Graduating into the unknown As the class of 2016 ponders their future and writes their last exams, it's important to say goodbye to McMaster
Mar31

Graduating into the unknown As the class of 2016 ponders their future and writes their last exams, it's important to say goodbye to McMaster

by “What are you doing next year?” As graduation looms over the graduating class of 2016, we are confronted with this question asked by friends and family. For some, the answer is straightforward — I’m going to graduate school or I have a job lined up. But for many the answer is barely known, and the future consists of silhouettes you can scarcely make out. Throughout our lives and especially in our time at McMaster, we’ve all gone...

Stranger danger?
Mar31

Stranger danger?

by By: Jennifer La Grassa As children, we’re told to never talk to strangers. This firm command from our teachers and parents could be what has potentially engrained the avoidant response that we express when confronted by someone who is unfamiliar. When someone approaches me and asks “Do you know where the nearest (insert a location) is?” my brain automatically conjures up the memory of my mom firmly saying, “Don’t talk to...

Dealing with rejection
Mar31

Dealing with rejection

by After weeks of ogling from afar, everything seemed like it went well when you finally met in person. You dressed to the nines. You felt like you made a connection. You radiated confidence, proved you were educated on all the relevant topics and you laughed at all the right moments. But they still haven’t called you back. You wait a day, then two, then a week. Still nothing. You start to wonder if maybe you didn’t come off as great...

Arranged love knows no bounds
Mar31

Arranged love knows no bounds

by By: Sasha Dhesi “Arranged marriage.” The phrase probably causes a shudder down the spine of anyone from a culture who practices it but grew up in the West. I’ve seen countless Indian-American comedians joke that they wouldn’t even let their mothers pick their clothes, let alone their spouse, and it’s a sentiment I share. The cultural difference between my mother and I means we’re always at odds about things as trivial as how I...

Leaving the nest (and those who raised you) behind
Mar24

Leaving the nest (and those who raised you) behind

by By: Sasha Dhesi A few weeks ago, my mom left the country to visit some relatives. With me in Hamilton and my brother juggling university, work and a research job, neither of us are home particularly often, leaving my dad by himself. My dad started calling me at least twice a day, and began asking me what he was supposed to do for fun now that his wife and kids were too busy for him. I had to confront something I’d never really...

Taking it to the textreme Why we need to talk more and text less
Mar24

Taking it to the textreme Why we need to talk more and text less

by When it comes to texting, there are two kinds of people: those who reply right away, and those who don’t. I’m a pretty strong advocate of the former. I like to think replying in a timely manner, particularly when someone needs something from you, is the courteous thing to do. Sometimes, however, that isn’t the case. As much as I hate the archetypical teenager who’s glued to their phone in literally every family movie ever, it used...