Author: ajuanderfullife

Juan Garrido is a 5th year Sociology/Drama Studies major at Glendon Campus, York University. He is passionate about student engagement and community development as evidenced by his involvement in Glendon Residence Life, the Glendon College Student Union and the Lion's Den. He has aspirations to pursue studying higher education and leadership in future graduate studies and to work in university administration.

Dear 1st Year Me… Sincerely, 5th Year You

Dear 1st Year Me,

Your first day on campus will end with you wearing a wet sign as "fashion."

Your first day on campus will end with you wearing a wet sign as “fashion.”

You are about to begin the most amazing experience ever – your time as a Glendon student! It’s time to move away from your parents’ home and move to the big city by yourself. Are you ready? You think so, but you’ll never guess what’s going to happen over the next five years.

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Millenials Suffer From Nostalgia

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. It seems like everyone is obsessed with talking about millennials. The shocking truths. How to market to us. Our job prospects. How we ruin everything. How it’s not our fault that we ruin everything. Figuring out how millennial you are. Even about our breakfast habits.

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This picture is actually called “Multiethnic Group of People Social Networking at Cafe”. It’s so millennial.

However I’m going to add to the over saturation of this discourse.

I want to talk about nostalgia. And how us millennials are suffering from it.

(Disclaimer: One reason I’m tired of these millennial articles is how they paint a whole generation with a huge broad stroke. And now I’m about to do that. I’m a hypocrite.)

Is it too late?

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Thank You GLgbt* & GCSU

One of my favourite times of the school year is April. Not just because exams and final assignments are finishing up. And not because classes are done. I actually got super sad this year as I saw my friends starting to think about their courses for next year, and I realized that I’m done taking courses for my undergrad.

The reason it’s one of my favourite times of the year is because this is the time that different student clubs and organizations start hiring their new executive team members and setting plans for the coming year. (more…)

My One-Year Anniversary with TED

On March 28, 2015, I did the coolest thing ever.

I’ve referenced it a couple times in my blog. It’s been my fun fact for every ice breaker since then. And I’ve probably told you about it or mentioned if you’ve talked to me since then.

I gave a talk at TEDxYorkU.

But I never actually wrote a full reflection about it. So here we go. It’s only a year late… (more…)

My First Student Affairs Conference: Reflections on #ACPA16

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Thanks for the scholarship, Commission for Wellness!

From March 5-9, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the ACPA NextGen Conference and ACPA-College Student Educators International annual convention in Montréal. ACPA is an international professional student affairs association, and the NextGen Conference was two-days for future student affairs professionals, or new professionals to learn about the field, career and professional development and make connections. I was lucky to be given a scholarship from the ACPA Commission for Wellness for the NextGen conference, which also allowed me to participate in the main convention with over 3000 professionals from around the globe.

In one word, it was amazing. However, it was such a big experience I need a few more words. So, my very first professional student affairs conference was… (more…)

How To Succeed In Adulthood Without Really Trying

Adapted from a blogpost I orginally wrote for the Student Leader Collective, a project that I was a part of from Swiftkick HQ

Adult. Real Person. Them. Grown up.

All words that I have heard fellow student leaders use to refer to what life is like after graduation. As if that shiny diploma suddenly bestows adult powers upon us in which we become responsible, functional members of society. As if we aren’t already are.

Now I admit, I, too, have referred to myself as not-a-real-person, and as a child. Heck, I probably did that today. But the bills I paid today tell me otherwise. But it can still feel like I’m just pretending at time. (NB: Read Francette‘s blogpost on Imposter Syndrome. It speaks so much truth.) (more…)

Lunik: The Place To Be On Wednesday Night… and all the other times.

I’m currently sitting in Lunik, watching “Where They From” by Missy Elliot on a projector screen while student do homework or destress after a long Wednesday. Even faculty and staff members are hanging out in Lunik. All while sipping on some Molson Canadian Cider.

Straight *fire emoji*. (That’s what cool people say, right?)

Why?

It’s Late Night Lunik, one of my favourite parts of the week.  (more…)