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No Regrets

August 12, 2021
fingers are laid gently on the keys of a piano.
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When I was a child, my mother would tell me to never give up and that nothing was impossible. Like all other…

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Rethinking What it Really Means to be “Gifted”

July 29, 2021
Lightbulbs, books, gears and other academic-related graphics appear on the backdrop of a young person's head, signifying that they're gifted.
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Honours. Academic. Gifted. Every school has programs that separate the alleged elite from the ordinary. Meant to provide sharp students with an…

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The Academic Identity Redefined

June 3, 2021
A quote from Epictetus reads "We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose hoe we respond to them."
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As students, our identities are wrapped around our academics, from grades to building the perfect university application. When we introduce ourselves it…

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I Can Do it… So Can You!

April 8, 2021
A person stands at the edge of a serene lake as the sun sets.
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We’ve all heard our parents say, “just try it, you might like it!” When I was a kid, I took this saying…

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The Number on the Scale

March 11, 2021
A body with a scale and tape measure next to it sit in a circle on a red backdrop.
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Trigger Warning: This blog post deals with eating disorders. Growing up as a competitive dancer, there was always a stereotypical figure that…

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How I Started My Own Nonprofit Organization Amidst Quarantine

February 18, 2021
Two students work on laptops in the top left and bottom right corners of the image. A lightbulb and a gear are located in the top right.
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As quarantine has seemingly become our new best friend, the concept of “pandemic productivity” has arisen amidst the chaos. This new term…

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High School: There’s More Than One Path

October 22, 2020
A girl holds a pencil as she walks up to a sign with multiple arrows on it that point in various directions.
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Growing up, I had quite a handful of goals. Whether it was finding a good career for myself or travelling the world,…

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My Camp Experiences

September 17, 2020
The bow of a canoe looks out onto open blue water. There are some green hills with trees on them in the distance.
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Since 2016, I have been attending the Tim Hortons Leadership camp at various locations across Canada and the United States. The program…

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My Three Lives

September 10, 2020
Postcards from Toronto, Colombia and Washington D.C. sit on top of a yellow, red and pink background.
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Some may describe childhood as a happy and non-stressful period filled with cartoons and birthday parties. However, my childhood was quite unusual,…

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My Experience on a Service Trip to Ecuador

August 27, 2020
The vibrant green Andes Mountains are set against a blue and grey cloudy sky in Ecuador.
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I stepped off the plane into the warm summer air of November. This was Ecuador, a country on the equator where there…

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