For the past two years, I've served as the Co-Editor of blogUT, a blog written entirely by University of Toronto students for University of Toronto students. This month, I happily finished my undergraduate studies and sadly stepped down from my position at blogUT. The following was originally written on the blog at blogUT.ca
Oh blogUT, you've been my safe place during my time here at U of T! And what a journey we ve been on together...
For those of you that don t know, I am or rather, was the Co-Editor of blogUT. Even before I assumed this position, I've always had strong ties to this blog from the beginning of my undergraduate studies -- first as an avid reader, then a timid writer, and finally, as fate would have it, as Co-Editor. And now after four years, I must, with a certain sadness, bid adieu to blogUT, our hardworking bloggers, and our loving readers. I'm proud to have been able to work with such a dedicated team of bloggers who have worked throughout the years with the sole purpose of writing honestly about what it's like being a student here at U of T. No bullshit. No rah-rah-rah U of T. Just the real stuff, both good and bad. Like we always say: raw and uncut, we give you the real juice about campus life.
In a university that often feels too massive to ever really feel a part of, blogUT bridges the disconnect, providing a real sense of community for U of T students that span programs, colleges, and commutes. I know that for me personally, it has been a place where I've connected with fellow U of T students that I never otherwise would have. Sure, many of us have never really met each other in real life, but blogUT is this shared space for the students and by the students--untouched by the powers that be at U of T.
Through the years it's been the spot where we've all shared our personal experiences about university life, given tips on where to go and what to eat, discussed student politics, rated hot profs and honored the quality ones, found the best make out spots, and yes, even talked trash about lame TAs. We ve stayed up together during those late night cram sessions, distracting ourselves with pointless, but oh so brilliant and necessary, videos. And we've collectively ranted about our shiteous commutes, shared our best survival tips, and celebrated the many gems this campus has to offer. Simply put, blogUT kicks serious ass and it's not hard to see why I'll miss this blog.
I say goodbye to blogUT with a sadness, but with pride knowing that this little baby of ours is growing day by day. And I've no doubt that our new Co-Editors will bring blogUT to unprecedented heights for the 2011-2012 academic year (no pressure, Ally and Leah!).
To my fellow bloggers, please keep writing. I've told you time and again that you are the heart and soul of this blog. To our readers, please keep reading and commenting. Without you, we would be that hypothetical falling tree in the distant forest. Your comments and support are what make us real and relevant.
In the meantime, I am off to plunge into this so called "real world" that U of T was suppose to prepare us for. Stay cool, blogUT. I'll love you always!