Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Heritage

December 21, 2020

Kwanzaa is an annual holiday celebrating African American culture and heritage. (Read the full article)

How to Connect Virtually with Family During the Holidays

December 18, 2020

With the ongoing pandemic, we won't have the large family gatherings or parties that we’re used to. (Read the full article)

Christmas, A Most Jolly Time Of Year!

December 18, 2020

'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-la! (Read the full article)

Relax and Fuel Your Creativity

December 16, 2020

Check out Ryan's playlist of songs that make him calm and happy. (Read the full article)

A Few Minutes…They Might Mean More Than You Think

December 15, 2020

A few minutes have the power to change your whole day... (Read the full article)

Celebrating the Holidays (Pandemic Edition)

December 14, 2020

Holiday celebrations look different this year, but here's some ways to keep them safe and fun. (Read the full article)

Giving Joy: Sharing Holiday Memories

December 12, 2020

For the last day of Spread The Cheer, we launch our new podcast and spread some joy and laughter. (Read the full article)

The Ultimate Self-Care Guide: Exam Edition

December 11, 2020

As exams begin, remember to take care of yourself. (Read the full article)

Give to Yourself: Practicing Self-Care During the Holidays

December 11, 2020

On Day 11 of Spread The Cheer, we talk about how taking care of yourself during the holidays is important. (Read the full article)

Women's and Homeless Shelters to Donate to This Season

December 10, 2020

For day 10 of Spread The Cheer, we share some local shelters you can give back to. (Read the full article)

Celebrating Eight Days of Hanukkah

December 10, 2020

Learn about the history and traditions on Hanukkah. (Read the full article)

Donate to Your Local Food Bank

December 09, 2020

Learn how you can make a difference in your community by checking out day 9 of Spread The Cheer. (Read the full article)

Donate to Causes You're Passionate About

December 08, 2020

On day 8 of Spread The Cheer, it's time we donate to causes we really care about. (Read the full article)

Western Cooks - Episode 1

December 07, 2020

Chef Carrie Schnurr teaches us how to make apple crumble pie...yum! (Read the full article)

Give Back to Kids in Need

December 07, 2020

For the seventh day of Spread The Cheer, we're sharing how you can give back to kids in need. (Read the full article)

Perfect Pop Punk Songs for Exam Season

December 07, 2020

Pop punk is a great genre for exam season...listen to the playlist to find out why! (Read the full article)

Ways to Give Back to Our Planet During The Holidays

December 05, 2020

For day 6 of Spread The Cheer, let’s all try to be mindful of the ways we impact our environment. (Read the full article)

Give Back to Our Furry Friends

December 05, 2020

For the day 5 of Spread The Cheer, learn how to give back to our beloved four-footers. (Read the full article)

Donating to COVID Charities: Playing My Part

December 04, 2020

For the fourth day of Spread The Cheer, it's time we give back to COVID-19 charities and relief funds. (Read the full article)

In A World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind

December 04, 2020

One simple act of kindness can change your day. (Read the full article)

Spread a Smile With a Letter to a Stranger

December 03, 2020

For day 3 of Spread The Cheer, we're sending joy through letters to strangers. (Read the full article)

All I Want For Christmas is…to Give Back to My Friends!

December 02, 2020

For Spread The Cheer Day 2, it's time to give back to our BFFs. (Read the full article)

Kindness in Words

December 02, 2020

Sometimes, it's the random and surprising acts of kindness that stick with us. (Read the full article)

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Family That Won’t Dent Your Bank Account

December 01, 2020

For Spread The Cheer Day 1, Hanbi shares how you can give to your family without breaking the bank! (Read the full article)

Voices of Western - Talking Gender-based Violence, Non-Profits, and Politics (During a Pandemic)

November 30, 2020

This episode is hosted by Yash and Rushil featuring Allison Preyde from Anova London. (Read the full article)

