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Dealing with COVID-19

Dealing with COVID-19

“The coronavirus pandemic has been very stressful for almost everyone and has resulted in a host of negative emotions festering in people – anger, frustration, depression, anxiety, worry, stress – the list is almost endless. Countless people are terrified of contracting the disease and even overreacting to the possibility of having contracted it. On the other hand, there are an equal number of people who, for various reasons, conspiracy theories included, are in denial of the seriousness of the situation. They compare the pandemic to the flu and brush it off as a harmless phenomenon.”

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Hiking at Parc Regional de la Chute

Hiking at Parc Regional de la Chute

“Every year for the past 8 years, I have made it a point to go hiking with one of my friends for my birthday. This tradition started when I became 17. Before that day, I had never invited any one of my friends to celebrate with me before. However, in July of 2013, I finally got my chance. That day, we walked around Mount Royal together (which worried my mother immensely as we did not have cellphones at that time) and then finished the day with some lovely food at a restaurant in China Town. I had a lot of fun sharing this day with my friend, brother, and mother.”

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Growing Up

Growing Up

“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.”

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The Joys of Cinema

The Joys of Cinema

“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.”

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Concrete Poetry

Concrete Poetry

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.

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Grandmother’s Lemon Cookies

Grandmother’s Lemon Cookies

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.

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What Studying In A Pandemic Taught Me

What Studying In A Pandemic Taught Me

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.

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The Joys of Biking

The Joys of Biking

“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.”

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Coming of Age During A Pandemic

Coming of Age During A Pandemic

“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)?”

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