Student Life

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Books to read this spring

The winter semester is almost over, which means it’s just about time to start stashing away your textbooks in favour of books to read for your own enjoyment. While I’d always recommend re-reading Harry Potter one more time, I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite books to get you through the summer.Continue...

Best late-night Kingston eats

Kingston has plenty to offer in terms of delicious spots to eat. Sometimes, though, hunger strikes late at night after most restaurants have shut their doors for the evening. To help you find a tasty place to eat after hours, The Journal asked students to share their favourite late-night meals.Continue...

Women deserve to run without fear

If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I’m an avid distance runner—a slow but steady tortoise on the move. My evening runs are the few moments of peace and silence squeezed in between busy days of virtual meetings.Continue...

This International Women’s Day, we reflect on what womanhood means to us

This year’s International Women’s Day may have come and gone, but that shouldn’t stop us from taking the time to celebrate the voices of women on our campus—womanhood is important every day.Continue...

The art of sliding into DMs

Sliding into someone’s direct messages or ‘DMs’ is a scary move. Many of us refrain from messaging the person we’re interested in because we overthink what to say and don’t want to come across as creepy or overeager.Continue...

Tales from customer service

When I was in high school, I made the unfortunate decision to take a job as one of Santa’s helpers at my local mall.Continue...

How adopting my cats changed my life

In a corner of my living room at any given time, there’s a pile of Whiskas cat food scattered across the hardwood floor.Continue...

Sipping local: exploring lesser-known Kingston coffee shops

With Kingston claiming the title of highest per capita restaurants in the country, it’s no surprise the city is saturated with charming, small-town coffee shops.Continue...

Living at home versus on-campus during a pandemic

For many of us, this year’s university experience has been confined to a computer screen, splitting our time between refreshing OnQ and attending dreaded Zoom lectures.Continue...

‘February is the month of Black History Month, but it’s also the month of love’

Nicole Osayande, ArtSci '21, launched her YouTube channel and digital community, Black Beauty Tech, this week. Her first full video, titled “Black Women Dating at Predominantly White Institutions,” is a roundtable conversation featuring seven Queen’s students.Continue...

Why I fall back into ‘comfort watching’

“Are you still watching?” This is the prompt that appears when Netflix is concerned you’re spending too much time in front of the screen.Continue...

Hair care by trial and error: Experimenting with the ‘curly girl method’

“How to figure out your curl type.” “Product dos and don'ts for curly hair.” “Common curly hair mistakes and how to avoid them.” These are just a taste of titles from the overwhelming slew of articles meant to guide you through the challenges of managing curly hair circulating online.Continue...

‘Gifted kid burnout’ is more than a punchline

The concept of ‘gifted kid burnout’ has been around on the internet for a while, but it’s recently found a second wind on TikTok.Continue...

The test of friendship during Ontario’s second wave

COVID-19 cases have spiked once again in Ontario, bringing a stay-at-home order which has relegated us back to our homes and away from socially distanced in-person interactions with friends. Much like last spring, as restrictions tighten, you might find the limits of your friendships tightening, too.Continue...

How social media use shapes your sense of self-worth

The average person will spend a total of six years and eight months on social media in their lifetime—that’s a staggering commitment.Continue...

‘Hi, how are you?’: Learning to reconnect remotely

I can’t believe it will be March in less than two months. It doesn’t feel like it’s been almost a year since I was franticly packing, booking overpriced plane tickets, and finding a way to get to the airport as announcements of borders closing and rising COVID-19 cases broke daily.Continue...

Three safe ways to be social during winter break

This winter break, I’ll be spending my holiday apart from my friends—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still hang out.Continue...

Blue light glasses: Do they actually work?

Staring at a computer for hours on end, only to take a break by switching to stare at your phone, is hardly the healthiest way to spend your day. Unfortunately, with online work and classes to study for, it’s the reality for many—if not all—students.Continue...

When politics come to the dinner table

Family dinners at my household have always been filled with vibrant conversation. Growing up, popular topics included what my brother and I learned at school, complaints about workdays, and drama surrounding social lives. But when I moved home this spring at the beginning of the pandemic and family dinners were reinstated, conversation topics had shifted to more mature subjects.Continue...

Three steps to surviving a Kingston winter

When choosing to attend university a five-hour flight away from where I grew up, I knew I was in for a weather change. Growing up in a temperate rainforest, I was used to what most people would classify as ‘bad’ weather: in Vancouver, it usually rains more than 150 days a year. How could a little bit of snow be much worse?Continue...

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