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

Indigenous Languages and Comic Books: A Walkthrough of My Honours Thesis

I've had a lot of fun telling people about my honours thesis this year. Most of the time, when you ask a student about their thesis, you get a description of a research project or a study or, most likely, a big long paper they're writing. That's the standard for a Directed Reading/Honours Thesis; it's … Continue reading Indigenous Languages and Comic Books: A Walkthrough of My Honours Thesis

New Creations Festival 2017: Affirming Our Right to Experiment (Part 2)

Friends, the final New Creations Festival concert was by far the weirdest. On Saturday the 11th we were treated to a whole array of compositions, including a selection for harp and strings performed by The Madawaska Ensemble (inspired by both East Coast folk songs and contemporary pop music), a really hypnotic piece called Round by … Continue reading New Creations Festival 2017: Affirming Our Right to Experiment (Part 2)

“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

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