Culture & Community


Reviewing Andy Shauf's "The Neon Skyline"

November 19, 2021

Johann shares what he loves about Andy Shauf's album, The Neon Skyline. (Read the full article)


Coming To Western, Finding True Friends Was A Challenge

November 15, 2021

Read about Olivia's growth during her time at Western and how she found friends with shared interests! (Read the full article)


Accessibili-tea: The Tea on Your Hosts

October 29, 2021

In this episode, get to know Jalesa and Elizabeth, the hosts of the Accessibili-tea podcast! (Read the full article)


9 Underrated Study Spots on Campus

October 26, 2021

Looking for your new fav study or hangout spot? Olivia's got you covered. (Read the full article)


Homesick? Try Rewatching These Childhood Favourites That Are Sure to Give You All The Feels

October 19, 2021

Here are some movies that will remind you of your childhood! (Read the full article)


Fun Things To Do This Fall

October 15, 2021

Fall is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to plan some days out to get you excited. (Read the full article)


Dorm Room Design

October 13, 2021

Insia shares ways to help make residence feel more like home. (Read the full article)


Friendsgiving: Celebrating the Strangers You Decided to Get to Know

October 11, 2021

Take a break and celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends! (Read the full article)


The 31 Nights of Halloween

October 01, 2021

Celebrate the spooky season with a movie for every day of the month! (Read the full article)


Emily's COVID-19 Safe Gathering Tips

September 21, 2021

Though it may seem impossible, there are ways to reduce your risk and still have fun during COVID-19 (Read the full article)


Shaowda's Back to School Playlist

September 08, 2021

Everyone needs a playlist to accompany the most exciting days of their life, right? (Read the full article)


Back-to-School Packing Tips: Learn From My Mistakes

August 31, 2021

Not sure what to pack for school? Shubh is here to help! (Read the full article)


My Summer Reads

August 19, 2021

Sunshine and books make the perfect combination for summer! (Read the full article)


My Unpopular Opinions – What Makes Me Me

July 30, 2021

Check out Shubh's unpopular opinions...do you agree with him? (Read the full article)


A Short Guide To Four of Canada’s (Best) Parks

July 19, 2021

It's summer, which means it's time to get out and explore nature! (Read the full article)


Cheapest Places to Travel After COVID

July 16, 2021

We're all itching to get away after COVID, but where should you travel to? (Read the full article)


Pride Month 2021: Public Figures and Advocates of the 2SLGBTQ+ Community

June 25, 2021

Check out this list of 2SLGBTQ+ advocates from history and the present day! (Read the full article)


The Smartphone: My deVICE

June 21, 2021

Our phones have become an extension of ourselves - something we can't live without. (Read the full article)


Pride Month 2021: Top Recommended Films For Your Watch List

June 18, 2021

Consider adding some of these movies to your Pride movie watch list! (Read the full article)


Things to Do This COVID Summer

May 17, 2021

Even if we are stuck at home, there's still plenty you can do this summer. (Read the full article)


Eid Looks A lot Different This Year - But in A Good Way

May 12, 2021

Even though it's celebrated differently this year, Shaowda wants to wish everyone Eid Mubarak! (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on The Future

April 20, 2021

This week, the Hot Takes team sat down to talk about how we like to plan for our future. (Read the full article)


Ramadan: Fasting, Reflection, and Prayer

April 13, 2021

Ramadan is a sacred month in Islamic culture involving fasting, reflection, and prayer. (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on Online vs. In-Person Learning

March 31, 2021

Online vs. in-person learning, synchronous vs. asynchronous classes, which do you prefer...? (Read the full article)


Passover, Celebrating Freedom

March 29, 2021

Spring is in the air and holidays such as Passover, Easter, and Ramadan are afoot! (Read the full article)


Older Movies You’ve Probably Heard of But Haven’t Watched (Yet)

March 22, 2021

Want to watch an older movie but don't know where to start? Check out these movies! (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on Our Lockdown Experiences

March 17, 2021

It's hard to believe it's been a year since the first COVID-19 lockdown. (Read the full article)


A Review of Netflix's Breakout Series: The Queen's Gambit, Bridgerton, and Fate: The Winx Saga

March 05, 2021

Need a new show to watch? Check out Vanessa's reviews for Netflix's most popular new shows. (Read the full article)


Finding Joy in Everyday Things

March 03, 2021

Being in lockdown has allowed us to find joy in the small and simple things. (Read the full article)


When you’re trying to tell a funny story, but you laugh so hard that you can barely speak

March 03, 2021

One of the best moments is when you're laughing so hard that you can't finish your story. (Read the full article)


Five New Things That Make Me Happy During COVID

February 25, 2021

Finding little ways to brighten each day is essential amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic. (Read the full article)


The Simple Things That Bring Us Joy: Being Comfy

February 23, 2021

Introducing the Comfy Blanket... (the only thing you'll ever need during these wintry months) (Read the full article)


Hot Takes: Black History Month Special

February 22, 2021

For Black History Month, we share the stories of Black historical figures. (Read the full article)


Thriving in University as an Indigenous Student

February 03, 2021

Naomi shares real-life tips on thriving at university as an Indigenous student. (Read the full article)


"Keep Trying, Keep Pushing": Bell Let's Talk Words of Encouragement

January 28, 2021

Check out this blog to read some advice and words of encouragement from fellow peers. (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on The Winter Blues

January 25, 2021

In this episode of Hot Takes, students share their thoughts and experiences with the winter blues. (Read the full article)


Hot Takes on New Year's Resolutions

January 15, 2021

Are New Year's resolutions worth making? Find out on the latest episode of Hot Takes! (Read the full article)


Songs to Help You Crush Your Workout

January 11, 2021

Shubh creates a playlist he thinks will help motivate you through your next workout session. (Read the full article)


2020 Recap: From Countdown to Lockdown

January 06, 2021

A summary of the major events from arguably the darkest year of the modern era. (Read the full article)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


3 Revolutionary Women in Business

November 20, 2020

Tirzak shares some powerful and influential female leaders in business. (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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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 transition. (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)


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)


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)


New Music Monday: Made in Toronto

August 10, 2020

Evan shares a playlist of songs by local Toronto artists. (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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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 Residence Journey

May 29, 2020

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


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)

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