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A Tribe Called Red just put out their video for “Sisters” and I felt inspired (/I’m feeling like Creator wanted me) to write about my Métis sister Tera Beaulieu.


Graduating from York University’s Psychology BA Honours in 2007, she went on to do her Masters in Psychology at the University of Toronto.

Tera is now in the final stretch of her academic path, working on her PhD in Clinical/Counselling Psychology at U of T since 2010 and her area of research is on the role of Métis traditional knowledge in addressing the life transition needs of urban Métis homeless people.

She was the recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. (This means she is both incredibly smart and hardworking).

She is the recipient of the 2014 Minaake Award for Leadership presented by the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto.

She has also been an Infinite Reach Facilitator at University of Toronto for the last 3 years and that is how I had the pleasure of meeting her.

Through her work as an Infinite Reach Facilitator and as the Women’s Representative, MNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council she has carved out a place for Métis people living in Toronto and provided many of the city’s Métis folks the space to self declare and to own their identities.

She did all of this while navigating through her own Métis identity.

She is in the process of submitting her nomination to be President of the Toronto & York Region Métis Council (so if you can vote in the Toronto council elections, you should DEFINITELY vote for her, they will be held in June).



Contributing author and MNO Toronto Region Métis Council Women’s Representative Tera Beaulieu providing a reading during the launch. Photo credit: Aimee Rochard (Click on this photo for the full story)

Tera is Thunder clan, which is unsurprising to those of us who have the privilege of knowing her, because she is absolutely a force of nature.

A proud Métis woman, her grandfather was born in St Laurent, Manitoba and he served in the Canadian Forces. Her father was born in B.C. and Tera has always called Toronto home.

I had a chat with Tera about her identity, how it defines her and also what she hopes to accomplish in the future:

Does your identity as a Métis woman impact your studies? 

Absolutely my identity has impacted my work. My doctoral research focuses on examining the role of Metis traditional knowledge in addressing the life transition needs (education, employment and mental health) of urban Metis homeless people. I knew very early on that I wanted to focus my research on Metis mental health, for several reasons. The area of Metis peoples health and well-being is an incredibly under researched area. We know far more about First Nations and Inuit peoples mental health than we do about Metis people, however, Metis people have experienced colonization, residential school, intergenerational trauma, and so on, just as the other Indigenous peoples of North America have. Knowing this, I felt a great sense of responsibility and desire to add to the knowledge base that details our peoples health so that we may be better informed about the needs of our people and how we might begin to go about addressing our healing needs.


Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer, and Carla Robinson

Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer, and Carla Robinson

Did/do you struggle with identifying as Métis?

My identity as a Metis woman has significantly evolved over time. My family often made references to being “Native” or having “Indian blood” when I was a child, but I didn’t understand this or know how to make sense of it for most of my childhood and adolescence. Over time I learned of our ancestry as Metis, and began to research and look into our history in my early adulthood. Being comfortable with identifying as Metis was a long process that involved much reflection and healing. I spent a lot of time reflecting on whether I was entitled to identify as Metis, given that I didn’t grow up in the culture, and thinking about my responsibility to my community and culture if I took up the identity of being Aboriginal.  As I began to immerse myself in the culture and become more active with the community, identifying as Metis became an important way for me to honour my Metis ancestors and positively contribute to our community.

Have you found strength in identifying as Métis?

I have found strength in identifying as Metis but it has not come without its challenges. I had a particularly difficult experience as an undergraduate student prior to identifying as Metis, but knowing of my ancestry. When I inquired about learning about traditional ways of healing and attending ceremony in the city, my professor at that time was very non-supportive and I experienced a great deal of shame. While she likely was trying to protect Indigenous culture and healing practices, for a young person who was struggling to make sense of their Indigenous identity, her response was quite damaging. I later realized that as a result of that experience, I suppressed my interest and connection with Aboriginal culture and felt unworthy of inquiring about and participating in the community. I can remember the first time that I publicly identified as Metis as a graduate student: my heart was pumping, I was sweating, almost waiting for someone to scream out at me “Liar! Imposter! We know the truth!!” To my surprise, my supervisor and fellow students were incredibly supportive and encouraged me to continue identifying and following this path of healing and reflection. As a result of identifying as Metis, becoming connected and integrated with the community and culture, I have experienced, and continue to experience, a great deal of healing, nurturance and support.

