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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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 ·
Graphic by Simran Dhaliwal

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 ·
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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 ·
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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 ·
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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 ·