Whoever said that college was supposed to be the best years of your life clearly had a bad life. Sure, it's a time of exploration and self-discovery, but it's also a time of stress, confusion, and the overwhelming sense that a lot of your hard work won't amount to anything after you graduate.
The good news is, you're not in this alone. Below are eight things every college student has been through.
1. Being asked, "What are you going to do with that degree?" and having no answer.
"Can't I justenjoy post-modern Russian Literature, Aunt Linda?" (She's always named Linda.) But still, Aunt Linda's right. You're fvcked.
2. Sitting through the wrong lecture because it'd be too awkward to leave.
You arrive ten minutes early, all proud of yourself, settle into your seat, get ready to take notes, and... the wrong teacher walks in. You look around and suddenly notice that these aren't your classmates, and this isn't Psych 101. Hey, at least you might learn something in this biology lecture - just pray the prof doesn't call on you for an answer.
3. Wondering if the guy who sells weed to pay for his textbooks might have the right idea.
Sure, it's illegal... but the price you're paying for these books you'll just skim through should be illegal, so...
(And for the record, yes, I'm JOKING. Don't sell or do drugs, kids.)
4. When you have two exams, a project, and an essay all due in the same week.
Remember when we were in high school and the teachers coordinated with each other so that you didn't have too many things due on the same day? Me too... Good times...
5. Realizing that everything you enjoy about your life happens outside of class.
All the great things about college - the friends, the parties, the road-trips, the books you read that change your life, the sex that you have - all happen outside of the classroom. (Unless you're one of those people who's banged in an empty classroom - admit it, we all know someone who's done it.) Make of that what you will.
6. Failing a test and suddenly questioning all of your life choices.
Moments like these are why college kids drink so much.
7. Yelling at your computer when you're trying to make your class schedule.
Omnivox, Minerva, MyConcordia... no matter what the school, no matter what the site, it's bound to freeze up, shut down, and be downright inaccurate the week before semesters start. And goddammit why can't the system seethat I have all the pre-reqs for this course I need to take to graduate?
8. Thinking about dropping out.
If Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Al Pacino, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Nicholas Cage, Jay-Z, Johnny Depp, Arnold Schwarznegger, Quentin Tarantino, Elton John, Katy Perry, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Downey Jr., Walt Disney, Brad Pitt, George Carlin, and ALBERT FREAKING EINSTEIN, among so many others, could be ridiculously successful after dropping out, then why can't I?
The Greenhound Canada Foundation, an ecological advocacy group, will be hosting this free-to-attend market at Leaves House Café McGill from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on September 18.
This series of markets is "part of Greenhound Foundation's campaign to support mental wellness and community connectedness through plants and nature," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The funds raised from the market will go towards supporting community projects and the development of a "healing garden" in Montreal.
The market this weekend will host creators such as Les Filles Plantées, Ivkaforest, MTL Creation Boutique, MTLA Studio, Soft Earth Forest Therapy, and desputeaux+aubin (creators of Caillou). There will be something for everyone!
Montreal has been ranked the ninth-best city for students in the world, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education network that analyzes education throughout the world. It tied with Boston and Paris for ninth place.
The city fell three spots in the 2022 best student city ranking compared to 2019, going from number six to number nine.
London and Munich made up the top two student cities in the world while Seoul and Tokyo tied for third.
In order to be considered in the best student cities ranking, cities must have a population of over 250,000 people and be home to at least two universities featured in the QS world university rankings. Montreal currently has three: McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
Although Montreal's affordability is competitive compared to many cities in the world — including Toronto and Vancouver — it ranked 52nd for affordability, according to QS. The affordability ranking is based on tuition fees, retail prices, an iPad pricing index, and the city's cost of living.
Montreal ranked 10th in the world for the QS student view ranking, which is based on the student experience in the city and the proportion of students who would remain living in the city post-graduation.
QS cited a friendly student environment and a world-class education as Montreal's main attractions for students across the globe.
Through an anonymous form, Montrealers aged 15 or older will be able to report any police stop experience they've had — even stops that occurred months or years ago.
Each user can specify how and where the police stop took place, provide context, specify their age, gender, ethnic or racial group, and say what they were doing — including their means of transportation — during the stop.
Since the project is an open data resource, all of the map's data will be accessible to anyone who wants to download it.
The INRS news release states that only 5% to 20% of police stops are recorded by the SPVM.
A 2019 independent report analyzing SPVM police stop data found that Indigenous and Black people are four to five times more likely to be stopped by police than white people in Montreal, the news release says.
A McGill spokesperson told MTL Blog, "Given that the recent incident exacerbated existing damage to the sculpture, it has been removed for repair and restoration. Whether, following this work, the sculpture will return to its current site is not yet determined."
We were further told that "as part of its Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism, the University is committed to exploring its historic record." This action plan pledged an investment of $15 million over five years to address racism and develop better representation in both the faculty and student community.
An investigation regarding the statue's vandalism is currently ongoing, the results of which will decide whether the statue will be returned to its current site or be relocated elsewhere.