Archive for July, 2012

Song of the day

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Yesterday while doing an early morning errand, I heard “We Are an Island” – the Remix, by Kyle Mischeik, Trax Cordero and Taylor Burton.

The song puts a modern spin on the cult-classic “The Island” by Kenzie MacNeil.

I loved the song and thought it represented Cape Breton well… and Cape Breton’s youth!

Give it a listen here, and download on iTunes here.


Dorm room packing made easy

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


It’s almost time to begin thinking about going back to school. And for many students, this also means getting ready to move into a dorm room.

We’re a little spoiled at CBU to have great residences, as you can see here. This no doubt will ease the transition from home-life to dorm-life.

Nonetheless, don’t waste too much time worrying about what to pack, because the people at College Packing List have it all covered. The website breaks down exactly what to pack, from bed linens to duct tape.

Sighs of relief?

I thought so.

Happy packing!

Road Trip Diaries

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

For the past week I’ve been on a road trip – down through Atlantic Canada and into Maine.

On a whim, my parents bought a pop-up camper trailer and decided we would start camping, something I haven’t done since I was a child.

Within 24-hours (seriously!) we were packed and ready to go on a weeklong adventure.

We started our trip five hours from Sydney in Shediac, New Brunswick. The small town is located close to Moncton but it has all you’d ever need for a perfect beach-filled vacation.

Parlee Beach

I managed to mix work and play while on the beach, taking turns reading my summer course book and swimming… I have sand in every crevasse of the book to prove it!

After a few glorious days in Shediac, it was time to continue on our way. Our next stop would be Saint-Jacques, New Brunswick. My dad took the “Scenic Route” rather than the speedy highway, so the drive was well over five hours.

It wasn’t my first time in Saint-Jacques, as I had camped there when I was younger. We choose the area because it is only 45-minutes to Fort Kent, Maine, a town I lived in during elementary school.

A view from Fort Kent, overlooking the US-Canada border

We spent two days at the campground, traveling back and forth to visit friends in Fort Kent. I know many prior CBU students have been to Fort Kent too, since it was formally a university town where students could get there Education degree (as my Mom did). Nevertheless, the maritime population at the school is almost non-existent now since more Canadian universities created their own programs, like CBU.

For those familiar with the town, nothing’s changed!

The visit was so nice, reminding me to keep in touch with friends and family near and far.

From there, we drove down to Bangor, Maine – a popular stop for shoppers. Unfortunately, (or fortunately for my bank account) we didn’t arrive until the afternoon. So, not so much shopping was done. The shopping there was good, but not great – so don’t go jumping in your car :)

Bangor was our last scheduled destination, and we traveled back to Cape Breton over the next day and a half. A lot of travel – that’s for sure.

Going on the road trip was a lot of fun, despite the hundreds of kilometers traveled. It was laid-back, and we got to see a lot – stopping in little towns along the way for coffee breaks.

All in all, it was a great experience… one I’d highly recommend. If you don’t have the luxury of a camper, tent!

Whatever your summer plans are – I hope they’re fun. I’m off to enjoy mine now!

Olympics at Home

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Since I was young, I always loved to watch the summer Olympics.

One of my favourite events to watch are the races. The athletes are incredibly talented and make it look so easy. Especially this guy, Bolt.

Last summer, I decided to try my hand at racing on a track… I ran a few 200m (half the length of the track) and I suddenly realized how challenging that tiny stretch of track can be when you are pushing yourself to your max.

Now that the Olympics start in just a few days, I have a feeling I’ll be inspired to renew my track workouts… and now so can you!

CBU has one of the only marked tracks on the island. Plus, the track is springy, making you want to run.

So, next time you’re feeling motivated to work out like the Olympians, here’s a good track workout to try! (more…)

Nice to meet you?

Friday, July 13th, 2012

I am finishing my degree this summer, taking two introduction electives online.

