Author: Jasmine Ng

Review: On Growing Old

Photo | Maia Kachan Maia Kachan’s debut collection of poems poignantly outlines a coming-of-age narrative  Drawing on themes of wintertime numbness, listless suburban life, and drunken young love, Victoria College student, Maia Kachan creates a small world within the twenty pages of their poetry collection On Growing Old. Published in May of 2017, this semi-autobiographical collection spans the teenage years of a young person who has grown up almost too quickly.   The most notable aspect about the collection is the winter feeling that extends throughout Kachan’s poems. A chill can be found in the dorm room, the little prairie town, the graveyard, and the Toronto streets that the speaker passes through. Though this extended wintertime seems gloomy, the cold could be seen as an act of preservation. Winter is a mental state as much as...

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We asked these first-year students what they have in their dorm rooms

First-year students everywhere are moving into their dorm rooms, meeting their new roommates, and pretending they have a cool relationship with their parents by ordering them to set down the mini-fridge in that specific corner. We take a brief moment from a few of these newcomers’ days to ask them how they have prepared for their first exciting year at university. NATHANIEL: Well, I can’t live without my copies of Heart of Darkness, Crime and Punishment, and Cat’s Cradle. I don’t expect everyone to really, like, get it. But they’re just so classic, you know? Really exploring the darkness within all men. I mean, also women. I’m all about including females in my analyses of novels. They do some interesting stuff if you dig deep enough. If you haven’t guessed, I also really like to write. ANGELIKA: I brought a lot of posters from my favourite Broadway and off-Broadway productions. You might have heard of Hamilton? Well, I actually saw it in its original venue, so I got hooked before everyone else. I also have all the Hamilton songs memorized, and I gotta say; my rapping isn’t bad! I sing everywhere I go. Singing in the shower, at the cafeteria, in my room. It’s just a quirky thing I do (laughs). I brought a keyboard, too, so there are going to be some great jams in here. Everyone’ll have a good time....

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