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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...

Voting absentee as an American-Canadian citizen

I’ve always been proud of my American-Canadian dual citizenship. While I grew up in a small, Connecticut town, my summers were consumed by month-long visits to my grandparents’ cottage near Westport, Ontario. Christmas often meant travelling to Ottawa to see grandparents and cousins.Continue...

Planning in pencil, not pen

Whether it’s your first or fourth year of undergrad, we all worry about the future from time to time—I know I certainly do. Even though most of my plans seemed pretty set at the beginning of 2020, I was still worried something catastrophic would happen.Continue...

How COVID-19 reshaped my student finances

In the middle of March, I lost three jobs in the span of 24 hours. One moment I was employed and living comfortably, hanging out with my friends near St.Patrick’s day—in the next, I was living through one of the most bizarre events I could’ve ever thought possible, my world uprooted.Continue...

iOS 14 proves the iPhone is far from revolutionary

This September, Apple released a major overhaul for its iOS devices with the launch of iOS 14. With it comes the age-old question: do iPhones live up to the hype?Continue...

A mask-wearer’s guide to clean skin

I’ve always been fortunate enough to have relatively clear skin. Other than the odd pimple, I never really had an issue with acne or dryness.Continue...

My failure to go zero waste

Three years ago, I tried to go ‘zero waste’ and failed. Miserably.Continue...

The spill on plant-based milk

Looking to lessen your environmental impact can be a daunting task—it’s hard to know what power you have to make a positive impact on the climate.Continue...

How to succeed in online learning

Whether you’re a seasoned online learner or you’ve never taken a virtual class before, this semester is bound to be difficult for everyone in its own way.Continue...

How laptop stickers became the new campaign button

When arriving on Queen’s campus as a first-year, there are a few things you might notice: there’s always a line at Tim Horton’s, it’s almost impossible to get a spot at Stauffer during exam season, and everyone’s laptops are covered in stickers.Continue...

Fall back into step with fashion

Fall is fast approaching, and even though online classes might have you ready to spend the next few months sitting at your laptop in your sweats, the cooler weather is a great excuse to revamp your wardrobe and start easing back into getting dressed and ready every day.Continue...

We need to talk about birth control

We all have a vague idea of what birth control is and what it does, but we don’t talk about it nearly enough.Continue...

Putting perspective on a year without exchange

Spain in early autumn is supposed to be sunny and warm.Continue...

Making the most of a strange summer

2020 has proven to be a year full of surprises—many of them not very good.Continue...

Navigating relationships through COVID-19 distancing

For many students in relationships, maintaining a distance of two metres between themselves and others has, for the past four months, included their significant other.Continue...

Reflections of an essential worker

When I think of an essential worker, I picture paramedics, nurses, and doctors—the people on the front line risking their lives every day.Continue...

Photographing our quarantine

Inspired by the Ryersonian ’s recent photo essay, in which four students were each given a disposable camera and had to document their day, the Lifestyle section sought to do the same at Queen’s. Then, the spread of coronavirus shut down the University and just about everything else.Continue...

Grieving the end of a long-distance relationship

For people in long-distance relationships, virtual communication isn’t just an alternative to a ‘real’ relationship—it’s the only connection to a loved one that happens to live far away.Continue...

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