In my four years at CBU, I’ve been in many different classroom settings. I’ve been a first year student on her first day of class, I’ve been a second year student in a fourth year class, and I’ve been in countless classes with less than 10 students… AKA: your participation is mandatory!

All of the classes have one thing in common: nerves! Starting a new class can be intimidating, even when it’s over a computer like I’m currently doing.

Typically I get nervous about the unknown. What if the assignments are super-super-super-hard? What if I say something totally stupid? I think we all have moments of self doubt, especially in classroom settings. We all want to learn, but often it involves doing what we think we cannot do first.

Take for example the final class I’m in now, online. The work-load isn’t outrageous, but the assignments are due twice a week. I’m on the road now (more to follow) and wasn’t able to get the book until a few days before my first assignment was due. Without calmly making a plan of action to tackle the assignment, I panicked first. Many thoughts ran through my head, most unwarranted: I can’t read in the car, I’ll get sick and will fail my first assignment! Or… I don’t have the exact chart my professor has – will they accept this?

After my nerves had left the building -as they always do- I got to work, enjoying the assignment and problem solving as I went. There were challenges, but if anything, it’s all part of the process.
The point is, new classes (like anything new) won’t always be easy. In fact, it would be awfully boring if they were. By doing things we think we cannot, we grow, and we become who we need to be. THIS realization and the ability to keep moving forward have been my most valuable learnings at CBU, and I know it will greatly impact my life post-degree.
So, a question: Do you get nervous when starting a new class, or are you calm and cool?

Student Summer Lecture Series

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Stop by the Sydney Credit Union Room today at noon to hear from these presenters:

Rebecca Rizzato: The effect of social isolation on the social competence

of male gymnotiform fish Brachyhypopomus gauderio

Brittany MacDonald: Viscosity Modeling of Heavy Petroleum

Amy Clark: Contrasting Narratives: The Predicament of British and Scottish Built Heritage in Calcutta

For more information about the Lecture Series or to find out more about CBU research, visit the following:!/cburesearch

HIKE: Uisge Ban Falls

Friday, July 6th, 2012

How did you spend your Canada Day?

I spent mine in Baddeck, hiking Uisge Ban Falls with my family.


Some "rocking" foliage on the trail

The falls are one of my favourite sunny-day hikes. The hike is pleasant and the falls are beautiful! It was such a warm day we even went swimming at the base of them in a small, rocky pond.

Plenty of others were hiking too, including children. Rumour had it that the bugs were bad – but we didn’t think that was the case.

After spending about an hour at the falls, we headed to Baddeck for our recovery-fuel of choice: ice cream! Baddeck is a lovely town to spend an afternoon perusing the tiny shops and walking along the water front. In addition, there is incredible golfing and spa activities, as blogger Erin pointed out. Something for everyone – right?

All in all, it was the perfect day.

With all of the sunny, warm days ahead of us this summer, make it a priority to hike the falls. If you do, I’d suggest the following:

  • Pack a picnic! We brought sandwiches and apples. Remember: pack out of the park everything you pack in the park.
  • Bring a camera.
  • Go with friends. The more the merrier, and the safer.
  • Wear quick-dry clothing. I’d suggest wearing work-out wear, especially if it’s a hot day and you have the intention to swim!
  • Enjoy the ride. The hike isn’t particularly long, but there’s lots to see. Slow down and tune in to nature.

Spending summer in Cape Breton has been incredible thus far. What are some of your favourite things to do?

In the meantime, I’m off on a road trip.

Stay tuned…

Student Summer Lecture Series

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Stop by the Sydney Credit Union Room tomorrow (July 4) at noon to hear from two researchers at CBU.

The lectures are as follows:

Kelsey Aucoin: Environmental Analytical Chemistry and Green Energy Projects in Tamil Nadu

Brittany Morrison: Anxiety & Willingness to Communicate: Idiodynamic Patterns in Cross-Cultural Dyads

For more information about the Lecture Series or to find out more about CBU research, visit the following:!/cburesearch