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A Somewhat Comprehensive Crash Course on Espresso Drinks

December 02, 2021

Do you like coffee but aren’t sure what you should order so you just order a latte every time? (Read the full article)


World AIDS Day 2021

December 01, 2021

Learn about the importance of World Aids Day. (Read the full article)


Giving Back to the London Community This Holiday Season

November 30, 2021

Emily shares 4 London organizations you can give back to this holiday season. (Read the full article)


Infinite Moments of Joy

November 29, 2021

Jenny provides us with the definition of pure happiness and how we can attain it in our daily lives. (Read the full article)


The Tea on the USC Accessibility Coordinator

November 26, 2021

Jalesa and Elizabeth sit down and chat with Lauren Sanders, the USC Accessibility Coordinator. (Read the full article)


Loving Yourself as a Person But Not a Student? Here’s How to Love Both.

November 23, 2021

We all face burnout, and it's important to recognize those feelings and take care of ourselves. (Read the full article)


Robo Sapiens: The Mutual Future of Machine and Mankind

November 22, 2021

Chloe writes about the power of AI and how it could change the future. (Read the full article)


A Letter From Your Scholar's Life Editor...

November 19, 2021

Hear from the 2021-22 Scholar's Life Managing Editor, Nathalie! (Read the full article)


Reviewing Andy Shauf's "The Neon Skyline"

November 19, 2021

Johann shares what he loves about Andy Shauf's album, The Neon Skyline. (Read the full article)


Why Movember Is Important To Me

November 17, 2021

Navid explains the importance of Movember and how its impacted him. (Read the full article)


My Work-From-Home USRI Experience

November 16, 2021

Justine shares a bit about her virtual USRI experience. (Read the full article)


Coming To Western, Finding True Friends Was A Challenge

November 15, 2021

Read about Olivia's growth during her time at Western and how she found friends with shared interests! (Read the full article)


The Tea on Barriers to Accessibility

November 12, 2021

In this episode of Accessibili-tea, Jalesa and Elizabeth sit down with accessibility advocate, Melanie Stone. (Read the full article)


Jumana's Growth Through the USRI Program

November 12, 2021

Jumana discusses their growth throughout the USRI program and how they overcame internal challenges. (Read the full article)


Coming Together to Stand Against Islamophobia

November 11, 2021

Shaowda, a Bengali-Muslim student at Western, shares the importance of standing up against Islamophobia. (Read the full article)


Why I Am Grateful For The USRI Program

November 09, 2021

Jessica reflects on the skills they have gained from their work in the USRI Program. (Read the full article)


Surviving University - 6 Tips to Get By

November 08, 2021

Clementine shares a helpful list of ways to thrive while adjusting from high school to post-secondary... (Read the full article)


Learning to Fly Solo

November 05, 2021

Being alone isn't the same as being lonely, and this blog will help you to thrive during alone time. (Read the full article)


My Morning Routine: My Daily Dose of Joy

November 04, 2021

Shubh walks us through his morning routine, reminding us all to take care of ourselves. (Read the full article)


Nathan's USRI Experience

November 03, 2021

Nathan reflects on his USRI experience and shares what he learned. (Read the full article)


Accessibili-tea: The Tea on Your Hosts

October 29, 2021

In this episode, get to know Jalesa and Elizabeth, the hosts of the Accessibili-tea podcast! (Read the full article)


My USRI Reflection: Creating The George Floyd Project

October 27, 2021

Matthew reflects on his USRI research project and how he created The George Floyd Project. (Read the full article)


9 Underrated Study Spots on Campus

October 26, 2021

Looking for your new fav study or hangout spot? Olivia's got you covered. (Read the full article)


The Pandemic Isn't Over Just Yet

October 25, 2021

Jenny shares her experience during the pandemic and reminds us all that it's not over just yet. (Read the full article)


Victoria's Tips for Coping with Homesickness

October 22, 2021

We all feel homesick sometimes. Victoria shares how she dealt with her feelings of homesickness. (Read the full article)


Lauren Choi's USRI Experience

October 20, 2021

Read about Lauren's experience conducting speech-language pathology research! (Read the full article)


Fun Things To Do This Fall

October 15, 2021

Fall is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to plan some days out to get you excited. (Read the full article)


Aditya's Guide to Acing Midterms

October 14, 2021

Check out some of Adiya's tips for preparing for midterms. (Read the full article)


USRI: My Journey as a Young Scientist

October 13, 2021

Jessica reflects on what made her USRI experience so worthwhile. (Read the full article)


Dorm Room Design

October 13, 2021

Insia shares ways to help make residence feel more like home. (Read the full article)


Friendsgiving: Celebrating the Strangers You Decided to Get to Know

October 11, 2021

Take a break and celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends! (Read the full article)


International Lesbian Day: Learning About Lesbian Culture

October 08, 2021

Today, October 8th, is International Lesbian Day. (Read the full article)


Steps to Getting Mental Health Support—and Everything Else Along the Way

October 06, 2021

Emily shares what she's learned through her own mental health journey with you, the reader. (Read the full article)


What Everyone Ought To Know About Autism Awareness

October 05, 2021

Jalesa discusses a few points from an interview with Elim, one of the Co-Presidents for Western Autism... (Read the full article)


Accessible Education: Thanks For Being There

October 04, 2021

Learn about the impact that accommodations have had on a student's Western experience. (Read the full article)


Recalling and Recognizing: Celebrating LGBT2Q+ History Month

October 01, 2021

October 1st marks the beginning of LGBT2Q+ History Month (Read the full article)


The 31 Nights of Halloween

October 01, 2021

Celebrate the spooky season with a movie for every day of the month! (Read the full article)


