many tools and specimens preserved in cabinets. Since the museum could only fit half of us, we had to split up into the morning and afternoon groups and rotate.

Cave paintings
Cave paintings

One of the rather interesting exhibits was “SFUWarts” – a copy of the school supplies that they used at Hogwarts. Siriusly, who doesn’t want to use those?

SFU warts!

After we switched with the afternoon group, we were introduced to a “unique” activity. Find a quiet spot inside the building and sit around, and observe the environment around us. I found a space in a study desk, and I sat there beside two other university students. They were busy doing their homework, or on their phones so I didn’t disturb them.

My favorite part however, was when we headed over to the Himalayan Peak restaurant, where we had an indian cuisine buffet. As we arrived, there was only one buffet stand, so we had to take turns. How? Through trivia of course! Most of the questions were not of my interest – tv shows, and social studies. At least our group didn’t come last!

Indian food!

With our full bellies, we met up with Jamie’s older sisters who were students at SFU, and they were kind enough to take us on a tour. As I’d already came to SFU countless times already,  I knew the campus relatively well. With a final wave, we headed to our last destination of the day – the W. A. C Bennett Library, where we had some time to research our eminent person.

Tour of SFU campus

I was amazed at how there were seven floors filled with books – much more than your average public library! At my local library, I couldn’t find much information on my eminent person, but at the SFU library, I found a few pages filled with links of articles, books, and magazines that contained my eminent person. Searching was quite tedious, but at last I found some books on the 4ᵗʰ floor. I didn’t end up taking any, as I don’t travel to Burnaby often, but I did manage to take snapshots of around 30 or so pages.

A page of the book – The World According to Google

Overall, the trip to SFU was a success and I learned a lot about native BC along with some info about the SFU campus and my eminent person.  It was a great experience to bond with TALONS classmates and acquire some information. The 30 or so snapshots that I took helped me a lot to this point, especially the biographies and the story of Google. The trip was everything expected – even a bit more.

Until next time!

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