What has been a teaching you’ve received that has inspired you or helped you on your path?

Goodness, there are so many. I would say that one teaching that always sticks with me is a teaching about the infinity symbol. In describing how the infinity symbol represents the coming together of the First Peoples and European settlers, and how their intermarriage and children eventually evolved into the Metis Nation, an Elder reminded me that when you untwist the infinity, it forms a circle, highlighting our relationships with our First Nations and Inuit relatives. That’s been particularly important for me as I’ve engaged in work with the Aboriginal community of Toronto, remembering that while we are distinct Nations of people, we are all related.


Were you always planning to do a PhD?

No! I had no idea that I would end up in graduate school. I knew in early adolescence that I wanted to study psychology and help people. How I was going to get there, I had no idea. I have been incredibly fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to attend school and gain as much knowledge as I have. As much as I have enjoyed it, I am definitely looking forward to finishing though!

What will you do once you’ve finished your PhD? 
Relax? Get 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis? Begin to wash that mountain of clothing that’s been building for the past 7 years in my closest? Definitely watch poorly rated television/Netflix for at least a few weeks (who else loves to hate Dawson’s Creek?!).
Once I move out of this stage of recuperation, I most definitely plan on practicing in the community. Whether that will be through my own private practice or while working at a hospital/community agency is yet to be determined, but the reason for completing this degree is to be of use in supporting and helping others as they make changes in their own lives. Culturally competent clinical programming and interventions for Metis people, to the best of my knowledge, are few and far between. If I had the opportunity to continue to conduct research, my main area of focus would continue to be on Metis peoples mental health and healing needs. I’ve also taught sessionally at the University level, and so would welcome the opportunity to do that as well. You know, as long as all of this doesn’t interrupt my Dawson’s Creek viewing schedule…

Tera and I in O-town for the Halfbreed Hustle.

What has been your proudest moment?

The word proudest or pride is tough for me – I’ve always been taught to remain humble and remember that you are just one small piece of Creator’s big picture. I will say that one of the most humbling and honouring experiences that I have ever had was when I was presented with my first Eagle feather. To be recognized by our community for the work that I have engaged in was pretty unbelievable, as my life has been so transformed for the better as a result of doing this work. I carry that experience very close to my heart and spirit as I continue to walk the path that I’m on.

What advice would you give young Métis students considering university? 

You can do it. I had several people at different points along my journey question my abilities and at each turn I have taken great pleasure in proving them wrong. You have to have faith and confidence in yourself that you can achieve. That doesn’t mean that everything is going to be easy or always turn out exactly the way you want it to, but persevere, remain committed and diligent, and eat lots of nachos. Seriously, nachos help. Accessing our amazing Metis community also helps exponentially. I have made the most amazing friends through connecting with the Metis Nation of Ontario and its various programs. The Infinite Reach: Metis Student Solidarity Network in particular has acted as a lifeline for me in many respects and has enhanced my own sense of identity and belief in my abilities to achieve. The love, support, nurturance, and continuous laughter that is provided by this community is unbelievable and I do not feel like my graduate education would have been anywhere near as rewarding as it has been had I not connected in this way.
Any final thoughts? 
I would like to say that I am incredibly lucky and privileged in many ways to have not only obtained the education that I have received, but for the very loving and supportive family, friends, and community that stand beside me. All of my accomplishments are 100% shared  with these people, because without them, none of it would be possible. I am so excited for the future of the Metis Nation, and am grateful that I get to work alongside this beautiful community of people.
PS: Here’s the video for Sisters.


Education is great.

Education is wonderful.

Education leads to the world being awesome.


This will not be a post of me ragging on Post-Secondary Education or its merits, but it will be one where I talk about why you shouldn’t go to university/college.

There are bad reasons for going to university/college.

