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A New Chapter

Posted on April 26th, 2005

The past week or so marked a very big shift in the course of my life; lots of changes have happened, and things will certainly be different in the months and years ahead.

I am out of St. Paul’s. Permanently. In all likelihood, I will never return to live there, nor will I even think about doing that. Three years of my undergraduate career have been spent there, and I am happy – very happy – to be out of that residence. That’s not to say that I did not have a good time there, but I could not have stayed any longer. With the politics, the bland food, the soaring costs, and the little random things that annoy people, St. Paul’s was not fit for me. Apparently, there are a lot of like-minded individuals as well: a massive exodus of upper-year students has already happened, and that may deal a crippling blow to whatever spirit was left. I can only hope for the best for next year’s students.

So I came out of the firey pit and into my new place of residence: a basement apartment in a house owned by colleagues at church. I moved from an extremely social environment to one of relative tranquility. I’ve been here for a week now, but it is only today that I really felt a taste of what is to come. I’m by myself in the house now, and I’m far from many of my friends. I don’t have Jasmine around to hang around and, consequently, nor do I have access to her car to go anywhere far. I’m still excited, though; I can finally buy the food that I want to have, cook when I want to eat, and live (mostly) like I want to live. So I guess that I’m one step closer to being completely independent.

With this time of year, I have had to say goodbye to many people, some of whom I will likely never see again. Recent graduates from St. Paul’s may soon become a distant memory. Others will find themselves to strictly MSN conversations and chance meetings. Some – a select few – will see me make a considerable effort in maintaining their friendships. Through verbal agreements, unspoken promises, and, yes, even pinky swears, I have made a commitment to them and I fully intend on putting in the time and energy into it. How things actually pan out is certainly unknown to me, but I pray to God (with all of my heart) that things will work out.

But there are also many opportunities that lie before me.. I have two roommates that I can get to know better. I have a new room to set up. I have new avenues to explore at church. And, hence, the title of this post. While the last two and a half years have been a very exciting and interesting part of my life, I feel that it has only been a prologue to what I hope will be a long, meaningful, and accomplished life. Many huge decisions are weighing on my heart, and so the plot will thicken as the story goes on…

4 Responses to “A New Chapter”

  1. Jasmine Says:

    I fully expect to be filled in on all future plot-twists in your life. πŸ™‚

    I hope you settle in well there and come to feel at home in your new place. It’s a good house (although a little on the cold side) and you’ll be in great company. Enjoy living with them while you can. πŸ™‚

  2. Justin Says:

    I think that you can expect a lot more than just being filled in, Jazz…. πŸ™‚

  3. Rodney Says:

    I’m going to be in Waterloo for the 12 months, so as long as you’re in town we should keep in touch and hang out. Like tonight, for example!

    And if you ever want to crash at SPUC for a night (if you don’t feel like heading home), there’s always a bed available in my room. πŸ™‚

  4. Justin Says:

    I wish that I could have made it to John’s earlier tonight; I blame Laura and Sarah for coercing me into watching a movie. πŸ™

    I am definitely anticipating that we’ll keep in touch and hang out quite a bit over the course of the next long time. And thanks for the invite to crash at SPUC! You’re certainly welcome here if you ever find yourself near the boonies……

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