A World Where Time Stood Still

This past reading week, I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua in Central America with a team of 11 other students and 2 supervisors from Western for the Alternative Spring Break program. I had no idea of the situation I was walking into, and I could never have imagined the experiences that I would... Continue Reading →

Nightclubs and Nihilism

If you’ve never been to a nightclub before, allow me to paint you a quick picture: The lights are colourful yet dim, with the occasional flashing strobe.  The bar is generally pressed against the far wall of the establishment, in which two or three baristas are scrambling to keep up with the onrush of orders shouted... Continue Reading →

Braving the Burrito Bowl

When I was travelling through Toronto’s Pearson Airport during Reading Week, I came across a food establishment called Smoke’s Burritorie. It specialized in – you guessed it – burritos and burrito bowls. That afternoon, I just happened to be craving the latter, so you can imagine my excitement when I laid eyes on the menu.... Continue Reading →

What your Writing Utensil Says about You

You can tell a lot about a person based on their choice of writing utensil.  For example, pencil-users cautiously anticipate their mistakes before they have even begun, as if they are asking permission to be creative.  They are an overly careful bunch; bottling themselves up, staunching the flow of their creative juices to a narrow trickle. There... Continue Reading →

Finding your Pace

Prior to entering my first year of university, I made countless goals. I wrote down the grades I wished to achieve, the extracurricular activities I hoped to join, and the leadership opportunities I would strive for. My high school career was devoted to getting into university, and I was expecting to devote my university experience... Continue Reading →

Mental Health is No Game : a PSA

I designed this poster to raise awareness about the reality and seriousness of mental health, and increase viewers’ understanding of those struggling with an invisible illness. I decided upon my my target audience--viewers between the ages of 14 and 50 (with video game experience)--because this demographic is highly affected by mental health issues and has lots of contact... Continue Reading →

Redefining Portraiture at the Mcintosh Gallery

At the McIntosh art gallery at Western Ontario, I had the pleasure of viewing some remarkable interpretations of portraiture and self-portraiture. One especially interesting trend I noticed there was that many of the featured artists diverged from the classical self-portrait—a relatively realistic painting or photograph of a subject at a certain moment in time—choosing instead... Continue Reading →

Healthy Study Snacks

Studying is hard. It’s even harder when you’re distracted by hunger pangs- being forced to ask a stranger to prevent other strangers from stealing your laptop as you run to Tim Horton’s and anxiously wait in a long line to buy some sugary form of sustenance. Needless to say, this is not healthy, convenient, or... Continue Reading →

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