Everyone knows how difficult it is to find a community as a student but it can be even more difficult here in Montreal if you do not speak French. On-campus communities are an incredible opportunity to join but often don’t allow for exploration of the city. I was lucky enough to find a community as well as a job last year during my first term at McGill outside of our neighborhood and this has lent itself to some wonderful opportunities. (more…)
When your university sits in the middle of a city, it’s easy to want to take on a million jobs. However, there are ways to weed them out. My favorite tip to give people is that the best kind of job that you can get as a student is a campus job. I know that it may be tempting to work at your favorite clothing store, your favorite cafe or the newest start up company around the corner. But remember that you’re a student and though you may not like the idea, you just don’t want work getting in the way of your studies.
Woot! Who else is excited for Tech Fair? Every year the New Rez lobby is packed by tons of Tech Fair goers, and this year, this will be happening on October 7th and 8th. For those of you not in the know, Tech Fair is a career fair of various companies in the technology sector. They come to introduce themselves and recruit talented students, especially in engineering and computer science. As a networking event, it’s one of the biggest and most fun at McGill.
What’s that smell in the air? Caffeine and stress. Ah, midterms are rolling around again. *insert Beethoven’s 5th Symphony soundtracks* Wait, but I haven’t started studying yet! So I have a week left to prepare for 3 exams. Time to put on the thinking cap. Here are some tips from a
pro test taker survivor.
I know there have been previous posts on finding research positions but I wanted to write another since it is the beginning of the semester and now is the best time to start looking for one if you’re interested. Most labs are always looking for volunteers, and if you’ve never had any past research experience this is the best way to gain some.
They start to pile up and everything seems as though it is a thousand pages and how can it all be done? Sometimes it feels like we are on a constant quest to tackle the ever-growing pile of readings we are faced with each week. Daunting, should this be your first go at a university workload but not impossible and (with luck) eventually well manageable!
Over the past week, I have been fighting to hold onto the last bit of heat and sunshine! Clad in my summer dresses, sandals and sunglasses, I would happily strut to class, all the while convincing myself that the huge gush of cold wind that enveloped my exposed skin was simply a ‘cool’ summer breeze! Today, I checked the weather forecast, and as I read 8°C, I told myself my phone must be going through another one of its tantrums and forgot to place the number ‘1’ before the ‘8’. Even though September 23rd signaled the official end of summer, I still find it hard to begin my transition into the fall season. As you can tell, I am in strong denial!
So here’s my first post! I’m incredibly excited to get started on this blog but here’s a little secret – I’ve been struggling to decide what I wanted to write about as my first post. There are so many things that I could choose from but doing an “all about my summer” post (like the ones we used to do in elementary school) seemed the most prudent. I hope to also give some pertinent information that might help and encourage you to participate in an internship, whether it be here in Montreal or halfway across the world. This past summer was, without a doubt, the most influential and important of my life thus far and I owe it all to my internship experience.
Last week I worked my first shift after a long four months of summer vacation (those of you who’ve read my bio know that I work part time at an independent grocery store). Now that I’ve been working there for a little over a year, I can genuinely say that I enjoy and appreciate my humble, minimum-wage job. But I didn’t always carry such a positive attitude towards part-time work.
So it’s that time of year right now when you have to choose what you’d like to stick to for the next two school semesters. About a week ago, I had to give up a volunteer research experience because I realized that it just wouldn’t realistically fit into my schedule. This is probably the best decision that I could’ve made and I realize now that it’s the healthiest way to start a new semester. The reason I’m telling you readers this is because the lesson I learned is the following: Don’t forget to fit in time for yourself.