I don’t want anyone to repeat the mistakes I’ve made and I want you to carefully consider your path before you embark on it.


1) Because your parents want you to 

This is the #1 reason because it is absolutely, positively, without a doubt the WORST reason to go to university.

Here’s a little secret from one sort of grown up to a sort of growing up person: DON’T LISTEN TO ANYTHING YOUR PARENTS SAY.

K, I don’t really mean that, sometimes they can have good advice (and don’t take this as an excuse to be a jerk and skip out on stuff like cleaning your room or being a nice person) but what I do mean is DO NOT GO TO UNIVERSITY BECAUSE ITS SOMETHING YOUR PARENTS WANT FOR YOU.



We all want our parents to be proud of us (often especially if we feel like they don’t care about us) but spending thousands of dollars to do something you don’t really like is NOT a good idea.

University and/or College are places of learning, places of growth and places of knowledge.

If you’re there for anything other than yourself – it will strain not only your mental and physical health, but also your relationship with your parents.

Even if you never tell them that you’re only doing it for them, you will grow to resent them, resent university and resent yourself for listening.

Listen to your heart and follow YOUR dreams.

You’re 18, if you want to spend 2 or 3 years trying the whole singing thing – DO IT!

If you want to head out to Australia and work on a dive boat – do it! (I have a buddy who did).

It’s YOUR life and when your parents are gone, will you be proud of what you’ve done for yourself? Or will you still regret listening to them?

PS. Don’t believe the crap they say when they tell you “If you don’t go now, you’ll never go.” People go back to school ALL THE TIME! It’s absolutely manageable, it’ll be a bit tougher if you go when you’re older – but if you aren’t ready right now it’ll feel impossible. 

2) Because you want to escape

Let’s say you have an awful home life (I feel you).

Let’s say you’re gay and you want to run away (I feel you).

Let’s say you’re bored of your little town and you’re dying for a new experience.

Let’s say high school sucked, the people sucked and you want to run away.


I went to university when I was 17 because my choices were stay home and work or go to university.

I absolutely HATED being at home.

I had a countdown to the day I was leaving home starting at 389 days.

I used to plan out how to run away and get away with it, but I was always too scared to do it.

Between cutting myself in places no one could see and starving myself on and off – I was a total disaster literally dying to escape.

I should not have used university as my escape, I should have done Katimavik like my best friend did and found myself that way.


PS escaping doesn’t really work – but distance helps.

University is full of pressures and if you’re trying to run away from one stressful situation – diving into another is not very smart.

You’ll have friends who go away to school, if they aren’t living in res – go move in with them!

Get a crappy job!

Flip burgers and hang out with your friends for a while, until you get sick of it and then call up OSAP and get some of that cash money and go to school.

It’s OK to do that.

You’ll have to be brave to follow a different path, but it won’t be as painful as everyone says it is.

3) Because you think it’ll be one big party

Will you party in university?


Will you party too much?

(If you’re an irresponsible dill hole like me)

Will it negatively affect your grades?

Quite possibly.

If you’re only there to party, will you actually even want to go to class or are you spending thousands of dollars to act out every scene of every stupid American movie you saw about college?

You know the answer to this.

Like I said previously, if you’re not ready for the commitment and the responsibility of university or college yet, DON’T GO.

You will waste your money and you will be unhappy – that’s a guarantee.



You aren’t avoiding life, you’re LIVING IT RIGHT NOW.



WORKING A “BAD” (no such thing) JOB IS LIFE!



4) Because you are unsure of what you want 

Don’t waste your money.

You can do other things to find out your passions, but spending a few grand at school is a bad idea.

The best way to motivate yourself for school is to do something you really hate for a while.

Me, right now.

5) Because you are smart

Guess what?

My buddy and I were the two “smart” kids in our high school.

Guess who struggled the most with university, its pressures and our health?

You know the answer to that one.

Don’t go to university because you’re the smart kid and university is what smart kids do.

At this point, you’re probably thinking:

Damn Krista, you just listed a whole bunch of reasons why I SHOULDN’T go to school, so why should I go to school?