Exams Are Important, But Eating Is Too

November 30, 2020

Are you tired of eating 99 cent noodles, Redbull and coffee? (Read the full article)

We All Fail, But We're Better Because Of It

November 27, 2020

The path to reaching your goal will never be as smooth as you imagined, but that's okay. (Read the full article)

I Failed, and That's Okay

November 27, 2020

Everyone screws up or fails sometimes, and that's totally okay. (Read the full article)

Meet Joshua Mootilal: Part One

November 25, 2020

Meet Josh, a Western student who wants his mental health story to be heard. (Read the full article)

Meet Joshua Mootilal: Part Two

November 25, 2020

Continue reading Josh's story. (Read the full article)

5 COVID Friendly Cyber-Monday and Black Friday Savvy Shopper Tips

November 24, 2020

For those who love a good deal and online shopping, this blog is for you. (Read the full article)

How to Save Money, Even if You Don't Like Long Calculations

November 24, 2020

Managing your student budget may seem hard, but Tirzak has some helpful tips. (Read the full article)

Resiliency Pays Off in The End

November 23, 2020

Sometimes, a little perseverance goes a long way. (Read the full article)

3 Revolutionary Women in Business

November 20, 2020

Tirzak shares some powerful and influential female leaders in business. (Read the full article)

Lessons From COVID-19

November 20, 2020

COVID-19 has taught us one thing for sure: there's a need for better health literacy. (Read the full article)

How I Prepare for Finals: Making a Personalized Schedule

November 19, 2020

Exam season around the corner, are you ready? If not, check out some of Grace's tips! (Read the full article)

Dinners Worth Remembering

November 18, 2020

COVID has taught us to cherish the smaller things in life, like dinner. (Read the full article)

Diwali: The Festival of Lights

November 16, 2020

Diwali - the Festival of Lights, is considered the biggest annual holiday of the year in India. (Read the full article)

The Top 9 Reasons You Messed Up Your Sourdough Bread During Quarantine

November 14, 2020

Did you hop on the sourdough bandwagon during quarantine? (Read the full article)

The Importance of Varsity Sport

November 13, 2020

Daniel shares how important varsity athletics are to his experience at Western. (Read the full article)

How COVID-19 Affected Me as a Student Athlete

November 13, 2020

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. (Read the full article)

Voices of Western - The Road to a COVID Vaccine

November 12, 2020

Check out the launch of Humans of Western's NEW podcast...listen to their first episode! (Read the full article)


November 11, 2020

A poem in honour of Remembrance Day. (Read the full article)

Life Is Scary (Until It Isn't So Much Anymore)

November 10, 2020

Life is scary, but it's all a part of the journey. (Read the full article)

A Podcast That Blew My Mind

November 09, 2020

I didn't start out as an avid podcast listener, but here's what turned me into one. (Read the full article)

Tips for Success During an Online School Year

November 09, 2020

Learning from home is different, here are some tips to help you adjust (Read the full article)

How Students Can Stay Active in 2020

November 05, 2020

Staying active during the pandemic is difficult but still important! Here are a few tips to get you started... (Read the full article)

Failure is an Option

November 04, 2020

A small taste of failure that wasn't as bitter as I expected it to be... (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Procrastination or Productivity?

November 02, 2020

Everybody needs a good study soundtrack, and sometimes it helps to get lost in the music. (Read the full article)

The Necessity of the Follower

November 02, 2020

The role of a follower can be just as important as that of a leader. (Read the full article)

Welcome to Scholar's Life Blog!

