Hello again, everyone! I hope you’re all faring well with the semester wrapping up and exams on the horizon. I know it can be a busy time of year and believe me — I’ve been feeling the pressure here in Switzerland, too. What’s been getting me through the most arduous of assignments however, has been that wave of relief after the whirlwind of first semester — Christmas break. I was excited when I heard this was the last issue of Pro Tem before the break, not because I don’t like writing my column, but because that meant I could write the article I’ve been waiting to write since I got here: Christmas — European Style.
With exams times approaching, hard work and stress are inevitable. However, this needs to be balanced with self care. Everyone is different, so there is unfortunately no one good solution for tackling exam stress. However, here are some reminders that will hopefully help your study sessions and exam preparation go smoothly.
Gnocchi is something that every Italian has grown up with. Being a student, I’ve learned that it’s actually an extremely inexpensive pasta to make from scratch! The only materials you’ll need are a fork, a knife, and your hands! My pumpkin gnocchi is a twist on the typical potato gnocchi, and it’s the perfect dish for the upcoming holiday season.
As someone who played many different sports throughout high school, I was obligated to go to practice where I would get my daily dose of exercise. Now, as a second-year university student, I find myself slacking off by not getting a good amount of physical activity and not eating as healthy as I should be. After I completed first year, the toll of not participating in sports and going to the gym was noticeable on my body. Freshman Fifteen was becoming more of a reality than simply a myth of first year. When I walked out of my last exam of first year, I made the decision to get a gym membership in my hometown of Mississauga, and this is how I found the key to being successful at the gym!
So, it has just hit me that it’s November, which is not only shocking because of the bounty of Christmas décor in the stores, but also because it means I’ve been here for over two months! In that time, I’ve travelled to cities within Switzerland, to Scotland, to Norway, and I may have a potential Croatia trip in December. However, even with all the incredible experiences I’ve been having here in Europe, there really is no place like home, and what better way to remember it by than food? That’s why, in this issue, I’ll be sharing my Grandma’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese recipe, a simple recipe that always brings me home.
Au cours des dernières années, il y a un intérêt croissant pour la prise de parole publique quant à la question de la santé mentale et de la maladie mentale. Des initiatives telles que Bell Cause pour la cause, la Semaine de sensibilisation aux maladies mentales ou encore la campagne des Visages de la maladie mentale lancée par Alliance canadienne pour la maladie mentale et la santé mentale en sont des exemples. Ces initiatives, à la fois saluées et critiquées, donnent lieu à des prises de position dans les médias et sur les réseaux sociaux, abordant des enjeux tels que l’accès à la psychothérapie, les listes d’attente dans le réseau public ou encore la prise de médication.
If there’s one thing I don’t miss about Glendon, it’s the caf. I don’t miss the limp lettuce at the salad bar, I don’t miss the not-so-Indian Indian food, the soggy sandwiches, the oddly sweet pasta sauces, or the mind-boggling prices. I certainly don’t miss the conditional passes from health inspectors. I remember in first year, checking the Keele shuttle schedule every day so that I could make it there in time to eat dinner, just to avoid the Glendon cafeteria. I knew that if I got stuck eating in the caf, I would get sick of my meal before I was even close to being full. It is for this reason that the cafeterias at my exchange university here in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne (UNIL), have been so wonderfully refreshing.
Turn heat to medium (adjust to be hotter or cooler depending on your stove). In a large, deep frying pan, put a little vegetable oil and sautée the onion, zucchini and red pepper. Stir occasionally, making sure they don’t stick to the pan.
Quand on entend le mot patience, plusieurs images nous viennent en tête : des gestes qui témoignent de notre compréhension et notre soutien envers autrui, l’action de se défaire parfois très difficilement d’une idée ou d’une attente à laquelle on était fortement attachés. Cependant, un autre type de patience, souvent négligé, est la patience envers soi-même, et par extension, le besoin fondamental de faire preuve d’ouverture d’esprit face à l’échec et aux imprévus.