Here are my reasons to go to university/college: 






I would love to go back to school NOW with the knowledge I have of myself.

I have not been the most successful student and its because I didn’t use university as well as I could have.

You are paying for the service and for the knowledge.

You wouldn’t buy something you don’t want to use, so don’t.

Wait until you’re ready, it’ll be worth it!

I found some posts on tumblr that inspired me to write this piece.

This is my advice on how to make the most out of your time in university.


tumblr_myabtqV1CB1r4ueyro1_500You should re-evaluate your expectations of university/your life.

If I’ve learned anything in university, its that I don’t really know anything and that expectations vs reality will never entirely match up.

Drop your expectations and let your university experience shape you and who you will become.

it’s not about finding yourself. it’s about losing yourself completely and trusting that the world around you is going to shape who you are and that it’s okay. (advice to a friend many years ago).

Appreciate this opportunity.

Even when you have 3 papers due and you’ve procrastinated until the night before and you want to kill someone because you’re over caffeinated and over tired, you’re still getting an opportunity many dream of and its important to be grateful.

Appreciate everyone you meet in university: the older students who take you under their wings, the professors (even the ones you hate) and your friends in your first year.

University will be a trying time.

You will have sad days, angry days, stressful days, happy days and some days you’ll feel like giving up. Just keep going.


tumblr_mxk4eq9Lbh1qjm9bpo1_500You are now responsible for yourself.

This means:

Your happiness.

Your cleanliness.

Your education.

Your path.

All of those things are 100% on you.

You are an adult, a very young one, but an adult no less.

It’s time to cut the cord and sail off on your adventure.

Things will not always go your way and you will face many barriers.

They could be as difficult as failing a course, dealing with bullies in residence and/or falling in love with the wrong person(/people).

You’re going to make some bad choices, but that’s okay – its about learning from those mistakes and moving forward.

Forgive yourself and forgive your friends for not always saying the right thing.

We’re all in this together.


You will be the most loved when you smile and are happy.

I’ve battled with depression and anxiety.

I’ve had many other very difficult situations happen.

But, I survived.

I look to make other people smile and make them laugh. I still have very dark days and can often be very negative (call it a disposition if you must).

When I did Frosh week this year and tried to share my joy and love for my friends and this school – I had an awakening.

You can change and you can be happy and you can fill yourself with love.

You can create love in yourself.

When you begin to share love, and share it intentionally it will come back to you tenfold.


1982020_10154071533570107_1921064368_nOne day you’re going to wake up and realize 2009 wasn’t yesterday, it was 5 years ago.

It was fast but it was packed full of memories of happiness, heartbreak, love, stress and growth.

You will see who you’ve become.

Try not to rush to grow up; give yourself the time you need.

You life will hopefully be long and its not a race.

It’s life.

There is no metaphor, analogy or simile that can adequately describe the journey you are on.

Just live it and be.


You are not alone.


I have a massive pet peeve – its people who don’t understand that anything they post online is available to anyone at any time.

I know you’ve already read the stories, that woman who tweeted about her worry of catching AIDS when she went to Africa for a business trip and lost her job to young girls sharing nude photos, the cops seeing your tweet asking to buy recreational drugs and this leading to international news coverage.

This is what you’re doing.

Or maybe you have a friend who took a screenshot of something funny at work, posted it on Facebook and lost their job.

It’s like people magically forget that this happens weekly!

Nothing online is protected or private. 

I love sharing my life online with the people I care about and even strangers who may be able to relate with me, but I’m aware of what I post.

Here are my 3 internet rules:

1. Don’t ever post anything you wouldn’t want someone to read/see.

Don’t be an idiot.

Don’t complain about your job, your boss, your co-workers, etc. You’re just asking to be fired (and no what you post online isn’t protected by privacy laws) and even if they are – it doesn’t matter. You are not as invaluable as you’d like to think you are and if they can’t fire you for that, they’ll find something else to use an excuse, that’s the harsh truth.

Don’t post any confidential information, at all. You will get fired because what you’re doing is illegal.

