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That’s a wrap!

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The Winter 2015 semester is officially over, and I’m officially done my second year of undergrad! Woo! You may have noticed some changes to the blog, especially the name change from “Future Careers” to “Campus Life and Future Careers”. While many of my posts will still be career/academics related, you will start to see more posts related to student life here at McGill and a glimpse into my life and what I am up to!

I am looking forward to a busy summer ahead of me as I will be working full time as a research assistant at the MNI, and part time as a CHEM222 TA and McGill tour guide. I will be continuing to blog this summer and expect that many of the posts will be medicine-related as I will be preparing to apply to  medical school in early fall!

Have a great summer guys!

How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle During University Life

 

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As mentioned in some of my previous blog posts, it isn’t uncommon for our mental or physical health to suffer while we are in ‘cram-mode’ or ‘finals-mode’ during the end of semester. Finding the right balance and ensuring that we are prioritizing and organizing our hectic schedules is crucial to our ultimate success!

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Lesser known studying spots on McGill Campus

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Finals are fast approaching and the struggle to find a seat in the library is real.  This post is for students out there looking to get out of the Schulich – McLennan bubble and hit the books in quieter, less stuffy, alternative places, or just want a change of scenery!

 

“Undergraduate Study Room” in Rutherford:  This has officially been my go-to study place the past semester. It’s a tiny room (maybe about 10 desks) in an obscure corner of 1st floor Rutherford. There’s usually zero people (especially after 5 pm), has 2 functional computers, and right beside the physics lounge which has a microwave and a Foosball table. Yes, that’s right. A Foosball table, what more can you ask for? But a downside is if you’re not in physics, you do not after after-hours or weekend access.

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The Summer Job Search Continues

summerjobThere’s only a month left of school, and my summer job search continues. I’d been hoping that I would have planned something out for the summer by now, but unfortunately, that is not the case. For the past few months,
I’ve been searching and applying for various jobs. I’m going home for the summer, so my job search vicinity is mainly for jobs in my hometown, which narrows down the possibilities a lot.

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Job Interview Tips & Techniques

intIt is a common fact that whether in your professional or social life, people will judge you within the first 90 seconds of meeting you. Harsh, isn’t it? Well, no one ever said you have to please everyone…but when in a job interview, that’s kind of the point. The whole idea of an interview, whether group or individual, is to sell yourself to the best of your ability and attempt to come out on top… so get ready to be a crowd pleaser! Going to an interview is single-handedly one of the most stressful experiences you will have to face throughout your life, but it is inevitable. In realistic terms…you are being judged, by someone who doesn’t know you, every aspect of you – the way you look, act, dress and your bank of knowledge and experience are all put on display for someone to critique. This doesn’t have to be ultra-stressful, so don’t make it be and look at it as a beneficial learning opportunity.

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Plan actions, not results

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I have always been a very results-driven person. I complete tasks with the end goal and result in mind and work towards it. This approach has worked immensely well for me in high school, for short term goals like acing a test, achieving this or that. But now I have realized and personally experienced the downfall to this flawed approach. Before, what motivated me was the result at the end, and so when the end goal was far away I often lost motivation and interest, and when the results are not what I had planned for, I often experienced a wave of negative emotions.  (more…)

Don’t be Discouraged – Take Every Setback as a Learning Opportunity

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After working full time with the same employer for over five years, I felt the impact of austerity in the educational domain this year when for the first time in my career, my contract shrivelled from 100% to 50%. Contract work is not easy due to its unpredictability and inconsistency and evidently, permanency and job stability are what most people in the workforce strive for in the long run. We will all face various setbacks in our personal lives, education and work lives, but I cannot stress enough the importance of learning to take away something positive from these challenges and use them to your advantage instead. I will explain how through my own journey, I learned to look at setbacks as a learning opportunity instead of an obstacle.

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Gearing up for the Summer

jobpicWith an entire week of no class ahead of us, reading week seems like a good opportunity to hunker down and finally figure out what to do with our four months of summer, if we haven’t done so already. There are many different
possibilities: one could travel, or do summer school, or like me and many other students, try to find work. That’s something a lot easier said than done. With so many students looking for jobs, the hunt may seem way too daunting.

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Don’t hesitate to re-apply!

picLast year, I applied to the job of student ambassador for McGill, a position that involves greeting incoming and perspective students at welcome events and sharing various aspects of student life here at McGill. I went to the interview, but did not ending up getting the job. When I got an email in my inbox this year that hirings were happening again, I was indecisive about whether or not to apply again. While on one hand, I felt I would definitely enjoy and benefit from the job, I wondered if maybe I wasn’t what they were looking for, as I had been rejected last year. In the end, I decided to send in my CV and cover-letter, and to my pleasant surprise, I was hired for the 2015 year. During the interview this year, the interviewer actually mentioned that she remembered me from last year, and that I was a strong candidate last year, but was not hired because it was my first year and McGill and she didn’t feel I had experienced McGill enough to act as a student ambassador.

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How to Make the Most of Reading Week

 

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No tropical vacation planned? Not to worry, there is still plenty to be done and distractions are not an option. We all know the usual routine, once we arrive home from that last class at the start of spring break, we take a deep breath in and before we know it, it’s over! Try to take precaution and use everyday carefully to ensure that it doesn’t seem like it’s over before it has even started. Here are a few tips to make the most of your spring break, take a look:

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