Jessica is a first year student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a Specialist in Archaeology and a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a double minor in History and Latin. She is a life-long learner who is more interested in university for the pursuit of knowledge than the pursuit of a degree, although she is looking for a career in either biological archaeology or as a journalist for National Geographic. Her lifelong passions are writing, photography, learning, and travelling. She has travelled to seventeen countries and her goal is to visit every country before she dies. Currently, Jessica is working as an intern at a hospital, a veterinary clinic and at a local mission, and in her free time she likes to wander around Toronto taking pictures and finding new incredible eats.
Stephanie is a third-year student at the University of Toronto, specializing in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies and majoring in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Stephanie has a passion for education and is focusing her studies on political science and sociology. In her free time, Stephanie follows political developments in Canada, the United States and throughout the Middle East. She also enjoys writing about politics, global affairs and about social justice issues. Beyond academic interests, she enjoys fitness, health and wellness, comic books and video games.
Muriam is a second year student at University of Toronto studying Peace, Conflict, and Justice, along with Indigenous studies and Diaspora & Transnational studies. Muriam strives to shed light on current human right abuses that occur both domestically and internationally. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous peoples rights and continues to work alongside the community in Canada. Muriam's other interests include model UN, painting, and sports.
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Hussein is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto, completing a double major in human biology and psychology. With a passion for both the biological and psychological aspects of human beings, he has always been fascinated by how everything from the differences in our cultures, religions, socioeconomic statuses and even our languages affect our world views and our development both biologically and socially. Hussein hopes to one day enter the healthcare sector and help improve healthcare outcomes by assisting in the tailoring of treatment to the different cultures reflected in our modern society.
Amanda is a student in her first year in the joint Journalism program at the University of Toronto and Centennial College. Her passion for writing and love for people blossomed in her earlier years, and she has been diligently working towards a career to nurture these interests. Amanda hopes to bring justice and unity to the world through writing and clear communication. One day, she hopes to also become a published fiction author.
As a traveller, writer and researcher, Izabela is interested in the lives and tales of the people she meets through her work in international development. After obtaining degrees in human rights and international project management, Izabela has worked in Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Mexico and Bolivia in various intense and interesting roles. She is happiest in a new, challenging environment and, as such, always accepts the opportunity to live and work abroad. Wherever her next placement takes her, Izabela hopes to continue writing and sharing stories from her journeys.
Aishah Cader is entering her fourth year at the University of Toronto where she is pursuing a double major in English and general Life Sciences, with an additional focus on Population Health Sciences. After graduating, her long-term goal is to make health information easily understandable by implementing information design principles in public health communication and outreach systems.
Hagr Saad is currently a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto (St. George), pursuing a major in Mathematics and minors in English and Latin. Her interests range from art and graphic design to computer programming. In her free time, she enjoys reading and swimming.
Ritika is a first year student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University. She views writing as a medium of advocacy for society’s most pressing concerns, as well as a mode of self-expression. Some of her other hobbies include reading Nicholas Sparks’ novels, baking and playing chess.
Azizia is currently pursuing her masters in Biology at York University, an experience that at times tests her patience but also teaches her the importance of perseverance. Everyone that knows her, knows that she loves learning, and aspires to be a student for the rest of her life. She is an avid reader of primarily historical fiction and coming of age novels and memoirs. After graduating Azizia hopes to practice medicine, where she can teach and learn everyday and use her agency to advocate for funding in global health.
Compelled to serve others and inspire progress, Bobby is a third year University of Toronto student specializing in journalism and minoring in psychology. His goal is to use journalism to unite and liberate people around the world by being their champion and their voice. Originally, a life science student, he soon realized his strengths lied in communication and leadership, persuading Bobby to pursue the fourth estate. He appreciates debate and is open to all opinions. Additionally, he is passionate about music, mixed martial arts, current events, public speaking. Bobby hopes to connect with the Blank Page audience and add to their experience.
Annalisse is a second year student at Capilano University in Vancouver, currently working toward an Associate Bachelor in creative writing. She intends to study sociology at the completion of her current program. From there she would like to use the cumulative skills to write fiction that addresses social issues in an engaging fashion. She is a keen traveller and pursuer of all creative avenues.
Rashid is a human living and working in Toronto. He spends his time bartending for coin and editing and publishing Pressed Magazine, a semi annual indie magazine about the modern condition and culture, emphasizing storytelling and visual art. He did his undergrad in international development and loves writing about Africa, sports and culture. His favourite writer is Ta-Nehisi Coates, and implores you to read some of his stuff. He enjoys travelling, reading and Wes Anderson movies.
Timothy is a Law Student at Osgoode Hall Law School who previously attended the University of Toronto for International Relations and Peace, Conflict, and Justice
Studies. Interested in contemporary global affairs, Timothy seeks to explore such events and their impact on their related legal, humanitarian, governance-related and geopolitical issues. Understanding the importance of staying informed in today's ever-changing world, he hopes to
help expose such issues in an insightful and accessible manner. When not writing, Timothy can
be found reading the latest headlines with a hot cup of coffee.