Do you do drugs? Are you drinking underage/somewhere illegal? Don’t post it on the internet, ever. It will come back to haunt you.

PS: Subtweeting totally counts as complaining, people are not stupid and they will find you.

Future employers absolutely will look into your online life, especially if its a high security or high paying job. Companies do not want to be embarrassed and they will not hire you if your online personality is idiotic.

If you want to make a private tumblr to whine and complain, here are a few tips:

Don’t tag your stuff.

Don’t put your face on it.

Don’t use any specific information/identifiable photographs, etc. People aren’t stupid.

Google has an image search option, remember that.

Don’t use your Gmail that’s on your resume, create a non-descriptive one that you can put all of your stupid social media stuff on.

Do all of this with caution, because you may still be found out. 

2. Password protected/locked doesn’t mean home free

Firstly, there’s this thing called screenshots, where someone can take a picture of their screen and save anything you’ve posted. So even after you’ve deleted it or if its hidden behind a password, people could still save it and prove it was you.

Also, don’t forget about hackers.

Secondly, there’s software that the police and other people have access to that can get past all of your passwords, so don’t be stupid.

3. Could this be misunderstood? If so, don’t post it.

Something you may have meant as an innocent joke could be used against you later, just don’t post it.

In conclusion, you know that expression “think before you speak” well I’d like to add “think and then think again before you post it online”.

I run with a very high achieving crowd.

My friends are all nerds, fun nerds, but nerds no less and many seem to LOVE school.

In fact, many of my friends who are graduating have applied to graduate school, law school and/or teachers college.

I however, will be heading into the job market with my shiny new Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies.

I feel nervous about this decision but also excited.

I am insecure with finishing my education with a Bachelor of Arts because I am also a huge nerd.

Many of my friends, colleagues, bosses, cousins, family members, etc. have professional degrees – one cousin in law school, a few with MBAs, many of my family members are Engineers; I even have a friend who’s finishing up her PhD!

However, having a lesser degree doesn’t make me incapable of attaining a higher level and I am working on reassuring myself. I have to do what’s right for me.

Heading off to grad school seems like an awesome way to keep going to school, keep learning and I love university and the atmosphere but I don’t have the same passion for school and my studies as I once did.

When I was finishing high school, there was a clear next step and a goal that I wanted to attain, now things are a bit more abstract.

I was told by many of my high school teachers that the last semester of uni you just have to push through and with my senioritis kicking in hard that is proving to be quite challenging, but I will get through it.

‘You’ve got to know when to hold them, when to fold them and when to walk away’ as Kenny Rogers would say, his song was about Poker but I feel like there’s a deeper metaphor there that I’m going to let you chew on.

So what are my next steps?

I have some major life goals and they’re goals I think many people can relate to.

– Destroy all debt

As everyone in the province is aware – getting a university degree is very expensive and I have incurred a lot of debt over the past 5 years.

This is typical and should never be a deterrent when considering university, because education is investing in  yourself, however it’s a reality. 

But I still want to get rid of that debt as quickly as possible, so this means finding a good job ASAP and setting up a payment plan to settle it quickly.

Interest is essentially burning money.

This means being a grown up and going to the bank and meeting with a financial advisor (GAH!).

It also means…

– Getting a real job

I want a career and a path. I want to work hard and prove myself. I want to be eligible for promotions and be well liked at my work place. I want something with benefits and a good retirement package.

I can’t believe I’m becoming one of those people, but if I want to do all of the fun things I want to in life, they’re going to cost money.

– Go on adventures

Life is about more than how big your house is or what kind of job you have. It’s also about what you do with this amazing gift. I want to travel and see more of the world.

I’ve been to the West Coast of Canada, Europe twice and all over the Eastern side of the USA, but I haven’t traveled other than that.

I want to see more.

I want to learn how to surf, I want to climb a mountain and I want to see amazing and awe inspiring things.

So I’m going to make that happen.

– Get married

I need to be sure to maintain a healthy work/life balance, because (as I said before) life is not all about money or work and I don’t want to spend my life transitioning between partners. Nor do I want to be unsatisfied with the relationship.

