10 Reasons Why the University of Western Ontario Ruined My Life

1. There are happy people everywhere

Literally everywhere you go there are always people laughing and smiling. Like, can you not?! I just want some peace and quiet. I can’t hear myself think over your obnoxious happiness. You probably just saw your friend yesterday, must you hug them like it’s been three years? It’s unavoidable. People are just happy here all the time, and it’s contagious. I found myself smiling at someone trying to sell me something the other day. Like, who does that?!

2. The camera roll on my phone is constantly full

Once a month I literally have to clear my phone onto my computer because there are too many things to take pictures of on this campus. The stone buildings, UC Hill, Middlesex college, it’s so annoying! My phone never has a GB to spare! Forget new songs, it’s going to be fall soon, which means my phone will be jammed packed with pictures of trees and the leaves changing. Disgusting.

3. There are good looking people everywhere

I literally cannot walk down the street without resembling the dog from “Up” (SQUIRREL!) Everywhere you go there are attractive people. Whether you’re into guys or girls, there’s someone for you to drool over until you walk past them. But I guarantee five minutes later another person will walk by that you’ll want to ogle at for hours. And Weldon… let’s just say I spend more time when I’m in you planning my future with hot strangers than doing homework. What did you put in the water Western? A) I want some and B) please stop before I fail all my classes.

4. I’ve forgotten what sleep is

The FOMO is real at Western. I never want to stay in my bed because something could be happening, and I don’t want to miss out! So, since I’ve gotten here, it’s fair to say I’ve slept significantly less hours than I should be. Thanks for the dark eye circles and sleep deprivation symptoms Western, how will I ever repay you?

5. I feel obligated to go to the gym

How much was the Recreation centre renovation again? Something in the millions. It’s huge, it’s beautiful, and I feel like I have to use it. I never used to work out before, but now if I don’t go at least three times a week I feel guilty. I even bought a “Blender Bottle” and I use it. I didn’t choose the gym life, it just chose me.

6. Majority of my clothes are now purple

I never even used to like purple, but now I own about 20 purple sweaters and t-shirts combined, purple socks, a purple hat, even purple pens. How did I even get here?

7. There is never a dull moment

Why is there always something going on?! Whether it’s on campus or in the city of London, there is social of some sort, or a poetry reading, or a sporting event happening! I can’t even sit in my bed and watch Netflix anymore without feeling utterly lazy and guilty. I actually want to do things with my life now, instead of getting too emotionally involved in fictional ones. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

8. Spoke bagels

I will fully admit I have a problem controlling myself around the bagels from “The Spoke”. I don’t know what they throw in them behind the scenes, but it’s something that keeps me coming back every week, sometimes more than once! Not only are they kind of pricey but, bagels equal bread, which equal carbs, which results in our lovely friend the freshman fifteen AFTER freshman year. Whatever will power I had has officially been destroyed by your bagels, so thanks for that.

9. The overwhelming sense of spirit

Purple and white! Purple and white! Whenever I go home, my family literally has to shut me up when I start talking about Western. It’s like I’m brainwashed to go on and on and on about it, especially to people to who go other schools. I wont even hear them out, Western is the best. Period. Oh, you go to Queens? Sorry, I don’t think I am legally allowed to associate with you during the eight-month school year, yet I am, illogically, and completely okay with that. “Purple pride” is real, and boy is it overpowering.

10. I barely recognize myself sometimes

Not on the outside, but on the inside. There are times when I simply have no idea why I made certain decisions. What made me make them in the first place? Am I growing up? Am I changing? Do the two coincide? Despite wanting an answer, I don’t think there is one. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I don’t think anyone else does either. The confusion drives me insane, but I can’t help but think that maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be.  

Western, you are officially ruining my life as I know it one day at a time, yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way.



Ten Weirdest Traditions at Western

1. Dying Eng Purple

Engineering is one of the most unforgiving and difficult programs at Western, so Eng is generally given some creative license. So, every year during orientation week, the engineering department dyes everyone purple. They get a head to toe makeover. The showers in residence have dye all over them for weeks after.

2. Engineering Pumpkin Drop

And it’s not just body dye that the engineers get up to, there’s also a yearly pumpkin drop to support Western’s Engineers Without Borders. It’s an amazingly fun event that every student should take a break to go check out!

3. Broughdale

Every year, without fail, Western students will head out to Broughdale to celebrate homecoming. For some reason, no other street will do, Broughdale is just the place to be if you want to party.