My Experience as a Student Leader on Campus

September 27, 2021

Katelyn shares all that she's learned while being a student leader on campus. (Read the full article)


Tips on Becoming an Accessibility Advocate

September 23, 2021

Jalesa outlines some steps we can all take to be better accessibility allies. (Read the full article)


Emily's COVID-19 Safe Gathering Tips

September 21, 2021

Though it may seem impossible, there are ways to reduce your risk and still have fun during COVID-19 (Read the full article)


This Year For My Birthday, I Got COVID-19

September 17, 2021

Hear from a student who got COVID why it's important to follow public health guidelines. (Read the full article)


Doing My Part

September 15, 2021

After a year of online learning, Johann is doing his part to preserve this semi-normal school year. (Read the full article)


Hopeful Reminders to my Past Self

September 10, 2021

It's important to remember how far we've all come, and the progress we've made. (Read the full article)


My Favourite First-Year Memory

September 09, 2021

University is a time to make memories that will last a lifetime. (Read the full article)


Shaowda's Back to School Playlist

September 08, 2021

Everyone needs a playlist to accompany the most exciting days of their life, right? (Read the full article)


A Letter to First-Year Raihan

September 02, 2021

Raihan assures their first-year self that everything will be alright. (Read the full article)


Back-to-School Packing Tips: Learn From My Mistakes

August 31, 2021

Not sure what to pack for school? Shubh is here to help! (Read the full article)


Reluctant and Afraid of Change? You Are Not Alone!

August 30, 2021

For Omer, returning to in-person learning will be a change he's both nervous and excited about. (Read the full article)


A Letter to First-Year Emily

August 25, 2021

In her letter, Emily reflects on all the ways she's grown since first-year. (Read the full article)


September To-Do List

August 23, 2021

As an incoming student, there are many ways you can academically brace yourself for the upcoming year. (Read the full article)


Number Theory

August 20, 2021

If you're looking for a funny story to make you chuckle, give this blog a read! (Read the full article)


My Summer Reads

August 19, 2021

Sunshine and books make the perfect combination for summer! (Read the full article)


A Letter to First-Year Johann

August 18, 2021

Johann's letter is full of motivation and wisdom. (Read the full article)


Nervous About Returning to School? Same!

August 17, 2021

Don't worry, you're not the only one anxious about the return to in-person learning. (Read the full article)


Conner's CEL Experience

August 16, 2021

Check out Conner's video where he talks about his CEL experience! (Read the full article)


See Where the Wind Blows You: My CEL Story

August 12, 2021

Read Ting's blog to see how taking a CEL course has changed their perspective. (Read the full article)


A Letter to First-Year Shaowda

August 11, 2021

Shaowda reflects on her journey at Western and all that she's learned. (Read the full article)


A Guide to my Journey with The City of London and Class 3377

August 09, 2021

Read about Elise's experience working with the city of London. (Read the full article)


Prescription for Nature

August 05, 2021

Learn about the power of nature as Mais reflects on their CEL experience. (Read the full article)


A Letter to First-Year M.

August 04, 2021

What do you wish your first-year self knew? (Read the full article)


Music Education in the Community

August 02, 2021

Jenny shares the power of music with others through a CEL course. (Read the full article)


My Unpopular Opinions – What Makes Me Me

July 30, 2021

Check out Shubh's unpopular opinions...do you agree with him? (Read the full article)


Helping the Community Through Science Education

July 29, 2021

Read how Kayleigh's passion for science transformed into helping the community. (Read the full article)


My Experience in Psychology 3895E

July 27, 2021

Disha was excited to take a course that promoted working in the community. (Read the full article)


How to Effectively Manage Your Time

July 26, 2021

Adjusting to university can be hard, but if you manage your time well, it can be easier. (Read the full article)


Strengths I Gained During My First-Year at Western

July 21, 2021

University is a time for growth, self-discovery, and gaining new strengths. (Read the full article)


CEL: A Poem

July 20, 2021

Madeline creatively shares the value of a CEL course through poetry! (Read the full article)


A Short Guide To Four of Canada’s (Best) Parks

July 19, 2021

It's summer, which means it's time to get out and explore nature! (Read the full article)


Cheapest Places to Travel After COVID

July 16, 2021

We're all itching to get away after COVID, but where should you travel to? (Read the full article)


Key Learnings From My CEL Experience

July 14, 2021

Read Nidhi's blog to learn about the key takeaways from their CEL experience. (Read the full article)


Why I'm Getting Vaccinated...

July 13, 2021

Hear from some students as they share their reasons for getting the COVID vaccine. (Read the full article)


The Pros and Cons of Online Learning

July 12, 2021

Johann weighs the pros and cons of online learning. (Read the full article)


L'Abstrait et Le Concrète: Studying from Home

July 09, 2021

Studying from home for Jhanvi was...well, full of mixed emotions. (Read the full article)


Clare's CEL Experience with Participation House

July 08, 2021

Clare shares her experience in the CEL course, Sociology of Deviance. (Read the full article)


8 Myths You Might Be Thinking As You Enter First-Year

July 07, 2021

You think you know everything about academics at Western? Think again, let's debunk some myths! (Read the full article)


My Experience With CEL

July 06, 2021

Rebecca shares what she learned during her CEL experience. (Read the full article)


5 Things I Wish I Knew In First-Year

July 05, 2021

First-year can be daunting, but check out this blog for some lessons Savannah learned after her first year! (Read the full article)


Coming Out: My Journey to Find Who I Am

June 28, 2021

Coming out is different for every queer person, but here's one student's experience. (Read the full article)


Pride Month 2021: Public Figures and Advocates of the 2SLGBTQ+ Community

June 25, 2021

Check out this list of 2SLGBTQ+ advocates from history and the present day! (Read the full article)