November 02, 2020

Hear from the Scholar's Life Blog managing editors as they write about their inaugural issue! (Read the full article)

5 Best Horror and Thriller Movies

October 28, 2020

Want a fright this Halloween? Check Esha's list of the best scary movies. (Read the full article)

Culture NOT Costume

October 28, 2020

Dressing up is a fun and integral part of Halloween, but we should be mindful when choosing our costumes. (Read the full article)

Things To Do During Fall Reading Week

October 27, 2020

Looking for fun and COVID-19 safe activities for this reading week? Read this list for suggestions! (Read the full article)

6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in a Pandemic

October 26, 2020

Halloween is different this year, so here's some new ways you can celebrate. (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Fallin' Into Fall

October 26, 2020

Check out this week's playlist to find songs that suit your fall mood! (Read the full article)

4 Apps to Help You Get Through Your Online Lectures

October 23, 2020

Online lectures are hard. Check out these apps that might help you navigate the struggles of online learning! (Read the full article)

Meet People and Get Connected Through Western International's Peer Guide Program

October 21, 2020

Elsa and Emily share how Western International's Peer Guide Program has helped them! (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Study Grind

October 19, 2020

With midterm season just around the corner, Fiona shares some music to help you get down to studying. (Read the full article)

7 Ways I Improved My Time Management Skills in First Year

October 15, 2020

Autumn shares how she was able to improve her time management skills. (Read the full article)

What The Essence of Fall is To Me

October 14, 2020

Shubh captures what the essence of fall is to him through photos and poetry. (Read the full article)

4 Podcasts That Blew My Mind

October 13, 2020

Podcasts have become Rawan's favourite entertainment medium. In this blog, she shares her favourites! (Read the full article)

How I Manage My Wellness

October 09, 2020

Esha shares how she's managing her wellness during this stressful time. (Read the full article)

Why You Should Always Try To Catch The Bus

October 07, 2020

Read Johann's story to hear how the words of one bus driver changed his life. (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: 7 Bands from The 70s

October 05, 2020

Clementine shares seven great bands from the 70s. (Read the full article)

What to Binge on Netflix

October 02, 2020

Can't decide what to watch next? Check out Vanessa's list of what to binge on Netflix. (Read the full article)

My Go-To Healthy(er) Snacks

September 30, 2020

Grace shares some of her favourite "healthy alternative" recipes and snacks. YUM! (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Fall is Here!

September 28, 2020

This week's playlist is all about Fall - everyone's favourite season. (Read the full article)

Reflections on The COVID-19 Pandemic

September 25, 2020

Western students reflect on the importance of following health protocols during COVID-19. (Read the full article)

An Introductory Guide to Creating a More Conscious Closet

September 23, 2020

Julia shares how to practise ethical and sustainable fashion. (Read the full article)

A Positive View of the Last Two Decades

September 21, 2020

2020 has been rough, but it can get better. Proof: here's some good news from the past two decades. (Read the full article)

My USRI Experience

September 16, 2020

Justine shares her experience researching COVID-19 policy, conducting media analyses on long-term care... (Read the full article)

A Cinephile’s Go-To Study Playlist

September 14, 2020

Getting back into the swing of classes can be hard, so check out this week's playlist to get focused! (Read the full article)

Time Management Tips And Learning To “Turn-Off”

September 14, 2020

Managing your time as a student can be hard, and sometimes we all need to take a break. (Read the full article)

The New Normal

September 10, 2020

Things are different this year, so we have to find our "new normal" routine. (Read the full article)

How to Survive Living Off-Campus (Plus Pandemic Tips)

September 08, 2020

You’re about to live off-campus for the first time – here’s how to make it a smooth... (Read the full article)

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Involved in the USRI Programme

September 03, 2020

Nikhil shares some of the benefits of participating in Western's USRI Programme. (Read the full article)

Welcome to Off-Campus, Class of 2024!

