Through Youths Eyes: An Introvert’s Guide to Socializing

Through Youths Eyes: An Introvert’s Guide to Socializing

Us introverts thoroughly enjoy our own company. We don’t achieve this state of contentment through  simply talking to ourselves. Instead we develop and curate these things called hobbies and thrive inside our own heads. Our minds are an intricate mess of colour as we address others in shades of grey. Meanwhile, our more outgoing counterparts constantly seek human company and conversation. They find this company in social situations that turn many introverts off. Huge parties or even meeting new people and making plans to see absolute strangers. None of those are things that an introvert will readily partake in. We need some convincing and often times, guidance.

So you’re an introvert and/or socially awkward. Sometimes fear of missing out (or FOMO, as its more popularly referred to) pays you a visit and outweighs your desire to curl up with a mug of herbal tea. You won’t let one small personality trait stop you from attending a school dance, will you?  Ultimately, we all need human company. We’re social creatures! Without further ado, here it is: ‘An Introvert’s Guide to Socializing’.

Step one- purposefully make plans with your more fickle friends or the ones that have strict parents, step two- rejoice when said plans get cancelled, step three- crack open a box of green tea sachets and say you tried.

All jokes aside, it can be very difficult to step outside of your comfort zone and into a social event, especially if you deal with social anxiety. The following strategies are there to help you build up the courage to chat with a new person or text back and RSVP.

TIP #1

Extroversion is the dominant personality trait so it’s likely that you’re friends with a social butterfly or two. Start building your confidence and testing the waters through making more plans with these friends and seeing where that leads you. Draw off their energy. Who knows, maybe some of their openness will rub off on you? At the very least you’ll have gained a lot of valuable practice and possibly come up with a handful of tips of your own.

Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser 2019

Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser 2019

This unique event is an opportunity for the greater community to support schools by simply buying a pumpkin from Emiliano and Ana NoFrills from Sunday, October 20th thru to Saturday, October 26th. A portion of each sale will be donated back to locals schools in the Kingsview Village Westway Community.

Lastly, we invite your families and staff to join us for our Pumpkin Patch School Party on October 26th from 12 – 1:30pm.  We’ll have a best costume contest, junior balloon twisters and a $2 hot dog lunch combo.  100% of the sales from this event will be donated back to our schools.
Each school can raise more funds by having their families and staff redeem their customized tickets with their school’s name on it. Tickets redeemed will direct that specific sale to their school.

Participating schools:

  • Kingsview Village Junior School
  • Dixon Grove Junior Middle School
  • Valleyfield Junior School
  • The Westway Junior Public School
  • St. Maurice Catholic School
  • St. Eugene Catholic School
  • Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic School
  • École élémentaire Félix-Leclerc

Please help spread the word. Share our posts and tag us using #PumpkinPatch2019. The more people who know about the event, the more pumpkin sales we’ll have, the more money will be raised for our schools.

SAVE THE DATE! From the Playground to the NBA – Jan 1, 2020!

SAVE THE DATE! From the Playground to the NBA – Jan 1, 2020!

CELEBRATE WITH US THE START OF THE NEW YEAR AND MENTORSHIP MONTH! 

Join us on January 1, 2020, from 4 to 8 pm, to watch the Raptors 905 take on the Agua Caliente Clippers AND after the game participate in a special presentation where you will meet Raptors 905 players and their parents/families! Hear from them as they discuss personal stories of success, failure, challenges along their journey, and the importance
of mentorship!

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Through Youths Eyes: The Importance of Youth and Civic Engagement

Through Youths Eyes: The Importance of Youth and Civic Engagement

While young Canadians have become increasingly involved in politics, there is still a dearth of participation when comparing the voter turnout amongst 18 to 24-year-olds to those of other age groups. According to Elections Canada, there was an increase of 18.3 percentage points between the 2011 and 2015 federal elections in voter turnout for this demographic. However, the 65 to 74 range continued to prevail as the largest contributors to the polls. This same year, now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Liberal candidate who had placed quite a focus on marketing himself on social media, was elected into office…

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Through Youths Eyes: Winning the iPad – an aid for my undergraduate studies at Ryerson University

Through Youths Eyes: Winning the iPad – an aid for my undergraduate studies at Ryerson University

When you continue your education, not all teachers tell students a list of materials they need for courses they have registered for the school year. Materials for courses that are taken during the day and/or night are affordable if students do not break any items that belong to the school and they don’t have missing books. However, taking online courses requires students spending a pile of money for electricity, registration fees (depending on the school board), a computer or tablet, and an internet connection.

“The iPad I won will be an aid for my undergraduate studies at Ryerson University!”

The iPad makes online classes accessible. At Ryerson University, full-time and part-time students are required to take courses during the day in person. Ryerson University provides educational tools for students, professors, and teachers’ assistants to improve communication and to help to understand the course. Using the iPad in the university will give me instant access to my courses on  Desire2Learn (D2L) – to see announcements made by the professors and for quick communications between my classmates, professors, and teachers’ assistants.

 

The iPad has some unique built-in apps that will be useful for the Mathematics program at Ryerson University. It includes a bundle of apps that opened doors I never discovered. The “Measure” app is used for measuring objects by manually connecting one point to another point. This is useful for the beginning of Physics I in first semester because we will be learning kinematics and dynamics and labs for those topics requires measuring distances and displacements. The “iTunes U” app is used for learning subjects from different schools for different levels of education. This app can help me understand some topics from different courses better. This app is Apple’s exclusive version of Khan Academy because Apple users can learn new topics from different institutions that they are not enrolled in. The opened doors will have significance in my undergraduate program.

 

From left: Michael Papis (RE/MAX Professionals Inc), Samuel Renos (iPad winner) and Alison Canning (Let’s Get Together!).

The Mathematics program at Ryerson University creates a huge list of employment options that not everyone knows nor would imagine such as technology and finance. Since 2014, Toronto has the fastest-growing tech industry in North America and there is a huge demand for Data Scientists (a career that integrates mathematics, statistics, and computer science). Businesses use math to monitor their budgets, financial status, and marketing tactics. Mathematics is an aid that helps sectors to adapt reality that logically makes sense.

I am grateful to Let’s Get Together! for find opportunities to help schools and families in Ward 1 by setting up fundraisers to help them get ready for the upcoming school year.  Thank you to Emiliano and Ana NoFrills for hosting the BBQ fundraiser and to Martin Eckart from Re/Max Professional Inc for donating the iPad. I’m grateful that these services exist in our community.

 

 

Samuel Reano
Kingsview Village – The Westway Youth Resident

Martin Eckert (RE/MAX Professionals Inc) iPad donor.