Excuse my long title.
I’m popping in today between homework, class and my daughter’s doctor appointment to tell you about our eventful Saturday!
Nick enters beard competitions sometimes. Actually, this was is fourth one. He won second place in the long beard category at the Beards of Steel competition last November. Then he didn’t place at all at Nuckfest in March. In July he didn’t even get to compete because of a mix-up at Shag at the Dag. AND THIS TIME HE WON FIRST!
A few years ago I never thought attending beard competitions would be part of my life. It just never crossed my mind. But for some reason, Nick decided to grow a beard and just like he does with everything, he became kind of obsessed. Now we go to these things whenever we can.
The Northern Beard Company held the Movember Beard and Moustache Competition on Sat., Nov. 25 at The Refinery in Etobicoke, Ont. to raise money for Movember. They had raffle prizes, a 50/50 draw and birthday cake! It was a really fun night and a bunch of our friends came to cheer Nick on.
Nick always said if he didn’t place first in the long beard competition he was going to enter the styled category.
Back in the day Nick was known for his spiky hair, and when we started hanging out I helped him do giant liberty spikes. I know how to make hair stand straight up like a mofo. That’s about all I know when it comes to styling hair. So when Nick said he wanted to do liberty spikes in his beard, I was down to give it a go.
It only took about half an hour to do, surprisingly, and it managed to hold all night!
Our secret weapon when it comes to punked out hairdos is got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray*.
The beard community is such an awesome group. Everyone is so kind and welcoming, and it’s fun to get to see everyone throughout the year even though we live hours away from each other.
So, there’s a really great video that KS-Media put together from the competition, and hilariously enough Nick kind of takes over! Baha, you can see him in the opening scene and all throughout the second half. Check it out if you’re curious!
Have you ever attended a beard competition? What was your experience like? And if not, you totally should even if it’s just to hang out!
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The Ontario College Faculty Strike has been going on for four weeks now.
For four weeks I’ve been waiting to go back to class, to continue my education, and follow my career plan. But I can’t, because of this strike.
It’s frustrating when you have a plan in place, and that plan is put on hold because of something that’s totally out of your control. There’s nothing I can do about it. All I can do is wait, and keep checking for updates, updates that never seem to come.
I’m 27 years old. I have a 10 year old daughter. I want my professional life to begin so I can start making a decent income; so I can pay off my debts; so I can buy us a house. But this strike is putting my future on hold. And if something doesn’t happen soon, what does that mean for my education? Will I even get to graduate on time?
At 27-years-old, I don’t really want to graduate even later. Just saying…
Attending college is not cheap; it costs thousands of dollars every semester.
I feel that I have a right to the education I paid for.
There’s not much I can do about that though, other than voice my opinion, which is what I’m doing now.
In the meantime I’ve been working my one on-campus job that’s still running. My other on-campus job is also on hold until the strike ends. And when I’m not working my two days a week, I’m at home doing things around the house. I’m reading my textbooks and trying to keep my lessons fresh in my mind for when we return.
But just because I’m not in class right now doesn’t necessarily have to mean my future is actually on hold. My education may be – and I hope we don’t lose the term – but I can still do quite a bit with all of this free time.
For example, a classmate and I went to a networking event a couple weeks ago. The Waterloo Region held a Starter Company Open House, where a few different startups (mostly in the tech industry) welcomed the public into their work spaces. It was a fun evening of exploring my own backyard and a nice way to stay in touch with a friend from school.
On Saturday I went to another event. This time it was a creative business workshop where a group of creative entrepreneurs in the KW area got together to learn some stuff about starting a business, and then we had the opportunity to network. I met a few really interesting people who I hope to talk to again soon. I also started networking with a really amazing organization in hopes we can work together someday.
Networking is new to me. I should have started a long time ago but I had zero self-confidence until this past year.
So, this strike is kind of a bummer (okay, it’s a big bummer), but I’m trying to make the best of it.
Here are a few ideas to keep busy while the strike goes on (and hopefully for not too much longer):
- Attend networking events
- Take online courses (Lynda.com is free for some college students)
- Read notes taken in class
- Read ahead in textbooks and readings listed
- Practice the various tools learned already
- Connect with classmates even if it’s just to chat
- Take advantage of the resources still available on campus
- Pick up extra hours at work
- Take a moment to chill, because when classes finally resume we’ll have a heck of a lot of work to do
If you’re a college student in Ontario, man oh man am I ever sorry to say that I FEEL YOUR PAIN!
Stay strong, fellow students.