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
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
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
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.
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
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
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