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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A ghastly and ghostly movie date

On Thursday, September 28th, students and the community members were invited to an outdoor screening of the 1982 spooky classic, Poltergeist. An event hosted by Fresh Air Films and CreateWaterloo, it seemed to be an appealing activity for the university crowd. Given the fact that it was free and hosted in a central area that many people in the city […]

by Emily Waitson· · Arts and Life ·
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Being mindful of your behaviour on the bus

Riding the city bus can be quite a harrowing experience, despite it being such an arbitrary necessity of my everyday life. As a student who has no car, I rely on the public transportation system to take me back and forth from my home in Kitchener, to school in Waterloo. I’ve regularly ridden the bus since I was a teenager […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Being critical of diet without criticizing others

We are fortunate to live in a day and age where we are given seemingly endless dietary options that can fit specific eating restrictions and overall preferences. Opportunities to consume unnervingly specific foods catered to the needs of — what would once be considered — niche health groups are becoming more and more popular with each passing Gwyneth Paltrow blog […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
Editorial: Overcoming Social Anxiety

Editorial: Overcoming Social Anxiety

The first year I entered university, I was absolutely terrified. Beyond the general fear that most people have going into a new environment, I was stricken with a constant, all consuming unease that followed me wherever I went. Walking through large groups of people made me incredibly nervous, going into crowded lecture halls left me hyperventilating in the bathroom and […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Dwayne Johnson wouldn’t “Rock” the presidency

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a famous figure that has gained widespread notoriety for not only being a box office powerhouse and HBO star, but an insatiably likeable good guy to boot. He’s come a long way from his poorly animated appearance as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, a 2001 sequel that pretty much jump started his acting […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
Graphic by Jessi Wood

Embracing a cartoonish perspective

“D’oh!” was added to the Oxford Dictionary of English in 1998. It’s an exclamation of frustration that is universally associated with The Simpsons and recognized as the catchphrase of loveable dimwit Homer Simpson. It’s a definitive example of the impact that cartoons have had on pop culture history. As a little kid, along with my “normal” arsenal of television shows […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
Photo by Luke Sarazin

The benefits and blemishes concerning Buzzfeed

Recently, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I saw a link to a quiz posted by Buzzfeed called, “Choose a Deranged Doll And We’ll Determine Your Very Worst Habit.” I don’t know when and I don’t know how, but somewhere along the line I fell right into the overhyped and problematic black hole that is BuzzFeed. The relationship […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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Kesha catches the cold shoulder

A recent oddity in pop culture news that has quickly garnered the attention of the internet has been a video of Jerry Seinfeld declining a hug from Kesha. Almost like a moment plucked straight out of Seinfeld itself, this incredibly awkward clip is nothing short of uncomfortable to watch. As a person who absorbs secondhand embarrassment like a sponge, I […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
Filters, festivals and fake followers

Filters, festivals and fake followers

Music festival season is a time where social media is flooded with photos of Valencia filtered girls in distressed shorts, flower crowns and chokers. Guys who look like they stepped out of a Vans ad can be seen smiling smugly, snapbacks firmly in place, peace signs thrown in front of them to match their picture’s accompanying hashtag, #goodvibes. Over the […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·
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The “#Girlboss” is not a role model

Trending through popular social media feeds at every turn as of late, has been the proudly emboldened phrase “#Girlboss.” A term popularized by Nasty Gal clothing company founder — and rags to riches self-starter — Sophia Amoruso. This term has been utilized by scores of women since, who feel inspired by its surface-level intent. Amoruso’s seemingly empowering book — and […]

by Emily Waitson· · Opinion ·