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Check Yourself: Self-Editing 101

CheckYourself_largeI’ve given a lot of writing advice. It’s my way of trying to pick up after myself and make sure others gain something from my mistakes.

Self-Editing is so incredibly important; I can’t stress this enough. You need to know what to look for and have an eye for your own classic mistakes. As wonderful as it is to find a blessed human being willing to read over your hard work, it doesn’t always work out that way.

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Is Passion a Reality?

4dbc1f1e4c2099399307131I recently got in a very heated debate with a good friend over the idea of following your passion.

As an English major with a deep set yen for all things literary, I consider my passion pretty strong and worth following. He disagreed, saying that graduates today are too often told to follow their passion and pursue outlandish dream jobs with no real perspective for the careers that actually need to be filled.

What I thought was interesting, though, was how often I began hearing this “Don’t follow your passion” speech.

It seemed to be popping up everywhere as convocation ceremonies began. What exactly does this mean?

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When You Have Time

TimeI’ve written about time-management before and productivity. This is different. I want to be more proactive. I want to be a busy person, and I think you should to.

I was once told, “If you want something done, ask a busy person” and I thought that was insane logic. If someone is busy, how can they get anything new finished, they’re already preoccupied. On the contrary, this has proved time and time again to be a tried and true pattern with successfully productive, proactive people.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Writing

MakeMeWriteWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a collection of short stories by Raymond Carver. Brilliantly written and critically acclaimed, it’s been mentioned by dozens of famous followers and quoted in many -many- movies. In Stuck in Love (2010), the character William Borgens quotes the “human noise” that Carver describes at the end of the book. Borgens says that, as writers, it is our job to decipher that human noise to the best of our ability and create from it great works. The whole movie actually focuses on this family of writers and make it look so easy, deciphering the world and creating an opinion. I’m here to say that in many ways it’s much more difficult than that, and lend a few tried and true pieces of advice from my own experience.

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Everyone’s a Critic

Constructive-CriticismCriticism is a difficult tool. In the right hands, it can fix, improve and perfect. But it’s all in how you take your tea, so to speak. Not everyone is going to sugar coat it and oftentimes it’ll just be given to you straight. It’s understandable that these things can make you feel a bit bitter, but criticism is meant for you to use so that you can be better. It’s meant to be considered and applied but not destructive. You should be proud of the work you accomplish but open to the possibility of imperfection. Everything in moderation *sips tea*.

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Summer Work for Future Rewards

It’s always stressful jumping into something or beginning something new. For so many of my friends they are starting their internships or summer jobs and need to adjust to finally working in the field they’ll be in once theygraduate. Your manager is most likely not someone you share classes with and you probably won’t need a hair net anymore.

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The Pre-med Summer

MEDVIDEO440x244Welcome, the days of long sunshine. Welcome, the bloom of festivals.

So it’s summer. The perfect time to catch a break from a year of hard work.

For sure! But to a pre-med, there’s plenty to do for a fulfilling summer plan.

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Finally Free

 

freedom-clipart-escapeWell another year has passed and the semester has come to an end! Congratulations everyone on making it through another semester. Finals are the worst part of every year, and even if you don’t ace your exam, grades are NOT all that matter. Jobs and grad schools look at your extracurricular activities and work experience. So don’t worry if you didn’t do as well as you wanted to on an exam.

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End of year reflection

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So I finished my very last exam a couple of days ago, and it has just hit me that I have completed 3 whole years at McGill now, and much closer to the finish line than I am from the start! Although my day-to-day activities has not really changed since first year (I’ve pretty much kept the same job, clubs, varsity sport, etc. ), I know that I have gone through some pretty large changes as a person, especially in the past year.  Although the change is likely due to a plethora of causes, I really attribute a large part of it to switching my major and the medical school application process itself.

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What to do this Summer?

empThis is the last week of final exams (hallelujah!) which means that it is basically summer – well not officially, but you know what I mean. It’s time to drop the books, and make plans for the next four months. But what should you do?

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