Traversing the Bountiful Halls

As most of you reading this know, we went on a strip to SFU a short while ago. (Okay, now that I’m actually posting this it is a little longer but we’ll just go along with it.)


The only photo of the campus that will upload.
The only photo of the campus that will upload.

We took the bus both ways, chattering excitedly amongst ourselves about the project ahead and what we hoped to find in the treasure trove of books at the SFU library. But before we got to sink our teeth into some dense literature, we went on a little adventure around the campus.

The only photo of the museum that will upload.
The only photo of the museum that will upload.

Our first stop of the day was at the museum placed within the halls, full of artefacts and notes on what they where and when they first came into existence. Though it was a small area I quite enjoyed having a look around and snapping some photos of the delicate and ancient. For example the ancient Modern Wooden Chair of Ikea’sakaii. When we were not within the room that took us back, we were looking forwards from our places along the walls in the hallways nearby, a silent moment when we took in everything around us, observing and unmoving. (Mostly receiving confused stares and amused comments.) We did not stay long and were soon moved to a very well received place.

The only photo of the restaurant that will upload.
The only photo of the restaurant that will upload.

FOOD! Once we reached the restaurant the games began. Sitting at our tables we were asked what drinks we wanted and then Mr.Jackson proceeded to throw pop-culture questions around, and whichever group gave the correct answer got to help themselves to the all you can eat buffet of Indian delicacies. We feasted merrily, taking many pictures and refilling our power bars before setting out once more.

Oh look, one more photo of campus that decided to upload.
Oh look, one more photo of campus that decided to upload.

As a mishmash of AM and PM Talons we split into groups and had the honour of being escorted by one of the Fajber sisters throughout the halls. Along the way we were fed many interesting little tidbits about the buildings and different courses that are offered at SFU. By the time we had completed our exploration we had found ourselves outside the library labyrinth, biting at the bit to get into the papery passageway to a plethora of priceless proficiency in the life of our eminent person. With an hour on the clock we kicked it into high gear, putting our noses to the grinding stone and scribbling out notes taken from various books throughout the busy space.

*Cries because the library photos won’t upload.*

I was surprised on how many different books I could locate on the great Tim. I settled on taking three and pawing through the crisp pages, extracting little facts here and there that stood out to me. It truly stunned me how fast the time flew before I had to return the books to their homes.

In a flash our time was up and we were congregated outside in the undercover area, a few quick snapshots taken to commemorate the occasion and our hard work, and then a brisk walk to where our busses arrived.

Not long after we returned to our home base of Gleneagle and dispersed, returning home to mull over our findings.

Another adventure was over, another TALONS day done.

SFU Library Trip and all-you-can-eat Indian Food.

Going to SFU I didnt expect much. A tour I wouldn’t pay attention on, food I wouldn’t eat and a library I wouldnt read anything from.

I could not have been more wrong.

SFU Tour & Library Research Trip

First we split up and the Morningers went to the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology. I was given control of the TALONS camera so I got to take lots of picture of both the exhibits and the students enjoying them. After a while we switched and the Nooners got the camera and walked around the museum while AM Talons did Solo spots. I sat outside and while it wasnt too cold most people were not taking the stairs I sat by. So I counted stairs and tried not to shiver too much.

About ten minutes later we rejoined with the PMers and went for lunch (At 10:30 in the morning).

SFU Tour & Library Research Trip

The food was awesome and I now have a great love for naan bread with butter chicken sauce.

Then Jamie’s sisters met up with us and we split (but not by morning and afternoon) to get a tour of the campus. I took a lot of pictures but according to wordpress the files were too big and I cant share them with you. So I can only show you the pictures from the TALONS camera which, admittedly are great, but im not in most of them so…

SFU Tour & Library Research Trip
SFU Tour & Library Research Trip
SFU Tour & Library Research Trip
SFU Tour & Library Research Trip
SFU Tour & Library Research Trip
Even though it was quickly becoming colder, rainier, and windier I enjoyed the tour and saw lots of interesting things.

