I enjoyed reading your article very much. I am a first year student here and have been disappointed at the level of engagement that my peers display. Perhaps I don’t know enough international students.

I spent the last two years of high school at a United World College and so was very privileged in terms of the level of cultural interaction and international engagement I have been apart of. I returned to Canada for university believing that it was the right thing to do, that I should get to know what it means to grow up Canadian and to be young in a Canadian and North American context.

For the first few months I have to say that what really stood out was exactly the sort of apathy that you seem to be describing. The sort that maybe watches the news but then says “nothing ever happens” with a disinterested and almost resigned tone. Emotion seems to be totally disassociated from people’s reactions to their world. Your passion and anger were most refreshing. I don’t mind how people react to these sorts of things, or what their politics are, as long as they do.

I always thought that being at university was about being young, angry and political. Maybe I should have been born a couple of decades earlier in time for Paris in May ’68 or Tiananmen Square in ’89. But your anger and disappoint remind me that the breed of young people who still are hopeful is alive and well.