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Road Trippin’

Road Trippin’

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Blogs | 0 comments

“Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It’s time to leave this town, it’s time to steal away
Let’s go get lost, anywhere in the U.S.A.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played from my iPod as five classmates and I entered downtown Indianapolis last Saturday night. We decided to take a trip together to kick off the start of our week-long Thanksgiving break. So, after PAP on Saturday morning, I threw some things into a backpack and hopped onto a bus to Indiana, not really knowing what lay ahead.

It was a great trip, with fantastic weather, delicious food, lots of sight-seeing, some (completely necessary!) shopping and the Indianapolis Zoo.

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Always Happy to Help

Always Happy to Help

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Blogs | 0 comments

Fall quarter officially ended last week and I was looking forward to integrating back into society after three long months of living in an optometric bubble. Before heading home to Ottawa, I took  a quick trip to Waterloo to visit my alma mater as a guest speaker on behalf of ICO at the UW Pre-Optometry Club. I hadn’t been back to the University of Waterloo for almost two years and everything felt foreign to me, with all the new buildings, new landscaping and new faces.

Gifts from the UWaterloo Pre-Optometry Club

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Fall Quarter’s Almost Over!

Fall Quarter’s Almost Over!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Blogs | 0 comments

By the time you read this, I hopefully will have survived my third of six final exams, meaning that my first quarter here at ICO is almost over and I get to go home in less than two weeks (exciting!).

During these last two months I managed to survive 16 lecture exams, three lab quizzes, three lab practicals, and soon-to-be six finals. But academics aside, I still managed to have a quasi-normal life by going out for dinner on Saturdays, and having brunch and exploring with friends on Sundays. A few of us also saw the Silversun Pickups at the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown last month, and a couple weeks ago I got my groove on at Boo Bash.

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My Top Five Destinations to Dine Out in Chicago. So Far.

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Blogs | 0 comments

My classmates have different ways of relieving stress. Some turn to retail therapy, be it on State Street or online. Many play intramurals and/or work out at the gym religiously. Others stroll, jog or bike on the lakefront path. Some come up to the fourth floor lounge in the RC to play the piano for an hour or so (I can often hear them through our living room wall—it’s great study music).

For me, I eat. Cooking has always been my stress reliever (well, that and cleaning), but I also like to indulge myself every so often by going out and trying new things. And in Chicago, you can’t help but want to go out. My parents always remind me to be frugal… except when it comes to food.

“You have to eat,” they say. “So, eat well.”

And eat well I have.

Below are my top five favorite places to eat in Chicago so far:

 1. San Soo Gab San Korean BBQ

5247 N. Western Ave.

My parents and I ventured out to the cute North Side neighborhood of Lincoln Square for some Korean BBQ when I arrived in Chicago a few days before Move In Day. It was so authentic and tasty that I ended up going there again shortly after classes started with a handful of classmates. The restaurant is opened from 10 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning! Now I have a place to go if I ever have insomnia and the munchies.

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