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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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    The Struggles (and Benefits) of Adult Friendships

    Everyone tells you that you will not keep in touch with your high school friends after graduation and that you will meet your best friends in university, but I don’t believe that either one of these statements is entirely true. I do admit that adult friendships are completely different from high school friendships. Making friends is much more difficult in university, because many students don’t want to put the time or effort into maintaining friendships. Friends can therefore be disposable in university, as people can keep them when they’re convenient and discard them when they’re not. I think the rationale behind this is that busy students don’t want to waste…

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    The End of Another (Unfulfilling) Summer

    The first two weeks of class are officially over, which means that summer is now a distant memory. Like every summer before it, it went by far too quickly. I’ve found that since I entered university, summers feel much shorter, despite being twice as long as they were in high school. This is probably because I work more now than I did back then, as I have to pay rent, groceries, and other bills that younger me never had to worry about. I’ve also grown up, and no longer spend my summers reading books or watching movies all day every day, despite how much I’d like to. Sadly, I was…

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