In my first semester here, my instructors were like, “Hey, this is my name and these are my pronouns.” When I was in high school 10 years ago, that would never have been done. Finding a place where you can explore who you are is really exciting and awesome.
I feel like post-secondary should really be about community. We’re all struggling, we’re all saying “big mood” and “oof” constantly. We’re all stressed out and passing around the same $20. And the community at MacEwan is not inherently competitive — we’re just trying to help each other out.
So usually what I’ll do for my classes is I'll put my contact info on the board and tell everyone that I share my notes and schedule study rooms. I’d like to see more of that — people being accommodating and reaching out to each other. I know we’re all scared, but we don’t have to be afraid of each other.
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