Then we went into the library and rejoined with the other group. I found two especially interesting books; The Encyclopedia of Gender in Media; and what for a moment I thought was called Witchcraft and Democracy. I took lots of pictures from the encyclopedia but I guess none of them came into play in my Eminent Person Study. It had some very funny passages about representation in music videos and Disney movies.

Then we hopped back on the bus and returned to school just twenty minutes before the last bell.

All in all, I had a good time and I think the trip was a great way to assist in Eminent.

SFU Tour & Library Research Trip

An Adventure in SFU

Yes, it’s late in the project. If you’re wondering why I’m posting my SFU field trip experience 1+ months after it happened, well, I get wiser with age. So I was trying to make it as good as possible.

The SFU trip was really great. Before events happen, I usually have this weird distorted vision of20141030_101631 (1) what will happen. On this trip, I had some educational expectations and such. Something I really wanted to get as much as I could of was experience. Experiences are as valuable as any research, and going to an environment I hope to return to as a university student, I hoped to absorb as much as possible. Some aspects of the buildings themselves were how they were all made of cement. It made for a quite gloomy yet professional feel, and looked quite impressive from a distance. It would feel great to walk across the serene pond, down the massive steps, and graduate. There was also a pyramid in a clearing that could only be the pyramid of life, and I questioned it no further. Experiences demand to be felt, and I was entranced.

I plan to go to a university after high school, and this trip was a great experience for this aspe20141030_084900 (2)ct. I saw students who didn’t look much older than I do. If felt like a bigger, more intense high school. It was interesting to see all the signs advertising a whole bunch of different clubs available to join. One such club was the Ping-Pong club, which was advertised in a rather unique way, giving insight to the fun air of university. Something I did for the first time that is part of TALONS is solo time. Time we spent away from our peers and technology, sitting/standing and simply observing. It was thought-provoking to just sit there and watch people going about their business. I look forward to doing similar experiments in the future. SFU seems like a great place to go to for post-secondary, and I will definitely apply there.

The Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology was an interesting sight. The huge wooden statue outsi20141030_090232 (1)de was brain-candy, and we hadn’t even entered the museum. Inside the museum, I was delighted to find Harry Potter themed displays, courtesy of “SFUwarts”. There were descriptions of real dead animals with references to the Harry Potter series, making the displays even more interesting. My great-great-great grandmother was Alice Squalabia, a pure First Nations woman. It was neat to see life from the perspective of a First Nation’s person from what they used. This museum was definitely something worth seeing.

The library. The seven-story high part of SFU full of books, books, and even more books. I stared open-mouthed at the sheer number of pages bound together on the endless rows of shelves. Before the trip, I was thinking of a decent library with many books, and I was going to go through some information on William20141030_135820 (1) Shakespeare, my eminent person. Once I saw all seven glorious floors, I knew I had to explore it in the short time that we had. So I went to a computer, searched for William Shakespeare, and went book-hunting. I was amazed by the number of students diligently working, bent over computers and papers. It was a serene environment I felt honoured to be a part of. I made my way up to where the book I was looking for was located. As I looked at the book numbers I was searching by, I gaze up the shelf and I am stunned. Staring back at me are enough Shakespeare books to fill an entire shelf. Wow. Reading the spines of the books, I found much of the titles to be something like “The Complex Complexities of Shakespeare”. Or “The Deep and Hidden Meanings of Shakespeare’s Tragedies”. I found myself way of my league. I took one last look and continued my journey through the library. At the very top, I discovered ancient technology. A printing press! Wow! This must be from ancient Rome or something. Very cool. There were some other odd books up there, but then it was time to leave the glorious book-haven.

The SFU trip was an amazing experience, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to go. Although I didn’t find a lot on my eminent person, I did discover that many people have written books on him and his works. I had a great time exploring the university, and the Indian food lunch was spectacular as well. Night of the Notables draws near, and I’m super excited!

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SFU, we meet again.

So, the SFU Library Trip has come and gone. I actually had a much better time then I expected, and while I did not perhaps get the best trip educationally, I did get a pretty good trip bonding and photography-wise. Most of this post will be a gallery of photos, documenting talons documenting for their documents of learning.

Complicated, I know.

How will you capture what you find?

