Fall Issue 9
First Years, discover what’s right under your feet.
By Ian Gilbert
There is an Australian term "Walkabout," and like all colloquialisms, it has a complicated translation. The best I could find is: “A spontaneous journey through the wilderness of one's choosing in an effort to satisfy one's itchy feet.” (The Online Urban Dictionary)
In your time at Regent, I encourage you to go walkabout Regent College and the UBC campus in general.
For example, you’ve heard it before, but there really is an art gallery on the top floor. This should be the first stop on any exploratory expedition.
There’s a prayer room with a gorgeous little courtyard on the main floor, just past the student kitchen. If you have ever walked out of a lecture totally overwhelmed and in need of quiet place amongst the hustle and bustle of the atrium, then just slip into the prayer room, close the door and take a moment.
(If the door is closed or the room is booked there is also a little pray “nook,” think office cubicle, on the upper level.)
The UBC campus is huge, and as an affiliate college, there are some great benefits. Places such as UBC Botanical Garden and the Museum of Anthropology are a 20 minute walk from Regent College and it’s free for students with their UBC card.
Your UBC card also gives you free general entry to the pool and ice rink, both on campus! Another great way to stay active includes a walk through adjacent Pacific Spirit Park, with its endless fairytale-like trails.
Regent’s lower level has shower facilities in the male and female washrooms should you feel like it after that midday run or bike ride to school, available for all students.
While you are on the lower level, have you ever visited the RCSA office? It’s at the opposite end from the library. Every member of council has an office hour listed on the front door, so feel free to pop in and chat about student life over tea or coffee.
What hidden places have you discovered here at Regent or around Vancouver?
Paper-Writing Survival Guide:
Eight Tips for a (Relatively) Sane Paper Season
By Jolene Nolte
1. Breathe. Really. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. To paraphrase the world’s favourite Canadian teenage girl, “The sun will go on rising and setting whether I fail algebra [/write a great paper] or not.”
2. Listen. If music helps you relax and won’t distract you, turn some on. Cannonball Aderly’s Fiddler on the Roof, Debussy, or anything instrumental by Chris Thile keeps me alert without being distracting and helps me feel in my bones that everything will be ok.
3. Plan small increments. Set time goals for yourself. “After 45 minutes, I’ll go and get coffee or take a walk.” That can help you stay focused. We’re designed to need breaks. Embrace it and use that to motivate you to stay attentive when you are working.
4. Befriend the index. God bless the poor editors who go bleary-eyed compiling those indexes at the back of many books! Target your research by looking up key terms for your paper topic in the book’s index.
5. Take one thing at a time. I think of another Anne's advice. In Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, she tells a story of her brother, who procrastinated on a school project about birds until the night before. Their father sat down to help and told her brother, “It’s ok. We’ll take it bird by bird.” Don’t worry about how you’re going to achieve the finished flock on the posterboard or the final paper for your class. It doesn’t have to all make sense right away. Just write without worrying about if it’s perfect. You’ll get a clearer sense when you go away, focus on other things, and come back as to what is working and what is not. In short, writing is a process, and you can only focus on one thing at a time. This is the single best strategy I know against writing anxiety. (Yes, if you’ve never heard of that before, there is a term for that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you go to write a paper. You’re in good company!)
6. Remember you’re human. Whether you’re a procrastinator powered by adrenaline to meet an impending deadline or you like to have everything done a week ahead of time or fall somewhere in between, do still take care of yourself. Remember you are not just a mind but a body, too, so eat, sleep, and exercise.
7. Revise. If possible, have someone else look at your paper before you submit it. Of course, this requires that you leave some time in advance of the paper deadline. Even if that’s not feasible for you, do yourself a favour and at least proofread! Here’s a professional tip: If you are proofreading your own work, it can be hard to spot errors when you know what you meant to say. To defamiliarize yourself enough to be able to spy sentence-level mistakes, start with the last sentence and work your way through the paper backwards.
8. Pray. I don’t say this to be pious, but to remind us that God doesn’t go away just because we’re in our heads typing away on our academic theological papers. Think of Augustine doing heavy theological thinking—addressed to God. God is involved in the life of the mind just as much as any other aspect of life. Ask for the Spirit to sharpen your mind and give you clarity. There are so many times I’ve felt panicked writing a paper, wondering if it would be possible to come up with anything coherent, and praying keeps me in touch with my reliance on God. Then when somehow I’ve got a completed paper, I can look back and see that God answered my prayer.
By Wilfred Owen
(originally published 1918 in The Nation)
Move him into the sun—
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields half-sown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.
Think how it wakes the seeds—
Woke once the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides
Full-nerved, still warm, too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth's sleep at all?
Solution to Last Week’s Crossword
Crossword by Embolus
7. Prankster is good in jest, exacting revenge initially (5)
8. European Union attempt tied up retrospective legislation (9)
10. My ninja lost his head twice to become forest resident (6)
11. Gathers prayers (8)
12. Dad’s label stitched on my part (8)
14. Changes agreement, dismiss evacuation. (6)
16. Principles of behaviour developed by scientist with hot chair (9, 6)
18. Accompany courtesan (6)
20. Historical point about retrospective record’s explode (8)
21. Most home conflicts are not such a battle (3, 5)
23. Risque? Naked after religious instruction (6)
25. Chimpanzees gathering in social network (9)
26. Mad lament over first and last (5)
1. Lo! My path is directed to sage (8)
2. SMS or MS? (4)
3. The rules order people into temporary dwellings (3, 12)
4. Any pre-marital sex up for debate in this system (13)
5. The vows tied up within (4)
6. Banquo tediously recited indoors (6)
9. Lead testimony enabled employment again (13)
13. Thick skinned character in principle is really horny individual, never outclassed! (5)
15. Greenhouse gas released me, judge! (5)
17. Lazy Cate gets excited to encourage reactions (8)
19. Classes for obese swimmers? (6)
22. Classical body depicted in blossom artistry (4)
24. Restriction follows first vomit. (4)