personal essay

I started vaping ironically and now I can’t stop

After occasionally using my roommate's vape outside at house parties, I eventually bought one of my own. Fast forward to five months later and I am frantically hiding my hefty…

The time my house was destroyed by a flood

As many cozied up with hot cocoa and movies over the final days of the winter holidays, I can’t say I experienced that same luxury. On Jan. 3, I found…

Gap year travelling won’t solve your quarter-life crisis

Don’t know what to do with your life? Travel might not be the answer. Running away, or travelling, may seem like an easy way out of your quarter-life crisis. But…

Why I felt like dropping out this semester

Despite my best academic year at university, I had trouble handling pressure and finding motivation to study I wanted to drop out, run away, and be anywhere but Victoria. It…

It’s okay to study something different

Second annual Biomedical entrepreneurship day highlights academic diversity across campus — and that’s a good thing As someone handed me a lab coat and a pair of goggles, I thought…

Marijuana, the drug

Victory, victory! Oct.17 is a victory. Certainly. Years of incarcerations, crackdowns, deaths, the drug war on Cannabis. The pendulum has finally swung towards good. 420, Cheech and Chong, and “THC…

Don’t go chasing Instagram likes

  Bali’s waterfalls look better on Instagram than they do in person. These days, it’s starting to seem like social media and travel go hand in hand. While travelling to…

Attack of the franken-phones

The saga of my water-damaged phone; a cautionary tale PART I: The Cursed Swim So you dropped your iPhone in Cadboro Bay (we all know it actually fell in the…

Accessing my abilities in Cuba

I am a student at UVic who gets around campus with the help of a guide dog. I am legally blind. With help, I was able to study for a…