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    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a Failure

    Last week, I was finally able to see the new Fantastic Beasts movie. I had heard from several people, including massive Harry Potter fans, that it was terrible, so I went in with low expectations. Surprisingly, I was still disappointed. I could write a twenty-page essay on why this movie was terrible, but I’ve tried to condense my thoughts and focus on the biggest problems I had with the film. I still wrote a lot, which I apologize for, but I just had to get my feelings out. This review will have minor spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, and if you need a refresher on its premise,…

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    My End of Semester Motivation Slump

    It’s that time of year again! (No, I’m not talking about Christmas) It’s time for term papers, finals, and an unbearable amount of stress. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by spending all of your time and energy focusing on school, right? For real though, the end of each semester is always the absolute worst. As an English major, I always have multiple term papers and at least one final exam. This semester, I have three research papers, which I hate writing because finding journal articles is super difficult and time consuming, and I’d rather just write a simple essay analyzing the text. To make…

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    Course Selection is the Worst

    A few days ago, I had my enrollment appointment for the spring semester. It was a nerve-wracking experience that created a significant amount of stress, but that’s nothing new. Course selection has always been a stressful time for me, because I like to have everything planned out exactly how I want it but I’m also really indecisive, so it can be difficult to figure out what I want. My usual worries were even worse this semester, as I am nearing the end of my degree, so I have to organize my courses well so that I can graduate as soon as possible. To make matters worse, I also decided to…

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    Why I Decorate for Christmas in November

    It’s not even halfway through November and I have already put out all of my Christmas decorations and started listening to Christmas music. I may seem crazy, but I do this every year and I have no regrets. Christmas is my favourite holiday and always has been, so I like to decorate as soon as I can to enjoy it for longer. I’ve always felt like the Christmas season is too short, as after Christmas ends, all I can think about is how I didn’t listen to enough holiday music, watch enough holiday movies, or do enough Christmas activities. For that reason, after I moved out I decided to start…

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    The End of the F***ing World Isn’t That Exciting

    I recently finished watching the Netflix original series “The End of the F***ing World”, and while I didn’t dislike it, I am not super impressed. I had heard from many people that this show was amazing, and despite my apprehensions, I decided to give it a shot. After all, it only has eight twenty-minute episodes, so at least I wasn’t committing myself to a multi-season show. The show centers on two teenagers in England. One, James, believes he is a psychopath, as evidenced in flashbacks and a voice-over monologue showing how he feels no emotions and loves killing animals. He wants to try something new and kill an actual person,…

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    I Survived Fright Nights

    I recently went to Fright Nights, which is a Halloween-themed fair experience, complete with rides, fair food, and haunted houses. It’s open from 7pm until midnight, and the darkness adds to the spooky atmosphere. I didn’t go to Fright Nights last year, so this year I really wanted to go to do something Halloween-ish with friends. Despite my excitement, I was a bit apprehensive, as I get scared very easily. In fact, when I went a few years ago, an actor in one of the haunted houses completely terrified me. For that reason, I wanted to start with one of the less scary houses and work my way up to…

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    Why I’m Trying Not to Care About Grades

    I’ve always cared way too much about grades. I constantly worry about what grade I will get on assignments and exams, and any grade that falls below my extremely high expectations is a massive disappointment. For these reasons, I am constantly in a state of anxiety; I am always trying to live up to my own expectations, and punishing myself when I am unable to do that. But why am I like this? Grades don’t even matter, right?   For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this pressure to do well in school, not just from my parents but also from myself, my classmates, and my teachers. When…

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    My Fourth-Year Experience

    As many of you already know, I am currently in my fourth year of university. This is not my last year, in case you were wondering. I, like many students nowadays, am taking an extra year of school so I can lighten my course load and my stress each semester. I am just over a month into the first semester of my fourth year of university and it is definitely my worst semester yet. I don’t hate school – in fact, I love learning and becoming more knowledgeable about the world around me. I just hate homework, essays, and exams because of the effort I have to put into them…

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    The Struggle of Having Two Homes

    This weekend, I went back to my hometown to spend Thanksgiving with my parents. I go home for almost every holiday or school break, and I try to go home once a month in the summer as well. This constant back-and-forth has become my new norm. Ever since I moved to Vancouver for university, I’ve tried to go home as much as possible to see my family. It’s funny that I miss my hometown so much, because when I lived there all I wanted to do was leave. I spent my high school years dreaming of going somewhere else, of living in a big city as far away as possible…

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    Life Itself is Terrible at Imitating Life

    I just saw Life Itself in theaters, and I am quite disappointed. It follows two families on separate continents as they navigate through life, finding love and heartbreak along the way. Based on the description and the trailer, it seems like an upbeat, hopeful romance with some drama and tear-jerking moments, but it’s actually the opposite. Life Itself has many flaws, but I will focus on the main ones. Firstly, most of the characters in this movie are one-dimensional. You don’t learn much about them aside from a few facts about their pasts and some basic traits, which makes them very unrealistic and hard to care about. Secondly, the movie…

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