End of Year Social

Last thing I could recount – it was September; the trees had leaves (wow, such rarity), the grass was greener, my sleep cycle was normal, any my academic hopes were higher. Fast forward 6 months and here we all are at the End of Year LMP Social! In all metaphorical sense, it was the calm before the storm. The massive (for LMP standards) turnout of second, third and fourth years lend itself to great company and many memories. Pogue Mahone was once again the host of LMP’s world domination meeting…oh, did I say world domination meeting? I meant community building efforts. 


Ah, -5 degrees outside, islands of ice clinging for life  – it must be February right? NO. It’s March. Literally the end of March. Exams are looming ahead and still a week of assignments left to go. But we all need an excuse for an official break, not just the ones we take every hour on the internet.


Thanks to the ever so enthusiastic advertising by current VP social, Michael Nguyen, many attendees including myself were eagerly excited about 20 lbs of chicken wings! Fortunately for arriving early, there was plenty honey garlic, and hot and spicy to go around. Other food items included meatballs, vegetarian quesadillas (which were actually quite good), spring rolls and nachos. There was no doubt that we had sticky fingers by the end of it.



The food was accompanied by games of “Never have I ever” and despite the apparent targeting, it was all in good fun. The night also followed up with a series of arm wrestling matches! Much was learned about each other and it felt like it facilitated some great bonding among the third and second years. This is not the end, just the beginning of something beautiful!

Here’s to my last blog of the academic year,

Your webmaster, Lisa


Mental Health Seminar

A couple dozen LMP students gathered to what became an extremely engaging, interesting and open discussion of mental health among U of T students. Dr. Andrea Levinson and Janine Robb, psychiatrist in chief and executive director respectively of Health and Wellness U of T, gave a talk on the importance of discussing mental health, the different forms that mental illnesses can take on and the opportunities available for students seeking help. 

Accompanied by a plethora of pizza and soda, Dr. Levinson opened with addressing the different forms of mental illnesses including bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and depression. She introduced the premise that current undergraduate students are at a transitional stage, facing many changes in major events of their lives (ie. living on your own, university classes, new relationships etc.). Basically, for many, this time of our lives is like the more serious, more subtle second round of those cringe-worthy teenage years some of us may have gone through.

IMG_20150324_180110IMG_20150324_181927Whether it may seem like it or not, it’s an important time to erase stigma associated with poor mental health and openly acknowledge when there’s something not quite right. Fortunately, both speakers agreed that U of T students did exceptionally well in regards to mental health and overall well being despite the added amount of extra stress we face. However, the seminar touched on an important concept: even though an individual may be flourishing, they may still suffer mental illness regardless of how outwardly invisible it may be. Many such things may be difficult to treat but in general, Janine suggests that a daily dose of mindfulness in a quiet setting, devoid of technology (I know, the thought of leaving your phones/computers at bay must already by giving some of you anxiety) is critical in diluting stress and mental illness symptoms.

IMG_20150324_175429The health and wellness centre is attempting to reform their programs to accommodate more students and undertake a wider variety of issues. They offer many services for counselling, therapy and workshops. Visit their website at http://healthandwellness.utoronto.ca/.


Till next time,

Your webmaster, Lisa

2015-2016 LMPSU Elections

Now that the 2014-2015 academic year is coming to a close, we will be hosting general elections for the next generation of LMPSU executive members. Come join the forum on our facebook event page! There you will find all candidates’ personal statements and their responses to your questions. This year we’ve got a lot of qualified candidates and tough competition. Make sure to exercise your right to vote on March 26 and March 28-30!