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Sarah Haiyaat

Ridgeback Student Voices Assistant 

Faculty of Social Science & Humanities

Hi there, my name is Sarah! I am a fourth-year Criminology and Justice major with a Criminal Justice specialization and a minor in 
Forensic Psychology. Through my academic journey, I have gained a wealth of knowledge I enjoy sharing through my articles. My writing often draws from my experiences, such as my time throughout university, dealing with graduation anxiety, my study habits, my experience as a working student, and being in a long-distance relationship, etc.!

As a writer, my main objective is to provide advice and pointers to people going through a similar situation or looking for assistance throughout their university years. One of the key objectives of the Ridgeback Student Voices is to help others feel less isolated, more supported, and connected, and by sharing my own personal experiences, I can do just that!

Aside from my academic pursuits, I am passionate about learning about different cultures, holidays, and religions. I believe in acceptance and enjoy writing about various topics because it allows me to broaden my knowledge and understanding of the world around me. So, whether you want to learn how to navigate university life or learn about a new and exciting topic, I'm here to share my experiences and insights with you! I hope my articles provide helpful information and a sense of comfort and enjoyment.

Reasons to volunteer at a long-term care home

A long-term care home is an excellent location to volunteer since it allows you to build extraordinary relationships, unwind, look good on your resume, and gain valuable experience.
March 17, 2023
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Ontario Tech’s Career Centre is here to help you

Unsure about what to do after graduating, in need of assistance finding a job, or simply need to chat with someone about interviews, graduate school, and more? Learn more about the Career Center here!
March 6, 2023
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Date ideas for pals or partners: Autumn Edition

The leaves are changing, the temperature is falling. Let this article add some spice to your fall social life.
October 13, 2022
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5 tips for keeping a long-distance romance alive

Here are my personal tips, check them out!
November 2, 2022
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Inspiration for Holiday Gifts

This Christmas season, are you searching for gifts that are charming and meaningful yet don't break the bank? I've got you taken care of.
December 14, 2022
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Amazon Christmas Gift Finds

Are you struggling to decide what to get your friends and family for the holiday season? Amazon has got you covered. Read on for some cute gift inspiration.
December 21, 2022
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World's best hot chocolate recipe

Read on for the recipe for a delicious homemade hot chocolate which is perfect for coming home on a cold day
January 31, 2023
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How to cope with missing someone this holiday season

Coping with loss or the absence of a loved one this Christmas season? Here are some tips on dealing with missing someone during the Holidays.
December 16, 2022
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Budget-friendly Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is about showing your love to the people you care about, whether your significant other or your friends. There are numerous inexpensive presents you may give them to let them know you care.
February 10, 2023
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Best Study Methods

Memorization and studying made simple. Here are some study methods I've learned as a fourth-year social science student that have helped me retain information.
December 8, 2022
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Combating Seasonal Depression

Seasonal depression, often known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a kind of depression induced by the changing seasons and typically starts in late autumn. For more information about SAD and coping strategies, continue reading.
November 22, 2022
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Emotional Wellness Month

Did you know October is designated as the month of emotional wellness? Learn about what emotional wellness is, how to improve your emotional wellness and more.
October 20, 2022
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Times of Tension and Anxiety: Graduation Edition

If you're in your final year of university, feel anxious about the future, or are terrified to cross the stage, you're not alone. Keep reading for tips and relatable information about dealing with your fears.
March 28, 2023
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Favourite Hallmark Movies: Christmas Edition

Watching corny classic love stories is one of my favourite Christmas traditions. Here are some of my favourites for this Holiday season.
December 19, 2022
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The new year does not always begin on December 31

As the holidays get near, take a look at and learn about entirely different New Year's Days around the globe
January 3, 2023
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Global Diversity Awareness Month

Celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month in October and show respect for the various viewpoints and worldviews across all civilizations.
October 26, 2022
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Diwali? What’s That?