I got my dad’s fancy Panorama camera and I plan to take as many photos as possible.

What are you seeking on the trip?

I know my eminent person isn’t very well known, so I’m not expecting anything too great information wise. I am looking forward to meeting more of the TALONS that I don’t know yet and exploring the SFU campus.

What did you learn?

I learned 3 things:

  1. While not learning about my eminent person directly, I learned about some of the things she believed in, such as gender equality and less heteronormativity.
  2. SFU is a beautiful, if slightly confusing place to go to school
  3. The grade nines this year are absolutely amazing.

What was the theme of the trip?

For me, the theme was bonding. I made a lot of new friends and connections, mostly over ridiculous photos and the on-and-off-rain.




This book is the realest thing I’ve ever seen
Well this was a surprise
Well well well wasn’t this fun
Bad. Let’s move on.
*cough* straight white male


Such dorks.




Zoe had a sick rap going on.


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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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SFU Reaserch Trip

So last thursday was the SFU research trip, and wow! That place is amazing!!! I decided to capture some of my findings by posting them on Facebook, the links at the bottom.

For me I think my main goal for the trip was to find some information about my eminent person (Amelia Earhart), and to get a feel for what it’s like to go to SFU. And I am pleased to say that I accomplished both!

We first went to the “Museum of Archeology and Ethnology”, were there was a lot of interesting artifacts!!! One of my favorite displays was the “SFUwarts: School Supplies”. They had regular display items, but put “Harry Potter-esque” names to them. For example: Feathers were Quills, and on sale for only 1 sickle each!

After that, we pretended to be a fly/bug on a wall, by just sitting, and watching people walk by for a while. While some people didn’t like this activity, I actually found it particularly interesting and almost fun.

We then went to the “Himalayan Peak Indian Cuisine ” for lunch. We played a trivia game to see in which order the tables would get to go up to the buffet to get food. While some of the curry was kind of spicy, the naan bread, rice and chicken was really good!

After we had all finished lunch, Zoë and Katie (Jamie’s sisters), gave us a tour of campus, where we ended at the library. The 7 floor Library was so just amazingly, beautiful and amazing, words cannot even begin to describe the amazingness of it. (I used amazing way too many times in that sentence).  Anyway, I was able to get a book and it has some really interesting information and pictures of my eminent person, which I will definitely use for my learning center.

I would say that the whole experience though, was really great. Sometime in the near future, I would really like to go to SFU, so it was a great experience. The trip definitely made me even more determined and excited about eminent and my post-secondary goals!

Simon Fraser, SUCCESS!

Teresa and me at a Canada vs. China international exhibition game about two and a half years ago.

As my post’s title may lead you, I have had success, and in this case, I am referring to the choosing of my eminent person. I have decided on the one and only Teresa Gabriele! The decision was made with the assistance of a classmate over a Facebook discussion the night prior to this field study. Thank you for helping me with my decision, unspecified classmate, you know who you are! I chose Teresa for several reasons which I will later mention. Thank you also to all of you who also commented on my intro post. Your support was much appreciated and helpful.

Obviously I covered a lot of basic information about my eminent person in my initial blog post but I’ll just talk about some of the main reasons I chose her. First of all, I have quite a few connections to Teresa. She is from Mission  B.C. and is considerably shorter than the average basketball height, she is also a point guard. I am also from B.C. and somewhat close to Mission (relative). Now you may be wondering about the height part, as right now I don’t look that short particularly, compared to other girls my age. Well, I’m taller than my dad, an achievement of about two years ago, and I’m closing in on my mom, and I’m taller than every single one of my aunts. So the prospects for a dramatic growth spurt are somewhat unlikely looking, at least, at those facts. That is another reason I have always admired Teresa though, her ability to compete against players of greater heights, and her perseverance to do so. Also, as I mentioned, she plays the point guard position, which is somewhat similar to me, as at this point I usually play a guard spot, and am playing more and more of the point guard position specifically. But most importantly, I thought it made the most sense for me to do Teresa Gabriele as my eminent person because I have idolized her for so many years, and I am truly passionate about her. I had some minor reasons for not choosing my other prospects for the sake of this project as well, and as my classmate mentor told me “…just chop off one person, and then don’t look back, don’t consider them after that…” It also just so happens that Teresa herself went to SFU, which is funny because that is where we travelled the following day after my decision.

