Culture and High School Essay

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Table of Contents
Ryerson Student Admission Assessment Form – Fall 2015 1
Ryerson 2015 Non-Academic Requirements Fee Form 2
Relevant Life and Journalistic Experiences 3
Ryerson Journalism Entrance Essay 4
The Dot on Your Forehead Is Not Just a Fashion Trend 6
Ten Tips and Tricks To Get through High School 8
Mental Health: It Is Not a Joke 11
Journalistic and Recreational Photography 12
References 19
















Relevant Life and Journalistic Experiences
List your relevant life and journalistic experiences (e.g. community or school newspaper, blog, yearbook, co-op, second language, travel, extra-curricular activities and volunteer work). Please write your answers legibly by hand on a separate 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.

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Lavaniya Rajah
Admissions Committee of Journalism
December, 10, 2014.
A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction
My obsession with writing and reading articles and blogs has been something that has been a part of me since I can remember; but never had I thought that writing and exploring these very interesting and mature issues is what I wanted to pursue as my future career. It was not until I had finished watching a broadcast by BBC titled, “Rwanda’s Untold Story” had I realized my strong passion to write and investigate such issues. This documentary had an impact on my decision to study journalism due to the power of journalistic words and the ability to raise awareness and make a positive change in the world.
I began to see journalists as the voice for those who had been, or continue to be oppressed. “Rwanda’s Untold Story” helped me realize that journalists are powerful people who worked very closely with morality and justice, influential as they fight to voice justice and to educate the public about issues around the world. Journalism is a profession where I can combine my most favourite hobby and one of my most important goals together. I started to imagine the risky adventures that I would embark on as a journalist and this motivated me to work harder in school and pushed me to explore what journalism really had to offer.
Two years later I still feel the same way.  The same desire and passion to make a difference and to voice justice is still burning strong inside of me. Every time I watch “Rwanda’s Untold Story” I am reminded of my starting point. I am reminded of the impact the journalist had on me and what I wish to do for others. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “[i]f you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write” and that is what I intend to do, to make a change and inspire others.











That Dot on Your Forehead Is Not Just a Fashion Trend
By: Lavaniya Rajah

It started with Gwen Stefani, sticking colourful and intricate designed stickers all over her forehead, and soon after celebrities like Selena Gomez and Iggy Azalea were sticking colourful stickers on their foreheads too. The exchange of culture has always been welcomed all around the world, but how and when can we tell the difference between the exchange of cultures and cultural appropriation? 
For South Asians that wear the bindi (Hindi) also known as the “pottu” (Tamil), “tickli” (Marathi) and” teep” (Bengali), the issue is not that non-Asians are wearing the dot on their forehead, but the fact they cannot wear the bindi how non-Asians wear the bindis. When Gwen Stefani or Madonna wear the bindi, society sees it to be beautiful, but when my mother or any other south Asian wears it, society looks down at them and tells them to go back to India. 
It is important to understand that the bindi is not just a colourful dot that is worn to further enhance the beauty of a women, but it is a symbol of the South Asian culture. The red bindi worn by married women symbolizes love and prosperity. The place where the bindi is applied from a religious view represents the Ajna Chakra and is known as the “third eye”. The Ajna Chakra sits where one loses Ahamakara (ego) and helps an individual achieve self-realization