Diwali is a five-day celebration of lights that will be observed this year on October 24th, 2022. Learn about the holiday's origins, how it is observed, and how you can help and be more inclusive.
October 24, 2022
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Ways to give back this holiday season

Spread a little holiday spirit this Christmas and give back to those who need it!
December 12, 2022
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Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Appreciation: What's the difference?

It's critical to comprehend the difference and why it matters.
February 3, 2023
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Black Student Collective? What's that?

The Black Student Collective (BSC) comprises several clubs and groups founded by black students to create safe spaces to grow their social and intellectual networks. I spoke with the club's president and the events director to learn more about the group's activities, goals, history, upcoming plans, and other information.
February 24, 2023
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The Lasting Impact of Black Culture on Society and the Arts

The black community considerably contributes to the richness of the art world, so it is crucial that we recognize and honour individuals who have had a lasting influence.
February 28, 2023
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What is Ramadan?

Fasting, prayer, reflection, and community gatherings are among the ways that Muslims celebrate the month of Ramadan. To learn more, keep reading.
March 30, 2023
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Afrobeats, Soca and Dancehall Hits to get you moving!

Exam season is quickly approaching, which signifies the end of the first semester and the approaching holidays. Here is a compilation of my favourite afro, dancehall, and soca songs that are sure to have you dancing.
April 6, 2023
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National Wildlife Week

Come read and learn more about National Wildlife Week, which runs the week of April 10 every year!
April 12, 2023
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The Recycling Do's and Don'ts: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Recycling helps reduce waste and protect the environment, yet many people make mistakes that harm the process. Learn how to avoid the most common recycling mistakes.
April 21, 2023
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Sustainable Living: Easy Changes You Can Make in Your Daily Life

Learn about sustainable simple lifestyle changes to reduce environmental impact.
May 4, 2023
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Learning about Attachment Styles

Secure attachment, anxious attachment, avoidant attachment, and fearful-avoidant attachment are the four adult attachment styles. Find out what part they can play in your relationships and your attachment type by reading on.
May 15, 2023
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A Guide to Guyanese Cuisine

Check out this article for some scrumptious Guyanese dishes that are sure to excite your taste buds and bring a smile to your face.
June 5, 2023
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High School Musical: Sharpay wasn't the bad guy?

Was Sharpay the victim, not the villain?
June 7, 2023
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TikTok made me listen to it pt. 2

A list of songs that TikTok made me obsessed with part 2.
June 9, 2023
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How to Build and Maintain Strong and Healthy Relationships

Read on how to build and maintain good relationships. Learn about relationship success factors like communication, boundaries, and trust.
June 15, 2023
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The Dark Side of Over-Shopping: How Consumer Culture is Harming the Planet and Our Wallets

This article exposes the dark side of over-shopping to encourage readers to make conscious consumption choices for the planet and their money.
June 20, 2023
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Brew Wizards Board Game Café: Honest Review

Looking for something fun to do in Oshawa? Read on for an honest review of Brew Wizards Board Game Cafe!
June 29, 2023
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Seeking Self-Acceptance: A Guide

A person who has achieved self-acceptance accepts himself completely. Read on to get insight into the meaning, journey, and challenges of self-acceptance.
July 10, 2023
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Maximizing Your Time: Effective Time Management Strategies for Students

Do you often feel like you're drowning in a sea of deadlines, assignments, and social obligations? Fear not, because I've got you covered!
January 17, 2024
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Spa Getaway

Planning a Weekend Getaway in Gatineau? Visit the Kōena Spa
January 29, 2024
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Love Knows No Distance

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — A.A. Milne
February 5, 2024
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Breaking the Cycle: Tips for Overcoming Overthinking and Regaining Control of Your Thoughts

Overthinking can lead to stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts. In this article, I explore the causes of overthinking and provide practical tips and strategies for managing excessive thoughts and reducing stress.
February 28, 2024
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Benefits of being a working student

Learn more about the benefits of being a working student
March 2, 2023
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