Student life

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...

The highs and lows of substance use during COVID-19

Kelly King has never been a staple drinker. But since the onset of the pandemic, she has experienced a drastic change in her substance use.Continue...

Sexual liberation while racialized

Sexual liberation has always been core to the feminist movement. In North America, for a long time, that has looked like sexual liberation for white women and white women only, which is a subject being increasingly explored as academics of colour are given overdue space in the field of sexology.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...

Being a sugar baby at Queen’s

For Kate*, sugar babying —engaging in a kind of dating where one partner financially supports the other—started as a way of earning some additional income.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...

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...

Two weeks into Zoom university, students reflect on digital learning

Jessica Dahanayake, Eng ’20, has always taken a mix of online and in-person courses. For her, there was an important difference between choosing to take an online course and having to take part in a completely virtual semester.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...

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...

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