Our Bloggers for 2017
CaPS would like to introduce our amazing bloggers for 2017.
Check out their bios below as well as all our former bloggers whose writings are still available to read!
My name is Emily and I am currently in the 2nd year of my Master’s program here at McGill (MATL: specialization in English Literature and Psychology). This Graduate degree will allow me to get my teaching certification for secondary schools (high school) and CEGEPs. My second goal, shortly down the road, is to get another Graduate degree, either in an M.A. in Counseling or in Educational Psychology.
There are three things that you should probably know about me. Number 1: I am an incredibly funny person; not in a ha-ha way, but in a “punny-witty” sort of way. Number 2: I have travelled many parts of the world while working on cruise ships as a Seasonal Youth Counselor. Number 3: I am a very sensitive person, with my heart on my sleeve (and sometimes on other parts of my body, depending on the day and the weather). I feel for others and I care, deeply.
I won’t tell you “good luck” finding a career, or “good luck” in the rest of your studies, because it isn’t about luck; it is about finding your path. There will always be bumps in your road, and sometimes the road won’t even look like a road at all. Sometimes you have to travel far down the rabbit hole before you can climb out of it like Alice in Wonderland. It isn’t about luck…it’s about fate. Follow the road. Find new roads. If something is meant to happen, it certainly will, with the right timing, dedication and perseverance.
I hope that you will enjoy reading my blogs. I can’t promise you much. I wish I could promise you cookies and brownies and some really nice nutella on a crepe with bananas, but this seems unfeasible. Would you settle for a smile instead?
My name is Anastasia Ejov and I am a second year student studying Linguistics and Microbiology through the Faculty of Arts. I love learning new languages, dancing, binge-watching historical documentaries and befriending puppies with nice ears. I’m a creative soul with a love for culture and the unknown.
I have always been one to know exactly what I want to do and how I want to get there, and good riddance because I do not think I would be where I am in McGill and at my life if it were not for those goals. For the longest time, it was always about the known success that would make my parents or friends or the like content with my actions, I never once thought about what made me happy. Getting the acceptance letter from McGill, I knew there and then that I had a whole lot of unknown in front of me and it was terrifyingly exhilarating. I understood that it was alright not to know, not knowing provided for many unique experiences. I still have my set goals, for example applying to law school after my four year undergrad is finished and hopefully becoming a successful lawyer, that being said I also just switched my major three times and have the complete capacity to switch my courses half way in (yes, even with the dreaded fee). The goals may remain, but the trajectory may change twofold.
I sincerely hope that by sharing my personal experiences, good and bad, we can create a bridge between the known and unknown and not be afraid to explore. Let not our daunting fear hold us back from growing and experiencing wonderful adventures as we attempt to try and find our seat on this trajectory to stability, success and happiness.
I am a recent graduate from McGill’s B.A. & Sc. Sustainability, Science and Society (SSS) programme. I am from Montreal, born and raised. I am particularly adamant about good health and environmental and social issues. I will be writing about sports, volunteering, job (and a bit of soul) searching.
My whole life, I knew what the next was step until now. I applied to one high school, one CEGEP, and one university, ones that would keep all the doors open. And then it hit me in first year… I need to pick a door. There is no best school, no best programme, no best career, just ones more suitable for me. Grades won’t matter anymore in the work world, experience will. I had to get involved, create experiences, discover what I wanted to do, and quite importantly what I did NOT want to do. At McGill, I was involved in the Varsity Badminton Team, Midnight Kitchen and the Student Association of SSS. During my studies I went on exchange to Strasbourg, France and did a study abroad to learn German in Kassel, Germany as well as a research internship in Hamburg, Germany. After all of that “expatriating,” I am currently searching for jobs exclusively in Montreal. I decided that I do not want to be away from home anymore, my first career decision which closed the international doors. I also decided that I cannot go into a Master’s degree without knowing what kinds careers exist in sustainability, thus closing the doors to a Master’s for now. At this moment, one thing is for sure, I am particularly intent on finding work in an environmental organisation regardless of the position. I know that for me, the cause is more important than the salary.
Please join me as I have a roller coaster journey in this after grad abyss as I try to fill the void with the prospects of my future.
I’m a recent graduate from the Earth System Science program. If you haven’t heard of the program before, it’s because there’s under 30 students in the entire program. I did not choose my program with any real forethought of future career prospects. I chose it because I thought that I would impart some life wisdom from learning about how the earth regulated itself, believing that nature cannot be false. I did find what I was looking for, although it has more to do with how to live than with what to do for a living.
