A couple of months into the pandemic, I was reading more than I ever have. Not even halfway through the year, my “to be read” was coming to a close end, and my (loose) reading goal for the year came and went in a blink. Working in marketing for a local performing arts organization whose season was indefinitely cancelled, my once full-time role became part-time, and my hours were dwindling more and more with each passing week. On the days that I felt like I was moving through molasses and the world felt unbearably heavy, I found a lot of…


Does Working From Home Allow Introverts to Better Engage in Preferred Steady, Deliberate Work, or Are They More Overwhelmed and Stressed?

As a high-scoring introvert on the Myers-Briggs scale — an INFJ to be exact — I was immediately drawn to Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” when I read its title on a shelf at my local bookshop. Growing up chronically shy — preferring to keep to myself from primary school all the way into University and then at work — I felt like I was missing some key trait that those around me seemed to have. …


“In times of trouble, libraries are sanctuaries.” What happens when these sanctuaries are gone?

Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book” declares that all stories matter because at their foundation, they are the links connecting us to one another, our history, and our future. Reading like a love letter to the libraries Orlean once visited with her mother and now with her young son, “The Library Book” is an investigation into the devastating fire at the Los Angeles Public Library in April 1986. While the novel sets out to answer the question “who started the fire?,” …


“‘I never listened to myself before,’ she said. ‘I know. Few do.’ ‘That’s the real wilderness then, isn’t it?’”

I picked up Starlight during a weekend cottage trip with my extended family for my younger cousin’s birthday — I was reading the second instalment in The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin, The Obelisk Gate, and upon finishing the novel, I realized I had forgotten to pack the third and final book in the series: The Stone Sky. Having three days left to spend at the cottage, I headed to the closest Indigo, a 30-minute drive and a town away…


It’s currently 2:13 a.m. as I’m beginning writing this — partly because my best ramble-y ideas happen after midnight and partly because my sleep schedule is completely backwards from the end of semester stress. But mostly, I’ve been waiting for some sort of inspiration to hit me for this post — what advice would I give myself as I first entered the world of social media?

To give a little bit of context, I was the girl in the corner of the classroom that never spoke and cried (yes, actually cried) when a teacher called me out in class or…


While I spend a lot of my time watching BuzzFeed videos and getting distracted on assignments taking “which ‘Gilmore Girls’ guy is your soulmate?” quizzes (I got Kirk …), I didn’t actually know exactly what BuzzFeed was. So breaking all academic codes, I consulted Wikipedia, which informed me that BuzzFeed was a “social news and entertainment company” with a focus on digital media and digital technology in order to provide ‘the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video’. So basically, BuzzFeed is everything and exists pretty much everywhere (online, at least). BuzzFeed currently runs over eight YouTube channels…


Although Black Mirror’s Nosedive may seem a little bit far off, I like to think that Lacie lives in the world of Instagram — a virtual world that we live in (at least) part of the time. The entire episode looks like a perfectly curated pastel-coloured Instagram theme that we can only dream of achieving (I tried once)– where the entire world is blush, pale blue and crisp white. …


In seventh grade, there was a mix-up in the lunch monitor schedule — the teacher who was supposed to supervise our classroom was sick and a supply teacher was supposed to monitor us instead. However, the supply teacher had not been to the school before and had spent the first half hour of lunch period looking for our classroom (in her defense, the school was very old and some of the classroom numbers were out of order or not marked at all). In the time the first bell rang for lunch to the moment the supply teacher walked into the…


When I first set up my own Instagram account in the summer of 2015 (I was a little late to game), I thought that if I made it to that 11 like mark I was all set. I’d made it. However, my younger cousins, aged 12 and 14, quickly informed me that I had it all wrong. “If my post doesn’t get at least 100 likes I take it down”. My Instagram bliss turned into concern — my pride in having a couple posts reach 20 likes turned into shame. …


Before enrolling in the Creative Industries program I completed two years of the English program at Ryerson University — so as part of my nature and inner literary geek, I jump at any chance to apply concepts that I’ve read about to the current digital landscape. Two of the most popular dystopian visions that have gained attention for their articulation of two (very different) dystopian realities exploring the role of control, surveillance and technology are Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World.

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