The 5 Books That Changed My Life

I miss having time to read. Actually, that's a bit misleading, I suppose what I should be saying is: I regret not using the free time I do have for reading. One major downside of graduate studies or work that involves copious amounts of non-leisure reading is that it can leave you sapped of any…

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 with 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,…

Costume Conundrum: Is it Appreciation or Appropriation?

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, the topic of offensive costumes has flooded our social media feeds, and for a good reason. On a recent trip to a very popular Halloween costume store, I was disappointed but not surprised to see a plethora of offensive costumes lining the shelves. They ranged from stupid to…

Follow the…Leader? Why Buying Fake Followers on Social Media is Always a Losing Game

When Instagram purged its user database of ~18.8 million fake accounts, created by bot programs and spammers, many users' follower counts took a hit. The list of esteemed individuals affected by this so called "Instagram purge" included the likes of Justin Beiber, Ariana Grande and Barack Obama, each of whom lost millions of followers. Of…