Growing up, it wasn’t until I was about 12 or 13 when I was first introduced to the idea of introversion and extroversion. It was in English class in middle school, and for reasons I can’t remember, we were doing personality quizzes, similar to the kind you see pop up on Facebook now and again. When the quiz asked me if I was an introvert or an extrovert, I was familiar enough with the words, but not with their true meanings. I said I was an extrovert because I thought that it would seem as though I didn’t like people if I said I was an introvert. This idea stuck with me, and for a while I was convinced I was an extrovert, and that I should be doing and enjoying things as an extrovert would. As someone who is very definitely introverted, this wasn’t all that fun. To try and live as an extrovert when you’re introverted, in my experience, is to feel constantly overwhelmed and worn out without understanding why. I felt strange for wanting alone time, not knowing at the time that I needed it.
Coucou, tout le monde! Or so I’ve learned to say here. Between the saluts, the bonjours, and the bonsoirs, I have been learning lots here in Switzerland, and more than just the many ways to say hello. In the almost month that I’ve spent here in Lausanne, I’ve had the chance to explore a plethora of different foods. Swiss cuisine has been amon
Who would have thought that October would sneak up on us that quickly? The familiar chill’s back in the air again, along with all the markers of Autumn: sweaters, pumpkins, those gorgeous colorful leaves, and midterms!
Does distance really make the heart grow fonder? Before you start a long distance relationship, there are a couple of things you should know. Long distance is most likely going to be a make-it-or-break it situation, that’s just the bitter truth. Once you have realized that you can, in fact, make it, it will change your dynamic forever. The trials and tribulations that are unique to this experience will make you a stronger and more patient person.
It is with some irony that I say this seeing as I am not returning to Glendon along with you this year. Instead, I am lucky enough to be on exchange in the beautiful city of Lausanne, Switzerland. Yes, that means I’ll be spending the year in the land of expensive watches and fantastic skiing, and more importantly, delectable cheeses and decadent chocolates. Although this year’s articles will be different in format from last year’s (think: less recipes, more food journalism), I encourage you to take the experiences I will document to heart and continue to develop your culinary insights.
It’s safe to say that the greatest opponent to time management is procrastination. Whether it comes in the form of sleep, pets, or Netflix, procrastinating has a snowball effect which is all too familiar. As university students with years of procrastinating under our belts, we know that the more we procrastinate, the more vicious a cycle it becomes, inevitably resulting in coffee-fueled nuit blanches come academic crunch times. Now perhaps the one good thing about this age-old opposition is that it works the other way around too: good time management practices can override bad procrastination habits.
Le 4 janvier 2017, je bouclais mon sac de 85 litres, plein à craquer d’équipements de montagne. Avec des papillons dans le ventre, je partais en expédition en Argentine, à l’Aconcagua, une montagne s’élevant à 6962 mètres d’altitude, soit la plus haute en dehors de l’Asie et le point culminant des Andes. Bien que la plupart des expéditions atteignent le sommet par la route Normale, notre équipe de neuf personnes prévoyait utiliser la 360, une route qui débutait dans les pénitents de neiges et qui suivait la Valle de Vacas pour ensuite redescendre par la Normale.
Vous êtes rendus à la partie « séminaire » de votre cours et, comme d’habitude, le professeur mène la discussion en posant des questions. Vous savez bien que la participation compte pour la note finale et même si vous connaissez la réponse ou vous avez des commentaires à ajouter, la peur vous paralyse. Peu importe les efforts que vous y consacrez – la sueur, les larmes, les palpitations de cœur – vous êtes physiquement incapable de lever la main et de parler en classe. Il faut que vous sachiez que vous n’êtes pas seul : l’anxiété associée à la participation en classe affecte de nombreux étudiants.
My favourite memory from Aunty Anne’s house is her famous Hugs ‘n’ Chips Bread Pudding. It was rich and decadent, and a delectable butterscotch sauce that graced the mounds of sweet chocolatey bread. We were bound to be hyperactive for hours. For the final 2016-17 issue of Pro Tem, I’ve decided to share this recipe with all of you.
