Posts By: Samantha Tsuruda

Lessons on learning

The end of semester is full of paradoxes—the light at the end of the tunnel can be easily overshadowed by the remaining to-do list. Weeks seem to fly by, but an afternoon buried in books can feel like an eternity. At the end of each day, I can’t help but ask myself what I accomplished during that study session.

Decolonizing questions, de-quantifying blood

In this article, I want to discuss a question that I have been asked more times than I can count: “How much Aboriginal are you?” Just writing the words, my blood instantly begins to boil and stir uncomfortably through my body, as though I can feel my ancestors getting rattled.

Changing the conversation about Aboriginal health

Along with cold winds and crunchy leaves, September brings the apprehension of a new semester. Just over one year ago, that nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach was at its peak—the first day of grad school suddenly felt oddly similar to the first day of kindergarten, except this time, my excitement for class trumped the terror of leaving my mom’s side.

Academic Confessions: Outside looking in

The first few lines of my CV and biography say: “Samantha Tsuruda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology Major, from the University of Victoria. She is a consultant in Program Evaluation, and is currently a Master in Public Health Candidate at the University of British Columbia.”