Between inflation and loneliness, going again to highschool is hard for some Alberta college students

Erin Laura O’Neil, director of the University of Alberta’s campus food bank in Edmonton, noted that many international students, graduates or not, come to get their meals from the food bank.

He explains that a total of 80-100 baskets are distributed per week. But last week this number reached 200 baskets. Even during the summer months, when few people attend the campus food bank, he distributes about 130 baskets a week.

We have observed that tuition fee increase and inflation are two contributing factors [étudiants] come to us. But these two things cannot be stopped abruptly [à court terme]. »

quote from Erin Laura O’Neil, Director, University of Alberta Food Bank

On the University of Calgary’s side, student body president Nicole Schmidt also noted that students pay more for certain cost items, such as housing or food.

Some students are paying up to 25% more in tuition than in 2019he says. For example, engineering students currently pay up to 60% more in tuition than in 2019.

He also notes that students need more financial assistance during the school year, whether it’s to help with housing costs or student employment.

A site to create a sense of community

If face-to-face can be difficult for many students, so is it when it comes to making new friends at the beginning of the school year. Zack and Samson, two of the administrators of the UofConfessions site, saw this.

Because anonymity is important to site administrators, Radio-Canada has agreed to use only their names. UofConfessions assures its administrators that it is not affiliated with the University of Calgary administration.

Featured on Instagram and TikTok, UofConfessions aggregates anonymous posts from University of Calgary students. Anyone can freely express their opinion on any subject, such as courses or universities, without fear of repercussions that may affect their reputation.

Zack and Samson explain that they were reactivated a few months ago to create the site A sense of community at the University of Calgary. They claim that most of the confessions they receive are from students looking for friends.

Many people write confessions stating that the atmosphere on campus is very lonely and lonely [à quel point] making friends can be difficultZack explains. But the speed of reaction every time these types of confessions are written [positive] so much in the comments [important].

Nicole Schmidt says some students have felt isolated or alone since face-to-face classes resumed. Her association plans to organize activities next term to try to connect students with different clubs or communities.

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