September 02, 2020

Off-Campus Alumni welcome the class of 2024 to Off-Campus life at Western. (Read the full article)

Dear First-Year Aurorita

August 31, 2020

Aurorita promises to her first-year self that Western will soon become home. (Read the full article)

Dear First-Year Udain

August 28, 2020

Udain writes a letter to her first-year self to share some insight into what the future holds. (Read the full article)

Friendly Friday: Reconnecting Offline

August 28, 2020

Check out some of the ways Shukri and her friends are safely reconnecting offline. (Read the full article)

Dear First-Year Shukri

August 26, 2020

Shukri reflects on her undergrad at Western and how her love for learning has grown. (Read the full article)

Dear First-Year Ruqayyah

August 24, 2020

Ruqayyah gives her first-year self a pep talk to prepare her for her university journey. (Read the full article)

Success After Graduation

August 24, 2020

Jessica shares how the USRI Programme helped prepare her for her future. (Read the full article)

Dear First-Year Self

August 21, 2020

Everything's better in hindsight - here's some advice from a former first-year student. (Read the full article)

Dear First-Year Athena

August 19, 2020

Athena shares a letter to her first-year self, assuring her that she'll Thrive at Western. (Read the full article)

Challenge and Change During My Research Internship

August 17, 2020

Armin reflects on what he learned through the power of mentorship during his research internship. (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Changing Womxn

August 17, 2020

Olivia shares a playlist of music by BIPOC womxn. (Read the full article)

Friendly Friday: Staying Active

August 14, 2020

Check out some of the ways Shukri and her friends are staying active during the pandemic. (Read the full article)

Dear First-Year Bita

August 12, 2020

Bita reflects on what her past three years at Western, and offers advice to her first-year self. (Read the full article)

Dear First-Year Devesh

August 11, 2020

Devesh writes a letter to his first-year self and shares advice on what his future may hold. (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Made in Toronto

August 10, 2020

Evan shares a playlist of songs by local Toronto artists. (Read the full article)

Dear First-Year Lina

August 06, 2020

As a current fourth year student, Lina writes a letter to her first-year self. (Read the full article)

Stories About Being an Athlete

August 04, 2020

Angelica shares why sports are important to her and the impact they've had on her life. (Read the full article)

Friendly Friday: Life Through a Screen

July 31, 2020

On another Friendly Friday, Shukri shares how she is keeping in touch with her friends virtually. (Read the full article)

Finding a Home at Western

July 29, 2020

Off-Campus Soph, Kelly, welcomes the class of 2024 and offers some insights and tips on how to make Western... (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Pre 2000 Hits

July 27, 2020

A mix of classic throwback songs guaranteed to put you in a good mood and get you singing along! (Read the full article)

9 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

July 24, 2020

As the province opens up, it's important to remember to stay green. (Read the full article)

How to Increase Your Happiness with the Happiness Equation

July 22, 2020

Devesh discusses his take on happiness as he shares something called "The Happiness Equation." (Read the full article)

How to Manage Your Student Piggy Bank

July 22, 2020

Ruqayyah interviews a friend to learn how they managed their finances as a student. (Read the full article)

Western’s PhD TA Positions and Community Building within Teaching

July 20, 2020

Andrew reflects on the importance of community based learning and teaching. (Read the full article)

"OK Boomer"

July 17, 2020

"OK Boomer" isn't just a meme anymore; it's a rallying cry for a generation tired of... (Read the full article)

Friendly Friday: Party Turned Netflix Party

July 17, 2020

Shukri shares how she is staying connected with friends by re-inventing one of her favourite social... (Read the full article)

Important LGBT2Q Figures Didn't See in Your History Textbooks

July 14, 2020

To kick-off Western and London Pride, let's learn some LGBT2Q+ history! (Read the full article)

A Classical Musician's Favourite Pop Songs

July 13, 2020

On this New Music Monday, check out the favourite pop songs of a classical musician and composer. (Read the full article)

How Varsity Sports Have Impacted Me

July 10, 2020

Gabrielle reflects on the impact that Varsity sports have had on her life and her Western experience. (Read the full article)

Off-Campus, On Track: 4 Things I Wish I Knew as a First-Year Off-Campus Student

July 08, 2020

Patrick shares 4 things that he wish he knew as an in-coming off-campus Western student. (Read the full article)

