Student Life

Steps to stay motivated for the rest of the term

The second half of the academic term is always stressful. The strain of final essays, projects, and tests can start to weigh on us, giving us no choice but to buckle down and work harder than ever.Continue...

What students hope the world will look like in five years

Thinking about the future right now might be daunting.Continue...

The racialized intersections of women’s rights deserve more space

It’s difficult enough to be a feminist, regardless of your skin colour. You’re policed and dismissed. Your frustration is interpreted as rage, and you always seem to be ‘asking for too much.’Continue...

How to have a sustainable Halloween

From costumes to candy to carving pumpkins, Halloween festivities can be full of single-use products that aren't so sustainable.Continue...

Spider-themed recipes to impress at any Halloween potluck

As university students, we’ve long traded trick-or-treating for costume parties and themed get-togethers. Now, the only thing scarier than ghosts and goblins is pulling together last-minute costumes and figuring out what to bring to Halloween potlucks.Continue...

Queen’s students and alumni share what Homecoming means to them

Queen’s Homecoming is a time to celebrate togetherness and school spirit, but not everyone experiences it in the same way. In honour of this year’s festivities, The Journal asked staff, students, and alumni to share what Homecoming means to them.Continue...

School holidays are for recharging, not completing assignments

Many students can agree that school breaks should be a time for relaxation, family, and food, not panicking over academic deadlines. Still, many professors assign work over holiday breaks, leaving students little choice but to sneak away from family festivities to complete their schoolwork.Continue...

The benefits of yoga in student life

I still remember how relaxed and calm I felt after my first yoga class in high school.Continue...

Gaels going viral: Four Queen’s YouTubers get candid

Apart from academics and part-time jobs, most Queen’s students pursue a handful of hobbies. From joining clubs that satisfy our interests to going for runs along the waterfront, we fill our spare time with simple activities that make us happy.Continue...

How to make social media a positive force in your life

Social media can be a useful tool for keeping in contact with your family, completing schoolwork, and staying on top of the latest news. But if you overdo or misuse it, social networking sites can also have serious ramifications on your mental health.Continue...

The Journal’s fall 2019 playlist

Blustering winds, unexpected rain, and dreaded midterms are getting us all down this month, as fall finally rears its head. Now that summer has ended and upbeat music no longer matches the mood and weather, it’s time for a new seasonal playlist to set the tone for autumn.Continue...

How to cure the back-to-school cold

As someone who usually spends the entire fall semester dealing with a never-ending sinus cold, I’ve picked up many tricks for warding off the most unpleasant symptoms of dreaded back-to-school illness.Continue...

The importance of failure as explained by the venture capital industry

Three years ago, I attended a venture capital firm’s annual meeting—an event where the company updates partners and portfolio companies on their investment and management strategies moving forward.Continue...

Turning your hot girl summer into a hot girl year

With classes getting back into full swing and the official first day of fall having come and gone, students are beginning to mourn the end of pier season, wearing shorts to class, and above all else, the phenomenon that is the “hot girl summer.”Continue...

Queen's students' cures for Monday mornings

While it’s clichéd to say, Mondays truly are the worst.Continue...

The VSCO Girl phenomenon is no joke

For as long as the Internet has existed, and probably before, there’s always been a type of “girl” that embodies the trends of the younger generations. We’ve seen the Tumblr girl, the basic bitch, and the E-girl, among others.Continue...

Ranking Kingston’s best bubble tea

Chances are that if you drink boba tea (also known as bubble tea), you don’t just like it—you love it. The smooth milk tea and the squishy tapioca pearls makes for a dangerous combination out to get both your sanity and the cash in your wallet.Continue...

Tips and tricks for avoiding food waste as a student

The climate crisis can no longer be ignored, and several cities, such as our very own Kingston, have declared states of climate emergency. As young people and students, it can feel overwhelming to live our daily lives while knowing we’re contributing to the problem.Continue...

The Journal's guide to student-friendly houseplants

In my first year at Queen’s, my friend gave me a plastic plant for my birthday because I couldn’t “kill this one.” I entered first year with three houseplants, and since then, my collection has grown to almost a dozen. I’ve probably killed half as many.Continue...

What we learned on exchange: practical lessons for day-to-day life

When you first sign up to go on university exchange, it’s natural to fantasize about far-flung travel, mouth-watering food, and life-long friendships. For the most part, these fantasies come true, but going on exchange also comes with some unexpected road bumps.Continue...

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