• Lifestyle

    The pandemic pet boom

    COVID-19 has brought trials and tribulations upon many. 21-year-old Tracy Dumael found herself facing personal challenges during the pandemic and decided that she needed a big change. The pandemic has forced families and individuals to stay home, with limited opportunities to go to work, school or travel. For some people, it has become the perfect opportunity to integrate a pet into their lives. In May 2021, the Dumael’s welcomed a new member into their family: Riley, a rottweiler mix.  “I’ve always wanted a dog,” she says. “Instead of spending another birthday alone during lockdown, I thought it would be the perfect time to ask my family for a puppy—to have…

  • Lifestyle

    Stuck in the past

    Whether brief, long-term, casual or serious, past relationships can affect new ones with current or future partners. Although it is never recommended to hold onto the past, it can be unavoidable to think about how much former partners have impacted the way someone views intimacy. An article published in The Everygirl says there are two harmful qualities that pondering past relationships can leave on current ones: restricting joy and preventing growth between a person and their new partner. However, people learn from their mistakes and there can be some benefits to looking back on the past. This can include learning what one enjoys and what to avoid in the future.…

  • School

    What comes next?

    As the upcoming semester approaches, students who are in their final year of study may be experiencing some confusion about what to do after graduation. It can be understandably anxiety-inducing with the sudden pressure of entering the “real world” after years of being in school. The options for post-graduates are not limited to simply finding a stable job. There are a variety of paths for those leaving college or university, whether it be continuing their education in graduate school, diving into the workforce or even travelling. Phillip Cruz, who studied architectural technology at George Brown College, recalls contemplating his career path in his second semester and being unsure of whether…

  • Society

    Pulling inspiration from the past

    Baggy jeans. Claw hair clips. Clunky sneakers. Floral print. These are only a few of the famous fashion trends from past decades that have seen a sudden resurgence in popularity today. It is not unusual for previous fashion trends to become popular again after years of being deemed outdated. In fact, there is a phenomenon in fashion known as the “20-year rule.” This acknowledges that there is a cyclical nature to fashion and that trends become popular again every 20 to 30 years, usually due to the influence of designers and the curiosity of newer generations. “Fashion trends are repetitive because a lot of designers take inspiration from what was…

  • Careers

    Pursuing passions during the pandemic

    For as long as she can remember, Ryerson University student Natalie Watt has enjoyed dressing up and accessorizing her outfits. With that, she dreamt of starting her own jewelry line and now has finally put her dream into fruition. The COVID-19 lockdowns forced many small businesses to shift their stores online, where some struggled to gain the same traffic that their in-person stores had. Other small businesses were born out of the pandemic and have thrived exclusively online, such as Watt’s jewelry shop NTLE.CO.  In June 2020, Watt officially launched her online jewelry store, aiming to provide customers with “quality jewelry that won’t tarnish at affordable prices.” NTLE.CO specializes in…

  • Opinion

    Fall into fashion

    Despite the sadness that inevitably comes at the end of summer, I find myself quite excited about the upcoming autumn. Perhaps it’s a combination of my love for the holidays, my preference for cooler weather and the fact that I was born in November. But I also can’t deny that I’m partial to fall fashion. With the overbearing heat of the summer, the intolerable cold of the winter and the dreariness of spring, fall is really the only time of year you can truly exercise versatility with your wardrobe. You can dress certain pieces up or down, and you are basically guaranteed to look good as well as feel comfortable.…

  • Health

    From overwhelmed to reinvigorated

    As the semester begins, it is easy to become caught up in the hectic mess of essays, quizzes and other assignments. This can especially be the case when juggling other responsibilities such as jobs and personal matters. The term “burnout” was first coined by German psychologist Herbert J. Freudenberger in 1974. He defined burnout as a work-related condition in which individuals experience exhaustion, depression and an overall disinterest in everyday function. Recent University of Toronto graduate J. Wang found himself grappling with these symptoms during his time in school, particularly the loss of motivation. “Not wanting to attend classes, being unable to focus and disassociating from my body,” he says.…

  • Lifestyle

    Travelling in a post-pandemic world

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a massive dent in the tourism industry. Its sector saw a loss of nearly $4.5 trillion US in 2020, according to a report released by the World Travel and Tourism Council. The report also revealed that approximately 62 million jobs in the travel industry were lost, leaving only 272 million employed globally. However, with vaccination rates rising and pandemic restrictions loosening, it is expected that international travel will be possible again very soon. Linda Hoang, a travel blogger based in Edmonton, hopes that masks and hygienic practices will still be normalized once travelling is more widely available.  “If there’s more hand sanitizer, if people…