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Let’s Get Wet from the Sun! – Library Field Trip 2015

I know, my title may seem a little abstract, so let me explain.

The concept of getting wet originates from my word that I chose to describe Night of the Notables at the end of the night last year, “splash”. This field trip and event was the beginning of your new project, a new year, a new person to study, and I am now getting wet from that splash we set into action a little under a year ago. The sun comes from two things, one, it was a beautiful day on our field trip this fall, the sun was out in full force from the get go and it stayed that way, but two, it is rising on the dawn of a new day, a new project, and a new TALONS.

This year the TALONS program has changed, it is different from all past years, as it always is I should say. Nonetheless there are some more major changes in place starting this semester, these include the facts that the grade nine learners are in a separate class to us now grade tens. Additionally, all of our courses are linear so for me this means that I will not have as significant of an amount of class time for this project this time around. However, the TALONS program is still the TALONS program and as awesome as it was before.

For me, this trip felt like the beginning, the start of something new, but also the same. It came at me somewhat unexpected, and upon the eve of the trip whilst I was planning and setting some goals for the following day, I felt a certain reminiscent feeling, nostalgic even.  I wrote this short poem quickly about the starting of our new journeys this year.

And so it is we return

survived the head rush and the sunburn

we now apply sunscreen

but this beach is still a first

there are new shells to be discovered

with new creatures whom which will make them filled

and all these pieces of sand

that make it so new to tramp on

we have begun our new expedition

uncovering treasures far and near

and on this very adventure

it will all be new what we do find here

for our last adventure is complete

but not anew one obsolete

we must climb our tall sand towers

and seek the drum of our heartbeat

for once again we reach the bell tower

ringing dull or ringing clear

but we must now move forward

and not bring with us any fear

(Sorry that’s kind of long with the extended spacing formatting of this blog, can’t figure out how to change that.)

I have come into this year knowing so many more people in the TALONS program, or new people from last year. In the short time that we have been in class together this year I have made many new and close friends, and this trip was a great bonding experience for those relationships. I was looking back at the photos from last year and some of my eminent posts, specifically the TALONS program picture from our field trip last fall, and I can say that I am now friends with almost everyone in that picture, closely, and I plan to be for a while, at least I hope.

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Some of my amazing new friends after getting off the bus. Nicole, Julia, Mira, from left to right.

Moving into this project, a piece of advice that one of my tens told us last year at closing circle, was not to try to make this year like the last., you can’t. And so, knowing that I didn’t know the nines as well going into this trip I had to accept that and try to take it as an opportunity.

I had some other more physical goals for this trip which included taking some pictures of the architecture ad the city, which I was able to do, possibly getting to know some of the nines more, and enjoying the solo spot. I succeeded in almost all of these and when I searched for books on my eminent person at the library, I was pleased to find one actually on her specifically, and her partner in action! Even better, they had one copy at the central branch, where we were going!

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The Vancouver Public Library building.

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TALONS faces from the end of my solo spot.

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Entrance to MacLeod’s Books store.

 

I picked these up along with multiple other books at both the library and MacLeod’s Books. As hoped, I very much enjoyed visiting MacLeod’s as I love books and old stores like that but I don’t often get the chance to check some of them out. I was very overwhelmed by all the amazing books at the library and MacLeod’s and how much love for books there is in those stores. In the library, I was completely taken aback by the huge section they had for the history of World War I and II specifically! It was amazing! It was also just such a cool feeling in the library as there was so many people there of all different walks of life. It really felt like it was a home bookcase to anyone who so chose to upon it.

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World War I and II section in the Vancouver Public Library.

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Me with my book on my eminent person in the extensive World War I section.

 

I think everyone really enjoyed having that sort of experience as tourists in our own town for a day and getting to experience many new things right where we live. The mood was relaxed and exploratory, if I had to describe it. I think because we’ve had a very chaotic beginning to the year, as per usual, and this was a good chance to step out of the normal activities and get a breath of fresh air, and also explore some new things for the enjoyment of it, as well as gaining some valuable information for our eminent person studies.

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Looking up from my solo spot, the city of Vancouver.

Overall it was a great day. Very different from last year, but that’s good, this is the start of a new project, a new year, and a new TALONS, and the sun is only just coming up.

(More pictures can be found on my Flickr page, linked in all of the pictures.)

Simon Fraser, SUCCESS!

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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!

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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 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

We’re TALONS

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Vanessa G and me on the bus back to our school.
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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!