Going into the SFU field study, I made a brief list of what I wanted to get out of the trip:

– Any possible knowledge of Teresa’s experience at the university
– Any possible research or resources about women’s basketball, the game in Canada, and the development of the women’s game in Canada
– Experience and knowledge about SFU – local university campus, interested in possibly for future, and experience around the campus
– A fun experience with the amazing TALONS classes of the year 2014-15, an awesome day out in town, getting to know and spending more time with my fellow classmates
– Not necessarily trying new food, as I generally don’t like spicy food and haven’t had Indian before, but should be interesting
– I love going up the hill, being up on Burnaby Mountain and the SFU campus up there, it is such a serene, peaceful, and perspective-filled place for me and I love it, so I will hopefully enjoy being up there, maybe it will even be a nice day.

Well, we didn’t quite luck out on the weather but I certainly had an amazing experience and day, and succeeded in obtaining almost all of the items on that list with a few additions. As expected, there weren’t specifically any books on Teresa, however, upon looking on the library’s website, it appears as though there are some digital articles about her playing career there. I most definitely did, however, obtain physical resources on women’s basketball. In fact, it was most unbelievable to me and fellow basketballer from morning, Sara, how much sheer information there was on basketball and specifically women’s basketball. Here is a photo of me with the books, solely on basketball!

Me in the W.A.C. Bennett Library with the women’s basketball books.

I took out two books on women’s basketball. Amazingly, the books’ due date isn’t until mid January, so I can use these books for reference throughout the entire project. The books will help me in further understanding high level women’s basketball and the significance of Teresa on the women’s game in Canada. Oh, and did I mention I decided to wear my SFU women’s basketball sweater for the  trip? Also, while in the library, I ran into one of the former players for the women’s basketball team, KC, whom I have grown to know through summer basketball camps over the last few years. She recognized me (Oh my gosh, freak out moment!) and we had a solid five minute or so conversation! This was one of the unplanned but awesome moments of the trip!

The entrance to the W.A.C. Bennett Library
The entrance to the W.A.C. Bennett Library

Also before the night before the trip, I wrote this poem, some parts were written as if they were happening in anticipation of what was to come(it can hopefully give you a little more background information about how I felt/feel):

 The night before our trip

I made my decision

With some assistance of the one Vanessa F

When we left the next morning

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect

From the rest of the day

But I did know I was just excited to go up the hill

Because in my time working up there

On basketball drills, skills, and fortunately not hills

I have come to love the place’s grounds

The slate on which it sits is mounted so you can look down on the valleys

Seeing all the nooks and alleys

It is a very happy place for me

I have many fond memories up there

And not to my despair

We are already there

Our big bunch

Has gone out for lunch

At this cool Indian place

It’s a new taste for me

But I think some of the others have had food like this before

Later we are going to explore the library and campus

TALONS footprints will tramp around the hill

Hopefully no one will take a spill

But for real


Something’s bound to happen

The excitement continues as we travel around different venues

From place to place leaving traces of our university experience at SFU

The view from where we entered the SFU academic complex.

I know, its sounds like I wrote this at the restaurant on the trip, but I didn’t, although, much of the poem remains accurate.

     I also wrote this poem, or thought, actually while we were there. It was written during “solo time”, I believe it is called, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We as individuals were given time to collect our thoughts and take everything in. I love doing this and spend so much time doing it on regular basis, so I very much enjoyed it:

We observe the essence of communal civilization

The university campus bustling grows as the time passes into developed morning

The footsteps trace  across the black floor

Photo taken during solo time

     During this time, I learnt a lot about the atmosphere of university and specifically SFU. I learnt a lot overall about the university over the course of the day: during the campus tour, solo time, wandering the library, and just being around the campus. I have been up to the campus many times before for basketball, as I mentioned in my poem, but I’d never really been around anywhere except the gym. So because of this, I thoroughly enjoyed getting my bearings on the whole campus, it was really neat to see the actual academics portion more. One thought that I really took away from the short time up there on Thursday, was that even though the school appears very industrially built, it has little glimpses of character and small design touches everywhere that made it feel very cozy and comfy to me.