I’m not single, but posting for the “Put a ring on it” portion.

Getting married is something I want, but I won’t just settle for anyone.

– Raise a family

I want to have a kids and because I’m a lesbian it will be more expensive than someone in a heterosexual relationship (see: potentially buying sperm, legal fees, adoption fees, etc.).

So again, financial planning is going to be key, for the pre-pregnancy stuff.

After which I have to be a good mom, but that stuff can be figured out when its closer.

– Own a house

I want a house, I want to take the money I put aside for paying off school (once I pay off school) and put it into savings for a house.

A cute little house would be ideal.

“But Krista, those are massive goals and they’re so far away! Why are you even thinking about those things now, you’re only 22 years old!”

Yeah, I’m only 22 years old, but these are goals that I have to keep in mind with each step in my life. I want to live with purpose and to live with purpose means accomplishing different things on my checklist of major goals.

This is like a sketch, a rough outline that will slowly be formed and coloured in to create something very beautiful (my life).

Or maybe the lines won’t be visible to any one else.

I may erase some of the lines, create new ones or abandon them altogether, but that’s okay.

I am almost done step one of these plans, which is finishing my education.

I’m simultaneously working on step two, which is creating an awesome resume so that I can make it to the interview process and kick ass.

After I have a job secured, I will work on everything else.

It’s all about prioritizing, thinking about what you really want in life and then DOING IT.

If you’re in the same boat:

Check out on campus resources such Glendon Counselling, Career & Disability Services for free help with your resume. Also you can check the York Career Centre for job postings, online resources and other helpful tips!


This isn’t one I can personally relate to (woot franco-ontarienne) but I know many of my friends have struggled with this aspect of their education at Glendon (it also led to many of my friends switching campuses).

Languages are living breathing entities.

If you had a puppy, you wouldn’t just play with him 3 hours a week and leave him the rest of the time, would you?

Treat your French education like a puppy.

Il s’appelle Franco.

Play with it, feed it often and make sure it has plenty to drink 😉

Trust me, speaking French is EXACTLY LIKE having a puppy – it makes you more interesting and is an excellent conversation starter. It’s also really cute.

PRO TIP: Speak French to your friends, check out Bilingual Buddies and the Salon Francophone – they can all help you out 😀

This isn’t a perfect solution, but its a start!

2. It’s okay to be you

Gay, straight, lesbian, bi, asexual, etc?

Mauritian, European, Canadian, American, Caribbean/West Indian, Eastern European, etc?

Liberal, Conservative, Communist, NDP etc?

Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist etc?


No one cares!*

*What I mean by that is – everyone is down to learn about everyone’s cultures, political affiliations,  and appreciates the differences we all bring to the table. You get to be you and be proud of who you are at Glendon.


(Unless you’re a bigoted jerk, in which case your opinion will shift rather quickly after your first few months at Glendon).

3. You will find a sweet study spot!

Students stroll in and out of the Breezeway throughout the day/night. If you need to be around people and noise – this is an excellent place for you!

If you need silence, hit up Frost! (That’s our library – which is totally underutilized by yours truly).

LUNIK! Also great if you need atmosphere + coffee. Plus its super comfy.

There are also little hidden spots all over the school, I’m not going to give them away BUT I will say go check out the top floors.

4. The 11 is a very inconsistent bus route

If you’re coming in/heading North from Glendon along Bayview – you’re going to have to take the 11 and you CANNOT TRUST IT.

It’s especially bad at night – so trust me when I say give yourself an extra 20 minutes to get anywhere.

And as I said in my previous post about life in Toronto, download the Transit Now App, it will save your life.

5. Thursdays are for pub nights and Fridays for sleeping in

(Sorry Concurrent Education students!)

Thursdays at Glendon are pub nights, where we all go hang out at The Unicorn or on campus and socialize.

I’d say to avoid early Friday morning classes if you’re a super social person, because it can be a bit hard to get up for them (I say this from experience).

