Exams in Canadian Martyrs This convenient location may be an inconveniently stressful experience during exam season
Nov30

Exams in Canadian Martyrs This convenient location may be an inconveniently stressful experience during exam season

Though testing in Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School seems like a suitable option to make up for the lack of examination space at McMaster, in practice, it isn’t. On Dec. 15 of last year, McMaster Daily News announced that some students would begin writing exams in Canadian Martyrs. As soon as this new examination space was opened, I was fortunate enough to have a total of three exams take place in this location. Based on my...

Balancing between necessities Education as a priority is taking a toll on my family time
Nov16

Balancing between necessities Education as a priority is taking a toll on my family time

Education is a priority. This is something we are used to hearing in our society not just from our peers, but our parents as well. We are told that time management is the key to healthy and balanced life, and the prioritizing is necessary for time managing, especially in post-secondary education. However, that balance has diminished, and education has been prioritized over our personal lives. Between commuting, studying, working hard...

Confessions of a cisgender student My identity matches the one I was born with, but that does not mean that I am closed-minded
Nov09

Confessions of a cisgender student My identity matches the one I was born with, but that does not mean that I am closed-minded

I think it is time to admit that I don’t know as much as I should about gender identity. According to gender taxonomy and from what I have learned about gender identity, I am a cisgender, heterosexual female whose preferred gender pronouns are she and her. However, just because I am a practicing Muslim woman who wears a hijab, does not mean that I align myself with heteronormative ideals and beliefs. I believe in being able to...

Silenced multiculturalism The diversity of cultural backgrounds should be embraced and respected, not assumed
Oct22

Silenced multiculturalism The diversity of cultural backgrounds should be embraced and respected, not assumed

Recently, I boarded the HSR on a regular Friday morning, I sat down, called my mom, and braced myself for my daily hour commute. When the bus gets packed, priority seating is given to parents with strollers, people with disabilities and if your mother taught you as mine did, senior citizens. So, when an elderly woman in a hijab got on with a walker, I offered her my seat and assisted her in moving her walker aside. That was my first...

Lectures are lost in discussions Tutorials are losing their purpose and lectures are taking on more than they should be
Oct05

Lectures are lost in discussions Tutorials are losing their purpose and lectures are taking on more than they should be

Lecture should not be a place to ask assignment questions, have long discussions receive participation marks. If attendance in both tutorial and lecture is mandatory and graded, what’s the point of having both sections take up time in my schedule? Not all students enjoy tutorial-style scenarios. They are meant to be a smaller setting for facilitating group discussions and for the students to clarify concepts and ask assignment...