“In a few weeks from now, I will turn 25-years-old. And throughout these past 25 years, I’ve seen myself grow as a person, learn many new things, and have a lot of interesting experiences.
When I was 18-years-old, I thought life was pretty boring. It all seemed quite predictable. In general, older adults told me that I should go to university, get an important job, get married, have children, get a house, and then I guess that’s it. It all sounded quite generic. Nothing seemed important or meaningful.”
“There are many things in life that you only value once they have been taken away from you. Out of the million things that have been affected by these prolonged months of isolation, I’ve felt the emptiness created by the closed movie theatres a lot. I have a soft spot for movie theatres for many reasons and it breaks my heart how I wasn’t able to enjoy the big screen in over a year. Now, as all the bad things in life come to a halt and we are slowly trying to return back to “normal”, cinemas have once again opened their doors to us.”
If you have just started reading poetry or want to start but are bored or intimidated by the numerous poetic devices that you encountered when studying poems in schools, fear not; concrete/shape poetry will give you a way to experience the joys of poetry but in a much more engaging and visually, auditory enticing way. It will go beyond the norm. It may even cause some confusion due to the alien use of space and words. However, it will only be felt in the beginning as you will get the hang of it.
Ever since I was child, my grandmother has always made the same delectable lemon cookies. They are soft, sweet, a bit lemony and very delicious. Similar to how families tend to pass down “family recipes” throughout the generations, these lemon cookies are a part of my family. Every visit to my grandmother’s house has always been accompanied by a batch of lemon cookies, which I am always delighted to eat.
My last year, which I expected to be the most fun-filled and defining moments of my university experience, involved watching mostly pre-recorded lectures, in my mismatched pyjamas with little to no social contact with my other classmates (or the world in general). It definitely sucked that I wasn’t able to get ready for class, meet new people at the beginning of each new semester and engage with them at a more personal level, eat out after a class and so on.
“Ever since I was a young child, I always loved biking. In fact, it is my favorite sport. I love biking to new areas of Montreal, discovering new parks, streets, and bike paths. An exhilarating sense of adventure overwhelms me as I bike, since I never truly know what will be around the corner. I am quite a simple person. Even finding a new tree or chair excites me. I take each new experience as something valuable.”
“I often think about how children, and young adults now view their future in a post Covid-19 world. Much like the world changed when I was a kid, before and after September 11th, 2001. I believe it has similarly been rocked on its axis by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) pandemic announcement of March 11th, 2020. In a world of social distancing, global vaccines, and increased job automation, I ponder how our younger cohorts are envisioning their futures? Are their career aspirations as unrealistic as mine were in grade school (based solely on my hobbies, toys, or favourite shows)?”
“How do you know when a Netflix documentary is groundbreaking? The answer is when it’s available for free for everyone on YouTube.
I never planned on watching “13th”. That’s actually because I never knew it existed. Now, what matters is that I have watched it and I cannot not share what I’ve learned from it.”
I’ve always had a very strong bond with my grandmother. Since my parents always worked when I was a child, it became my grandparents’ responsibility to take care of me and my siblings. I’ve spent countless hours at my grandparents’ house, even to this day. While my grandmother mainly speaks Italian (and I cannot), we still have fun together and keep each other company. One thing my grandmother is famous for (at least in our family) is her pasta. I think she has cooked pasta almost every day for dinner for the past few months. She usually uses store-bought pasta for dinner, which is quick, easy and tastes fine, but she sometimes makes pasta from scratch, which tastes so much better. It was for this reason that I got excited when my grandmother invited me to help her make pasta today.
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