The Road from High School To University

July 06, 2020

The road from high school to university can be stressful, but Grace offers some advice to help ease nerves. (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Songs From The Editor

July 06, 2020

Lauren, the Thrive Online Coordinator, shares some of her favourite summer songs. (Read the full article)

My Mom and I: BScs 36 Years Apart

July 03, 2020

Emily and her Mom graduate from Western in different eras and reflect on their experiences. (Read the full article)

Living a Life of Diversity and Duality

July 02, 2020

Olivia shares her truth and reflects on the importance of culture in her own life, and the world. (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Canada Day

June 29, 2020

Check out this week's playlist full of music by Canadian artists! (Read the full article)

Top 5 COVID-19 Coping Strategies and Quarantine Bucket List Activities

June 26, 2020

Courtney shares how she maintains her physical and mental wellness during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Read the full article)

All You Can Gain From Studying Digitally

June 24, 2020

Josephine sees online learning as a chance to enhance her skills and develop new hobbies. (Read the full article)

Tips for Successful Online Learning

June 22, 2020

Ruqayyah shares how she achieved success while learning online, and shows you how you can succeed too. (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Pride!

June 22, 2020

Celebrate pride from home with this Pride playlist! (Read the full article)

A Special Father's Day

June 20, 2020

Athena shares how you can make a special card for your Father figure this Father's Day. (Read the full article)

Changing Times, Changing Perspectives, Still Graduating

June 19, 2020

Shukri shares how her perspective on her Western experience has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read the full article)

A Time for Reminiscing

June 18, 2020

Students from across campus reminisce by sharing some of their favourite photos. (Read the full article)

Class of 2020 Valedictorian Speech

June 17, 2020

In-coming student, Lauren, gives a speech to the high school graduating class of 2020. (Read the full article)

My Virtual Graduation

June 15, 2020

Though convocation is different this year, it's still important to celebrate the class of 2020! (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Gratitude and Motivation

June 15, 2020

Need to get motivated? Want to feel grounded? Put on this week's playlist! (Read the full article)

To the Class of 2024

June 12, 2020

Members from Western and Affiliate Student Councils and Student Senators welcome the Class of 2024! (Read the full article)

Read, Read and Read!

June 12, 2020

Shaowda reflects on the importance of reading, especially in today's world. (Read the full article)

New Music Monday: Relax and Recharge

June 08, 2020

Looking for new music? Check out Shaowda's playlist of music to help you relax and recharge. (Read the full article)

My Journey as an Off-Campus Student

June 03, 2020

Nadia reflects on how her Sophs impacted her, and why she became a Soph herself. (Read the full article)

My Residence Journey

May 29, 2020

Carla reflects on her residence experience and how meaningful it's been to her. (Read the full article)

COVID with Kids

May 27, 2020

Erin shares her perspective as a student and a parent during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Read the full article)

Top 5 Things I've Learned During My Five Years at Western

May 26, 2020

Andréa reflects on the most valuable lessons she's learned so far during her time at Western. (Read the full article)

Nutrition Tips for COVID-19 Life

May 12, 2020

Olivia shares some tips on how to maintain healthy eating habits while living through the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Read the full article)

Where to Next?

May 12, 2020

Cindy wonders what the future holds for her as she graduates and says a bittersweet farewell to Western. (Read the full article)

My Top 10 Netflix Shows & Movies to Binge During COVID-19

May 12, 2020

Lauren lists out her favourite Netflix shows and movies that she (and her dog) have been watching. (Read the full article)

Western University Bucket List: Intramural Sports

April 07, 2020

Joel talks about why you should join intramurals when you return to campus. (Read the full article)

Why I Chose Western

April 07, 2020

Evan talks about the reasons he chose Western, and why he's glad he did. (Read the full article)

Graduating Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 11, 2020

Lauren writes about her realization that her university experience might be over before she was really ready. (Read the full article)

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