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Reading week and laying down the Law

Hallo again, everyone! Hope you’re all doing great and are anxious for some more Maple Time!

As of right now, it’s currently “Reading Week” at Ryerson University. Reading week (Oct. 14 to 20) is dedicated to just that; reading. Students are meant to use this week, wherein there are no classes (unless you’re studying engineering), to catch up on their reading of study material, essays and research papers. In essence, it’s a week meant to take the stress off of students by allowing them to catch up on their workload.

Not all universities in Ontario have Reading Week; if you’re coming here to study, you might want to look it up before making plans for these dates.

That said, a lot of students here spend Reading Week doing things they don’t have time for otherwise… for example, a lot of trips to neighbouring cities and locales are arranged by different agencies, both from within Ryerson and without. Niagara falls, Montreal, Quebec, New York and Ottawa are all popular destinations for 2-4 day trips, often by bus. Other students spend their time socialising with friends, catching up on partying, social events, movies and other enjoyable activities, all in an effort to enjoy themselves and take some of the stress off; stress that, by now, will certainly be building, as midterms continue to pile up, and essays are started and near their hand-in dates.

Me, I just wrote my third midterm yesterday; our first examination in PSY300: Psychology of Law. Very interesting stuff, if I may say so myself; witness reliability, false testimony, interrogation techniques, polygraphs, deception, memory errors, suggestibility… so many interesting phenomenons and areas, so many horrifying stories. Did you know that there is current research that indicates that, on the low end, 20% of all confessions made in North America (US and Canada) are false, brought about by psychological strain resulting from harsh interrogation techniques? If that sounds fascinating, or horrible in a kind of “It terrifies me, but I want to know more”, then maybe PSY300: Psychology of Law is something for you.

That said, there’s a lot more to tell about what’s going on right now as an exchange student, not the least of which is Thanksgiving this Monday (Oct. 14th)! I’m going to gather up some more information and stories for you, and I’ll post another update during the coming week. Hope to see you back here then.

Until then, keep safe, be jolly, and maple on!