SFU Library Trip

Going into this trip, I didn’t really know what to expect besides trying to gather information about my eminent person. It started with a bus ride which allowed me to take time to myself and think about what I was going to try to accomplish on the trip, gathering research and to try to bond with other TALONS students.

After the bus ride, I got to experience what a solo spot was. Honestly, it was quite boring. I got to the point where I ate food, but I also got to observe what others were doing around me. There were students rushing to classes, getting coffee to start the day off and some students were studying.

Next, we sat outside waiting for the morning group to come out as we talked about what we saw around us during solo spots. I got the chance to bond with a couple TALONS students for a little while.


We visited the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.Although the museum was a little small, it was still very fascinating to look at. As I was walking around I saw a disturbing picture of an elephant that had been killed to get it’s ivory. It was horrible to see what people do just to get one thing out of an innocent animal. Something that caught my attention was the little Harry Potter display, although I’m not the biggest fan of Harry Potter. I saw interesting potions and such, as well as the birds.

When we finished with the Museum, everyone walked up to the Indian Buffet for lunch. Mr.Jackson started off with a question game, which I thought my table of two was going to dominate, sadly, we were one of the last people to go. My table got the easiest question we could have answered. I was craving so much food, but surprisingly I didn’t eat as much as I thought I would, I fed off of salad.

After feasting on the little food I had, we all met up with Jamie’s sisters who gave us a tour around SFU, teaching us about where each thing was. As we walked it started to rain. I was stupid enough to not bring an umbrella and always went under other people’s umbrellas, then got budged out of the way by others so they could have it, so I just walked with my hood up. I looked around SFU seeing many of the similar building structures around the whole campus, and different symbols the represented different things which I didn’t exactly understand.

The last stop at SFU was the library, which we finally got to. It had an amazing seven floors packed with a lot of books. For some reason, I decided to run up the stairs each time to get to the books I was looking for, which tired me too much. I thought I was going to find a lot of books about my eminent person considering he is so well known, but surprisingly, I found nothing. All the books were dedicated to the techniques of swimming or they all taught me how to swim which was useless.

During this whole trip I didn’t find anything I was looking for, but I did have a lot of fun bonding with others and learning about different aspects at SFU. I also got a chance to reflect where I wanted to head with school and especially with my eminent project. (Sorry for posting this so late! Also I couldn’t upload many photos because the size was too big.)






The procrastination was strong with this post. We went to the Simon Fraser University on October thirtieth (Read, 17 days ago), and I am only now uploading it. But at any rate, here it is!

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I headed off into this trip with a goal of finding more about the art form that my eminent person, Banksy, works in, which is of course Graffiti. There are a few books about him, but none that were available at the SFU library, so I was looking for more general reference information on graffiti, different styles, and in what ways Banksy is different.

There were a few photos taken that were relevant to this cause, but for the most part i retained what I read, I only wish I had taken photos of what I saw in one of the large reference books on graffiti.

Over the course of the trip I learnt about the graffiti styles from around the world, especially in France, which is where a large reference book I read was based around. These graffiti art pieces were often simpler than a lot of graffiti art that you may associate with the word. For example, it depicted a few pieces of ‘situational graffiti’ which were when art was based around something existing in the environment, for instance, two holes that were drilled into a stucco wall for no discernable reason, and an anonymous graffiti artist designed a basic face around this. This simple piece of art was believed to be at least seventy-five years old. The book was a photographic chronology of graffiti in Paris, and covered simplistic pieces such as the situational graffiti described above, to more modern day stencil art and ‘tagging’.

15055134193_199e517211_kI wasn’t supposed to be in this picture.

For me, the theme of this trip was blending in. On this trip, I felt deeply out of place, a group of over fifty teenagers in a university is like several teenage bulls in a very quiet china shop. We were noisy and took a lot of selfies (see above), and together I think we really did not fit into the environment of SFU. However, as we broke up I began to feel more in place. I like to think I look slightly older than I am, but I do not look like a university student, first year or otherwise. At any rate, as the group temporarily dissolved, I felt a lot less like a huge awkward group of people and more like integrated members of the community that SFU has created. I felt more productive and generally more comfortable when I was alone there.

From this trip, I think I can use my greater understanding of graffiti art to really appreciate what Banksy does and better understand him for when I go to write my speech. I enjoyed my day as a freshman, but honestly I don’t think that life is for me, at least not yet.

