Don’t be fooled by the title: Last week’s trip to SFU was more than just a “library field study”.
Prior to our arrival at Simon Fraser University, I decided to participate in some TALONS bonding. I sat next to Melanie, a grade 9, and we both discussed our anticipations before the trip. We both agreed that we were looking for experience in a university campus. Our goal was to put ourselves in a university students’ shoes and explore the real-life schedule of a typical university student. In addition, we were hoping to feel less intimidated by a university campus, reassuring each other that we would be able to navigate through each and every hallway and classroom. Lastly, we took a “selfie” to capture our moment of bonding!
There were four main parts to the library field study: the solo spot, the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the campus tour, and the SFU library. The solo spot is a common TALONS practice used for independent reflection and observation. Personally, I found it quite uneventful because of the lack of new discovery. Usually when we do this outdoors, I always find something very interesting about nature. I have the opportunity to inhale the scents of mother nature’s home while observing the different patterns of certain trees, plants, and sometimes animals. Here, at SFU, there was nothing to really observe other than the abundance of students passing through the hallway aiming to arrive at their class in 2.5 minutes. Looking back at it, it was actually kind of nice in a way because it gave me an opportunity to put myself in the students’ shoes, something I anticipated prior to our arrival.
Following the solo spot, my TALONS peers and I entered the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Although this museum may not relate to everyone’s eminent person, it definitely relates to the units of study we will be addressing in Social Studies 10 next semester. Although the museum was small, it contained a variety of very unique art pieces, some of which I had the opportunity to touch! One particular item I generally enjoyed was the snowy owl because of its soft fur that was as white as pearls. Another artifact I loved was a calligraphy piece of Chinese writing. I was very intrigued by it because last year I studied the language of Mandarin Chinese for my in depth study and seeing the piece last week allowed me to think and reflect on how much I had learned during that 5 month period.
Before continuing, I would like to take a pit stop at the Himalayan Peak restaurant, where we dined. The Himalayan Peak offers fine Indian cuisine and excellent service. I enjoyed taking a small bit of India as well as continuing my bonding with my TALONS peers. Here is a photo:
After our eventful lunch, the TALONS class took a tour of the SFU campus, lead by Jamie’s sisters, Katie and Zoe. Katie led my tour, and she did an incredible job describing the SFU campus life and history. Katie walked us through the campus in such a way that educated me every time we took a stop. One event I particularly enjoyed was walking through the convocation stage and climbing the stairs to the “reflection pond”. I questioned the emotions I would feel during my undergraduate commencement.
The final component of the day was the SFU library, named the W.A.C Bennett Library. I was not expecting to find much on Miranda Sings because of the fact that she is very recent. Nonetheless, I took a search through the library catalogue. I found no books on Miranda Sings (or Colleen Ballinger), however the library catalogue did say there were some newspaper articles available about her. This is where my search mission began. I travelled up to the sixth floor in search of at least one of the three newspaper articles offered. After half an hour of searching, I came out with no luck! I was very disappointed, however I knew that I could recover from this obstacle. I was not expecting for a breeze through this project… that would not be much fun, right?
Although I didn’t gain much from my personal eminent person study, I did learn what life is like in a university campus setting as well as some interesting facts about SFU. Although I did not find any books, I did widen my library research skills by searching for newspaper articles and helping my peers find books on their eminent person. To me, the overall theme of this trip was “connection”. Not only did I bond with my TALONS peers, I also found many relationships to past, present, and future topics of study TALONS has and hopefully will address in the near future. Thanks for taking the time to read through this detailed post, it’s time for me to keep researching and start focusing on my interview!