Notice board on edge of the convocation square.

     It felt like a nice community secluded by its geographical location. I also enjoyed the time we spent in the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology. I have previously been very interested in aboriginal peoples as well as geology and archeology so this reignited and reminded me of my interest for those areas, I also learnt lots in the museum.

Sculpture outside the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology.

     I would characterize the overall trip as an “experience”, because everything in life is an experience, and you just have to appreciate it. Personally I gained many different experiences fro this one trip alone: experience on the campus of SFU, experience in a university library, experience trying a new type of food, and an experience with my fellow TALONS learners!

     The one part that I did not enjoy as much particularly was the Indian food, as I am not a huge fan of Indian food, as I earlier mentioned. However what I did love about the time at the restaurant, was spending time with all my amazing fellow classmates, who are all much more than just classmates! Here are some pictures that I hope can sum up this amazing ‘experience’ at SFU:

Jenny and me at our table in the Himalayan Peak restaurant for lunch.
Jenny and me at our table in the Himalayan Peak restaurant for lunch.
Vanessa G and me on the bus back to our school.
Our TALONS classes on the edge of the convocation square.

There are so many more pictures that I would love to share with you, but there would be way too many. All I can say, is that it was an amazing experience and I had a ton of fun for many different reasons!

Library Field Study Visit to SFU

So last Thursday, (October 30th, 2014), the TALONS classes went to visit Simon Fraser University.

Me and Mira (right)

To be honest, I didn’t know why were going to SFU – I thought we were just going to look around the school or something. As time passed, I realized that we were actually going to SFU because we were going to conduct a Library Field Study. That means that we were going to visit SFU’s library and learn stuff about our eminent person. That was pretty cool. If y’all remember last time, I decided to pick Antoine Lavoisier as my eminent person, so of course, going to a library would be really great for me. At least that’s what you would think; I expected most of the books there to be way too difficult for me. Nonetheless, I believed that just being exposed to an environment like SFU would greatly enhance my project. Apparently we were also visiting a museum, eating lunch, and taking a tour. But of course, I didn’t know this until around Wednesday night, and I pretty much went to school on Thursday unprepared for anything that might happen. Including rain.

Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

However, we were supposed to capture our findings and understandings. I didn’t exactly know what that meant since I basically had no idea what we were going to do at SFU besides research our eminent person. But I decided to take pictures to capture my learning.

Finally Thursday morning rolled around. The bus trip was entertaining and prepared us all for the day ahead of us.

It was slightly rainy when we got off the bus, so I hid under one of my friend’s arms at one point, but that’s not relevant at the moment.

A bunch of classmates socializing

A bunch of classmates socializing

We first visited the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. It wasn’t my first time passing by this museum, and it definitely wasn’t my first time visiting SFU. However, it definitely was my first time actually ENTERING this museum. I had no idea what was inside – the word ‘archaeology’ made me picture bones or something.

Ivory elephants - the irony

Ivory elephants – the irony

It turns out, there aren’t any bones in this museum. Unless you count the ivory. When I first saw the ivory artwork in the museum, I didn’t really understand it. Sure, it was pretty, but what did it mean? Luckily, one of my classmates (Emma M) came up to me and told me about how horrible this was. Apparently people used to kill elephants just for the ivory of their tusks. I found it really ironic that elephant miniatures were made from ivory from an elephant’s tusk.

Elephant tusk art

Elephant tusk art

There were also pictures of elephants being slaughtered and the remnants of an elephant hunt. I think understanding the horrible-ness of the hunt really made me understand the display better.

There were other pieces of art in the museum including totem poles, shields, cave art, and even a small section dedicated to Harry Potter. I tried to take more pictures of these art pieces, but I think the elephant tusks were the things that really hit me the hardest.

