Linguistics Made Me A Better Person: A Fond Farewell to My Major

The first post I ever wrote for this blog (named Tuesdays with Sisi back in the day) was about Linguistics. Back then--has this really happened so quickly?--I still had most people looking at me blankly when I told them what I studied. I had to explain it over and over again, and eventually I got … Continue reading Linguistics Made Me A Better Person: A Fond Farewell to My Major

“Parlez-vous franç-ace?”: An Academic Dream/Nightmare Over One Word

Hello darlings! Today marks the beginning of this year's Asexual Awareness Week! According to the organization's website, the campaign has been running for seven years now, which is very exciting news. As a person who identifies as asexual, I care a lot about this particular week in October--in fact, last year I wrote a post … Continue reading “Parlez-vous franç-ace?”: An Academic Dream/Nightmare Over One Word

J’Explore @ Glendon: 5 Things I Loved About My Summer Job

It's hard to find a Glendonite who doesn't have an Explore story. When prompted, most of my fellow students will start gushing immediately about their time in Chicoutimi or Trois-Rivieres or Ottawa or some other location for the government-funded language-immersion summer program. In my opinion, it's a shame that more students outside of Glendon don't … Continue reading J’Explore @ Glendon: 5 Things I Loved About My Summer Job

Living Your Art: My First Week of Fifth Year (and Why It’s Equally Awesome and Scary)

NB: this isn't just a "look at my cool new courses!" post. It's also a reflection on committing to your art in public, and on the personal and social stigmas attached to "being an artist" full-time. Because I can never make things simple. -- All right kiddos, full disclosure time: I'm an artist of all … Continue reading Living Your Art: My First Week of Fifth Year (and Why It’s Equally Awesome and Scary)

One Time-Tested Essay Writing Tip That Guarantees a Better Grade

As I've discussed on here before, I'm a straight-A student. Have been since high school. To me, it's become the norm to receive top marks in my classes--and more specifically, it's become regular practice to produce work that garners those top marks. As my partner says (oh-so flatteringly) to me regarding my writing, "your okay … Continue reading One Time-Tested Essay Writing Tip That Guarantees a Better Grade

You Have a Right to Be Interested: How to Create Your Individual Studies Course

We all want our education to feel worth it--and moreover, we all want our education to feel personally relevant. We all wish that our four (five? six?) years of post-secondary could be perfectly tailored to our interests and passions, that our studies could more accurately reflect who we are as people. But unfortunately, even with … Continue reading You Have a Right to Be Interested: How to Create Your Individual Studies Course

“But Why Do I Care?”: The Most Important Study Tip There Is

Good morning humans! Look at this! I finally completed my own joke and bought myself a certain book: I'm about 110/200 pages through and I have thoroughly loved and been impressed by every page. Looking back, I'm glad I made a tongue-in-cheek reference to this memoir in my blog title even before I'd read the … Continue reading “But Why Do I Care?”: The Most Important Study Tip There Is

Nanda-nisidotam: Adventures in Ojibwe with Maya Chacaby (Glendon Class Recommendation)

In case you didn't know, someone had her 15 minutes of fame in Macleans the other day. “I’ve always heard Indigenous languages are some of the toughest to learn. Turns out Anishinaabemowin is easy to learn, it just depends on how you teach it,” says fourth-year student Sienna Warecki. HEY, WE KNOW THAT NAME DON'T … Continue reading Nanda-nisidotam: Adventures in Ojibwe with Maya Chacaby (Glendon Class Recommendation)

I DO NOT LIVE IN A LAMP: True Facts About The Linguist

My first instinct was to call Linguistics the unicorn of university majors, but then I realized that was inaccurate. It's not that we're invisible or super rare or difficult to seek out. In fact, there are more and more Linguistics majors as the years go by. No, after giving it some thought I've decided that … Continue reading I DO NOT LIVE IN A LAMP: True Facts About The Linguist