Committed to the commute: tips for making a long-term relationship with the TTC more enjoyable

When I looked for off-campus housing, I wanted to live somewhere that was safe, walkable, and that had a sense of character and community.  I chose a little blue house in Leslieville; a hip, family-friendly area that is bustling with little restaurants, bars, coffee shops, quirky artisan businesses, and fitness studios. I like the balance of having my quiet east-end oasis while being just minutes … Continue reading Committed to the commute: tips for making a long-term relationship with the TTC more enjoyable

How I learned to love: #GLAmour

It’s the last day of February, so like the procrastinator I am, I’m taking a shot at this month’s writing challenge: #GLAmour. Our team is writing love notes to spread positivity in a time that can be stressful (and frankly, loveless) for students – I mean, does anyone really *like* midterms? While I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always great at loving … Continue reading How I learned to love: #GLAmour

And she’s back at ‘er

Well friends, it’s been over a year since I last spilled to you – and let me tell you, there have been a TON of developments in that time.    I’ve been away from this blog because I took a much-needed break from school. I wanted to step away from my studies to make sure I was really doing what I was passionate about, and … Continue reading And she’s back at ‘er

Today, I woke up in a very different Europe.

For those of you who may be confused about what this “Brexit” thing is, or why the heck everyone is losing their cool over it – that’s totally cool and fair and I GET IT. Not everyone is captivated by world politics, nor are they easy to understand – our world systems are infinitely complex. I’ve been studying politics in Europe for the last 6 … Continue reading Today, I woke up in a very different Europe.

Nearing the finish line

I am now more than halfway through my exchange semester in Brussels, nearing final classes and exams now! It’s totally wild. School is really tough, and yet I’m finally settling into a social life here and sometimes that’s all I can think about. Time to put my genius cap on! Across the ocean, my relationships with loved ones have changed, as has my relationship with myself. … Continue reading Nearing the finish line

The bombs next door – Brussels 22/03/2016

I knew it from the non-stop flood of sirens, the shrill cries of officers, and sounds of trucks and whistles on the street. The neighbourhood was much louder and urgent-sounding than usual. I struggled to turn on my phone, and then the messages came flooding in. Something wasn’t right. March 22nd, 10:30 AM “Cass, are you awake? I…I have something to tell you.” My friend, … Continue reading The bombs next door – Brussels 22/03/2016

The life of a lab rat: my RMP experience

Now that I’m across the ocean, I’m meeting a lot of new people and there is always the obligatory “Where are you from/what are you studying/what do you want to do with your life?” conversations. And then of course, when I tell people I go to a small liberal arts college (where the large lecture halls here in Belgium could probably accommodate all of our … Continue reading The life of a lab rat: my RMP experience