Causes closest to my heart are those that relate to societal inequities. Be they related to ageism, sexism, racism, sexual orientation or health, but in this blog post, my efforts will focus on those that involve sex and gender. Equality, it’s not too big an ask, surely? I remember first discussing these issues with a … More The World’s Greatest Injustice?
I chose to focus my response to this topic on open access (OA) from the perspective of an academic. While I had some basic knowledge on this topic already, I had very little appreciation of its scope; it certainly proved a challenge to remain concise. Hesitation over the transition to OA is evidently the result … More Topic 5: Reflection
Having just retired from a long, arduous day on campus, I sit and think about all the tasks I squeezed into just one day. Before I know it, I’m drifting off into a spiral of thoughts about my role as an undergraduate student. For those of you that haven’t realised by now, I’m a thinker. … More Musings of a mere undergrad.
My exchange programme is over. It’s time to leave Canada and return to the UK. But before I fly back, I will spend some time with family on this side of the Atlantic (or as we like to call it, the ‘pond’). Fortunately my parents decided to join me in London, so we made the … More Hitting the Road
When you hear the phrase ‘far, far away’ what do you think of? Perhaps the magical kingdom from the Shrek saga, or even a Utopian island getaway? For very few would the Syrian capital of Aleppo spring to mind. Yet this too is a land far away; a land that seems unimaginable and intangible … More A Land Far, Far Away
What a world we live in… Over the past year or so, the world has witnessed a great deal of change and numerous unforeseen events. From the EU refugee crisis; increasing tensions between EU and Russia; the UK vote for Brexit; to the surge of terrorist activity – particularly from ISIS; increased shootings of vulnerable groups in … More A Divided World
As my time here at Western draws to a close, I find myself frequently drifting off into day dreams about how fortunate I am to have travelled here and experienced the things I have. For most, this journey would simply be about experiencing Western student life and seeing as much of Canada as possible. … More Confessions of a Ponderer
The courses I am studying while here at Western have given me insight into London that not even many Canadians have experienced themselves. Me being me, I like to be truthful and impartial, and so far my blog posts have unveiled just one face of London: its attractive one. Inevitably, as the novelty of being an international student … More The Many Faces of London
We live in a world increasingly divided. Divided thanks to a whole host of reasons, some of which stem from inequalities, inequities, or injustices. Others originate from, and are exacerbated unnecessarily by, the world’s media in a selfish attempt to fulfil their own agendas. We, the so-called ‘millennials’, have also been subject to accusations of being hopeless, even … More Defending us the ‘Millennials’
“HOCO”, or Home Coming to you and I, is an age-old tradition here on the other side of the Atlantic. Supposedly an event held to invite alumni and other ex-students back to celebrate their time at the University. Little did I anticipate what was in store for us uninformed and inexperienced exchange students… Little did we know … More “HOCO” 2016