Nayyirah Waheed’s quote “I have always been the woman of my dreams” has been one of my favourite sayings ever since I read it for the first time. It made me wonder whether I was becoming the woman of my dreams, and what criteria one must check off to achieve that level of self-approval. The… Read More I am the woman of my dreams
In this third installment of the More Than a Student interview series, we talked about how home brewing works, the merits of vinegar in pickles, and the explosive risks of fermentation… Read More More Than a Student: an Interview with a Home Brewer and Fermenter
I don’t know anything about hockey. Well, this instinctive thought is not entirely true: I know it’s like soccer, but players have to make goals by sending a puck—not a ball—in the net, and they have to move this puck around using a stick, instead of kicking it with their feet. Oh, and in the… Read More Seeing a hockey game in Canada: ✔ check!
A few months ago I wondered if there is a right age to be a graduate student. However, as my fellow blogger Sophie reminds us here and here, each of us is more than a student, and there are other things in our lives beside being a student here and now: Family, friends, sports, art, views… and… Read More Is there a right age to save the world?
I love to read 🤓
Here are the books I loved best this year… Read More My favourite books of 2018
The one thing I love being a TA is the chance to discuss with a lot of students. This term, I don’t remember why, one of them talked to me about a book written by his sister. I had the title on a piece of paper. Let it aside for some times. Then discovered that… Read More Remnants of a Separation : a book of stories and history
We are at the end of the Fall term… many new international students moved here a couple of months ago to start their first term at a Canadian university, and other new international students will soon move to Montreal to start their studies here in the Winter term. And sooner or later, they will compare… Read More Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 4
We’re constantly told not to compare ourselves with others. Conventional wisdom has told us time and again that comparing is bad for our self-esteem, our relationships, a waste of time… the list goes on. Challenge! Comparing ourselves is a natural process that we all engage in, and it can make us feel better and motivate… Read More It’s OK to Compare Ourselves with Others – IF WE DO IT RIGHT
With the release of the IPCC report and the Nobel-adjacent prize in economics going to a green growth economist, its been a regular-style dark month for ecological economists. The IPCC report was not nearly as annoying as the Nobel-ish prize, mostly because what was in the IPCC report is not a surprise to people who… Read More Going Plastic-free is Self-Care
Winter is coming… it will be long and freezing and slippery… but it is not here yet! And while we are going back to classes and looking for our missing McGill toque or right-hand glove, it’s not a bad idea to look at the Summer offers that are about to end, and perhaps take advantage… Read More A bit of fun before the Winter comes: One day at La Ronde