Once exams are finished, many of us at Trent University Durham GTA are looking forward to sitting down to a holiday table laden with treats and tradition. I feel that gathering with loved ones over the holiday season is a much-needed light to brighten winter days.
The holidays can be an especially ideal time to truly talk with respect and an open mind.
At Trent Durham, we learn through critical debate, alternate perspectives and critical thinking. Instead of harbouring in the comfort zone of our beliefs, we look for more information and question everything. During my time at Trent Durham, I talked about politics, literature and economics in small seminars for four years. It was basically a family dinner every week.
Intriguing lectures, inviting open houses, community-based research projects, fundraisers and food drives, reflect the inclusive nature of the educational experience and life on our campus. Beyond that, we engage with fellow scholars in our community and around the world, to exchange ideas, expertise and experiences.
In turn, all are valuable lessons that each of us can take home and unpack when we get there.
While working through my undergraduate degrees in History and English Literature, I found that people at the “adult table” took what I said a lot more seriously when I provided information. And when things got heated, I managed to steer the conversation peacefully away.
So, Trent Durham students, and all students in our region, I encourage all of you to rest during this holiday season. You deserve it. It’s also a great time to get a head start on your readings and work for the term ahead.
Also, don’t forget to bring your knowledge, experience, fresh perspectives and thoughtful conversation to your holiday table. It could be the greatest gift.
From all of us at Trent University Durham GTA, we wish that your holiday celebrations are full of peace joy and light.
Nick Ryan is the 2019-2020 president of the Trent Durham Students Association and a recent graduate of Trent University Durham GTA.