that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.


Katie Justine Stam, BA

3 – post-secondary institutions attended

10 – semesters of post-secondary education

43 – courses taken

6 – Education courses

41 – final exams

7 – group presentations

3 – labs

25 – English papers

15 – Research papers (3000+ words)

12 – Education papers

3 – speeches

2 – “A+”s

2 – different cities I’ve lived in for the occasion

50,000+ – dollars I have spent

5 – summers spent in Penticton

4 – times I’ve fallen down on campus

8 – times I’ve flown to either Penticton, Victoria, or Edmonton

1 – time I flew home for Christmas with Jes

1 – job I had (ATB Financial) while going to school

13 – different roommates I’ve had

Apprx. 15 – times I’ve skipped class (this semester)

Priceless – moments I’ve had, people I’ve met, and sweet surprises I’ve had along the way.


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one small step for kate, one giant leap for…

Thank you all for thinking of me — the interview was this morning and it went well! I was advised to Answer the questions with confidence and determination and to show my heart and honestly, I think my dream is pretty obvious so it wasn’t very hard. Plus, they were really, really nice… two older male professors. One reminded me of a stereotypical grandpa with white hair, full laugh, and smiling eyes. I didn’t actually want to leave, I was having too much fun. So two to three weeks I should know… awesome!!

Anyways, study break up at Mount Doug the other night… brilliant:dsc00435






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I just read Megan’s blog and it made me cry… almost. Especially over how passionate she sounds for school to be over and teaching to being. I couldn’t be more proud of my cousin-turned-dear-friend. I can’t believe this road is over for you, you are so very blessed my sweet friend and I am excited to see what comes next in your life. xo

For my own news:

I got my interview time today for the post-degree teaching program here at UVic! There was a little bump in the road yesterday where I got the dreaded ‘you are missing two course requirement’ email that would’ve eiliminated my eligibility for the program, but after asking what happened and how I could’ve messed up so badly, it turned out she messed up and I recieved both a ‘we’re pleased to invite you to…’ email and an interview time for next Wednesday. How it works is that my admittance into the Bachelor of Education PDP is 70% gpa based and 30% interview. Please think of me over the next few weeks, it feels like a step in the direction I want and dream to be. And I think those closest to me would really like me to get in simply so that I don’t keep stimulating heart attacks in them when I have minor conniptions over this whole process (although someone might argue that the conniptions are catastrophically huge). This is an answer to prayer. Keep ’em coming.


just because he did

Dan is such an inspiration to me — the fact that I am still in school 4 years later… and he JUST PASSED HIS FLYING EXAM after only 3 months this morning!! Needless to say, we’re all pretty fired up around here for him – and his perma-grin is the best thing ever. I guess he must be safe to ride with, but I am too terrified, I still won’t pester him for a flight for atleast ten years… just kidding.

To pat his own back for him, his instructor said it was the best training session he’s ever had with a up-and-coming pilot. In other words, Dan rock their socks off… both in the flying and the written. Very, very cool. So here are some pictures they took of him in his little ‘copter.

Onwards and UP wards… way to go Maverick! (That’s the only pilot [name] I could think of — aside from U. Mark) Tonight we’re going to celebrate… with a drink and going to the movies. 🙂