Me posing with Hogwarts Owls

Me posing with Hogwarts Owls

After the museum, we had something called solo work. We pretty much had to blend in with the university and notice our surroundings. I was placed in a study cubicle in the hallway near the Kinesiology wing. I saw a lot of people walking by, and surprisingly, not a lot of people were on their phones. A few people were walking slightly briskly, and most people were alone. People walking out tended to walk slower (but not always) and people walking into the school tended to walk faster. I think this was because people needed to go to class on time. It was strange that there were not a lot of people talking to each other, but there was always the sound of background people talking.

Delicious Indian food restaurant (featuring Emma M)

Delicious Indian food restaurant (featuring Emma M)

Finally, it was lunch. We went to an all-you-can-eat Indian restaurant. It was really great. 10/10.

After lunch was the tour. Jamie’s (Afternoon 10) sisters had graciously offered to tour us around the campus, and I learned about how large SFU was compared to our high school. I mean, it’s not a university for nothing, right?

SFU featuring Emma M

SFU featuring Emma M (library to the right behind Emma)

After our tour, we entered the library. I had seen SFU’s library from the outside before, but I didn’t realize how gigantic it was. It turns out, there are 7 floors in this mega-library, and I was honestly baffled.

All the books on my homie Lavoisier were on the 6th floor. Unfortunately, this was the ‘quiet study’ floor, and I had a lot of trouble walking quietly with my clunky bag. I found 3 books that I wanted to look through, although there definitely were more. Two were biographies about everything from his birth to his discoveries to his death. I really wanted to borrow them, but unfortunately, I knew I would be unable to return them to SFU without paying a late fine at some point, so I had to leave them be.

SFU from the 6th floor of the library

SFU from the 6th floor of the library

The last one was a book by Lavoisier himself, called “Elements of Chemistry”. This was another book that I really wanted to go through. Luckily, I found it as an e-book at one point, and due to the fact that we only had around 10 minutes left in the library, I decided to take a look around.

Books, books, and more books (feat. Construction)

Books, books, and more books (feat. Construction)

Soon, it was time for us to go home. The bus home ride was fun, as usual, and by the end of the trip, I was exhausted.

tl;dr: What did I learn after the trip? Well, if you’re ever up at SFU and you need lunch, the Indian restaurant truly is a must. Also, I learned about how horrible elephant harvesting was; before I had no thought about it, and I think being enlightened about this topic really made me think from a different perspective about that particular topic. Also, books in university libraries actually aren’t that hard and are not as dry as you think they might be! Although I didn’t get to thoroughly explore the books like I would’ve wanted to, I still read enough to find out, “Hey, this ain’t so bad!”

Theme of the Journey? I think it would definitely be Exploration. We explored many things from a typical day in the halls of SFU to Indian cuisine to our eminent person.

Where to next? I think I need to do more research on Lavoisier, for sure. The university didn’t quite give me any insight about Lavoisier, but I think I do need to get into him more. SFU truly sparked a bigger fire of motivation than before.

That’s it for now – thanks for somehow navigating through this blog post, I know it was way longer than it could’ve been, but there was a lot of things I wanted to talk about. Thanks!

Library Field Study at Simon Fraser University

Don’t be fooled by the title: Last week’s trip to SFU was more than just a “library field study”.

A selfie with Melanie!

Prior to our arrival at Simon Fraser University, I decided to participate in some TALONS bonding. I sat next to Melanie, a grade 9, and we both discussed our anticipations before the trip. We both agreed that we were looking for experience in a university campus. Our goal was to put ourselves in a university students’ shoes and explore the real-life schedule of a typical university student. In addition, we were hoping to feel less intimidated by a university campus, reassuring each other that we would be able to navigate through each and every hallway and classroom. Lastly, we took a “selfie” to capture our moment of bonding!

My view from the solo spot… I was lucky enough to be sitting by a window!
My view from the solo spot… I was lucky enough to be sitting by a window!

There were four main parts to the library field study: the solo spot, the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the campus tour, and the SFU library. The solo spot is a common TALONS practice used for independent reflection and observation. Personally, I found it quite uneventful because of the lack of new discovery. Usually when we do this outdoors, I always find something very interesting about nature. I have the opportunity to inhale the scents of mother nature’s home while observing the different patterns of certain trees, plants, and sometimes animals. Here, at SFU, there was nothing to really observe other than the abundance of students passing through the hallway aiming to arrive at their class in 2.5 minutes. Looking back at it, it was actually kind of nice in a way because it gave me an opportunity to put myself in the students’ shoes, something I anticipated prior to our arrival.

