I also completed a two page paper on how an American-style presidential system of government would be better for a transitional democracy than the Canadian version of parliamentary government. I slept four hours and then argued why it is more democratic, stable, and effective than the Canadian system. In our group of ten guess how many others took my side? Just one. Suffice it to say that although Canadians have plenty of problems with their own government, it is tantamount to heresy to suggest there is a better way of doing things. I'm obviously biased....partly from living in the US for fourteen years I'm more confused then impressed by 1) the fact that the Queen is still the head of state, 2)the senate is unelected, and 3-300) a multitude of other out-dated aspects of Canadian government that seem to be kept out of tradition than efficiency.
This past weekend I worked on a ten page essay on Why Nova Scotia did not fight on the American side during the American Revolution. Although the historiography of early Canadian history isn't light reading, it is pretty interesting to see the different reasons attributed to past attitudes and events over time. I also have to write a popular press-style article about a recent study that concluded showering a person with dementia with bluish light can helpful in restarting their circadian rhythm.
By this time of the year there are a lot of long term assignments due, and this can lead to a lot of stress. Last week I had to be working on four essays at once, and it was pretty unnerving what percentage of my grades each assignment is worth. I also had four meetings during the week in addition to studying for five final exams.