Youth apathy: No longer a luxury but a hindrance

Posted no picture Fatima S , Student, Activist

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Fatima S
Member since September 12, 2017
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Late teenage-hood is a weird time. You’re not young enough to blame your shortcomings on youthful immaturity and yet, you don’t have the excuse of being an adult to justify your actions. At best, this period is formative and revealing. At worst, its chaotic and destructive. Late teenage-hood is also the time where our childlike idealism and a much more complex image of the world begins to form. The long-held notion that the world is merely steps away from becoming a utopia is slowly but surely s...


Ditching dread and befriending hope!

Posted no picture Fatima S , Student, Activist

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Fatima S
Member since September 12, 2017
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I’ve recently have made a new friend. Dread. The uneasy feeling has become a constant companion but is most definitely an unwelcome one. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment we became inseparable but its been making its presence much more known in the past little while. I sense that my looming adulthood might have something to do with it. Slowly, that youthful idealization is being chipped away, one horrific news story at a time. My most visited sites on my laptop used to be news sites but now I ca...


Women of the world: there’s nowhere to go but up!

Posted no picture Fatima S , Student, Activist

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Fatima S
Member since September 12, 2017
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told “Fatima, you can become whoever you want”. What was left unsaid, however, is that I could only truly aspire to become something that was traditionally “feminine”. On the surface, my country, Canada, gives women the freedom to pursue their hearts’ desires. Yet, in reality, subtle and explicit sexism, like a great big wall, is stopping so many young girls from becoming who they really want.The older I grew, the more often the question “what do you want...


Education: The gift of a lifetime

Posted no picture Fatima S , Student, Activist

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Fatima S
Member since September 12, 2017
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From a very young age, my parents instilled in me the value of education. However, growing up in privileged society where barriers to school and learning were virtually non-existent, their words would go in through one ear and out the other. How could I really understand and empathize with the struggle others faced when I was posted up in my ivory tower, so to speak, where I was afforded the luxury of three meals a day, an air-conditioned/heated bus ride, and a tranquil classroom. I remember sit...


Though their footing might be on more solid grounds, the rockiness of refugees’ journey's don’t end once they have reached safe lands. The deafening sounds of shelling and bombings became hushed and the muffled speech of foreign languages take their place. The urgency for survival never goes away. Far too often, those who have accepted refugees into their mix expect them to instantaneously mesh into their adopted society, leaving the horrors of war behind. As I’ve discovered while working with r...


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    Member since September 12, 2017


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