Author: Aloysius Wong

New year, same story

Now that New Year’s celebrations are over, it’s time to get down to business—new body, higher marks, sounder mind. . . right?    Every year we make New Year’s resolutions to better ourselves, but have we ever taken the time to ask why we make them, or if we even should? It’s almost always the same story: we make promises we know we can’t keep.    Our friends, family, and idols all make resolutions, so we feel pressured to do the same, though we may not be very serious about our resolutions. It’s this kind of haphazard goal-setting that sets us up for failure.     Perhaps that isn’t the only issue with New Year’s resolutions. We not only feel obligated to make resolutions in the first place, but we also tend to choose the same resolutions every year. We all know the popular resolutions: lose 20 pounds, get a 4.0 GPA, sleep longer, work out more—the list goes on. They’re so commonplace that they lose their personal meaning for us.    But let’s consider one example that matters to us as students: grades. It didn’t take long for me to recognize that UofT is a radically different environment from high school. I distinctly remember being told numerous times during frosh week to expect our grades to drop. In fact, it started to piss me off by the end—who were...

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VUSAC Fall Elections 2017: Sagar Kothari, Sustainability Commissioner Candidate

The Strand sat down with Sagar Kothari, candidate for Sustainability Commissioner in the 2017 VUSAC fall elections.   The Strand: Why did you decide to run for Sustainability Commissioner? Sagar Kothari: I looked at the description of the role and what responsibilities came with it, and I thought it would be a good idea to run because I had that background: I was president of the environment club in high school; I was on student council; and I am generally passionate on a personal level about environmental issues and being sustainable overall. In high school, we ran a promotion on reusable containers; we got our school certified gold by Ontario Eco Schools; we conducted waste audits and energy audits; we introduced composting; we also worked with children ages 8-14 and helped them with their own environment club. The role of Sustainability Commissioner matches my skillset exactly, and I can do a great job in terms of environmental awareness here at Vic. It’s the perfect match for me. I really enjoy what I do.   What do you believe you can bring to the role of Sustainability Commissioner? What I can bring is (again) my experience and my knowledge, and a lot of ideas. There are a lot of things that go on here at Victoria College, such as the inefficient use of lighting, lots of posters—[often a] waste of...

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