Postscript

Growing up in Asia taught me the importance of speaking up on social issues

There’s something to be said for living in a free, democratic society, where voicing your opinion isn’t repressed, but is welcomed.Continue...

My encounter with the Kingston Pen’s notorious deceased employee

I’ve always had an interest in the supernatural. I used to hope that one day I’d see a ghost, or that some unexplainable thing would happen to me. Luckily, I got my chance when I worked as a tour guide for Canada’s most notorious prison: the Kingston Penitentiary.Continue...

Learning about my grandfather’s heroic life taught me the power of storytelling

I will never meet my grandfather. His death in 1978 makes that impossible. But I would be grossly mistaken—and I was—to think that means I’d never have a relationship with him.Continue...

How joining Queen’s Bands changed my university experience for the better

During my first year at Queen’s, I was relatively uninvolved.Continue...

What I learned from all the bad advice I’ve received during university

I arrived at Queen’s with many things: clothes, my great-aunt’s old mini fridge, a box of books, and a lot of bad preconceptions about university. By the time I carried that same box of books back down the residence stairs to my mom’s car, I’d accumulated a few more misguided ideas.Continue...

Navigating my long-distance relationship with my brother

When students returned to Queen’s for the new school year, everyone fell back into familiar Kingston routines.Continue...

Discovering what life is like away from my immigrant family at Queen's

The first night I spent at Queen’s in my residence room was hellish. I wasn’t feeling the tricolour spirit, and I missed home desperately. I wanted to go back to Scarborough.Continue...

Transitioning to veganism at Queen's opened my eyes to sustainability

When I tried going vegan at the end of my first year at Queen’s, my motivations were mostly personal. I’d never been bothered enough by the concept of factory farming and animal abuse to stop eating meat, and I didn’t know much about the environmental reasons for veganism.Continue...

What I’ve learned paying my own way through a Queen’s education

The first time I told this story, I was in my first year of university. I was sitting on the grass at City Park, just a few blocks away from Queen’s, with my orientation leaders and group. We were playing Two Truths and a Lie, and one of my truths was that I was a 20-year-old first-year student.Continue...

Overcoming inadequate feelings as a first-year student

One month into my first year at Queen’s, I wanted to drop out and go home. There wasn’t anything wrong with Queen’s. In fact, it was the opposite: there was something wrong with me—or so I told...Continue...

Restrictions on safe medical abortions don’t help anybody

Until the day I needed one, I’d never planned to get an abortion in my life.Continue...

How learning about my PTSD at Queen's helped me overcome it

A long time ago someone hurt me, and I turned off.Continue...

Last Words

This must be some mistake.Continue...

Graduating students share their most Queen’s moments

Seeing everyone you know in the ARC, passing a horde of purple engineers on your walk to class or using the Romanian flag emoji as a tricolour stand-in, can only be described as “so Queen’s.”Continue...

Overcoming adversity to become a leader

I spent the 14-hour drive from my home in Bedford, Nova Scotia, to my first day at Queen’s shaking.Continue...

Not drinking at one of Canada’s top party schools

On Homecoming of my first year I got drunk for the first and last time.Continue...

Forging my Jewish identity as a minority

As one of few Jewish people attending my Anglican high school, I was accustomed to being the centre of attention in curious rooms.Continue...

Bringing my family’s hopes, dreams and fears with me to Queen’s

When I stepped onto my first university campus in 2016, my family came with me and never truly left.Continue...

Being Black, queer, and hopeful for our future

I found it difficult to connect with other men during high school because I didn’t feel masculine enough to fit in, even when we shared similar interests.Continue...

Personalizing Black History Month

Mental illness doesn’t stop for any occasion.Continue...

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