SURP 2008 – 2010

By Bryan • grad school, Kingston, surp, urban planning • 10 Apr 2010

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In September 2008 I wrote my first SURP-related blog entry.  I was hoping to have some more inspired thoughts for my last entry in an attempt to jive with the first, yet my head remains firmly incapacitated from a very long night of liver abuse.  So I don’t.  I’ve just got this photo.

Two years.  Sometime in 2007 I decided I wanted to go to planning school. I can’t even remember what first pushed me toward that profession, but I do remember exactly where I was when I got into Queen’s – February 2008 in some dodgy net bar in Phnom Penh Cambodia.  I wasn’t expecting to get into any grad program and was putting out feelers for the Canadian military (enlisted), so it was quite a surprise.  I’m a pretty awful student, not too down with academia, and would rather eat glass then do research…not exactly prime grad student material.  Given that, it has been an immense privilege to have been given the opportunity to get that chunk paper and check out some built forms with a bunch of great people. 

All the best to the 2010 Supers

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3 Responses

  1. Sue Crosby

    What a happy looking bunch! I know it wasn’t always a smooth road, but it was definitely an interesting and rewarding trip I think. Now onto the next journey. Congratulations! You know how happy and proud we are of you.

  2. Kay

    A picture speaks a thousand words… =)

    I can sympathize with “I’m a pretty awful student” and “not too down with academia”. In certain academic areas, I was one of the most brilliant kids; yet, I was pathetic in mainstream disciplines (math & languages). It was not until a prof in college taught me how to read and write properly that I became a ‘decent’ student.

    Even now, I cannot look at the two second semester cores without throwing a tantrum or start crying. They made my life so miserable with all the comprehension, application and writing. So, you are certainly brave for putting up with SURP. I almost chose to drop out when I did not pass the exemption.

    Best of luck!!! Happy traveling if you run off again.

    p.s. Thanks for the tips… Hopefully, I will survive through ‘regurgitation’ and be a good second year to the first years if I pull through. =_=’

  3. The most important thing a student needs to remember regarding SURP is the following: With the exception of Quantitative Methodology and other rare cases, a student’s grade will fall somewhere between 75% and 85%. Considerable amounts of effort will push grades to the upper levels of that range, and possibly beyond…but for what reason? Life is much easier when that is realized.

    For, it was never about the marks…marks won’t make me a good planner and won’t land me a good job. Marks are for undergrads and academic lifers.

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