What weighs us down?
I’m someone who really likes school and studying, but studying in school is stressful to me. I see it as work, but also a burden, just going through the motions. I made friends that connected with me on these issues, and I finally had a space where I could talk about things not being fine. Connecting with students across faculties and feeling that support was really powerful.
Space is really key, communities need space. The physical space allows for visibility of these issues. The way things at university happen are administrative, your problems are going through a bureaucratic process. To help that, socializing, and having space to do that, is powerful, because offices are stressful. I’m not sure if it’s the university’s responsibility to give us space. What matters is that the university is operating as a corporation… whether they have the best interest of students doesn’t matter in this situation, because it’s about the money.
I feel like community and school spirit are different things - like orientation week and stuff - UW does a lot of things as school spirit and tries to pass it off as community building, but none of that emphasizes building supportive networks, relationship building. It’s the “we are UW” identification that’s being built to be the UW brand. It’s far removed from the community supporting students facing financial, even academic issues… I don’t see that support.