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Research Retreat Experience

I just returned from a 2 day research retreat with the Anatomy and Cell Biology department and I would like to detail some of my experiences there. The retreat was at a hotel 50 minutes by car away from downtown Montreal. As soon as we got there, we checked in (but our rooms weren’t ready yet), and the research talks would immediately start. The chair of the department gave an opening (which I missed as I was in line for check in), then a professor talked about the Naylor Report. This report basically showed that funding for research in Canada was decreasing and that we were declining in our competitiveness compared to other countries. It would be important for all of those interested in pursuing a career in research or are already in research to write letters to their MPs or even try to get the attention of the Minister of Science before the budget in 2018 is decided.

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Getting Work Done in the Summer

Whether you’re working on personal projects, applying for scholarships, or preparing for applications in the fall, getting things accomplished in the summer can be a difficult task. With the sun finally coming out and festivals left and right, distractions often act as roadblocks between you and your work goal. Here’s how I try to keep on top of things, despite sometimes giving in to the summer temptations (more…)

Tis the Season!: Go-To-Guide for Montreal Summer Festivals

If you’re around for the summer in Montreal, you have been gifted with the unique opportunity to discover how absolutely wild this city gets when it’s warm. (more…)

Starting a Relationship with a Mentor

Having the chance to build a relationship with someone in your desired field is an opportunity that can’t be missed. Whether it’s for perspective, knowledge, contacts, or a sounding board, building a connection with an approachable, experienced professional can equip you to make the right decisions in starting your career. Learning about your prospective profession on a personal level can give you less of an abstract view of your future. By participating in one of McGill’s mentorship programs, I have had the opportunity to be connected with an accomplished and generous mentor. Here are my tips for establishing a relationship with an assigned mentor.

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Taking a Summer Class in Montreal

Although the thought of summer break approaching can be the only thing carrying you through winter finals, taking a summer class in Montreal can be a great experience. With its own benefits and drawbacks, taking a class in the summer can be a widely different experience from regular scheduled classes. Here’s what I took away from my first summer class at McGill.

 

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How My Studying Strategies Have Changed Over the Years

In the past 3 years at McGill University, I have changed my studying strategies. In my first year, I wrote all my notes on paper during class and used the textbook, but did not take advantage of the lecture recordings. My first year classes such as calculus, chemistry, and physics required a lot of doing problems from the textbook. If I missed something while the professor was lecturing, it wasn’t such a big deal. Rarely, I would use the lecture recordings (not rewatch the whole thing) to take a quick look at what I missed if it was important. The only class which was more memorization based was psychology. I would retype my psychology notes I wrote in class and then supplement what I missed with notes from the textbook. My first year worked out pretty well.

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Job Hunting Experiences At McGill

There are many places at McGill to find jobs. I have been working at a job since last September under the work study program. I have also worked at SSMU in my second year of university. I would like to talk a little bit about my experiences finding jobs. Work Study accepts applications starting in July for the upcoming year. The earlier you apply, the better because you will be able to apply to job postings earlier than if you submit your application later. It was quite hard to get a job from the work study program because it is quite competitive. I had to send out many emails with my CV, transcript, and sometimes cover letter to as many positions as possible. Many times I got an email back saying that the position was already filled or that I did not pass the initial screening stage. Many times I did not even get a response back.

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How to Handle Rejection – Lessons from Distributing Flyers

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work as a flyer distributor or a fundraising canvasser? I know that most often than not, my first reaction when I see a canvasser is to avoid them. For these workers, rejection is a daily reality inherent to their work, and finding a healthy way to manage rejection also becomes crucial to their work and their well-being. For the rest of us. rejection is a fact of life that we will all face at one point or another, in life or in work. The past two weekends, I worked as a flyer distributor on a busy downtown street. I’d like to share my experiences with a focus on how it has helped me find a more balanced and healthy perspective on rejection.

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Making the Most out of One-Day Volunteering

Last Week, I volunteered for Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E)’s Orientation session for newly admitted CEGEP students. Throughout the day, I signed in registered students, told attendees where their next destination was, helped set up information desks, and answered any McGill-related questions. Although this event only required a one-day commitment on my part (with a short training session a few days prior), the experience was well worth it. Despite walking into a room full of volunteers I didn’t know, I ended up making friends, learning more about McGill and other volunteer opportunities, and snagging myself a cozy volunteer t-shirt. Here’s how I made the most of it.

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396 Research Course

I just did a 396 research course in the Winter 2017 semester. Before I registered for it, I went to talk to my departmental advisor to ask for more information. She said it was a great way to do research in a professor’s lab and have it count toward your degree. What was also really nice was that you do not have to a 396 in your own department. You could be in Anatomy and Cell Biology and do a 396 from the biology department or physiology department or other departments.

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