Every night I go to bed thinking my life can’t possibly get any busier … but it does! Last night, at about 12:30 a.m. I got an email from the Charlatan – another urgent, last minute, desperate plea for someone to take a story. I was fully set on turning it down, but the topic caught my eye. There was a pledge event at the University of Ottawa bright and early at 9 a.m. today. Mayoral and council candidates were going to show up and pledge their support for a permanent Universal Transit Pass if they get elected. (The U-pass is basically a mandatory public transit pass for all full-time students at Ottawa U and Carleton).
I figured this was a good opportunity to hit two birds with one stone. I still needed to cover a municipal event for journalism. This seemed a heck of a lot more interesting than my back up – a ward debate at 7 p.m. tonight. So I said yes, and spent the next hour doing background research on the issues. As of about 23 hours ago, I knew absolutely nothing about the U-pass except that I had one.
So that’s how I ended up going to bed at 1:30 a.m. and getting up at 7 a.m. Somehow I managed to drag myself onto the right bus, get off at the right stop, and make my way to the right meeting place for the event – the campus transit stop at Ottawa U. Thank goodness for friendly passers-by! One man saw me staring hopelessly at the Ottawa U campus map and pointed me in the right direction. Bless you, kind stranger!
The event was pretty interesting. I’m glad I went! Of course I also had to return exhausted from the event at 10:45 a.m. only to find that my day hadn’t really begun at all! I still had Chinese class. And after class, I buckled down to attack the mountain of work that continues to build up over my head.
I guess I was pretty productive today. I finished my Charlatan article by about 7:20 p.m. and prepared my environmental news for tomorrow’s radio show. (Ugh … another early morning tomorrow.) And yet the list doesn’t seem to get any shorter:
- Study for the journalism midterm on Friday,
- Write the journalism assignment on a public meeting for Monday,
- Write the journalism assignment on municipal news for Thursday, and
- Write the politics midterm for Tuesday
And of course, that’s only my Near Future To Do list. How I long for Christmas! I guess it will be nice to see my hard work in the Charlatan tomorrow.
Side note: My reputation seems to be preceding me at the Charlatan. When I called the news editor back last night, he hinted at two more stories he wanted to assign to me in the upcoming weeks. It’s a good feeling and I love writing for the Charlatan … but I think my head is going to explode soon.
That reminds me (the Charlatan, not my head exploding), I haven’t attached the link to my latest published article yet! I’m going to do that right now and call it a night. I still have mountains of things to do, but I think that’s going to be Future Veronica’s problem.