Essays/Experiences

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    Productivity During a Pandemic

    I’ve been in quarantine for two months now, and it is not going the way I expected. When it first started, many people (myself included) saw it as an opportunity to be productive and do things we hadn’t had time for during our everyday lives. Friends told me about their big plans and I read about famous novels and plays that had been written while the authors were quarantined, and it put a lot of pressure on me to finally write a novel. This was my chance, after all. I’d never get another stretch of time this long off work, so if I didn’t do it now, I might never…

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    Moving On After Losing A Pet

    It’s been over six months now since my brother’s cat, Lee, passed away. It was the worst day of my life; I was absolutely devastated and I spent the entire day crying at my desk. I couldn’t function knowing that he was gone, and so unexpectedly too. The video call in which my mom told me what happened still haunts me and serves as a reminder to appreciate my loved ones while they’re around, as I never know when I’m going to lose them. The first few days after Lee’s death were the hardest; I had to pick myself up and go to school and work and pretend everything was…

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    Life in Quarantine

    Over a month ago, when COVID-19 ramped up significantly and caused my classes to go online and my jobs to close, I made the decision to go back to my hometown and quarantine with my family. I’m so glad I made that decision, as I can’t imagine how I’d be feeling if I was alone in my apartment right now. Temporarily moving back home has been pretty weird. The first few days, I just worried about everything going on, but I slowly calmed down and tried to be more positive. I started adjusting to my new normal, and now I’m completely used to living here. I truly never thought I…

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    Reflecting on 2018 and Looking Ahead to 2019

    It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by. 2018 was a very long and difficult year for me, but now that it’s over, I can look back on it with appreciation. It was filled with many ups and downs, but I learned a lot, and for that I am grateful. Some things I learned this past year: I need to stop pushing myself more than I can handle. I had some serious mental health issues this year because of pressure from school and pressure that I’ve put on myself, and it made me realize that I need to stop trying to be a perfect student and prioritize my…

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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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    My Publishing Experience

    I have loved writing ever since I was a child, and for most of my life, it has been a dream of mine to become some kind of writer, whether it be an author, screenwriter, or journalist. I have wanted to create a blog for several years now, as I thought it would be both fun and beneficial to create a space where my writing could live. I hoped to use it to express my thoughts, improve my writing, create an audience that could follow me on my future endeavours, and perhaps make some money doing what I love. I have not accomplished all of these goals yet, but my…

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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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    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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    Social Media Cannot Be Democratic While Fake News Exists

                In today’s highly politicized climate, social media websites are full of information regarding political candidates and issues, some of which is false. The epidemic of fake news, particularly as it surfaces on social media, creates a larger problem in political discourse on these websites. Social media websites are supposed to be democratic places where all voices matter and where people can debate issues and create social or political change, but fake news and echo chambers present a danger to this discourse. Social media users can alter their stances due to fake news, linger in echo chambers that reinforce their opinions, or be too stuck…

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