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Ahhh, Frosh Week. Your initiation to life at Queen's, and one of the most memorable parts of first year. Maybe even one of the most memorable moments of your undergraduate career. It's exciting, it's intimidating, it's full of shaving cream, mud, and hazing. It's honestly one of the best weeks you're ever going to have. So how are you going to survive the week?

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If you're going into first year at Queen's, there is a good chance you'll be living on the classic first year meal plan. That means "all-you-care-to-eat" service on campus between the cafeterias, and a ton of retail locations. But as I'm sure you've all heard, frosh get a bad rep when it comes to their meal plan freedom. I mean, who wouldn't take advantage of endless nachos and curly fries, right? While it's all fun for the first while, eventually you may want to break the freshman-15 stereotype, and learn to master your meal plan. So here are a few tips to get started!

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So you're heading into your first year of uni, and you couldn't be more excited. You arrive at res, move your life into your new room, and think... THE WORLD IS MY OYSTER! So what next? How are you going to make the most out of first year? How are you going to succeed?

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If you've never seen Friends, let this be your introduction to one of the best sitcoms of the 90s. For those of you who have, I know what you're thinking... there are no bad episodes, so how could you even start to pick out favourites? As someone who has watched the series through many, many times, I've gained a solid grasp on the potential winners. While this list is definitely not exclusive, here are a few of the top episodes from the series. PS. SPOILERS MAY BE AT HAND.

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What better way to bring some life into your new home than buying some new plants from the Jungle downtown, right? But, if you're a pet owner, you know that some plants aren't great for keeping around your furry friends. Not to worry though! There are many non-toxic plants out there that are safe for your pet pals, and will being a fresh breathe of life to your home. Take a peak, and happy planting!

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Kingston is full of beautiful spots that are so under-appreciated, or plain just unknown to many of us. These are the kinds of places you come across, and say "how have I never heard of this place?" or "why haven't I been here before?". Some of the most incredible gems are right here in Kingston, and we're bringing them to light for you to experience for yourself!

Amadeus Patio

If you love German food, you HAVE to check out Amadeus. Serving top-notch schnitzel in Kingston since 1992, you'll experience one of the best dining experiences here in Kingston. What makes this spot so special, is their marvellous patio tucked away at the back of the restaurant. Soak up some sun while you enjoy a full plate (and maybe even a Crêpe Mozart for dessert). You'll love it so much, you won't want to share it with anyone else!

via @visitkingston

Coffee Way Donuts

For over 22 years, Coffee Way Donuts has been serving the largest (and most delicious) donuts and muffins in Kingston! You can also pick up a strudel, eclair, or a sandwich from this extraordinary café. Coffee Way makes all of their products fresh, in store every day. Located at 427 Division St, they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve all of your café needs!

via @coffeewaydonuts

Kingston Mills

For all you history buffs, Kingston Mills is sure to be a spot of interest! Or if you're looking for a good shot for the 'gram, this is the place to be. Built at Cataraqui Falls in 1784, Kingston Mills features an amazing set of three locks, a turning basin, and a detached upper lock. Be sure to take advantage of this beautiful location, pack a picnic lunch and relax by the water on Kingston Mills Rd.

via @lawesda

Big Sandy Bay - Wolfe Island

When the summer is hot, and you need beach day, you don't need to worry about getting a ride to Sandbanks, or looking for a spot to set up at the pier. Instead, hop on the ferry to Wolfe Island and hit up Big Sandy Bay! Head out on the weekend, and a shuttle bus will bring you from Town Hall, near the Wolfe Island ferry dock to the Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area. Once you've arrived, take a walk down the short nature trail, and arrive at a huge beach perfect for spending your day in the sun. Don't forget your sunnies!

via @girlmoregirlj


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This summer has been a hot one, am I right? What better way to cool you down on toasty day than a nice cool treat. If you're in Kingston, there are so many options for you to pick from - how do you decide? Don't worry - we've broken down a few of our favourites around town help you. In no particular order, here are our tops picks for ice cream *and the sort* in the YGK!

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You wake up on a Sunday morning and wonder... what should I do today? It's basically your last day of freedom before the Monday blues set in for the work week. Let's be real - you need to pack in all of the good stuff on Sunday to make Monday suck a little bit less. So we compiled the ultimate Sunday checklist to get you motivated for the week!

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It's July already, and what have you done with your summer in Kingston? Maybe you've been working full time, maybe you're taking summer classes, or even both! Whatever the case, you're probably due for an epic getaway.

Lucky for you, there are so many beautiful spaces close to Kingston to relax and really enjoy all that this summer has to offer. To help you out, we've collected a variety of AirBnB's close to the city that are sure to give you the getaway you've been looking for. Whether you're looking to fly solo, or you want to bring along your favourite humans, these places are just what you need to take this summer to the next level!

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Wondering what to do with your long weekend? There is no better place to spend your Canada Day than right here in Kingston! (I mean, we were named the first capital of Canada in 1841, no big deal). So grab your dollar store flags and get ready to start planning which Canada Day events you'll be attending this year! 

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