Choosing a university in 2015

This article originally appeared in the 2015 Globe and Mail Canadian University report on Oct. 22, 2015 The good news is that Canada is home to so many great universities that it’s difficult to make a poor decision. That’s why choosing the school that best suits you requires going beyond rankings and reputation, and considering…

What to do when the bank of Mom and Dad closes

(This article originally appeared in the 2015 Globe and Mail Canadian University Report on Oct. 22, 2015) Lisa Howey-Louter owed $40,000 when she graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in early childhood education in 2007. Eight years later, at 33 years old, she still owes $32,000 in combined provincial and federal student loans. After…

The Real Housemates of campus: True stories of cohabitation

(This article originally appeared in the 2015 Globe and Mail Canadian University Report on Oct. 22, 2015) It took Mallory Hewlko and her roommate more than two weeks to realize that neither of them knew the two British guys staying in their basement. Somehow, they had acquired new roomies without even knowing it. In her time at…

Why Canadian kids aren’t failing

This article originally appeared in The Globe and Mail on September 25, 2015. See the original here. When eight-year-old Sophie Skogster fell behind her Canadian classmates, her parents, try as they might, could not convince school administrators to “fail” their daughter. In 2009, the Skogster family moved to Finland, home to one of the highest-ranked…