Letter: No reason to stress over your undergraduate degree

Finals week brings with it the taste of blood in the air: hundreds of students pushing themselves to insane physical and mental limits to try to improve or maintain their averages, and stay in their program. Popular remedies include ingesting coffee and energy drinks, and spending entire days at a time pouring over every bit of information from the whole semester. This is an insane amount of effort and stress put into something that in the long run is as inconsequential to you, the individual reader, as your favourite subject was in high school. The reason most people put so much effort into their studies at the undergrad level is to either buff up their hiring prospects or get into […]

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Health and fitness blog: Running is the new coffee

The one thing more stressful than exam time is the few weeks before them—the week after reading week, when midterms appear out of nowhere and your only contact is with everything caffeinated. But say goodbye to caffeine and hello to a new pair of sneakers because running is the new coffee. A recent study conducted by the University Of Georgia’s department of exercise induced subjects with anxiety through a caffeine pill in order to test their psychological and mood symptoms after resting or exercising for an hour. The study found the subjects who exercised were three times more likely to be relieved from their anxiety than the ones who rested. Ever been in an exam when you were confronted with […]

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Natural Health and Beauty Blog: Ways to treat yourself this winter

January: The time when your next OSAP installment comes in, and you get to experience the freezing cold Ottawa winters (or, you know, become a hermit in the tunnels). With the stress of school assignments starting to pile up, or new extracurricular activities starting up, or just the plain old winter blues/flu season, why not treat yourself? One of my New Year’s resolutions was to practice more self care, specifically putting money away in my budget to pamper myself. I work hard in school, write for The Charlatan, work a part-time job, and mentor a robotics team—I figure I’ve earned it. If you also feel this way, here are some ideas for self pampering: Manicure—Probably the classic salon treatment, it […]

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Natural Health and Beauty Blog: Make your own natural toner

The holidays are over, and stress is on the horizon. Soon enough, our lives will be overrun by lack of sleep, cheap food, and too much alcohol. Enter acne. Pimples can pop up faster than popcorn, and sadly, the student life doesn’t help to get rid of it. Luckily, there are so many products that can combat the issue. But most good-quality skin care products are way too expensive for students, and the cheap ones have such high levels of chemicals they are actually worse for your skin. For a very affordable price, you can make your own natural toner that can help you fight off acne. Toners remove remaining oil, dirt, and debris your face wash didn’t remove, restore […]

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Opinion: Finish up school, then enjoy the holidays

From the time high school teachers start preparing their students for freshman year, potential university students hear about the high levels of stress that exist on campus requiring responsible time management and strong work ethic. We’ve all experienced this stress, and it’s no secret that it skyrockets in the weeks leading up to the end of the semester. But academics aren’t all that students have to worry about at the end of the fall semester. Well-intentioned festivities like holiday parties and Secret Santas start in late November when final papers are due and continue straight through December, into the exam period. Students should wait until the end of the semester to worry about executing a perfect holiday season, and focus […]

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