Off the Board

To play or not to play

A classical music fan even as a child, I went to my first symphony at 11 years old. Just before the conductor began his elusive dance, he cued a single, collective breath—an upbeat, as I would later learn. That instance was electric, the orchestra and audience anticipation alike generating a[Read More…]

Reap what you sew

During the first few days of lockdown in March, I decided that I needed a good hobby to occupy my time, so I bought a sewing machine. When I was a kid, my aunt had taught me how to sew pillows, so I figured sewing dresses wouldn’t be that much[Read More…]

Reimagining self-care

Capitalism has sunk its teeth deep into the ambiguous concept of ‘self-care.’ Many students have become accustomed to citing self-care to justify money wasted on frivolous purchases. What’s more, the western world’s ethos of perpetual, hyper-speed productivity has led to the ballooning of self-importance at the expense of others’ wellbeing.[Read More…]

My summer of rest and relaxation

Back in February, one month before Montreal’s lockdown began, my therapist explained to me that I was in a perpetual state of distress, constantly scanning my surroundings for threats. At its worst, this is how my social anxiety works: For fear of others’ judgments or interactions gone awry, I monitor[Read More…]

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