My Grandma’s Story Stuck Abroad: International Travel Amidst a Pandemic

Featured Image: Edho Pratama When my grandmother, her sister, and her mother left Canada in the early weeks of 2020, they aimed to fulfill Gayra Nani’s (great-grandmother’s) final wishes. She was battling the final stages of breast cancer and at 99 years old, her condition only continued to worsen. She longed to spend time in…

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How Do We Create Social Impact?

Featured Illustration: Heart Design Studio I’m from Dhaka, a city known to be crowded, congested, and buzzing with ambition. I’ve always felt deeply connected to my home, its colorful characters, and truly believed in its potential to be the greatest place on Earth. At the time, we lived in a gated community surrounded by evergreen…

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Things Teachers Need to Unlearn

Featured Illustration: Anna and Elena Balbusso What makes a great teacher? One will find several responses to this question. There is, however, one thing that no one tells you: if you don’t decide to do things differently, you’re going nowhere as a teacher. So, what exactly does it mean to unlearn something? ‘Unlearning’ is the…

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Nature Through a Romantic’s Lens

Featured Artwork: ‘Evening: Landscape with an Aqueduct’ by Théodore Géricault As time moves forward, we distance ourselves further away from past ideologies and lifestyles. Intellectual movements become preserved in textbooks, and their products end up framed in museums. Values of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Modernism are scrutinized and criticized by students aiming to submit provoking…

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How To Save Yemen

Featured Illustration: Takayo Akiyama for Save The Children The past year has been filled with tragedies across Yemen, as the country has been held victim to the proxy war taking countless innocent lives each day. The war has left millions of people across the country on the verge of famine and death, while world leaders…

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Making The Most of the Last Stretch

Featured Illustration: tubik.arts This year has been undeniably difficult. Difficult for those who lost their inspirations, said goodbye to loved ones, stayed in toxic homes, and endured the worst of anxiety — the examples of adversity are endless. This year was despised for many reasons and as we reach its conclusion, this hatred may very…

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What University Students in France Think of the Second National Lockdown

By the end of 2020, France will have spent around one-third of the year under coronavirus lockdown (also known as confinement in French). The most recent one was enacted as a response to what is known nationally as the second wave of the pandemic and began this October 28th. It was initially set to last…

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Our Willingness To Give Up Fast Fashion

Featured Image: Tomas Munita Throughout 2020, infographics have been the new favourite method to deliver information for Instagram users. They’re clear, concise, and quick to digest, catching the eye with bright colours and bold fonts. A topic that infographics touch upon frequently is fast fashion. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaia…

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I Want to Hear it From the Workers: My Hope for Pandemic Literature

Featured Image: United Nations COVID-19 Response I read Zadie Smith’s Intimations near the end of my quarantine, just before I was called back to work. The book is a collection of short essays written during the early months of lockdown that reflect on the current COVID-19 pandemic. Intimations is the first book marketed as a…

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