The Tea on Disability Studies

June 25, 2021

Ashton and Jalesa spill some tea with Rachel, a Disability Studies program graduate. (Read the full article)


The Smartphone: My deVICE

June 21, 2021

Our phones have become an extension of ourselves - something we can't live without. (Read the full article)


Pride Month 2021: Top Recommended Films For Your Watch List

June 18, 2021

Consider adding some of these movies to your Pride movie watch list! (Read the full article)


Things I Learned While Travelling Europe

June 16, 2021

Check out Esha's blog to be transported to Europe through the magic of storytelling! (Read the full article)


Celebrating 5 Indigenous Leaders For Indigenous History Month

June 14, 2021

Let's celebrate Indigenous excellence by learning about inspiring Indigenous figures. (Read the full article)


Pride Month 2021: 2SLGBTQ+ Writers You Should Be Reading

June 11, 2021

This Pride Month, catch up on some reading and learn more about the 2SLGBTQ+ community. (Read the full article)


The Tea on Occupational Therapy

June 11, 2021

In this episode of Accessibili-tea, learn about Sarah's experience as a disabled student in a... (Read the full article)


My Favourite Undergraduate Course - Anatomy 2200

June 09, 2021

Every class can be challenging at times, but it's worth the effort. (Read the full article)


Bird Is Not The Word: My Favourite First-Year Courses

June 07, 2021

You can learn something valuable from every class. Explore ALL your course options! (Read the full article)


Knowing and Respecting the Land You Are On At Western

June 04, 2021

As a Western student on campus, it's important to acknowledge, honor, and respect the land you are on. (Read the full article)


10 Things I Wish I Knew About Accessibility Before Going to Western

May 31, 2021

Want to know more about accessibility at Western? Give this a read! (Read the full article)


The Tea on Project Echo

May 28, 2021

Tune into this episode to learn more about Project Echo! (Read the full article)


How I Knew Western Was Right For Me

May 27, 2021

Choosing a university is tough, but once you find the right one, you'll never look back. (Read the full article)


Western Starts the Conversation on Pleasure

May 26, 2021

Talking about pleasure can be awkward. Let's open the discussion. (Read the full article)


Why Western

May 25, 2021

Find out what made Shaowda choose Western! (Read the full article)


My Favourite Things About Western

May 21, 2021

Read Grace's blog to find out her favourite things about Western! (Read the full article)


Why I Chose Western

May 19, 2021

Great programs, a beautiful campus, and lifelong friends - just a few reasons to choose Western! (Read the full article)


Things to Do This COVID Summer

May 17, 2021

Even if we are stuck at home, there's still plenty you can do this summer. (Read the full article)


The Tea on the USC Accessibility Survey

May 14, 2021

This episode of Accessibili-tea talks about the USC Accessibility Committee and what it does! (Read the full article)


A Conversation with Josh: Talking About Ketamine Infusion Treatment

May 13, 2021

Josh talks about his experience with ketamine infusion treatments for his mental health. (Read the full article)


Eid Looks A lot Different This Year - But in A Good Way

May 12, 2021

Even though it's celebrated differently this year, Shaowda wants to wish everyone Eid Mubarak! (Read the full article)


Get to Know Some Inspiring Asian-Canadian Leaders

May 10, 2021

To commemorate Asian Heritage Month, we're highlighting some inspiring Asian-Canadians! (Read the full article)


Looking Back at a Very Turbulent Year: Part I

May 07, 2021

Rawan reflects on a year full of challenges and hurdles as she navigated life and school during a pandemic. (Read the full article)


Looking Back at a Very Turbulent Year: Part II

May 07, 2021

In Part II of Rawan's reflection, she realizes the value of hope and resilience. (Read the full article)


400 Days in Quarantine and Counting...

May 05, 2021

After more than 400 days of quarantine and staying at home, Vanessa has come to realize a few things. (Read the full article)


Learning About Asian Heritage Month

May 03, 2021

Asian Heritage Month is a time to learn about the journeys and ongoing struggles of diverse Asian communities. (Read the full article)


The Interesting Connection Between Autism and Synesthesia

April 30, 2021

Learn about the connections between Autism and Synesthesia. (Read the full article)


Autism and The Job Market

April 29, 2021

Moving forward, accessible hiring needs to become a routine practice so everyone has an opportunity to thrive. (Read the full article)


Taking Things One Step at a Time

April 28, 2021

Life seems to move so fast sometimes, but it's okay to take it slow and go one step at a time. (Read the full article)


Learn to Lead - The Podcast: Season Finale

April 26, 2021

In our season finale, we will be interviewing Helen, the Learn to Lead Student Coordinator. (Read the full article)


Why This Year’s Immunization Week Counts The Most

April 26, 2021

In a COVID-19 world, this year's Immunization Week has greater importance. (Read the full article)


Things You Can Do This Summer

April 23, 2021

As exams begin to wrap up, you may be thinking about what you can do this summer. (Read the full article)


All About Earth Day!

