In Photos: The Rally for Education

Thousands converged on Queen's Park to protest cuts to education

In Photos: The Rally for Education

In Photos: 2019 U of T Kendo Invitational Tournament

The tournament was hosted at the Athletic Centre in March

In Photos: 2019 U of T Kendo Invitational Tournament

 

J. Li, a U of T PhD. student, in a sonkyo squat at the end of a match

 

 

Two members of the Jungko Kendo Club compete in the final round of the bracket for the first half of the day

 

U of T’s Justin Chan and McGill’s Mario Rojas after their match ended

 

Members of the U of T Kendo Club, Justin Chan, Alex Lau, Alice Meng, Jennifer Kim, and Steve Zhou

 

In Photos: U of T’s 2019 Honouring Our Students Pow Wow

The ISSU held its third annual Pow Wow on March 16

In Photos:  U of T’s 2019 Honouring Our Students Pow Wow

Varsity Blues women’s hockey in home playoff action

Blues earn crucial Game 1 playoff victory over Nipissing Lakers

Varsity Blues women’s hockey in home playoff action

 

Blues second-year forward Louie Bieman attempts to corral the rebound away from Lakers second-year goaltender Danika Ranger (Click to Expand).

 

Blues fifth-year forward Lauren Straatman and Lakers second-year forward Sam Strassburger stay focused in anticipation for the face-off (Click to Expand).

 

Blues fifth-year forward Meagan O’Brien attempts to get back into the play (Click to Expand).

 

Blues first-year defenceman Jana Headrick looks back at captain Becki Bowering (Click to Expand).

 

First-year goaltender Erica Fryer watches at the puck sails past her crease. (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

The Varsity Blues women’s hockey team opened the OUA playoffs with a convincing 3–1 victory over the Nipissing Lakers on February 20 (Click to Expand).

 

 

In Photos: The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation’s 32nd Annual Pow Wow

In Photos: The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation’s 32nd Annual Pow Wow

Hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow and Traditional Gathering took place on August 25 and 26. For the 32nd time since 1987, the host nation welcomed families, friends, and guests to celebrate Indigenous culture, spirituality, and solidarity within their community.

I attended the Pow Wow on August 25 – as an immigrant, a student, and a guest on the land of the Mississaugas of the New Credit.

The theme of the Pow Wow was “Our Story: Water is Life.” Water is a sacred being within the spiritual and legal tradition of the Mississaugas of the New Credit; a fundamental tenet of human life.

Above the flurry of bright colours and the booming sound of drums, Pow Wow leaders urged guests to consider the value of mutual respect. Respect includes land and tradition; it includes respect for the privilege of being invited into a community. It also includes respect for oneself. Respect and care for one’s own body, spirit, and emotions is a prerequisite to caring for others.

When communities of all walks came together for the Pow Wow in August, the result was compassion, and that is something to celebrate.

 

 

Starting off the season with the Varsity Blues Field Hockey Team

Blues earn 2–1 victory

Starting off the season with the Varsity Blues Field Hockey Team

Blues midfielder Emily Ziraldo attempts to strike the ball and collides with Michelle Patterson (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

Blues defender Katherine Obst awaits Calgary’s attackers (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

Blues defender Julia Costanzo chases down Kenzie McMillan-Harrington sprinting toward goal (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

Blues midfielder Isabella Watson battles Dinos midfielder Meghan Norlander as Courtney Andrews and Julia Costanzo watch on (Click to Expand). DANIEL SAMUEL/THE VARSITY

 

In Photos: The 2018 Toronto Pride Parade

In Photos: The 2018 Toronto Pride Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I saw along the way

Stepping back from the hustle of day-to-day life, a student learns from the city

What I saw along the way

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” These simple words, spoken by Ferris Bueller in the classic 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, have always lingered with me.

The trajectory of a Torontonian’s life is driven by a constant objective. We spend most of our time rushing from place to place, blind to what surrounds us in our immediate environment. In the midst of the chaos of our lives as students, we often forget about the intricate architecture that fills our streets and the enchanting beauty of our city.

So I took it upon myself to simply enjoy the things around me. I stepped back and explored. I quickly discovered that marvelling at sights and sounds outside of us can help us see within ourselves.

Balance

Maintaining balance in life is a seemingly simple task, yet it can be daunting when we try to put into practice. Prioritizing self-care allows us to be our best selves and enjoy all aspects of our lives — from school to extracurricular activities.

Allocating time for different areas of life and sticking to a routine can do wonders to ensure balance is maintained in everyday life.

Additionally, putting our phones away during these times can maximize focus and minimize any unnecessary distractions, so we are able to accomplish everything necessary in a given period.

Compassion

Having compassion for ourselves is not the easiest task, but harvesting a sense of self-worth and confidence can do wonders for our minds and bodies. Life can be tumultuous, and rocky patches are inevitable, but through it all, it’s important to remember that we are worthy: worthy of love from others and compassion from ourselves. The resilience that clouds embody is something we should strive for in our own lives, knowing that we will get through whatever adverse conditions are thrown our way and that we will develop into stronger people because of it.

Perspective 

Gaining perspective in life can help us view situations with greater clarity. This allows us to come to terms with challenges and barriers, and it leads us to a greater sense of peace within ourselves. Looking around and enjoying the beauty that we come across in our increasingly chaotic world can be the door that leads to self-reflection. This provides us  with the opportunity to create positive appraisals of situations we tend to only see as negative.

In my experience, asking what advice you would give to a friend if they came to you with your exact situation, seeking viewpoints from trusted friends, and allowing emotions to subside before making any decisions have all been effective ways to truly gain perspective and create an accurate and rational narrative for a given situation.

Cultivation

Cultivation is a pivotal aspect of life. We can cultivate anything — from relationships with others to opportunities for ourselves. To cultivate, we must empower ourselves in order to become aware of our talents and what we would like to accomplish in life. We can also help others cultivate within their own lives by inspiring them to continuously seek fresh insights and motivate them to discover what they want out of life.

Green spaces need an abundance of resources to grow; we must make sure we equip ourselves with the necessary resources to grow and thrive in our day-to-day lives. Cultivating resources, which can range from meaningful friendships to passionate hobbies, can help us create opportunities and extract the benefits from these experiences.

It is essential that we embrace the hidden wonders around us — the things that would otherwise go unnoticed. They can inscribe new beliefs and values within our hearts and challenge us to be better versions of ourselves. Sometimes, when we’re hustling to complete a given task, we neglect the things along the way, the things in the present and in the now. So, as you go about your days, I challenge you to stop, indulge, and appreciate the things along the way.