6. Keele can be intimidating, but there’s cool stuff there

I’m a Glendon student to my core.

I’ve never taken a course at Keele and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed that bragging point.


There’s some pretty cool stuff going on there; such as: cultural events, sports stuff (a bunch of GL students are varsity athletes, so you should support them!), classes and there’s awesome food.

So you should hop on the shuttle and check it ouuuuuuut.

(The shuttle is actually a bus with GCSU President Mikhaela’s face on it, but it should be a rocket – that’d be cool.)

7. Once a Glendonite, always a Glendonite

Even if you’re only at Glendon in your first year and you change programs – Glendon will still love you and you’ll always be welcome back.

Glendon is more than just the classes or the buildings, its our home and our community.

So don’t fret if you want to switch it up, we’ll still love you and you’re still part of the York U family ❤

Glendon 'til I die.

His name is RICHARD and he is one fine looking cat 😉

Those are just 7 of the 100s of things you will learn over your time at our wonderful GL!

Are you a current/former Glendon student?! What else would you say – laisse moi know in the comments belooooooooow 😀

The Apprentice theme song is relevant to my life right now.

Well its meant to be ironic, because I have no money.

The biggest downside of student life is how miserably broke and hungry you are.

I’m not going to sugar coat it. (Because I have no sugar.. Ha!)

This was my food timeline:

In 2nd year I lived off of Popcorn covered in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and Peanut Butter for 3 weeks at the end of the semester. (I still can’t look at peanut butter the same way).

In 3rd year KD was my best friend.

In 4th year I left Toronto for lengthy periods of time so I would be able to eat at home.

In 5th year, I’m actually buying groceries – but I’ve definitely been eating a lot of frozen pizza and Chef Boyardee.

However, fear not!

I am terrible with money and this is why I’ve suffered.

Use me as a cautionary tale (kind of like the town drunk of Sparta) and do as I say not as I do.

Here are my recommendations on how not to be broke in university:

1) Apply to every scholarship EVER


Seriously, apply for EVERYTHING. Free money = awesome.

Do it.

Do it.

Do it.

It’s actually a horrible idea NOT to. Any extra cash you get is incredibly helpful – trust moi.

Check out Glendon’s scholarships!

2) Get a job!

Working while you’re in school definitely helps, but don’t overdo it!

University is about balancing school, personal relationships, health and work. Make sure you don’t overwork yourself or one of those areas will suffer.

There are Work/Study positions on campus for students who are interested.

In my time at Glendon I’ve worked at the Glendon Athletic Centre, for the Residence Life Team as a Don and in Student Recruitment (come visit me!) but there are a MILLION other jobs available – check for postings in September and at the end of the academic year.

You can also check the Career Centre for job postings both on and off campus!

3) Budget!

Plan out your spending.

If you’re a commuter – bring a lunch!

If you’re in res – buy tokens!

There are small choices you can make every day to help save a bit of cash.

Here are some sample financial plans created by our Financial Services Office.


The Glendon College Students’ Union have worked hard to provide “GL Cards” to students!

They went around and got discounts from local businesses for Glendon students 🙂 drop by their office to get stickers to put on your YU Card.

You can also look for different special deals around the city!

There are student priced tickets for things like the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, rush tickets for plays, student prices on food – all the things!

Do things like get your Post-secondary ID from the TTC so you aren’t paying for the Adult Metro Pass 🙂

Buy your books Used (when possible) and maybe even get a refurbished laptop – look for ways to save yourself money. You probably don’t need that iPad or those Beats, trust me you’ll make yourself hungry later.

5) Say no.

I HATE saying no to things.

But sometimes, I really should.

You don’t have to go to all of the parties, all of the events, all of the movie nights nor do you have to donate to all of the things – you’re a student and money is tight.

Do activities that involve staying in! Hang out and watch a movie, play board games, have a mini-dance party; you don’t have to go out to a pub just to have fun.

Heed my warnings future Glendonites, school is super expensive but its an investment in your future and education is important.

You can do it and not feed yourself exclusively with microwave popcorn.

I’m sure of it!