Leah De Jong

Leah De Jong

Articles by Leah De Jong

Push through your own limits

Push through your own limits

Sometimes I ask myself why I haven’t done anything, or at least any of the things that I planned to do. I was going to get in shape, finish writing that novel and generally do great things. But I didn’t. There was no big reason why I didn’t do them, I just didn’t. I had opportunity. I know where the […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·

The value of teaching

My professors are smart people. I respect their PhDs and acknowledge the years of work they’ve put in. I accept that their knowledge is valuable and I believe that it is important that I learn it. I trust their research is important and they are well accomplished in their respective field. But I don’t believe that they’re teachers. Professors, yes. […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·
Lena Yang

Social media: we’re doing it wrong

A helicopter landed on Alumni field at Wilfrid Laurier University and I had the privilege of prime seating from the third floor science building. As you’d expect, a crowd of students burst outside to watch the unusual event with phones in hand nearly every person was taking video and photos. Once the helicopter landed, those phones became tools to call […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·
Graphic by Lena Yang.

Interpreting failure and success

Failure: lower than 50 per cent on the course, lower than 50 per cent on the final, an inability to complete course assignments, lower than 50 per cent on the lab component, academic probation. School is superb at reminding us what failure means. It screams at us in big letters — ‘don’t fail because if you do, bad things will […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·
(Graphic by Lena Yang)

Renaissance 2.0

People move. If there’s one thing to learn from history class it’s that people move en mass from one place to another. Europeans got on boats and sailed away. Romans conquered and colonized. The Mongols went wherever they wanted. Nations that didn’t move out and conquer were conquered and killed. Moving has been wired into us. Not necessarily exploration, just […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·

Write your own story

Everyone loves a good story. Whether they read a book, watch a movie, see a play or simply hear the tale, stories are everywhere. They cross cultures and break barriers and the story is universal. What is it about stories that make us want to watch one more episode or read just one more chapter? Simple. Our lives are the […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·
Bringing games to the real world

Bringing games to the real world

What if life were a video game? A world where the path was clearly marked, ‘leveling up’ resulted in fireworks, respawning was an option and bonuses could be unlocked. The allure of a video game world isn’t hard to see and three billion hours are spent globally each week enjoying the thrill of meeting goals and unlocking the next level. […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·

Summer jobs pay off

Despite the snow on the ground and the nip in the air, this is the time to begin looking for summer employment, especially if you’re looking for something beyond the standard retail or waitress fare. As university students, we can no longer get away with being jobless. Perhaps some managed to spend their entire high school careers lazing the summer […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·

Re-discovering the wonder of the everyday

The world is short on wonder. The irony is that the world has never been more full of things to wonder at. In the last year alone scientists developed actual Spiderman string, put a machine on Mars and allowed the world to watch, freefell from the edge of space and obtained video footage of the real life Kraken. These are […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·
(Graphic by Alex Watson)

Bachelor’s degree not for everyone

Everyone should have the opportunity to go to university, but not everyone should feel they have to. More often than not, a bachelor’s degree is obtained merely for the fact that it’s become a gate-keeper into a “real job.” Although a bachelor’s degree is a requirement for most jobs, it could be argued that it’s not technically necessary. A new […]

by Leah De Jong· · Opinion ·