John Leung at New College Orientation 2015

John bids The New goodbye

by John Leung Well, New, this is it: my final blog post. I am shocked by how fast this year went by. Mentally, I still feel like an 8-year-old boy in a candy store. This is a bittersweet moment; I am a little unhappy for this school year to end as I still have a…read more

snowball fight

A bucket list for making the most of university

by John Leung The university experience has a lot in common with Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Those that are able to survive it will thrive and those that cannot will fall by the wayside. That’s understandable when you consider that it’s a period when we, as young adults, begin to discover more about ourselves:…read more

teddy bear

First year of university: the soundtrack

by John Leung Whenever I write the date on my assignments, notes or tests, I am amazed that my first year here at U of T is quickly coming to end. As expected, there were periods of highs, mediums and lows. It has been a rollercoaster journey and I figured the only way to accurately…read more


Adventures of a germophobe

by John Leung Last year, I attended Sutherland Secondary, a high school in North Vancouver with a student population of 850. I transitioned to U of T which has a student population over 84,000 across its three campuses. My PSY100 and SOC103 classes, held in Convocation Hall, each has more students in the class than…read more

Chester Hill Lookout, Toronto

Unique destinations in The 6

Toronto has fantastic sightseeing destinations available, ranging from Niagara Falls to Ripley’s Aquarium to the CN Tower. Big tourist attractions often capture the interest of visitors and locals. This has led to people not knowing about some of other special spots that Toronto has to offer. There’s a long list of hidden locations to visit…read more

Nuit Blanche building projection

Beyond the classroom: blogger John’s passion for digital art

by John Leung A New Era of Art In some previous posts, I’ve mentioned my interest in digital art. For some, the term “digital art” seems a little unclear so I thought I’d talk about what it means to me. I would define digital art as the use of technology to create artwork, rather than depending fully…read more

tree frog doing yoga

Making the most of a reading week staycation

by John Leung In an ideal world, during reading week, all students would either travel back home or fly to a new, warm destination like Hawaii or Mexico. Unfortunately, the chance of this happening is very slim due to the high costs of air fares and the large amount of coursework that students receive. Therefore,…read more

John Leung looking shocked

Monday Memories: The St. George campus’s murky past

by John Leung Have you walked around the U of T campus late at night? If so, have you ever had the feeling that there’s a presence around but there’s no-one to be seen? I’ve certainly experienced that, and there may be good reason for it… In the 189 years since U of T was…read more


Little things to be grateful for in university

by John Leung Whenever people ask me, “How are you liking university?” I am always lost for words before I reply with an “Ummmm…” University is very intense, especially being in such a competitive atmosphere like U of T’s. During the most stressful times we students will do crazy things like pulling all-nighters or even…read more

Interior, Royal Ontario Museum

Winter-full low-cost dates

by John Leung As the weather gets colder and our credit balance gets higher, we’re more likely to experience the “new year blues”. For most university students, January seems perfect because we are being reunited with our friends after a two-week winter break, and we’re starting new classes so we don’t have a lot of…read more

New College Quad in the snow

A very New Christmas

by John Leung This past winter break, I experienced a different winter holiday than I am used to. I stayed in Toronto, in my residence, for the break instead of going back to Vancouver. Despite being in a new city for the holiday season, it was definitely a unique experience spending the holidays here in…read more

John Leung's U of T MythBusters

MythBusters: U of T version

by John Leung It’s official – I have survived my first term here at New College, University of Toronto! University has been very different than what I imagined. I definitely wish that someone had told me what university would be like so I could have prepared myself mentally. To help future university students, this blog…read more

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Precious presents that won’t break the bank

by John Leung Low on money this month? That’s pretty understandable because it’s not easy to save money while at university – and basic necessities are expensive here in Toronto. With the holidays just around the corner, many people face the problem of finding the perfect gift without spending too much money.   To help…read more

Chinese shipbuilding worker. (Ryan Pyle)

New and beyond

by John Leung Have you ever wondered what previous New students are doing now? Well, earlier in November, alumnus Ryan Pyle returned to talk about some of the projects he’s worked on since graduating from New College in 2001. Pyle graduated with a degree in international politics, having lived in the Wetmore residence building for…read more

I miss you this much image

Friendship 3,000 miles apart

When the close friends who know all your secrets are four provinces and a 5-hour plane ride away, it feels tough emotionally, mentally and physically.

breakfast plate

Freshman 15 hacks

by John Leung “Freshman 15” refers to the belief that first-year university students will gain 15 pounds during their first school year. After talking with older university students and being in university for two months myself, I hate to verify that Freshman 15 is not a myth. As someone who is very conscious about their…read more

45 Willcocks dorm room

An 18-year-old living the dream

by John Leung Some people may say that I am living the dream of an 18-year-old. I presently live in 45 Willcocks, New College’s newest residence building. Meanwhile my family is on the other side of the country. Living by myself in residence with my family so far away has been amazing! Despite all the…read more

Divest protest sign

Marching for a divestment future

by John Leung Many people do not know this but the University of Toronto has been investing in fossil fuel from 200 international companies for a long time. In 2012, (a student chapter of was created to pressure the university to drop the stocks.’s mission is to promote leadership on climate change: it…read more

Monopoly theme, 45 Willcocks

I have a… don?

by John Leung When I moved into residence on a warm Saturday morning in September, I felt very confused for a long time. I was so puzzled because everyone kept talking about these “dons”. I realized that this whole “don” thing must be a very big deal around campus, or at least in residence, since…read more