Author Archives: Natalie Constantin

Sharing with parents is not always easy

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Student reading at tableI have always found it difficult to talk to my parents about my problems. It’s not that I don’t trust them or that I think they won’t understand, it’s more that I feel like I need to sort out the issues I have on my own. Sometimes I feel that the problems surface at inopportune times, so I leave them alone for a while until they accumulate and exceed my brain’s holding capacity. To be specific, these things usually include a bad mark on a test, social pressures, or feeling overwhelmed.

Over the years, my parents have identified when the appropriate time is to intervene and how far to go before drawing the line. I have also found ways …

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Some things to know about your teenager’s brain

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Some things to know about your teenager’s brainTeenagers are a unique species, very different than children and adults. They can be hard to understand and hard to live with at times. I’ve got two teenage siblings, so I speak from experience. My house is like a science lab where we’re always witnessing the outcomes of teenage brain development. With teens, you can expect disagreements, dramatic outbursts, or getting through half of your day before your teen has even gotten out of bed.

Sound familiar? If you’re living with a teen, take a moment and remind yourself that this behavior is quite typical of the age, and most likely nothing to take personally. The teenage brain is still developing and some of the teen experience is just …

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It’s not unlucky to be a girl

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It's not unlucky to be a girl“Girls are the most powerful force for change on the planet.”
– The Girl Effect

Saturday, March 8th was International Women’s Day and it got me thinking about being a teenage girl in Canada, and how, with so many resources and opportunities at our fingertips, we have the power to change the world. International Women’s day was founded in 1988 and was created to celebrate achievements in women’s equality and freedom. My mom has always been a strong advocate for women’s leadership and addressing the challenges that women face in male dominated environments. I think that’s why I’ve always been someone who dreams big and who never sets limits on things I want to accomplish because I’ve had a …

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Tips for university-bound students

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Tips for university-bound studentsHeading off to university for the first time is one of the most significant life transitions you will experience. As a high school student I am nervous about this transition, so I spoke with some friends who have already started their post-secondary education to get an idea of what’s in store.

University classes – we’re definitely not in high school anymore!

I was really nervous about the speed and intensity of my courses and not being able to talk with my professor about my questions and assignments – Jared, Niagara College of Horticulture 

A lot of first-year classes are large, lecture-based classes where you likely won’t be able to interact much with your professors, and as such your learning is …

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