Q+A: Carleton students on the meaning behind their tattoos

Despite the backlash many people with tattoos face, young people are still choosing to get inked. The Charlatan spoke to three Carleton students about their tattoos, the meaning behind them, and whether beauty really is skin deep. Christy Canning, first-year psychology student   The Charlatan (TC): What made you decide to get a tattoo? Christy Canning (CC): I decided to get tattoos after always idolizing people who had them. I thought it was so cool to use your body as a canvas for art and I wanted to use my body for that. After going through some rough times and losing a cousin to suicide I wanted to get something to memorialize her. TC: Do your tattoos represent anything? CC: My […]

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Tattoos or taboos? Self-expression and the treatment of tattoos in the workplace

Coloured hair, piercings, and tattoos are sometimes viewed as forms of self-expression. Tattoo culture continues to rise among young people, as part of a new generation that typically values openmindedness over “looking the part,” but it doesn’t mean that societal taboos will change in the workplace. The facts on tattoos Over the last decade, tattoo culture has become increasingly popular with young people in North America. Twenty-one per cent of Canadians have at least one tattoo, with a large sum of that number constituting young people between the ages of 20 and 31 years of age, according to a report by the National Post. The Post also reported that tattoos have often been associated with lower socioeconomic status and criminality, […]

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Stories from students: Studying and interning overseas

Crowded airports bring stress for some, and excitement and opportunity for others. For students interning or studying abroad, they can bring the realization that life is about to change irrevocably. While only 2.3 per cent of Canadian students participated in a study abroad opportunity last year, 86 per cent are interested in the experience, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Student experiences of going abroad, whether for studies or an internship, are as diverse as the students themselves, but one common opinion shared by the students who spoke about their experience was that it challenged and changed who they were as people. Empowering experiences, but longer studies Sarah Littisha Jansen is a PhD student at Carleton University […]

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Learning beyond borders: Is studying abroad a worthwhile experience? How can it be affordable?

Getting out of Ottawa to learn in another country is an appealing opportunity for many students. Countless exchange programs exist at Carleton University and beyond, enticing students to explore the world outside of their classrooms. Carleton’s International Student Services Office (ISSO) website states that Carleton annually partners with 170 institutions in over 30 countries to provide both incoming and outgoing students with the opportunity to study abroad. But is studying abroad a worthwhile experience? And can it be affordable for the average student? International opportunities aside from exchange Chau Hoang, the exchange partnership administrator with the ISSO, said some degree programs at Carleton have an exchange requirement. This includes students enrolled in international business and global and international studies. But […]

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Slates vs independent candidates in CUSA elections: What’s the difference?

Walking through the tunnels on a cold winter’s day may seem like a blissful escape from the latest installment of Ottawa’s winter, but at the end of January, it’s near impossible to avoid the flurry of flyers and faces of fellow students as Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election candidates vie for potential votes. While some students go out of their way to avoid eye contact or wear headphones in a silent plea to be left alone, few can escape being handed a flyer and getting asked to cast their ballots a certain way. But how do CUSA elections really work on campus? We attempt to break it down: The slate-independent rivalry in recent years Under names that suggest unity, […]

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