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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.


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*.


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.


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.


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.


End of year reflection


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.


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?


Thanks to our CaPS Bloggers!! Summer is coming…

summerCaPS would like to say thank you to all our amazing bloggers for the 2015-2016 academic year!!.

Your posts have been informative, insightful and entertaining!!

We are also lucky that a few have decided to stay all summer long. So stayed tuned for their new posts about their summer endeavors and adventures!

Test Prep Courses – yay or nay?

prepAs summer is quickly approaching, many people are starting to think about plans for the summer. For some, the summer will entail studying for one of the many grad school admission tests: MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, OCAT, GMAT, GRE, etc. I took my MCAT the summer after my first year, and a big decision was to choose if I was going to self-study or take one of those notorious prep courses offered by Kaplan, Princeton Review, Prep101, or other test prep companies. There are certainly both pros and cons to each choice. Self-studying is of course the most economical option; you can often find very cheap (or even free) books/resources online to study from, whereas prep courses often cost upwards of $2000.


Here Comes the Sun

tumblr_static_cxzfy59e4g00sgsc80wg0cogc_640_v2Today I went to my final classes of second year. Most of them were review, a lot of them let me know of the difficulty of exams to come. I will be writing essays for what feels like a very long time. But this is something everyone can relate to. Rather, I’m excited for my summer.


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