For those who know me you know that travel is among my favourite pass times. For those of you who don’t I am an avid adventurer and world traveler. I am trying my best to see as much of the world as I can. This is a real challenge though, for years I have been in school and have had minimal income. By minimal I do mean minimum wage. Working part time offers the advantages of flexible schedules but sadly doesn’t provide a lot of cash to spare.

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Last week it was the value of social media for teachers, but this week, students. There’s lots of reasons to be on social media as a student. For one thing, pretty much all your friends are on it. There’s a social cost to not being on Facebook, because it makes you harder to invite to stuff. But that’s just Facebook. What about Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, blogging, and all the other intriguing social networks floating around this series of tubes? that’s where things get fun. So today, here’s why social media is valuable to students. Continue reading

You may remember the Italy trip that sadly was cancelled a few months ago? Well, the department is thinking about another, smaller scale trip next year. This time to Greece. Head past the jump to see the message from Dr. Hardiman with the details, and before you look at the dollar figure, know that as always, Labyrinth is here to help. Check out this post from Classics alumna and world traveller Laura Thurston, about how to budget for huge trips. Laura’s offered to write about how to budget for this Greece trip specifically, and you’ll hopefully see that post here next week. The trip is worth every penny, I promise that.  Continue reading

We are less than two months almost one month away from the International Congress on Medieval Studies! For those who will be attending, Dr. Porreca and I have put together some useful information and helpful hints.

Firstly, I’ll reiterate some essential information. We will be departing from Waterloo the morning of May 8th and will be returning the evening of the 12th. Registration is through Western Michigan University’s website. If you haven’t registered yet, you should do so as soon as possible. Online registration ends 15 days before the start of the Congress, but it’s recommended to register early (your room will be closer to the cafeteria/exhibits hall and rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis). For those who have not yet registered, ensure that you do not select residence for Sunday (if you already have done so by accident, it is possible to receive a refund). Most importantly, you NEED a passport in order to attend. Make sure you will have a valid passport in time for the Congress and don’t forget to bring it (and sign it!). Those who received a travel bursary in order to attend will need to save all receipts related to registration, lodging, food, and travel. Those who have already registered can obtain their receipt by logging in to the registration website and checking their order status.

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Last April, during my Master’s degree, I marched into my advisor’s office and said “I need you to talk me out of quitting.” I was burnt out. I’d spent hours working on papers, and didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. I couldn’t see an end to it, and wasn’t even ready to think about my thesis. I was two thirds of the way through the degree, and I was hating every minute of it. Every time I sat down to write, I had a tightness in my chest and the sense that it wasn’t going to do any good. I was depressed, and despairing. I was overworked, with my charity fundraiser weeks away, a trip on the horizon, and I’d just broken up with my girlfriend. I wanted to continue, but I needed someone to talk to, or I’d quit. So I said “I need you to talk me out of quitting.”

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Our post about how professors can help you relieve stress will go up on Monday. It’s International Women’s Day today, and that should mean more to classicists than anybody, because we’re familiar with how bad a deal women have traditionally gotten in history. Instead of reading a long post, take the time today to appreciate the women in your life. And also in the department. Our chair, Dr. Sheila Ager, works really hard at the helm of the department, wrangling administrators and making sure that you get the best experience possible. Prof. Christina Vester, our undergraduate advisor, is always there for students, and is responsible for the push that Labyrinth got to get started. And we can’t forget about Brigitte Schneebeli, without whom the entire department would burn to the ground. There are all kinds of awesome people out there, so take the time to let them know.  Here are some articles that will hopefully inspire you today.

15 Interesting Women of Ancient Rome

Listverse takes a look at some pretty amazing historical women.

7 Easy Ways to Make an Impact on International Women’s Day

Find out how you can help fight the good fight and celebrate women today.

Now I’m off to help at least one lady conquer the world. See you next week!

Jim Tigwell knows a disproportionate number of women bent on world domination. To secure a place in their regime, contact him on Twitter.


One of the major jobs of the Classics and Medieval Studies Student Society is being a part of the Arts Student Union (warning, acronyms ahead). It involves going to a meeting every two weeks where there’s discussion, votes, process, and usually pizza. It’s not a lot of work, but it’s work worth doing, for the same reasons 50 Cent does anything. The money, the power, and the women. Let me explain.

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Gaze upon our newfound glory! Truly we are a gorgeous beast now. The new design is the work of Shawn Dickinson who, in addition to being awesome with web design, will be taking over for me as editor in chief (and writer) at the end of April, when I will frolic off to other pastures. I won’t say much about him, in order to preserve his mystique, but his work should speak for itself.

Anyway, it’s time to talk about stress again, and what you can do. We’ve strayed from it for a bit, but it’s worth talking about. Last time, I talked about what counselling services can do for you. This time, the focus is on your classmates. A burden shared is a burden lifted, after all. Here are just a couple of ways you can help support other students and be supported in turn.

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