“I’ve been dreaming of things yet to come. Living, learning, watching, burning. Eyes on the sun.” The lyrics of one of my favourite songs plays out of my speakers as I sit down to write this blog. At the start of the year when I was applying to Ryerson, I would play ‘Bright Lights’ by 30 Seconds to Mars on repeat, dreaming of everything that was yet to come. Listening to it now reminds me of that time, when I was giving everything I had to the application process and how much I wanted to be a part of RTA. And now I’m sitting in my dorm room and I’ve just completed O-Week and I still can’t believe that what I dreamed of actually came true. And I can’t believe how incredible this week has been.
August 24th – Move-In Day
I was nervous to move into my dorm room, because everything that I had envisioned for so long was actually happening. When I walked into ILLC and saw so many other students and how welcoming everyone was, the excitement started to set in, and when I saw my dorm room I was so happy. I love my room and how cosy and safe it feels, especially now that I have decorated it and made it my own. I’ve put up family photos, meaningful quotes, movie posters and quirky decor and it has become a representation of everything I love.
That night, I went to a 30 Seconds to Mars concert with my sister. We were front row and it was one of the best concert experiences of my life, and an amazing celebration of how I had made my dream of coming to Ryerson a reality.
August 25th – The First Day of Orientation Week
That morning I met most of my floor and we went to the free breakfast together. I loved seeing campus that day because everyone was so excited and ready for the week to start. On the way to the Mattamy Athletic Centre for the pep rally, I made a lot of new friends, including a girl named Erin who read the Road to Ryerson blogs and recognized me! So if you are reading this and you ever see me on campus, please approach me so we can be friends! We also went to our first Rams basketball game together which was so much fun.
August 26th – The First Day of RTA Orientation
I met Mikael, another Road to Ryerson blogger who is also in Media Production! He’s just as funny and awesome as he seems in his blogs and Youtube videos.
I also made a lot of new friends within my program during the ice breaker events, and I quickly noticed how everyone in RTA is so passionate and unique and with their own individual interests and goals. Later that day we were split into groups and taken on a tour of different studios. My group visited Bell Media and saw the studios for shows such as ‘The Social’ and ‘The Marilyn Dennis Show’, which has been a highlight of my week because we got to see the different opportunities that RTA can lead to.
August 27th – Meeting the RTA Faculty
This day was my favourite day of RTA Orientation week because I felt so inspired by every member of the faculty and alumni. Charles Falzon’s speech made me realise how lucky I am to be part of such an incredible school and program, and it motivated me to approach my first year with as much determination and hard work as possible. I also made even more new friends and we had some free poutine together!
August 28th – The Great Illusionist and Cirque Du Soilel
I met up with some of the Road to Ryerson bloggers and I loved meeting Enna! We went to see The Great Illusionist together and walked around campus. I am very grateful that the five of us were chosen to document our Roads to Ryerson because each of us are very unique and have different backgrounds, but yet we have so much in common and are sharing the journey together.
Later that night I went to my first Cirque Du Soilel show which was filled with so much entertainment and talent, and was a truly unforgettable experience.
August 29th – Exploring Campus
I went to Ram in the Rye for the first time and loved it! (I got the grilled cheese which is A+). Oakham Cafe is also a great place to chill out after a long day, and their cheese tortellini is perfection. I spent most of the day with friends, relaxing on campus and adding the final touches to my dorm room.
The past weekend I have mostly been relaxing after a very eventful and exciting week. I have already experienced some of the best times of my life this week and the journey is just beginning. Moments like hearing Jared Leto talk about how important dreamers are, as well as hearing Charles Falzon explain how special we are to be at Ryerson, are words that will echo through my mind throughout my four years at Ryerson.
Shouting the Ryerson chants and screaming the lyrics to my favourite songs in a crowded venue reminds me of how we are all driven and connected by the beat of our dreams. Seeing acrobats at the Cirque Du Soleil swing upside down in the air reminds myself that I too want to be brave and to showcase my talents as fearlessly as possible.
Meeting new friends and seeing so much excitement and pride on campus reminds me of how proud I am to be a part of this Ramily. I feel so fortunate to be here and very prepared for the road ahead, and I want to thank everyone involved in organising O-Week for making it so unforgettable.
The world is ours.
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