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

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 ·
Photo by Madeline McInnis

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 ·
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 ·
Graphic by Alan Li

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 ·
Photo by Luke Sarazin

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 ·
Photo by Madeline McInnis

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 ·