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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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The Truth About New Year’s Resolutions

January 15, 2024

Why is it that we wait for the beginning of a new year to make changes to our lives and routines? Why are New Year’s resolutions so prevalent and normalized? In this essay, I will describe why goal setting should be done all year and the benefits of doing so. It’s always exciting to start a new year with new goals; however, it is sometimes a bit unrealistic to maintain them for long periods without reflecting and making adjustments. Goals give us something to work towards. They are a sign of continuous learning and self-improvement. When we achieve one and move on to the next, we make progress. Similarly, adapting and creating changes to reach them is a sign of resilience and determination.

Aspirations should not only be set yearly but monthly, weekly, and daily as well. Having goals throughout the year provides more consistent results. Making long-term and short-term changes is essential, as some goals require more time and effort. Setting a deadline for your objectives allows you to plan and work efficiently towards it. Giving yourself too much or too little time can be counterproductive, leading to procrastination and tension. Be mindful and realistic when developing your goals, and don’t get discouraged when you fall off track. Reflect on what caused you to deviate and plan how you will attain it. The journey to success is not a straight path but is somewhat like a roller coaster with ups and downs, sharp turns, and smooth (at times) until the destination has been reached.

This year try to get into the habit of setting goals regularly. Why not keep a journal to track your progress? By doing this, you will be able to identify what works for you and any gaps that need attention. I wish you all the best of luck in your ambitions and hope you achieve everything you set your mind to!

By Maazia Ahmed