IMG_1183Following the solo spot, my TALONS peers and I entered the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Although this museum may not relate to everyone’s eminent person, it definitely relates to the units of study we will be addressing in Social Studies 10 next semester. Although the museum was small, it contained a variety of very unique art pieces, some of which I had the opportunity to touch! One particular item I generally enjoyed was the snowy owl because of its soft fur that was as white as pearls. Another artifact I loved was a calligraphy piece of Chinese writing. I was very intrigued by it because last year I studied the language of Mandarin Chinese for my in depth study and seeing the piece last week allowed me to think and reflect on how much I had learned during that 5 month period.

Before continuing, I would like to take a pit stop at the Himalayan Peak restaurant, where we dined. The Himalayan Peak offers fine Indian cuisine and excellent service. I enjoyed taking a small bit of India as well as continuing my bonding with my TALONS peers. Here is a photo:

Christal (left) and Andrea (right)
Christal (left) and Andrea (right)

After our eventful lunch, the TALONS class took a tour of the SFU campus, lead by Jamie’s sisters, Katie and Zoe. Katie led my tour, and she did an incredible job describing the SFU campus life and history. Katie walked us through the campus in such a way that educated me every time we took a stop. One event I particularly enjoyed was walking through the convocation stage and climbing the stairs to the “reflection pond”. I questioned the emotions I would feel during my undergraduate commencement.

A view of the reflection pond (featuring Emma and Eric!)
A view of the reflection pond



The final component of the day was the SFU library, named the W.A.C Bennett Library. I was not expecting to find much on Miranda Sings because of the fact that she is very recent. Nonetheless, I took a search through the library catalogue. I found no books on Miranda Sings (or Colleen Ballinger), however the library catalogue did say there were some newspaper articles available about her. This is where my search mission began. I travelled up to the sixth floor in search of at least one of the three newspaper articles offered. After half an hour of searching, I came out with no luck! I was very disappointed, however I knew that I could recover from this obstacle. I was not expecting for a breeze through this project… that would not be much fun, right?

Although I didn’t gain much from my personal eminent person study, I did learn what life is like in a university campus setting as well as some interesting facts about SFU. Although I did not find any books, I did widen my library research skills by searching for newspaper articles and helping my peers find books on their eminent person. To me, the overall theme of this trip was “connection”. Not only did I bond with my TALONS peers, I also found many relationships to past, present, and future topics of study TALONS has and hopefully will address in the near future. Thanks for taking the time to read through this detailed post, it’s time for me to keep researching and start focusing on my interview!


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SFU Exploration

Hey everyone! So on October 30th, we, as a class, went to SFU for the day. We started with a solo spot, super cool, followed with us exploring the Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. The museum was really interesting and I loved looking at all the aboriginal designs in the things like bentwood boxes. For lunch we went to an Indian


buffet place. The food was really good. Afterwards, we split in to two groups for tours. They were lead by Katie and Zoe Fajber, Jamie’s sisters. The tour was really interesting and it was neat to hear about different parts of the school. We ended the day at the library, where


I got a book called “Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women and Children.” The library it’s self was super interesting in how it was laid out and organized, as well as a little overwhelming with the sheer amount of books there.

I started the day with a plan to get a book and to bond with classmates. I also wanted to see the campus, especially because I am considering going there. I planned on taking loads of photos for both me and my blog.

Looking back, I learned a lot about universities and the opportunities they provide from both Katie and posters around the


school. I learned a little about university life from a student’s perspective as well. Overall the day was very inspiring in that it opened my eyes to a new world in a way, or at least a different perspective of the world. It gave me a look into the paradigm that is a post-secondary student as well as showed me amazing sights in the architecture and feel of the building itself. In relation to my word from the beginning of grade 9, open, it opened my eyes and mind to a new way of thinking and gave me another mindset to consider when I meet people.

For more photos, check them out in my flickr album.