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Hi guys, sorry for not writing lately, I have been re-searching. The book has not been as forthcoming of information as I hoped.

For my document of learning, I am giving a preview of my speech. It will be set in the character of king Ferdinand’s scepter. It was on his person when he ordered the Spanish inquisition. When I started this, I wanted to know if Ferdinand was strong-armed into pushing the bill, but so far I have found no evidence to support this theory. This has led me to the conclusion that he was a monster in every sense when it came to fake converts. The scepter does not care about this part of its master, though. He is its owner, and that’s all that counts. But the scepter is shocked when it views his master sending the bill for the inquisition. It sees the surprised faces of the other lords at the thought if the action, but they all sign in agreement. This started the first inquisition. The scepter hates what his master (thoughtfully nicknamed Ferdi) has become. He grips the scepter with a hellish hate. It hates that, hates it almost as much as the masters wife, Isabella.

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Poetry in Motion (yes, incredibly cliched title, I’m aware.)

So, I’ve been told we are allowed to post non-TALONS related things here, and a new interest of mine happens to be poetry, so voila! Poetry post!

Thanks to Jaime, Emma and Lyle’s wonderful poetry group, I’ve actually started writing a lot more poetry then previously imgained. I’m currently working on two longer ones for the next Youth Slam (which I may post at a later date), but until then, have these lovely haikus. Yes, the last one is sarcastic.

I am the tiger

Scars are the stripes on my skin

Screaming silent roars

Winter’s chill creep in

Cocooning me in blankets

To emerge in spring

Marks on the sidewalk

Each scuff telling a story

Your imprint today

Bird and plane can fly

I cannot fly therefore I

Am not bird or plane

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.


Fanciest computers I have ever had the privilege to use


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Bonding with fellow TALONS

The morning of the SFU library trip, I specifically remember my mom telling my sister and I to bring umbrellas, or at least a jacket, to which I dismissed by saying “Mom, it’s not even going to rain and if it does, I’ll use Crystal’s umbrella.” I can now say that I, future Andrea, regret that decision greatly. Especially since Crystal didn’t bring an umbrella either.

The bus ride to SFU was a lovely experience, with the lively energy radiating from my fellow classmates, you could tell everyone was glowing with excitement. The bus ride gave me a quick moment to tune out and collect my inner thoughts, specifically what I wanted to gain out of the trip. Initially, I wanted to discover information, but in the end, instead of finding information, I ended up exploring. I would say that the theme of the trip was exploration. Exploration of my eminent person, exploration of university life, and exploration of people in general, including myself.

The SFU trip was divided into five sections: Solo spots, the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, lunch, campus tour, and the library. Being a grade 9 and this being my first official field trip as a TALONS student, I didn’t know what solo spots were. As we were walking, people started to branch off, picking spots to sit by themselves, leaving no room for talking. I choose to sit on a vacant chair that was deserted from any of my fellow classmates, allowing me to actually live up to the activity, solo spot. At first, I was confused as to what to do for the ten minutes we got for ourselves, was it rude to pull out my phone and play a few rounds of candy crush? I tried to be aware, not using my phone, but actually observing what was happening around me. This led me to people watching. I watched as students ran down the hallway, shoes squeaking from the rain outside, rushing to get to class as others walked calmly, getting their


morning coffee with no care in the world. How was I going to be like in university/college? Would I be the laid back, coffee getters, with no care in the world or the late runners, getting to class with thirty seconds to spare? I’m going with the latter. This inner confusion also led me to thinking what university or college I wanted to go to. Would I stay in Canada or perhaps continue my education in the United States? I’m leaving this decision to future Andrea.

Posing with Hedwig
Posing with Hedwig

Next, we went to the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The museum was small but gave off a lively feel with all its

first nations designs, but what really caught my eye was a small Harry Potter section off to the side. It featured Harry Potter based school supplies and to my utter happiness, a white owl that looked like a Hedwig twin. My inner Harry Potter fan girl was very satisfied.

As the museum trip wrapped up, the TALONS gang started walking to the Indian buffet we would be eating lunch at. The buffet featured butter chicken, rice, fruit salad, and everyone’s favourite, naan bread. As I was thinking of how much food I was going to inhale, Mr. Jackson drops the bomb on us, we were going to be playing trivia to eat, one correct answer and your whole table goes up. As the average number of students per table was around five, I, being at a table of only two realized my chances of inhaling all the food like a vacuum cleaner were highly unlikely. As the questions went on, me getting them all wrong, Mr. Jackson finally asked an easy question (I think it was out of pity, but still thanks!) allowing me and my table member to go get food. Needless to say, I bathed in naan bread that day.

