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  1. Vol. XI Issue 1

    Letter from the editor

    I’ve quickly discovered that writing a letter from the editor is hard. It’s challenging to sum up countless hours of editing, email-sending, and coffee-drinking into a mere couple hundred words. Nonetheless, here’s my two cents on the Futures Issue.

    We’re living in an interesting time. We’re experiencing a shifting political climate, evolving social norms, and unprecedented technological innovation. Global customs are being questioned, and seemingly stable institutions are increasingly scrutinized. Our future is murky.

    Alongside this, we as students are living in an interesting time. While school is comfortable, what happens post-grad can be foggy – I, for one, don’t know what I’ll be doing five years from now.

    When creating this magazine, my goal was to showcase various representations of this uncertainty while simultaneously highlighting the exciting nature of the unknown.

  2. The Varsity Student Handbook 2017

    Letter from the editor

    I never planned on coming to U of T. Originally, I wanted to go some-where outside of the GTA. All it took was a tour of the St. George campus and I was hooked. From then on out, I spent my weekdays downtown, my weekends studying at UTM, and every once in a while I’d travel to UTSC

    U of T is a big place. Our systems and structures can often be confusing at best. I’m sure you’ll dabble in a few different academic streams, social groups, and extracurricular activities before you find your home-away-from-home. I recommend trying out as much as you can in your first year — don’t be intimidated by how big this school is.

    If there‘s one takeaway from this handbook, it would be to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you. In my first year, I had no idea how many opportunities there were and how many people were available to help students succeed.

  3. #UofTAdvice


    We asked our readers on Twitter what advice they had for incoming first years.

    Varsity Readers

    First year bucket list


    Twenty things to do before next May

    Chris Simpson

    Take advantage of the system


    A rundown of accessibility services on campus

    Vanessa Purezza

    The definitive commuter survival guide


    How to thrive in a life of perpetual transit

    Gabrielle Warren

    Ready to bleed blue?


    What you should watch for from your Varsity Blues

    Brock Edwards

    Watch, train, participate


    A look at the University of Toronto sports facilities by campus

    Brock Edwards

    How to get started in research


    A step-by-step guide

    Devanshi Adhvaryu

    Science on campus


    Six ways to get involved

    Fakeha Jamil

    Arts on campus


    From acapella to tango, there’s something for everyone at U of T.

    Reut Cohen

    Attend it for the culture


    From exploring Nuit Blanche to rocking out at a summer music festival, this year-long timeline showcases some of the unforgettable events happening in arts and culture both on campus and around the city.

    Reut Cohen

    Who runs this place, anyway?


    Mapping the University of Toronto’s governance structure

    Jack O. Denton

    Lofty ladders, slippery snakes


    Varsity contributors weigh in on the ups and downs of their first-year experiences

    Varsity Contributor

    Five study spots at UTSC


    In search of peace and quiet on Scarborough campus

    Tania Sleman

    The student’s guide to Scarborough


    Located in the eastern end of the city, UTSC is situated in a Toronto district that’s home to a variety of unique cultural and environmental activities. Here are some we recommend:

    Kaitlyn Simpson

    Non-library study spots at UTM


    Some of the best places to work on campus­, besides the often-crowded library

    Aidan Currie and Elham Numan

    The student’s guide to Mississauga


    There’s a lot more to do in Mississauga than shop at Square One or watch deer stroll around UTM. If you’re looking for fun and adventure, here are some local gems for you to explore.

    Marium Jamil

    Let’s get caffeinated


    A comprehensive list of coffee and tea at UTSG

    Rachel Chen

    The student’s guide to Toronto


    Now that you’ll be studying in downtown Toronto, it’s time you learn where students go when they’re not at Robarts. Here are a few affordable things to do in the heart of the city.

    Natasha Anita

  4. Vol. X Issue 2

    Letter from the editor

    I’m pretty bad at explaining myself. Once in an attempt to justify something I said, I told my roommates that I was “questioning the questioning the questioning.” While I don’t remember what I was talking about then, I find it an apt phrase to describe the university experience.

    University takes everything you believe in and attempts to rip them apart. If you weren’t able to defend those beliefs before, you sure as hell had better learn how to quickly — unless you want to let them go or keep them buried, away from interrogating minds.

    People believe in a lot of things, from the Maple Leafs (page 2) to themselves (page 50). In this magazine, we explore weightier beliefs too, from how political beliefs form (page 18) to how religious beliefs stand strong (page 44).

    While The Home Issue was familiar — comfortable even — this issue delved into the uncertain and controversial. How can we analyze core beliefs critically, without undermining them or the people holding them?