April 22, 2021

Learn the history behind Earth day and how you can celebrate and protect the planet. (Read the full article)


5 Ways to Clean Up the Earth

April 22, 2021

The Earth is our home, so let's do some spring cleaning. (Read the full article)


Working Towards Financial Wellness

April 21, 2021

Living as a student can be expensive, so it's important that you learn more about financial wellness. (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on The Future

April 20, 2021

This week, the Hot Takes team sat down to talk about how we like to plan for our future. (Read the full article)


Redecorating Your Space for Spring

April 19, 2021

Find the perfect spring aesthetic for you! (Read the full article)


Inexpensive Self-Care Practices

April 16, 2021

Check out some of the most efficient ways to invest in yourself and make yourself happy! (Read the full article)


4 Simple Ways To Clean Up Your Diet

April 14, 2021

What you eat is very important because a healthy diet has many mental and physical benefits. (Read the full article)


Ramadan: Fasting, Reflection, and Prayer

April 13, 2021

Ramadan is a sacred month in Islamic culture involving fasting, reflection, and prayer. (Read the full article)


Learn to Lead - The Podcast: Episode 7 with Ladan Mowlid

April 12, 2021

Helen sits down with Ladan Mowlid, who works as the Equity, Diversity and Education Coordinator at Western. (Read the full article)


Dealing with Exam Stress

April 12, 2021

With exams around the corner, here are some tips to help you cope with the stress. (Read the full article)


A Guide to Perfecting Your Morning and Night Routines

April 09, 2021

Adding structure to your days is important for both your mental and physical wellbeing. (Read the full article)


More Greenery in Your Living Space Can Help Your Mental-Wellbeing

April 07, 2021

Need a boost of energy? Brighten up your space with some plants! (Read the full article)


4 Reasons You Should Walk More

April 07, 2021

Walking has so many benefits, both mentally and physically. So, add walking to your regular routine! (Read the full article)


Shaowda's Guide to Spring Cleaning

April 05, 2021

Spring is all about in with the new and out with the old, so you can start by re-organizing your space. (Read the full article)


Why World Autism Awareness Day Is Important To Me

April 02, 2021

Shaowda shares what World Autism Awareness Day means to her. (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on Online vs. In-Person Learning

March 31, 2021

Online vs. in-person learning, synchronous vs. asynchronous classes, which do you prefer...? (Read the full article)


Passover, Celebrating Freedom

March 29, 2021

Spring is in the air and holidays such as Passover, Easter, and Ramadan are afoot! (Read the full article)


Human Brain: A Supercomputer with an Infinitesimal Battery

March 29, 2021

Remember, our brains work hard every day, so it's important to take care of our minds. (Read the full article)


The Revolutionized Mind

March 25, 2021

Find out how Angelica created her own podcast! (Read the full article)


Learn to Lead - The Podcast: Episode 6 with Meg U'Ren

March 22, 2021

In this episode, Helen chats with Meg U'Ren and learns new lessons in leadership. (Read the full article)


Older Movies You’ve Probably Heard of But Haven’t Watched (Yet)

March 22, 2021

Want to watch an older movie but don't know where to start? Check out these movies! (Read the full article)


3 Ways To Deal With Burnout

March 19, 2021

Burnout can happen to anyone, so find out some ways to deal with burnout when it strikes. (Read the full article)


Learning to Teach (Pandemic Edition)

March 18, 2021

Tune in to hear how one of Western's professors adapted to the pandemic! (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on Our Lockdown Experiences

March 17, 2021

It's hard to believe it's been a year since the first COVID-19 lockdown. (Read the full article)


Self-Care in University

March 15, 2021

It's important to take care of yourself to boost mood and increase productivity. (Read the full article)


Safe Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

March 12, 2021

Let's not make this holiday a super spreader. (Read the full article)


Fiona’s Declassified University Survival Guide

March 12, 2021

Fiona shares some tips on how to make the most out of your university experience. (Read the full article)


Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Major

March 10, 2021

Choosing your major can feel like a life-determining decision, but it doesn't have to be. (Read the full article)


Learn to Lead - The Podcast: Episode 5 with David Feeney

March 09, 2021

Listen to find out why the idea that you need to find your passion is a misnomer. (Read the full article)


Lessons From a Third-Year Medical Sciences Student

March 08, 2021

Check out some of the valuable lessons Victoria has learned throughout her life in university. (Read the full article)


A Review of Netflix's Breakout Series: The Queen's Gambit, Bridgerton, and Fate: The Winx Saga

March 05, 2021

Need a new show to watch? Check out Vanessa's reviews for Netflix's most popular new shows. (Read the full article)


Voices of Western - Personal Growth and Self Development

March 04, 2021

New podcast alert! In this episode, we discuss personal growth and self-development in university. (Read the full article)


Finding Joy in Everyday Things

March 03, 2021

Being in lockdown has allowed us to find joy in the small and simple things. (Read the full article)


When you’re trying to tell a funny story, but you laugh so hard that you can barely speak

March 03, 2021

One of the best moments is when you're laughing so hard that you can't finish your story. (Read the full article)


Love, Western

March 01, 2021

550 care packs were delivered to students in housing to show them they are loved and cared for. (Read the full article)


Big Data and The Social Dilemma

March 01, 2021

Apps are convenient and entertaining, but we rarely reflect on the consequences of using them. (Read the full article)


My Favourite Photos

February 26, 2021

There's a story behind every photo, and that's what makes them so special. (Read the full article)


Five New Things That Make Me Happy During COVID

February 25, 2021

Finding little ways to brighten each day is essential amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic. (Read the full article)


The Simple Things That Bring Us Joy: Being Comfy

February 23, 2021

Introducing the Comfy Blanket... (the only thing you'll ever need during these wintry months) (Read the full article)


Boxing Day and Responsible Consumerism

February 23, 2021

Responsible spending habits during Boxing Day is important to secure your personal finance. (Read the full article)


Learn to Lead - The Podcast: Episode 4 with Heather Wakely

February 22, 2021

Helen sits down with Heather Wakely and talks about how she infuses her love of language into her career. (Read the full article)


Hot Takes: Black History Month Special

February 22, 2021

For Black History Month, we share the stories of Black historical figures. (Read the full article)


A Magical Memory

February 18, 2021

Take a trip down to platform 9 and 3/4... (Read the full article)


A Sprinkle of Kindness

February 17, 2021

A random act of kindness leaves a lasting impression and can trigger a chain reaction. (Read the full article)


Unpacking Systemic Racism Part 2: How Can You Make a Difference?

