There is officially two weeks left of the semester at Dawson College, and we all know what that means... FINALS AND EXAMS are going to start soon, or have already begun for those lucky students (like me).
Finals bring with it really shitty things and being that it is my last semester at Dawson, I thought; HEY why not laugh at the worst things about finals at Dawson College! So, sit back, relax and maybe stop stressing out for a minute to read this article and laugh along with me at all these struggles we will be experiencing very soon.
1. Trying to find a place to study in the Library becomes the reenactment of the Hunger Games
2. Other Cegeps always seem to finish before us
3. Running to the Forum to make your exam becomes an Olympic sport
4. Getting a J-Walking ticket for running through the red light from the Forum and Alexis Nihon between exams and crying
5. Getting a million mios from your classmates who "lost their notes"
6. Tim Hortons and Starbucks become too packed to even buy a coffee
7. The caf becomes a watering hole for crying students
8. The library books on reserve are ALL gone
9. The 1st floor escalator always breaks
10. The wifi is no longer existent (even though it never really existed in the first place)
11. The STM fails more than usual and you begin to have a panic attack that you will miss your exam
12. Teacher's office hours became a new social hangout as you wait for your turn to mooch for a better grade
13. Having to take your English Exit exam in the middle of exam period
14. Promising to yourself that you will use your 4 hour break wisely but falling asleep instead
15. When you sneak food into the library after searching 100 years for a seat and getting kicked out
16. When all the study rooms are full and the group study hall becomes as loud as a concert
17. The struggle of going to the quick print section of the library and either not having any money on your printing account or having to wait for a computer to print on
18. Forgetting your laptop and having to use Dawson's computer but it crashes
19. Getting to your exam room and having to use the SMALL AF desks to write a 5 page in class essay (forget about good posture)
20. The mad rush of people who come at 9:55 and stampede into the school for there 10 am exam
Although it was announced on August 6 that students would not be required to wear masks while in class or in the library, this was subject to change and the current situation appears to have forced a stricter update.
Les cas de COVID-19 augmentent et on doit se concentrer sur la quatrième vague.
🎥On fait le point en direct👇 https://t.co/DSS8C6HIcV
"The CEGEPs and universities, well, there are students who come from all regions of Quebec, and then there are even students who come from abroad," said Premier François Legault in a press conference on August 17.
"So, we can already tell you today that, for the start of the school year in CEGEPs and universities, masks will be mandatory not only in common areas, but even in the classroom."
Legault said public health will make a recommendation about masks for primary and secondary school classrooms, as well as daycares, in the coming days. He said it's possible that the recommendations will differ from one region to another.
"I want to be very clear. If public health makes the recommendation to have masks in primary and secondary classrooms and in daycare, we will do it. There's no question of taking any chances," Premier Legault said.
A refreshing video of a raccoon enjoying a shower on a hot summer day is making a splash on social media, courtesy of a young Montreal resident and his kiddie pool.
"Yeah buddy, the raccoon is taking a shower in your (kiddie pool)," Elena Parial explained to her son in the video, as the animal appeared to bathe. "He undid the plug and he's now taking a full-on shower."
Judging by the 47-second clip posted July 5, the raccoon was probably hot and thirsty as it drank plenty of shower water.
Unfortunately, the critter's paws damaged the pool's plug while yanking it out: "Luckily, our son's splash table wasn't a splurge price-wise," said Parial.
Naturally, the shower-loving raccoon has made a splash on social media.
"So cute. Sorry about the plug," stated one Facebook fan of the well-groomed raccoon.
Animal takes shower to beat the heat
Parial, who lives in Montreal's Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce borough, told MTL Blog the raccoon has been frequenting her back deck for about six months.
"He had been visiting us infrequently before but we became more aware of him as of December 28, 2020, when he attacked our compost bin in a particularly aggressive and messy manner," she said.
Parial said the raccoon may have found a "lady friend" by the looks of a subsequent video posted July 7, which shows a pair of critters frolicking playfully on her patio furniture.
"I don't have irrefutable evidence that the shower attracted the lady friend, but this is the first time we've seen him with a friend," she said. "It's a gross assumption but it makes for a good social media post."
A possible 'lady friend'
Parial said she does not mind the raccoon taking up residence near her home, as it's been much less destructive than the squirrels who "have eaten [their] patio lights and torn numerous holes in [their] patio furniture," but she does have some concerns.
"I'm worried that we'll unknowingly stroll onto our deck not knowing he's sleeping there and find ourselves in a situation," she said. "More importantly, I worry my son may find himself in a situation because he's got a keen toddler curiosity."
She's also afraid the raccoon could lose its fear of humans. "Currently, he scurries when my husband taps on our patio door. He scurries away and knows we want our space. I'm not sure how long this is going to last before he figures out we're just scared of him and any pests or diseases he may carry."
Kiddie pool has become a water source
Bill Dowd, founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, said Parial's kiddie pool has probably become a water source for the "highly intelligent, very inquisitive" creature.
"My recommendation to the homeowner would be to obviously remove that water source," he said.
"If I was a betting man," he continued, "I would bet that if you see the raccoon that frequently on her deck, I would suspect it's probably living underneath the deck or maybe in her attic or in her chimney or underneath the shed out back."
He said the pair in the video are probably enjoying a platonic relationship as it's not raccoon mating season, which runs from January to June, so they won't be making raccoon babies together anytime soon.
"From the behaviour that those videos show me, I would say they're juveniles are just kind of being teenagers," he said.
"Getting into trouble, being rambunctious and kind of wrestling and fooling around."
Since July 1, it has been possible for people who have had to recover from unemployment due to the pandemic and for people who have not been studying full time in the last 12 months to register for one of the training programs of the Program for the requalification and the accompaniment in information technology and communications (PRATIC).
Whether it's a college or university program, a certificate, an attestation of college studies (AEC) or a diploma of specialized graduate studies (DESS), among others, there are 142 training programs waiting for future students.
In Montreal alone, nearly sixty college programs and 20 university programs are available, and a total of 15 in the Capitale-Nationale region.
There are, for example, ACSs in programming, multimedia production, mobile application development or graphic design, to name a few.
The complete list of training courses offered by region can be found on the government website.
Thanks to a budget of some $39.6 million, financial assistance of $650 per week will be offered to 2,500 Quebecers for the duration of their full-time training. A $1,950 bursary will be awarded to graduates.
Who is eligible to enroll in PRATIC?
Two criteria will determine if a person is eligible to register for PRATIC. You must be unemployed and not have been a full-time student in the 12 months prior to applying.
The government suggests that you contact the Services Québec office in your area and an agent will determine with the future student if PRATIC corresponds to his/her needs.