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The last dispatch from the dorm (probably!)

My two-year degree program ended in mid-July, but that chapter came to a true end with a one-minute or so walk across the stage at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, B.C. for convocation on Tuesday. My classmates and I don’t actually have our BA in Professional Communication degrees in hand; apparently, like many cheques, they […]

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Transfixed by doors & gates & paths

Beautiful gardens are part of the charm of Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. While I was there, I found myself enchanted as much by the various doors and gates throughout the gardens as by the colourful peacocks that roam the grounds. If you want to get all analytical, you could probably tie the obsession […]

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Keep calm and get over the post-whatever blues

As a society, we’re not very good at transition. Women who take maternity leave from a busy job outside the home practically get whiplash switching from the day job to the dead stop, career-wise, that is the all-consuming day-and-night job of motherhood. The Olympic athletes we’ve all just celebrated spend four-plus years in intense training […]

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Will miss this, won’t miss that

The feeling of accomplishment is sweet. The unsettled feeling of something ending is a little bittersweet. And after two years of assignments and papers and textbooks and academic readings, I’m finding my new freedom a little unreal. A classmate and I were joking that the final course of the 60 credits (shown here) in the […]

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BA in Professional Communication? Check.

Two years ago, I embarked on a journey. Call it a quest, or maybe a crazy idea, and really, what the heck was I thinking?? Part bucket list, part completing something left undone in my 20s, the idea of finishing my degree had been secretly nagging me for years. Finally I realized that it wasn’t […]

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Students are stressed

Six assignments and four and a half weeks of school left; two years are hurtling to a close! In related news, Online College Classes (link removed at their request) let me know they had come up with a graphic related to stressed-out students. Hmm, have I been whining lately?

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Brogan vs. Kawasaki: the Twitter smackdown

(With apologies to the gentlemen named, I submitted this for a class assignment.) Few people are retweeted more often than high-profile Twitter users Chris Brogan and Guy Kawasaki. But which one is more successful? That depends on your measure of success. Retweetrank.com calculates that Brogan and Kawasaki lead in having their less-than-140-character bons mots shared […]

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Break the bars and say ‘si’ to life

Warm weather dreaming as winter sets in reminded me that last year, I spent five days in Cuba on a quick all-inclusive vacation during Son #2’s week off university. Juggling paying work and my own school work, I didn’t have a lot of spare time but figured it could work. Between booking the trip and […]

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Take time to celebrate

It’s been a little quiet around the Red Jacket Diaries these days. I’ve just finished a stretch where every spare minute and then some went into various school assignments, both team and individual. My head was down and it felt like it came up only to check the next due date — sometimes, I’ll admit, […]

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Hello from Royal Roads, week 2

My second three-week residency at Royal Roads University is two-thirds done, closing last night with a class party that was all kinds of fun. Week one ended with tea at the historic Empress Hotel overlooking Victoria harbour; the photo shows me feeling a bit like Cinderella as I leave the luxury of the hotel to […]

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