February 16, 2021

Here are some steps you can take to learn more about systemic racism. (Read the full article)


Unpacking Systemic Racism Part 1: An Examination of Systemic Racism

February 16, 2021

Learn about some of the ways racism exists in our society. (Read the full article)


This is How I'm Getting My Driver's License in 2021

February 12, 2021

Tips on how to go about getting your driver's license during a global pandemic. (Read the full article)


Voices of Western - A Resilient Outlook

February 11, 2021

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's the importance of resilience. (Read the full article)


Lonely in Lockdown

February 10, 2021

Lockdown has changed all of our lives and tends to be isolating, see how it has impacted Johann's life. (Read the full article)


New Year, New Resolutions

February 09, 2021

Your resolutions for 2021 may be different, but that's okay. (Read the full article)


How to Cope with Excessive Screen Times in a Virtual Learning Setting

February 05, 2021

When we spend nearly all our days staring at screens, it's important to give our eyes a break. (Read the full article)


Thriving in University as an Indigenous Student

February 03, 2021

Naomi shares real-life tips on thriving at university as an Indigenous student. (Read the full article)


Self-Care Habits to Bring into 2021

February 01, 2021

In 2021, remember to be kind to yourself. (Read the full article)


"Keep Trying, Keep Pushing": Bell Let's Talk Words of Encouragement

January 28, 2021

Check out this blog to read some advice and words of encouragement from fellow peers. (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on The Winter Blues

January 25, 2021

In this episode of Hot Takes, students share their thoughts and experiences with the winter blues. (Read the full article)


Learn to Lead - The Podcast: Episode 2 with Nicole Haney

January 25, 2021

This week Helen chats with Nicole Haney, a business advisor with Western Entrepreneurship. (Read the full article)


CRA Testimonial: Kia Peters

January 22, 2021

Be sure to read the last CRA testimonial! And make sure you register for CRA day! (Read the full article)


CRA Testimonial: Mackenzie Heslop

January 21, 2021

Check out another CRA testimonial! (Read the full article)


CRA Testimonial: Veronica Grunwald

January 20, 2021

Check out another CRA testimonial! (Read the full article)


CRA Testimonial: Roy Kim

January 19, 2021

CRA Day is coming up, so we're sharing stories from some Western folks who have worked with CRA! (Read the full article)


So You're on LinkedIn, Now What?

January 18, 2021

Job searching mid-pandemic can be daunting, but LinkedIn is a great tool to help you get started! (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on New Year's Resolutions

January 15, 2021

Are New Year's resolutions worth making? Find out on the latest episode of Hot Takes! (Read the full article)


Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

January 14, 2021

2020 was rough. But, Reya plans to try and make the most of 2021, even if it's just as rough. (Read the full article)


Learn to Lead – The Podcast: Episode 1 with Leslie Gloor Duncan

January 12, 2021

Check out Learn to Lead - The Podcast to listen to stories and experiences from great leaders! (Read the full article)


Songs to Help You Crush Your Workout

January 11, 2021

Shubh creates a playlist he thinks will help motivate you through your next workout session. (Read the full article)


2020 Recap: From Countdown to Lockdown

January 06, 2021

A summary of the major events from arguably the darkest year of the modern era. (Read the full article)


Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Heritage

December 21, 2020

Kwanzaa is an annual holiday celebrating African American culture and heritage. (Read the full article)


How to Connect Virtually with Family During the Holidays

December 18, 2020

With the ongoing pandemic, we won't have the large family gatherings or parties that we’re used to. (Read the full article)


Christmas, A Most Jolly Time Of Year!

December 18, 2020

'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-la! (Read the full article)


Relax and Fuel Your Creativity

December 16, 2020

Check out Ryan's playlist of songs that make him calm and happy. (Read the full article)


A Few Minutes…They Might Mean More Than You Think

December 15, 2020

A few minutes have the power to change your whole day... (Read the full article)


Celebrating the Holidays (Pandemic Edition)

December 14, 2020

Holiday celebrations look different this year, but here's some ways to keep them safe and fun. (Read the full article)


Giving Joy: Sharing Holiday Memories

December 12, 2020

For the last day of Spread The Cheer, we launch our new podcast and spread some joy and laughter. (Read the full article)


The Ultimate Self-Care Guide: Exam Edition

December 11, 2020

As exams begin, remember to take care of yourself. (Read the full article)


Give to Yourself: Practicing Self-Care During the Holidays

December 11, 2020

On Day 11 of Spread The Cheer, we talk about how taking care of yourself during the holidays is important. (Read the full article)


Women's and Homeless Shelters to Donate to This Season

December 10, 2020

For day 10 of Spread The Cheer, we share some local shelters you can give back to. (Read the full article)


Celebrating Eight Days of Hanukkah

December 10, 2020

Learn about the history and traditions on Hanukkah. (Read the full article)


Donate to Your Local Food Bank

December 09, 2020

Learn how you can make a difference in your community by checking out day 9 of Spread The Cheer. (Read the full article)


Donate to Causes You're Passionate About

December 08, 2020

On day 8 of Spread The Cheer, it's time we donate to causes we really care about. (Read the full article)


Western Cooks - Episode 1

December 07, 2020

Chef Carrie Schnurr teaches us how to make apple crumble pie...yum! (Read the full article)


Give Back to Kids in Need

December 07, 2020

For the seventh day of Spread The Cheer, we're sharing how you can give back to kids in need. (Read the full article)


