I’ve never been one to travel. Considering I’ve never been off-continent and barely out of the country (a handful of Florida family trips don’t really count), any chance to explore a little and broaden my horizons is a good idea.
I had the chance to go to the Daily Show’s Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington, DC., through a chartered bus service. Travelling with some classmates from the school of Journalism, I thought it might be a good chance to get out of Toronto and see what the US had to offer. Our schedule was tight: we would be leaving 9pm on a Friday, and arriving 9am on a Sunday; this would keep our travel costs down, as we wouldn’t need to rent rooms for the evening. On Saturday, we would join with a couple hundred-thousand others at the National Mall, witnessing a bizarre spectacle of comedy and politics. It was enlightening to see so many other people care about something all at once, even if some were just trying to out-irony each other with their presence.
While it wasn’t a Ryerson trip, I can’t stress the importance of using your time in University to take any chance you can to explore. As someone who only moved an hour away to come to Toronto, I can say that my DC experience put things in perspective towards the difference between the States and Canada. Travelling with friends and other people my age made it all the more better. So get up, get outside, and discover your world. You won’t regret it.