The UC Review in Review

stacks of books that say "The UC Review, 2015-2016"

Back in my very first blog post, I set a goal to let myself be more creative. As I explained there, I have a lot of trouble letting my creative juices flow. I get hung up on projects not being perfect and end up abandoning them halfway through. Or at least I did. This year has been a year of falling back in tune with my creativity. Blogging with the crew has given me the opportunity to find beautiful things in the places around me and forced my to stop letting my camera collect dust. I really felt like I had met this goal yesterday, when I got to see my work printed in the new UC Review.


The UC Review is an annual collection of student poetry, prose, photography and art, that’s been running for the past 40 years. This year’s edition, which returned after a short hiatus, is absolutely beautiful, with brilliant work and brilliant design.

stacks of old UC reviews


UC is one of the bigger colleges at U of T,  and at times this can make it feel difficult to find a sense of community. However, I found that flipping through the review made that feeling go away entirely. What I love most about the review is that it gave me a chance to sample all of the hidden talents of the students that I walk by or bump into grabbing coffee everyday, that it gave me a chance to find a little community of artists hidden inside my college.

From college journals to faculty newspapers, there are tons of opportunities on campus to have your work seen. If you’re looking for a way to get your creative juices flowing, I would definitely recommend submitting your work to one of those publications. There’s no better feeling than seeing your work printed for the world to see, and it’s a great way to find a little creative community hidden right under your nose.

You can pick up free copies of the UC Review from the Alumni Lounge in University College. All U of T students can submit to the review, but priority is placed on the work of UC students. For more information, see their website.


notebook printed to say "UC loves the Review 15/16"

An Afternoon at Walter Hall

Every now and again, during my midday campus dashes, I’ll cut through Philosopher’s Walk behind Trinity College which opens up on Bloor Street at the north end.

Philosopher’s Walk during the summer is a sight for sore eyes. photo courtesy of previous blogger Cynthia

Philosopher’s Walk during the summer is a sight for sore eyes.
photo courtesy of previous blogger Cynthia

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Reading Week + Reading Lists

Happy Reading Week, y’all! It seems cruel that Winter with a capital W finally decided to kick in during the one week we don’t have school. But to make the most of these frigid temperatures, I’ve spent this Reading Week doing exactly that — reading. Since I’ve gone home to visit my family over the break, relaxing and curling up with a book in a warm house sounds pretty ideal after a strenuous round of midterms. 

A view of the UC Quad on a rainy afternoon.

It’s probably too cold to be reading in one of my favourite spots on campus – the UC quad – but this shouldn’t stop us from enjoying a good book!

Now there are many ways to go about setting yourself a reading schedule for Reading Week. Personally, the obvious choice is to power through the entire Harry Potter series (7 books, 7 days of Reading Week? This was clearly meant to be). However, since I’ve done this exact feat on at least 12 different occasions, I thought I’d branch out. Here’s what’s been on my Reading Radar for the 2016 Reading Week:

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“Little Victories” and Where To Find Them

You’ll never guess what I got to do last weekend. I took a stunt fighting seminar! We have a Jiu Jitsu regional event every few months and last Saturday’s regional welcomed Lori O’Connell from British Columbia.

Lori O’Connell is a 5th degree black belt in Can Ryu Jiu Jitsu and a professional stuntwoman! Move over Ronda Rousey (former UFC champion), I’ve found a more suitable role model.



It was AWESOME. Best decision I’ve made recently. We practiced different aspects of stunt fighting and then choreographed short stunt scenes and filmed them. I picked up a signed copy of her book When the Fight Goes to the Ground: Jiu-Jitsu Strategies and Tactics for Self-Defense afterward, which I’m super happy about.

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Well, That Was a Lot Harder Than it Looked: Circus Silks @ U of T

I walked into my first circus silks class at the Athletic Centre last Friday pretty confident (largely due to the fact that I found my way from the AC change rooms to the Lower Gym in the Benson building on the first try).

Essentially the layout of the Athletic Centre and, of course, University College. Good luck. Background Source:

Essentially the layout of the Athletic Centre and, of course, University College. Good luck.
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I wasn’t arrogant — I know I know nothing about aerial silks, but the instructor asked if I had done anything similar or notable and I mentioned that I’ve been coaching gymnastics for over five and a half years and used to do aerial yoga.

This is aerial yoga. 10/10 would recommend. Even if just for the awesome Instagram photos you’ll get out of it. Source:

This is aerial yoga. 10/10 would recommend. Even if just for the awesome Instagram photos you’ll get out of it.

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Sands of Time: A Reflection

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 was just one of Those Days

We all know Those Days. We’ve all had them.

We all know what it’s like when the day takes a completely different turn and leaves you feeling like a powerless passenger instead of firmly planted in the driver’s seat. I was made quite familiar with the feeling on that particular Thursday- thanks to a series of (unfortunate) events: a laptop charger forgotten at home, multiple transit delays, some overambitious weather estimating (I thought it would actually be six degrees outside) a very ungraceful fall in Queen’s Park and to top it all off- an interview! which meant nerves nerves nerves.

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Winter is leaching me of my creative juices

Foil lit under a blue light.

Winter got me seeing all shades of blue

If ever we had to designate a time of the year that made people feel the most “BLAH,” it would be around now. The dreary weather and post-holiday lull make for a very uninspiring landscape that certainly do not help to foster creativity. I too fall prey to the monotony that is the mid-winter blues. (Is it even mid-winter? Realistically, has it even been a true winter this year? Are we feeling the ramifications of global warming? All good questions). Feeling like a sad, deflated, grey-tinged marshmallow, I can get really unmotivated to deal with work and school – which can be quite problematic at the start of a new semester. However, I have a few tricks to try and inspire creativity and productivity: 

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