As many of you may know, I recently graduated with my combined Honours BA in Political Science and Communication/Media Studies. I loved my undergrad, and couldn’t quite get out into the real world so I applied for a thesis-stream MA in Communication Studies. I will be working on that for the next 18 months in Ottawa, Ontario – as well as working, blogging, volunteering & having fun.
This year, I get to be a Teaching Assistant for a 3rd year course (yikes!!!), but it is one I took myself and really enjoyed. If you ever want to learn about “Comparative Media Studies” and rhetoric analysis theories… just ask. I also get to continue learning about the world and communications through my courses, of which I chose “Media & Racialization”, “Visual Media”, and “Science and the Making of Knowledge” as my electives. Luckily, I get to expand on my prior research I completed as part of a research essay in my final year of undergrad, which focuses on hip hop music and socially-conscious artists as they use public platforms to educate & disseminate ideas of injustice, racialization and systemic oppression.
This past May I had the amazing opportunity to speak at my very first academic conference, in Montreal, for the International Association of Popular Music (IASPM)’s annual conference. People just love hip-hop and Kendrick Lamar I guess! I loved having the experience, and even more-so learning about what other people in the field are researching and writing on. It was a great introduction to the realm of academia.
That same conference weekend, I also completed my first ever half-marathon with my boyfriend, Patrick. My family has been signing up for the Ottawa Race Weekend for a long time now, and for some reason I thought 2019 was my year to do a half-marathon. Well, we ran it and we finished.
After convocation, I came home for the summer to the cottage where I got a job working as a communications student with a local community co-operative. I get to engage with the community, promote the co-op’s work and take pretty photos of the Kawartha Lakes.
I continue to live in Ottawa. You can find me frequenting the local farmers market to dog watch, or visiting the local cafés, or even more likely: enjoying my beloved veggie burger at Local Lansdowne. Get excited for some home décor, beauty and a mish-mash of upcoming posts.
Keep on keepin’ on,