This site is a place to share the wicked problems that students face as they pursue post-secondary education. These stories are real, they are ill-structured, and they are…
A story about the increased workload for students during the COVID online learning pivot.
A story about feeling like you’re slower than everyone else at completing academic-related tasks (reading, writing, and note-taking).
A story about a first-year student’s concerns going into university and the issues they faced regarding time management and organization.
A story about a student feeling unmotivated in university because they created their long-term goals based on society’s expectations.
A story about struggling to finish assignments on time due to the procrastination cycle.
A story about a first-year student feeling confident about achieving high grades in university, but later realizing that their high school study habits won’t cut it in university.
A story about always completing assignments last minute due to procrastination and poor time management.
A story about dealing with imposter syndrome in university and feeling overwhelmed by capitalism’s definition of success.
A story about a Black student’s experience with institutional racism and how they fought against it.
A story about struggling to separate university life from home life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A story about an international student having a difficult time making friends at university due to their social anxiety.
A story about performing poorly in school after losing a loved one and finding ways to cope with the loss.
A story about figuring out how to take effective notes during lectures in university.
A story about the different types of students encountered in group projects and how to work as a team successfully.
A story about the experience of a student living with fibromyalgia and the struggles they face in school because of their chronic pain.
A story about struggling to manage stress levels as a student.
A story about an international student dealing with many obstacles, such as technological distractions, perfectionism, group projects, and learning to code in their online post-graduate program.
A story about learning how to take on a leadership role in a group project during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A story about a student feeling too tired to carry out daily activities but later discovering they have an underlying medical condition.
A story about a first-generation student who is unsure of what courses to enrol in for their first year of university.
A story about a student with a chronic disability struggling to take notes during lectures due to a lack of adequate supports.
A story about figuring out how to study smarter, not harder.
A story about an international student struggling to form social relationships due to feeling burnt out from schoolwork.
A story about struggling to succeed on exams and dealing with toxic people in cultural societies during the first year of college.
A story about dealing with the stress of familial financial dependency throughout university, and learning how to become financially literate.
A story about feeling lost and overwhelmed throughout university due to a lack of guidance on navigating life.
A story about the struggles of being on your own.
A story about dealing with the excessive pressure and isolation of being a pre-med student in undergrad.
A story about struggling to participate in group projects in school due to being an overt introvert.
A story about trying to juggle a full-time job, part-time job, and school but realizing it isn’t feasible.
A story about a student starting university with poor organizational skills, leading them to miss tests and assignment deadlines.
A story about struggling to keep organized and current with school events and assignment/test dates, especially after school transitioned online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A story about the difficulties of online learning before the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the online learning model has changed for the better (i.e., online lectures and seminars).
A story about struggling to learn when your TA is… less than perfect at their job.
A story about an international student struggling to transition to a new school and cultural norms, and dealing with academic misconduct due to unintentional plagiarism.
A story about an international student trying to participate in all extracurricular activities, but ends up struggling with time management and dedicating enough time to finishing tasks.
A story about the toxic, competitive environment in biomedical science programs and never feeling like you’re doing enough to get into medical school.
A story about having a difficult time making new friends due to feeling held back by friends from high school.
A story about being an introvert and feeling like an outsider as a younger, international student.
A story about dealing with depression and anxiety during the second year of university.
A story about struggling to keep up with in-person/synchronous university classes due to an inconsistent sleep schedule caused by medication.
A story about being a parent while in school and dealing with professors that are not accommodating to your situation.
A story about getting away with minimal work in high school, but realizing it won’t fly in university.
A story about a parent struggling to be at a university that doesn’t cater to their situation, but manages to find creative ways to balance their academic and family responsibilities.
A story about adjusting to university life while also spearheading a social justice movement against sexual violence on university campuses.
A story about a working professional who decides to pursue post-graduate education, but is faced with the challenge of adapting to the technological landscape of modern education.
A story about struggling to adapt to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic due to lack of human interaction, motivation and time management.
A story about the difficulty of transitioning from high school to university academics, and how to achieve the grades you desire.
A story about a neurodiverse student managing their post-secondary schooling and living away from home.
A story about students who lack accessibility to computers due to financial barriers.
A story about managing asynchronous classes and connecting to a community of learners.
A story about accepting that being unique and different may not always be appreciated in your group work, but that doesn’t make it any less great (French submission).
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A story about a mature student returning to university and struggling to adapt to new technology.
A story about a shy, international student who started to get out of their comfort zone, but was forced back into their shell due COVID-19 pandemic.
A story about a graduate student feeling out of place due to their lack of professional experience compared to their classmates.
A story about a student struggling to keep up with their academics due to ineffective note-taking methods.
A story about a student who learns how to manage their ADHD years after graduation.
A story about the hardships faced by an international student, as they didn’t know how to find housing or work in Canada.
A story about a student’s ongoing struggle with their anxiety, depression, and panic attacks.
A story about an engineering student’s difficulty coping with the stress associated with their workload.
A story about overcoming the stigma associated with seeking help for mental health issues (i.e., stress).
A story about comparing yourself to your peers in school.
A story about dealing with a TA who is inconsistent and unfair when grading assignments.
A story about a first-year student struggling to keep up with their school work.
A story about dealing with anxiety and lack of motivation brought on by online school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A story about struggling to transition to university after moving from a small town and being too afraid to ask questions to professors.
A story about finding ways to separate online school from relaxation time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A story about finding a balance between academics and social experiences in university.
A story about the negative impacts of the internet and social media on mental health and motivation in school.
A story about a student putting unreasonable pressure on themselves to get nothing less than A’s, but realizing that it’s not worth compromising their mental health.
A story about a student struggling to study in one place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A story about an international student struggling to keep focused on online school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A story about the socioeconomic privileges and hurdles prevalent in various student-life experiences.
A story about a student not achieving the grades they desire because they were using the same study skills they learned in high school.
A story about an international student struggling with school during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the time difference between Canada and Dubai.
A story about a student struggling to stay on task and refraining from addictive technological distractions.
A story about the difficulties of working on online group projects with students who don’t want to collaborate.
A story about feeling excluded and stigmatized as a neuroatypical person.
A story about an engineering student juggling a demanding workload and part time jobs, making them feel like there wasn’t enough time to complete their work.
A story about comparing yourself to your peers in school.
A story about the difficulties of navigating the first year of a new university program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A story about overcoming the issues students face during group projects in university.
A story about dealing with severe mental health issues and deviating from the societal standard of completing a degree in 4 years.
A story about lack of social interaction with peers and poor communication from professors during remote learning.
A story about the struggles faced by a Métis student who started to learn about their heritage after coming to Trent.
A story about lack of inclusion and equality for international students.
A story about starting university without effective study skills.
A story about a student who has always enjoyed keeping a busy schedule, but felt exhausted while attending zoom lectures.