Perfect Pop Punk Songs for Exam Season

December 07, 2020

Pop punk is a great genre for exam season...listen to the playlist to find out why! (Read the full article)


Ways to Give Back to Our Planet During The Holidays

December 05, 2020

For day 6 of Spread The Cheer, let’s all try to be mindful of the ways we impact our environment. (Read the full article)


Give Back to Our Furry Friends

December 05, 2020

For the day 5 of Spread The Cheer, learn how to give back to our beloved four-footers. (Read the full article)


Donating to COVID Charities: Playing My Part

December 04, 2020

For the fourth day of Spread The Cheer, it's time we give back to COVID-19 charities and relief funds. (Read the full article)


In A World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind

December 04, 2020

One simple act of kindness can change your day. (Read the full article)


Spread a Smile With a Letter to a Stranger

December 03, 2020

For day 3 of Spread The Cheer, we're sending joy through letters to strangers. (Read the full article)


All I Want For Christmas is…to Give Back to My Friends!

December 02, 2020

For Spread The Cheer Day 2, it's time to give back to our BFFs. (Read the full article)


Kindness in Words

December 02, 2020

Sometimes, it's the random and surprising acts of kindness that stick with us. (Read the full article)


Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Family That Won’t Dent Your Bank Account

December 01, 2020

For Spread The Cheer Day 1, Hanbi shares how you can give to your family without breaking the bank! (Read the full article)


Voices of Western - Talking Gender-based Violence, Non-Profits, and Politics (During a Pandemic)

November 30, 2020

This episode is hosted by Yash and Rushil featuring Allison Preyde from Anova London. (Read the full article)


Exams Are Important, But Eating Is Too

November 30, 2020

Are you tired of eating 99 cent noodles, Redbull and coffee? (Read the full article)


We All Fail, But We're Better Because Of It

November 27, 2020

The path to reaching your goal will never be as smooth as you imagined, but that's okay. (Read the full article)


I Failed, and That's Okay

November 27, 2020

Everyone screws up or fails sometimes, and that's totally okay. (Read the full article)


Meet Joshua Mootilal: Part One

November 25, 2020

Meet Josh, a Western student who wants his mental health story to be heard. (Read the full article)


Meet Joshua Mootilal: Part Two

November 25, 2020

Continue reading Josh's story. (Read the full article)


5 COVID Friendly Cyber-Monday and Black Friday Savvy Shopper Tips

November 24, 2020

For those who love a good deal and online shopping, this blog is for you. (Read the full article)


How to Save Money, Even if You Don't Like Long Calculations

November 24, 2020

Managing your student budget may seem hard, but Tirzak has some helpful tips. (Read the full article)


Resiliency Pays Off in The End

November 23, 2020

Sometimes, a little perseverance goes a long way. (Read the full article)


3 Revolutionary Women in Business

November 20, 2020

Tirzak shares some powerful and influential female leaders in business. (Read the full article)


Lessons From COVID-19

November 20, 2020

COVID-19 has taught us one thing for sure: there's a need for better health literacy. (Read the full article)


How I Prepare for Finals: Making a Personalized Schedule

November 19, 2020

Exam season around the corner, are you ready? If not, check out some of Grace's tips! (Read the full article)


Dinners Worth Remembering

November 18, 2020

COVID has taught us to cherish the smaller things in life, like dinner. (Read the full article)


Diwali: The Festival of Lights

November 16, 2020

Diwali - the Festival of Lights, is considered the biggest annual holiday of the year in India. (Read the full article)


The Top 9 Reasons You Messed Up Your Sourdough Bread During Quarantine

November 14, 2020

Did you hop on the sourdough bandwagon during quarantine? (Read the full article)


The Importance of Varsity Sport

November 13, 2020

Daniel shares how important varsity athletics are to his experience at Western. (Read the full article)


How COVID-19 Affected Me as a Student Athlete

November 13, 2020

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. (Read the full article)


Voices of Western - The Road to a COVID Vaccine

November 12, 2020

Check out the launch of Humans of Western's NEW podcast...listen to their first episode! (Read the full article)


Sacrifice

November 11, 2020

A poem in honour of Remembrance Day. (Read the full article)


Life Is Scary (Until It Isn't So Much Anymore)

November 10, 2020

Life is scary, but it's all a part of the journey. (Read the full article)


A Podcast That Blew My Mind

November 09, 2020

I didn't start out as an avid podcast listener, but here's what turned me into one. (Read the full article)


Tips for Success During an Online School Year

November 09, 2020

Learning from home is different, here are some tips to help you adjust (Read the full article)


How Students Can Stay Active in 2020

November 05, 2020

Staying active during the pandemic is difficult but still important! Here are a few tips to get you started... (Read the full article)


Failure is an Option

November 04, 2020

A small taste of failure that wasn't as bitter as I expected it to be... (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Procrastination or Productivity?

November 02, 2020

Everybody needs a good study soundtrack, and sometimes it helps to get lost in the music. (Read the full article)


The Necessity of the Follower

November 02, 2020

The role of a follower can be just as important as that of a leader. (Read the full article)


Welcome to Scholar's Life Blog!