Architecture in SFU
Architecture in SFU
Wandering around SFU
Wandering around SFU

After we ate, we made our way back to SFU where Jamie’s older sisters were kind enough to give us a campus tour. I learned that SFU is filled with symbolism that can be interpreted in any way. There were lots of places for self-reflecting like the reflecting pond and reflecting avocado which I assumed is a place for you to gather your thoughts and relax. As we made our way through SFU I, once again, regretted not listening to my mom about bringing an umbrella as it down poured and have to begrudgingly admit that she knows everything.

Finally, we arrived at the W.A.C Bennet Library which was a fascinating seven floors with its main floor being the third. Rows upon rows of books filled the floors, each book shelf standing tall and wide. Upon all these rows, there was a whole section dedicated to Jane Austen biographies. Though the biographies had some similar information and a lot that I had already knew, it was a nice experience just being able to sit and run my fingers along the spines of the books.

I would say that this trip didn’t feature a whole lot of information but was more an enjoyable experience where I got to explore little bits of my eminent person, Jane Austen, a look into university life and all the hard work and concentration, and I got to explore my own thoughts of where I want to continue my education after high school and after listening to some TALONS alumni talk, gave me a little insight of where I want my eminent project to go.

In the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
In the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Structure of SFU
Structure of SFU
In the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
In the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
In the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
In the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Outside the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Outside the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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The library was immense. Six floors of condensed information, a student’s paradise of anything needed to know about everything. Or so I thought. The library was fascinatingly high tech with touch screen book searchers. I found a book written by William Shockley; Electrons and holes in semiconductors. I spent the rest of the day reading the book and barely understanding it. There were some images of parked cars as an analogy, which ultimately confused me more. The electrons would jump around when in a high energy state, flowing into the holes of semiconductors. Basically, I learned nothing. This trip made me realize that I needed to find dumbed down material in hopes of pulling through eminent person. For me, the overall theme was terrible. The tour was nice, but I wish I spent more time looking for more books in the library. The food was delicious though, and somewhat made up for it. Unfortunately, eating boatloads of curry isn’t going to help me succeed in eminent. My learning intentions have not changed though. I still find him fascinating, although he was less perfect than I believed him to be. Overall, I achieved nothing on this trip. I’m looking forward to next year

SFU Library Research Trip

On Thursday, October 30th, the TALONS  class took a trip to SFU for a library resSFU Signearch trip. The day was great, filled with a lot of learning and some awesome experiences. Though the trip was primarily about finding research material for our eminent people, I left with much more than some info on Michael J.Fox.

The day started with a visit to the museum of archaeology and ethnology at SFU, which was very interesting. It included a lot of interesting stone work and art, and even included a Harry Potter section. While we waited for the morning class to finish in the museum, we took some time to find our own place and sit quietly just watching everything around us. I found this very meaningful and I really enjoyed watching the university students go through their daily routines.


After exploring different parts of the campus we headed to the Indian bIMG_6128uffet, where we had a fabulous all you can eat lunch, only after we answered a trivia question. The meal was great including butter chicken, curry, rice, naan bread, and a very sweet dessert.



Once lunch was over, we received a private tour from Jamie’s older sisters. We explored a bunch or the different parts of the campus and learned a lot about the design of SFU (the person who designed it liked concrete). As we walked I thought a lot about my future and just life in general (it was actually really deep).



Lastly we headed to the library, which was huge, seven floors to be exact (that’ a lot of books). Even though I couldn’t find any books on my eminent person, I still enjoyed looking at all the different types of books. Also for the amount of people that were working in there, it was eerily quiet in the library.

Even though I’ve been to SFU a few times for various sporting events and camps, I never really learned the meaning of some of the things up there.  Such as how the designer wanted to use concrete, or that there where a whIMG_6124ole bunch of protests up there back in the day. I also observed the way of life of a university student, there is a very business-like atmosphere about it. It is also very independent and self-directed, which i think is really cool, but doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of fun. It was a great experience, and I left with many new insights and lessons. As for what to do next, well I need to find some research information on my eminent person, as I didn’t find anything at SFU. Also I’m super excited to pursue a post secondary education.


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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