If you have completed all of your midterms, you deserve to “treat yo self”. And what better way to do so than by eating a decadent carrot cake? Between the late-night cramming, the mental breakdowns, and the hand cramps, you have put yourself through overwhelming stress. You survived! So have some cake.
Last summer, I stopped eating meat. While this sounds like a terrible idea to most people, such as my parents and friends, I decided this was something I really needed to do. Months later, I stand by my decision and don’t even take a second look at a hamburger. Any meat lover will probably stop reading, but if you have any interest in the benefits of avoiding meat then you’ve come to the right place.
Le 5 juillet 2013, 75 patients adolescents de l'hôpital SickKids de Toronto se sont préparés pour le 5e bal annuel. Cette soirée incroyable est organisée chaque année par le Département d'événements sociaux et de bénévolat à SickKids depuis 2009. Son but est de créer une expérience positive à l'hôpital en organisant divers événements spéciaux grâce auxquels les patients peuvent se détendre, s'amuser et se sentir plus « normaux ».
These days, the sky is grey and it’s a miracle if you can still feel your fingers and toes when you get home. The solution? A nice hot bowl of your grandma’s chicken noodle soup, perhaps? Well, if your grandmother isn’t around to cure your February chills, John Kemp’s Kitchen is here to save the day! After returning from my recent trip to Ottawa, a lovely city where it’s so cold that your eyes freeze in place if you don’t blink often enough, I figured that it may be a good time to share my grandma Babi’s chicken noodle soup recipe. It was a staple of my childhood and continues to be the only thing I crave when I’m sick.
Yes, that’s right, foodoscopes. I’ve noticed that international trends, weather, social media, school schedules, and the time of year all play major roles in determining food trends, so I have created a list of my predictions of the major food trends that will take place in the first four months of 2017
Here is a common piece of advice: “Drink a lot of water, exercise, and eat healthy.” The first is doable. The second, not always easy, but still fairly simple. But the third? Although it may appear straight forward, many of us don’t really know how to go about healthy eating.
Bell Let’s Talk, held annually on January 25, is an event that is very close to my heart. The name says it all; it is an invitation for the world to discuss mental illness and health with the goal of erasing the stigma that remains.
“Why don’t you go to the gym? Come join us for Zumba tonight, it’ll be fun! Don’t you have your membership? You literally could have gotten it for free last year! What if I went with you?” These words are what I hear from my dear friends on almost a daily basis. I’m perfectly aware of the merits of going to the gym, that I could have gotten a free membership in my first year for being a Top Scholar student, and that the GAC has a myriad of activities to take advantage of. My problem is that I have absolutely no desire to go anywhere near anything remotely resembling a public gym.
On Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, Bell Canada held their 7th national Bell Let’s Talk Day - the annual day that works towards ending the stigma against mental illness. On this day, Bell Canada donated 5 cents for every tweet and Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk as well as for every text message sent and mobile or long distance call made by Bell customers. Facebook views of the Bell Let’s Talk video and the Bell Let’s Talk geo-filter on Snapchat were also ways to garner donations.
Il existe environ 6.4 millions de chiens au Canada, et chacun d’eux est unique à sa façon. Contrairement aux chats, les chiens sont capables de comprendre les émotions des êtres humains et sont donc utilisés dans un contexte thérapeutique. Je vais vous présenter mon chien, Micky Moomer
Year after year, when the clock strikes midnight announcing the 1st of January, we can’t help but wonder what our resolutions should be. Often, they tend to circle around similar ideas – eating healthier, getting more sleep, and hardest of all, working out more. Personally, I have always loved working out; however, this past year, I found it harder than ever to stay on track with a consistent workout schedule. Thankfully, I received quite an interesting gadget for Christmas – a Fitbit. I immediately became excited to see if this fitness tracker will in fact play even the slightest role in helping me achieve my New Year resolution of getting back into exercising.