November 02, 2020

Hear from the Scholar's Life Blog managing editors as they write about their inaugural issue! (Read the full article)


5 Best Horror and Thriller Movies

October 28, 2020

Want a fright this Halloween? Check Esha's list of the best scary movies. (Read the full article)


Culture NOT Costume

October 28, 2020

Dressing up is a fun and integral part of Halloween, but we should be mindful when choosing our costumes. (Read the full article)


Things To Do During Fall Reading Week

October 27, 2020

Looking for fun and COVID-19 safe activities for this reading week? Read this list for suggestions! (Read the full article)


6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in a Pandemic

October 26, 2020

Halloween is different this year, so here's some new ways you can celebrate. (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Fallin' Into Fall

October 26, 2020

Check out this week's playlist to find songs that suit your fall mood! (Read the full article)


4 Apps to Help You Get Through Your Online Lectures

October 23, 2020

Online lectures are hard. Check out these apps that might help you navigate the struggles of online learning! (Read the full article)


Meet People and Get Connected Through Western International's Peer Guide Program

October 21, 2020

Elsa and Emily share how Western International's Peer Guide Program has helped them! (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Study Grind

October 19, 2020

With midterm season just around the corner, Fiona shares some music to help you get down to studying. (Read the full article)


7 Ways I Improved My Time Management Skills in First Year

October 15, 2020

Autumn shares how she was able to improve her time management skills. (Read the full article)


What The Essence of Fall is To Me

October 14, 2020

Shubh captures what the essence of fall is to him through photos and poetry. (Read the full article)


4 Podcasts That Blew My Mind

October 13, 2020

Podcasts have become Rawan's favourite entertainment medium. In this blog, she shares her favourites! (Read the full article)


How I Manage My Wellness

October 09, 2020

Esha shares how she's managing her wellness during this stressful time. (Read the full article)


Why You Should Always Try To Catch The Bus

October 07, 2020

Read Johann's story to hear how the words of one bus driver changed his life. (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: 7 Bands from The 70s

October 05, 2020

Clementine shares seven great bands from the 70s. (Read the full article)


What to Binge on Netflix

October 02, 2020

Can't decide what to watch next? Check out Vanessa's list of what to binge on Netflix. (Read the full article)


My Go-To Healthy(er) Snacks

September 30, 2020

Grace shares some of her favourite "healthy alternative" recipes and snacks. YUM! (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Fall is Here!

September 28, 2020

This week's playlist is all about Fall - everyone's favourite season. (Read the full article)


Reflections on The COVID-19 Pandemic

September 25, 2020

Western students reflect on the importance of following health protocols during COVID-19. (Read the full article)


An Introductory Guide to Creating a More Conscious Closet

September 23, 2020

Julia shares how to practise ethical and sustainable fashion. (Read the full article)


A Positive View of the Last Two Decades

September 21, 2020

2020 has been rough, but it can get better. Proof: here's some good news from the past two decades. (Read the full article)


My USRI Experience

September 16, 2020

Justine shares her experience researching COVID-19 policy, conducting media analyses on long-term care... (Read the full article)


A Cinephile’s Go-To Study Playlist

September 14, 2020

Getting back into the swing of classes can be hard, so check out this week's playlist to get focused! (Read the full article)


Time Management Tips And Learning To “Turn-Off”

September 14, 2020

Managing your time as a student can be hard, and sometimes we all need to take a break. (Read the full article)


The New Normal

September 10, 2020

Things are different this year, so we have to find our "new normal" routine. (Read the full article)


How to Survive Living Off-Campus (Plus Pandemic Tips)

September 08, 2020

You’re about to live off-campus for the first time – here’s how to make it a smooth... (Read the full article)


5 Reasons Why You Should Get Involved in the USRI Programme

September 03, 2020

Nikhil shares some of the benefits of participating in Western's USRI Programme. (Read the full article)


Welcome to Off-Campus, Class of 2024!

September 02, 2020

Off-Campus Alumni welcome the class of 2024 to Off-Campus life at Western. (Read the full article)


Dear First-Year Aurorita

August 31, 2020

Aurorita promises to her first-year self that Western will soon become home. (Read the full article)


Dear First-Year Udain

August 28, 2020

Udain writes a letter to her first-year self to share some insight into what the future holds. (Read the full article)


Friendly Friday: Reconnecting Offline

August 28, 2020

Check out some of the ways Shukri and her friends are safely reconnecting offline. (Read the full article)


Dear First-Year Shukri

August 26, 2020

Shukri reflects on her undergrad at Western and how her love for learning has grown. (Read the full article)


Dear First-Year Ruqayyah

August 24, 2020

Ruqayyah gives her first-year self a pep talk to prepare her for her university journey. (Read the full article)


Success After Graduation

August 24, 2020

Jessica shares how the USRI Programme helped prepare her for her future. (Read the full article)


Dear First-Year Self

August 21, 2020

Everything's better in hindsight - here's some advice from a former first-year student. (Read the full article)


Dear First-Year Athena

August 19, 2020

Athena shares a letter to her first-year self, assuring her that she'll Thrive at Western. (Read the full article)


Challenge and Change During My Research Internship

August 17, 2020

Armin reflects on what he learned through the power of mentorship during his research internship. (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Changing Womxn

August 17, 2020

Olivia shares a playlist of music by BIPOC womxn. (Read the full article)


Friendly Friday: Staying Active

August 14, 2020

Check out some of the ways Shukri and her friends are staying active during the pandemic. (Read the full article)


Dear First-Year Bita

August 12, 2020

Bita reflects on what her past three years at Western, and offers advice to her first-year self. (Read the full article)


Dear First-Year Devesh

August 11, 2020

Devesh writes a letter to his first-year self and shares advice on what his future may hold. (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Made in Toronto

August 10, 2020

Evan shares a playlist of songs by local Toronto artists. (Read the full article)


Dear First-Year Lina

August 06, 2020

As a current fourth year student, Lina writes a letter to her first-year self. (Read the full article)


Stories About Being an Athlete

August 04, 2020

Angelica shares why sports are important to her and the impact they've had on her life. (Read the full article)


Friendly Friday: Life Through a Screen

July 31, 2020

On another Friendly Friday, Shukri shares how she is keeping in touch with her friends virtually. (Read the full article)


