Author: Shailee Koranne

Six is the new four

Six is the new four Words by shailee koranne photo by hana nikcevic The four-year timeline is an unrealistic and unfair expectation of students By the time I reached grade 12, I was only taking classes I liked and knew I was good at. This meant that I hardly had to put in any effort to pull in a low-90s average. Having been raised in a family that values success in education, I have always been a good student. Even though university proved to be much more difficult than high school, I coasted through first and second year with a high 60s/low 70s average, more or less content with those grades. And then I hit rock bottom. Rock bottom is a bad place—there’s no question about it. Mental illness was something I had struggled with for years, but it had never quite consumed me until I was in my third year at Victoria College. Third year was my personal hell. Outside of taking the prescribed five classes per semester, I was interning at a major media outlet, editing a section of The Strand, and doing communications for VUSAC. All of these things were supposed to be fun; yet almost every day, it took me an hour to get out of bed. I slept for most of the day, skipped almost every single lecture, unless there was an assignment due,...

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Tangled Art Gallery: Redefining Disability Arts

The week leading up to my 10 AM trek to the Tangled Art Gallery for a class field trip had been physically and emotionally exhausting. I deal with anxiety and depression on a daily basis—name a more iconic duo… I’ll wait. September was a very long, busy month, I had a stomach flu, and—you get it. I was tired. I didn’t want to go. But I’m so glad I did. The Tangled Art Gallery (TAG) is a new space that aims to better represent disability arts in Toronto. It is free to the public and offers audio description, “relaxed”...

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