The Gun Epidemic Plaguing the GTA

“By July, it was confirmed that our homicide rate was slightly higher than the historically higher rate in New York City. But New York’s rate has been on the decline, and the homicide rate is still higher in cities such as Winnipeg and Chicago. This small fact has propagated in the media, certainly stirring the moral panic.”

One Fine Saturday

“I had realized in that moment that I had indeed made the right decision. It had been a difficult one. But at 42 I made the choice to leave a good paying and secure job and return to university to finish what I had started several years ago.”

Experiencing CIBC Run for the Cure 2018

“The CIBC Run for the Cure is an annual event that is held in cities across the nation to help raise funds and awareness about breast cancer through a 5K or 1K run or walk. This is a great event that allows you to have fun while giving back to the community.”

A Whole New World

I’ve learnt a lot about how to navigate my life at the University of Toronto (U of T) from my first-year experience, whether it be finding a place on campus to study, eating healthy, making new friends, or how to de-stress during not-so-peaceful times of the semester.

The Face(s) of Easter at St. Mike’s

"The city of Toronto, noted well for its vast multiculturalism, finds itself celebrating Easter in numerous different ways, and the students of its university (particularly the students of the University of St. Michael’s College, or USMC) are a reflection of this diversity."

'Tis the Season of Sneezing

"Fall is objectively the superior season, so there goes spring’s chance at the top spot. Summer entails of freedom, so it takes the silver. Winter has Christmas and snow, but it’s cold, so it’ll have to settle for third place."

The Spirit of Spring

"That Sunday, my friend was able to convince me with a promise of coffee on the way. It was also when I realized that this was to be my first ever visit to Toronto’s High Park: such an iconic location that somehow took me 11 years to see with my own eyes."

Seeing Infinity

"The much-anticipated exhibit is here from March 3 to May 27. It is an exhibit worth checking out if you are into seeing art that will allow you to immerse yourself into an installation that gives off a sense of time and space and suggests a cosmic hyper-reality."

Students of St. Mike’s — V7.0

"Channel your skills, whatever they may be, into work that will benefit both current and future students at St. Mike’s, and be sure to have fun while doing so. But also, be flexible in how you set out to achieve your goals, and remember to take the time to take care of yourself."

What Are You Going to Do?

"One thing both the Registrar’s Office and Career Counsellors will tell you is to be positive. You will get to exactly where you need to be, but you must be patient and trust that it is a learning process. One thing that should come first is your happiness and knowing yourself. Alemu tells students to “discover what you have a passion for and know what you are interested in.”"

The Lenten Promise

"This is my fifth year giving up coffee during Lent, so you can imagine on Shrove Tuesday the amount of caffeine that I drank. I wish I could say it gets easier each year, but I find as a university student it's the norm to drink coffee everyday — especially during midterm season and to stay awake and attentive in class."

What We Call Home

"Looking back, I realize that I didn’t utilize the time I got on Family Day properly, and now that I’m in a new city, it’s become clear as to just how much impact my family had on my life. Family is like a safety net that we take for granted. We just assume it’s there because it always has been, but what are we doing to maintain it?"

What is My Clothing Aesthetic?

"If you're not sure what your individual aesthetic is, the easiest way to narrow it down is figuring out your taste. Look at different Instagram pages or Pinterest boards. What appeals to you and what do you like to wear?"

Students of St. Mike’s — V6.0

"My advice to my first-year self would be that you don’t always need to know what your next three steps are. It’s okay to not always have a plan and feel a sense of uncertainty. As long as you set goals for yourself (whether small or large), sometimes the greatest reward is in the spontaneity of how you achieve them, and many times in my experiences, that doesn’t come in having things planned out and in the know."