HOCO and Hedonism

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde is a novel that meditates on the nature of hedonism, a philosophical principle in which sensual pleasure is valued above morality. The protagonist of the story, Dorian, marvels over the transient nature of his life when he sees his portrait, whose beauty, unlike his own, will last... Continue Reading →

5 Things to Avoid Before an Exam

It's that time of the year again: the dreaded midterm season is upon us and we are all putting in late nights and sacrificing our sleep to study for our exams. Here is a list of 5  things to avoid before an exam to ensure that all your hard work does not go to waste! 1. Drinking Caffeinated... Continue Reading →

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 →

How to Find a Summer Job

Summer is quickly approaching, and for many of us, that means the pressure is on to find a job. With time off from school, summer is the perfect opportunity to build your resume, explore your interests, and earn some extra money. Unsure where to begin your hunt? Here are six tips on finding the perfect... 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 →

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