Trigger Warnings & Safe Spaces, Pt. 2: Reframing warnings for the classroom

Since I wrote my last blog post on trigger warnings and safe spaces, the terms have lost much of their original meaning. Now, they're mostly used as insults, usually when speaking about liberals, leftists, progressives, “sjws”, feminists and the like. And, more recently, they are being used by some in response to any reaction from anyone …

How I Survived My Master’s Thesis: Productivity Tips and Research Hacks!

Writing my Master's thesis was an immense undertaking and I will continue to reflect on the process over the next few weeks because I realize that it doesn’t “end”, one only stops writing it. I enjoyed the process, as strenuous as it was. There were moments when I was awash with a sense of triumph after …

Yes, that Video is an Example of Cultural Appropriation -Sincerely, An Indian Beyoncé and Coldplay Fan

  Funny because this is the same face I made while watching the video, "Ugh" indeed! I can't believe I'm writing about this again. I am actually kind of mad at myself right now because I shouldn't care that people can be this blasé about their own lack of knowledge on this or any other topic. But …

“We teach girls to shrink themselves”: 6 Keys to Assertiveness in Professional Settings

The line in the title was spoken by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her Tedx talk "We Should All Be Feminists". You may have also heard these words while jamming to Beyonce's  "***Flawless" (which you so obviously do!). Adichie's words speak of the pressure to be thin and physically small, but they also draw attention to …

The black dog, the blue period (Part II): Coping with Anxiety

In the first part of this series, I detailed my experiences with clinical depression in high school and early university. I had the second post completed and ready to go but the response I got from the first post was nothing short of overwhelming. I received messages from approximately 40 different people over text, e-mail, and …

The Black Dog, the Blue Period: My Experience of Clinical Depression (Part 1)

Image: 1902–03, Femme assise (Melancholy Woman), by Pablo Picasso from his blue period, so called as he sunk into a deep depression and only produced monochromatic works, primarily in the color blue during this time. To me, they are a brilliant representation of life in depression. Ever since I can remember, I have felt different, …

Learning to Say to No to the Noise & Yes to My Self

Over the past several years, ever since starting University, I’ve had the great fortune of meeting some of the most amazing, inspiring people in my life, and I’m blessed to be able to call them my friends. Through classes, student groups and working for several administrative departments, my network of friends and acquaintances has grown …