Finding a Home at Western

July 29, 2020

Off-Campus Soph, Kelly, welcomes the class of 2024 and offers some insights and tips on how to make Western... (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Pre 2000 Hits

July 27, 2020

A mix of classic throwback songs guaranteed to put you in a good mood and get you singing along! (Read the full article)


9 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

July 24, 2020

As the province opens up, it's important to remember to stay green. (Read the full article)


How to Increase Your Happiness with the Happiness Equation

July 22, 2020

Devesh discusses his take on happiness as he shares something called "The Happiness Equation." (Read the full article)


How to Manage Your Student Piggy Bank

July 22, 2020

Ruqayyah interviews a friend to learn how they managed their finances as a student. (Read the full article)


Western’s PhD TA Positions and Community Building within Teaching

July 20, 2020

Andrew reflects on the importance of community based learning and teaching. (Read the full article)


"OK Boomer"

July 17, 2020

"OK Boomer" isn't just a meme anymore; it's a rallying cry for a generation tired of... (Read the full article)


Friendly Friday: Party Turned Netflix Party

July 17, 2020

Shukri shares how she is staying connected with friends by re-inventing one of her favourite social... (Read the full article)


Important LGBT2Q Figures Didn't See in Your History Textbooks

July 14, 2020

To kick-off Western and London Pride, let's learn some LGBT2Q+ history! (Read the full article)


A Classical Musician's Favourite Pop Songs

July 13, 2020

On this New Music Monday, check out the favourite pop songs of a classical musician and composer. (Read the full article)


How Varsity Sports Have Impacted Me

July 10, 2020

Gabrielle reflects on the impact that Varsity sports have had on her life and her Western experience. (Read the full article)


Off-Campus, On Track: 4 Things I Wish I Knew as a First-Year Off-Campus Student

July 08, 2020

Patrick shares 4 things that he wish he knew as an in-coming off-campus Western student. (Read the full article)


The Road from High School To University

July 06, 2020

The road from high school to university can be stressful, but Grace offers some advice to help ease nerves. (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Songs From The Editor

July 06, 2020

Lauren, the Thrive Online Coordinator, shares some of her favourite summer songs. (Read the full article)


My Mom and I: BScs 36 Years Apart

July 03, 2020

Emily and her Mom graduate from Western in different eras and reflect on their experiences. (Read the full article)


Living a Life of Diversity and Duality

July 02, 2020

Olivia shares her truth and reflects on the importance of culture in her own life, and the world. (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Canada Day

June 29, 2020

Check out this week's playlist full of music by Canadian artists! (Read the full article)


Top 5 COVID-19 Coping Strategies and Quarantine Bucket List Activities

June 26, 2020

Courtney shares how she maintains her physical and mental wellness during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Read the full article)


All You Can Gain From Studying Digitally

June 24, 2020

Josephine sees online learning as a chance to enhance her skills and develop new hobbies. (Read the full article)


Tips for Successful Online Learning

June 22, 2020

Ruqayyah shares how she achieved success while learning online, and shows you how you can succeed too. (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Pride!

June 22, 2020

Celebrate pride from home with this Pride playlist! (Read the full article)


A Special Father's Day

June 20, 2020

Athena shares how you can make a special card for your Father figure this Father's Day. (Read the full article)


Changing Times, Changing Perspectives, Still Graduating

June 19, 2020

Shukri shares how her perspective on her Western experience has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read the full article)


A Time for Reminiscing

June 18, 2020

Students from across campus reminisce by sharing some of their favourite photos. (Read the full article)


Class of 2020 Valedictorian Speech

June 17, 2020

In-coming student, Lauren, gives a speech to the high school graduating class of 2020. (Read the full article)


My Virtual Graduation

June 15, 2020

Though convocation is different this year, it's still important to celebrate the class of 2020! (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Gratitude and Motivation

June 15, 2020

Need to get motivated? Want to feel grounded? Put on this week's playlist! (Read the full article)


To the Class of 2024

June 12, 2020

Members from Western and Affiliate Student Councils and Student Senators welcome the Class of 2024! (Read the full article)


Read, Read and Read!

June 12, 2020

Shaowda reflects on the importance of reading, especially in today's world. (Read the full article)


New Music Monday: Relax and Recharge

June 08, 2020

Looking for new music? Check out Shaowda's playlist of music to help you relax and recharge. (Read the full article)


My Journey as an Off-Campus Student

June 03, 2020

Nadia reflects on how her Sophs impacted her, and why she became a Soph herself. (Read the full article)


My Residence Journey

May 29, 2020

Carla reflects on her residence experience and how meaningful it's been to her. (Read the full article)


COVID with Kids

May 27, 2020

Erin shares her perspective as a student and a parent during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Read the full article)


Top 5 Things I've Learned During My Five Years at Western

May 26, 2020

Andréa reflects on the most valuable lessons she's learned so far during her time at Western. (Read the full article)


Nutrition Tips for COVID-19 Life

May 12, 2020

Olivia shares some tips on how to maintain healthy eating habits while living through the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Read the full article)


Where to Next?

May 12, 2020

Cindy wonders what the future holds for her as she graduates and says a bittersweet farewell to Western. (Read the full article)


My Top 10 Netflix Shows & Movies to Binge During COVID-19

May 12, 2020

Lauren lists out her favourite Netflix shows and movies that she (and her dog) have been watching. (Read the full article)


Western University Bucket List: Intramural Sports

April 07, 2020

Joel talks about why you should join intramurals when you return to campus. (Read the full article)


Why I Chose Western

April 07, 2020

Evan talks about the reasons he chose Western, and why he's glad he did. (Read the full article)


Graduating Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 11, 2020

Lauren writes about her realization that her university experience might be over before she was really ready. (Read the full article)

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