Emily Waitson

Emily Waitson

Emily is a fourth-year English and History student who loves to complain about the weather and regularly eats too many packaged snack foods in one sitting. She collects more books than she actually reads, gets emotional over adoption notices at animal shelters, and acts a lot cooler than she really is.

Articles by Emily Waitson

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Embracing your past and present passions

I’m the type of person who used to take my passions incredibly seriously. When I was younger, the things that I liked were an essential part of who I was. I unabashedly — to an embarrassing extent — proudly embraced them without a hint of any shame whatsoever. Making my obsessions known to anyone who would talk to me for […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Eating Tide Pods has become the internet’s latest obsession

  What started out as an oddly popular internet joke that circulated various meme websites — and was the focus of a satirical article published by The Onion in 2015 — has now transformed into a cautionary tale about what not to put in your mouth. Just when I thought humanity could not lower itself any farther and the limit […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Logan Paul deserves the backlash he’s getting for his thoughtless video

  Adding to the list of douchebags who made news headlines for their shitty behaviour, Logan Paul has become a newly acclaimed member of the “I fucked up big time” squad just in time to ring in the New Year. Paul got his claim to fame through the once popular video sharing site Vine, something that many young twenty-somethings have […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Forcing hugs isn’t necessary during the holidays

  Every holiday season, families get together and spend time doing what Hallmark commercials portray to be the picturesque norm. This includes little kids being dragged from house to house, thrust into the arms of eager and, often distant, relatives. Some kids obviously don’t mind this and physical affection from extended family members may not bother them. However, there are […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
Editorial: end of the year wrap-up

Editorial: end of the year wrap-up

Somehow, we’ve almost reached the end of another year and another semester. To avoid sounding like a wistful old man who constantly comments on how quickly time passes, I’ll give my head a shake and talk about the past year constructively. Even though I tend to be a persistently pessimistic person sometimes, especially when I feel stressed, reflecting on what […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Self-care is becoming too oversimplified

  As we transition into the colder months, I’ve noticed an increase in the amount of Buzzfeed articles and Tumblr posts that are shared about self-care. Ways that people can tackle the winter blues and combat their mental health issues are commonly reduced down to beauty items and junk food that you can buy at your local Walmart. Self-care has […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Beauty shouldn’t be defined by the length or colour of your hair

  Ever since I was very young, people have always commented on my hair. I sported a mop of ginger curls that eventually grew down the length of my back and became my signature physical focal point for most of my life. As odd as it may seem, I connected a large amount of my overall self-worth to my hair. As […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
Graphic by Simran Dhaliwal

Breaking out of the imposter syndrome mentality

Impostor syndrome, for those of you who are blissfully unaware of it, is quite literal to the term. It means that you feel like you’re going to be exposed as a fraud, a phony or a fake in a job, at school or in a variety of things that are typically meant to be positive endeavours. I’ve battled with this […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Harvey Weinstein’s crimes are disgusting, but not surprising

Harvey Weinstein has dominated media headlines lately due to an increasing onslaught of accusations made against him regarding many alleged acts of sexual assault. I wish I could say that finding out about this news shook me to my core, but it didn’t. Reading about his repugnant behaviour detailed in a gripping article from The New Yorker, was difficult, but […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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The emotional struggle of lost friendships

An all consuming sadness washes over me whenever I feel the loss of a friend who was once near and dear to me. Like many things in life, friendships have no guarantee attached to them. Many have a shelf-life, a hidden expiry date that labels the amount of time they’ll spend by your side. I am incredibly lucky to have […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·