4. Sledgehammer Bingo at the Ceeps

Basically, if you go out The Ceeps on a Tuesday night, you’re probably going to be playing bingo. And if you win, you get to take a sledgehammer and smash up some fruit. It’s something you didn’t know you needed in your life until right now.

5. UC Selfie

The university college building

Western has a beautiful campus, and perhaps one of its most iconic buildings is University College. And at some point during every Western student’s career, they will take a picture with it. It gives you that quintessential “Western” image, plus it makes every photo 100x better.

6. Spoke Beer Tour

The Spoke is one of the most popular places to eat on campus, but it also offers an extremely wide array of drinks as well. The Spoke has a “beer tour of the world” that includes everywhere from England to Australia to Slovenia.

7. Rick night at The Spoke

the spoke at uwo

Wednesday night is Rick night at the Spoke. Every week, Western students head over to listen to the man, the myth, the legend.

8. Intramural Purple Shirt

If you thought sports weren’t competitive enough before, imagine awarding a coveted prize to the best team in an intramural league. At Western, that prize is the Purple Shirt, and it brings intramurals to a whole other level.

9. CLT

The CLT is not just a food. You may think that it’s just chicken, lettuce, and tomato, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the holy grail of food at Western.

10. UC tobogganing

a child tobogganing with his father

Back in my parents’ day, you could grab a tray from the cafeteria and go sledding down UC Hill. And you can still do that today! Some things change, but some awesome, weird Western traditions will always stay the same.

10 of the Coolest Courses at Western University

If you are looking for some cool classes at Western University, well…look no furthur! UWO is home to some of the most spirited and hard-working students. It is one of the most welcoming campuses with classes for everyone. Here are 10 of the Coolest Courses at Western University.

1. ENGLISH 2092F – The Many Faces of Harry Potter

Being a muggle can be boring sometimes so why not visit Platform 9 ¾ and escape to the wonderful world of wizardry in a course all about Harry Potter. Keeping up with readings is usually difficult but you are probably ahead of the game in this course as the list consists just of the book series plus a few more popular reads. If you are a potterhead, you will find this bird course riddikulus-ly awesome!

2. HISTORY 3707F/G – The Business of Wine

Everything gets a little bit better with wine… Including class. This course explores the classic beverage in all aspects from its role in history, the production and also the business side of the art. Definitely a course where you can use what you learn to impress your friends. So wine not take this fun course?

3. MIT 3282F/G – Comic Book Culture: From Pulp Fiction to Post Modern Legitimacy

Reading gets a lot easier when its accompanied by colourful pictures and minimal text. Take this course to learn all about the history of comic books, how they were transformed into film, as well as their overall aesthetic.

4. FILM 2159A/B – Disney

The name of this course says enough. Fly away with us to Neverland and relive your childhood dreams. A course all about the art of Disney films as well as the powerful meanings beneath each. What’s better than falling in love with your favourite characters all over again and getting graded for it. So are you Aladdin or are you Aladdout?

5. FILM 2166A/B – Zombie Film

Do you ever feel like a walking zombie going to class? Well in this class, you’d fit right in. This course discusses the phenomenon found in filmmakers’ interest in this horror genre as well as the issues they present. Definitely an interesting and fun course to take!

6. DANCE 2270A/B – Dance Improvisation

Lectures can get boring when all you do is sit in your hard chair for 3 hours and stare at a screen. But not in this class! In this fun course, you are encouraged to get up on your feet and dance! This creative class is all about feeling the music and letting your body follow along with spontaneity.

7. PSYCH 2075 – Human Sexuality

This course is bringing sexyback to learning. It explores all things related to sex – attraction, sexual orientation, anatomy, theory, sexual health, and even pornography. So get ready for a sexier version of “the birds and the bees.”

8. HISTORY 2188A/B – Pirates

Ahoy matey! Sail with us in this course and learn about how pirates. From the history of pirates to modern day piracy, you’ll get hooked onto these ocean thieves.

9. MUSIC 1102A/B – Listening to Music

Can’t leave the house without your headphones? Do you feel incomplete without an earbud in? Are you always caught with headphones in your ears perhaps even during lectures? Well this class requires you to do so. Listening to music is all about… well… listening to music. Through this easy class, you acquire active listening skills to enhance your overall music listening experience. You’ll be coming Bach for this bird course.

10. PSYCH 2020A – Drugs and Behaviour

Let’s be blunt, this course is like no other. Alcohol, caffeine, opiates, stimulants, and more are joint together to bring this course to you. From previous use as well as current use of the drug to the psychological and behavioural effects it has, this course uncovers every aspect of various drugs. At your next family dinner when your parents ask you what you are learning at school, be sure to mention this course.

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