When I reflect back on my studies, I can say with confidence that I am more resilient now than I was before. Although not any more clear on the details of my career path, I now know what kind of work environment I am best suited for and that I would need to be happy. I give the credit to my experiences of working and volunteering in various fields and environments and also to keeping my interests and passions alive.
Since graduation, I’ve been working part-time at McGill’s Comparative Medicine and Animal Resource Centre. At the same time, I’ve been trying to clarify and organize my interests and reading through a long list of books which accumulated through my undergraduate studies. Right now, I’m solo-traveling through Southeast Asia until the end of March.
So, what can you expect from my posts? I will be answering my own questions and sharing that journey with you! No one else can do what you need to do, and I hope my experience can be reused and recycled for something helpful! Leave your thoughts, experiences, and questions in the comments, and I look forward to sharing with you!
My name is Deanna and am studying in my second year (U1) at McGill! I’m in the Faculty of Arts and majoring in English (with possible minors in Political Science and Communications). I love living in Montreal and when I’m neither reading, writing or playing music I’m usually out exploring the city!
In the past I’ve worked in literature retail, clerical jobs and coordinator positions. There have been many ups and downs but I’ve never worked a job I didn’t love and I’m very excited to be able to share my experiences with you. My goals going forward after my undergrad are to teach internationally and attend graduate school, although I understand that in this world one needs to be flexible and open to what the future may hold!
I hope you enjoy my posts about the working world, volunteering, research, career planning, personal growth and all manner of things I can think up that are relevant, relatable and entertaining! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments about my blog posts, travel, work or life experience.
Best of luck on all your journeys, and thank you for stopping by!
Hey everyone, I’m Samantha and I’m a U2 student in the Faculty of Arts double majoring in psychology and economics. I was born in Montreal but currently live nowhere near the campus. This will be the first year I’m attending school while working a part time job at the same time. Although I have already picked my majors, if I’m being honest with you guys, I have no idea what my plans are after I’ve finished; whether it’ll be grad school or heading straight to the work force. I have this year and next to figure this out, and while exploring my options this year I plan to keep you all in the loop in case you’re experiencing the same problems as I am.
I’m hoping to give you information & advice about events going on in Montreal (and outside of Montreal for those who didn’t live near like me!), events and sessions going on at McGill, maintaining a job while going to school, and my journey looking for volunteer opportunities and trying to find a lab to work in during the school year.
Hopefully my posts will be of use to you, and good luck to everyone this year!
My name is Carly Meredith and I’m in my third year of law school. The problem is I don’t think I want to be a lawyer in a big firm and so I’m right there along with many of you trying to figure out exactly what I want to do (and collecting the degrees in the meantime). Ideally, it would be a combination of law, politics, fitness, public speaking, travel and hockey. Suggestions welcome as to what that may be!
Before law school I completed an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Modern Languages at the University of Ottawa and before that, I finished a D.E.C. in Languages at Dawson College. I am originally from Montreal and so I speak English and French perfectly and I have picked up some Spanish and Italian along the way.
In the past, I have worked in maritime piracy, insurance, translation, youth protection, printing, and law. I am heavily involved with Montreal’s Irish community, I sit on the Board of Directors of a Halfway House, I am a member of Innocence McGill and, every year, I volunteer for the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
I sincerely hope that by sharing my personal experiences and insights as I figure out what comes next for me, that I may shed a little light on what comes next for you too. Expect me to share lots of personal anecdotes, but be sure that I will craft them in a way that will either inform you about something useful or get you thinking about the world around us. I look forward to interacting with all of you as we navigate through the world of getting through school while preparing for our future careers. Keep reading and keep in touch!
Hi Readers! My name is Paola Garces and I’m a third year student studying Psychology through the Faculty of Arts. For the past year, I have been working for the McGill Alumni Center, as a student caller. In my spare time, I record music for the album I’m working on and run a humanitarian blog.
Through my posts I’d like to show you what you can do about pursuing several different fields by taking up volunteer positions and small part time jobs here and there. I am a strong believer in not limiting yourself and exploring as much as possible while the opportunities arise!
Above all, I am hoping that you will be able to take away something from my experiences. Whether it’s about being unhappy where you’re working, confusion about taking on a job that has nothing to do with your field your study, having a hard time balancing a job and school, I’m hoping to help. Leave some comments and questions and I hope the posts will assist you in your future plans!
My name’s Cindy Kang and I’m super excited to be one of your CaPS bloggers for this year. I’m currently a third year Management student majoring in Economics with an additional concentration in Strategic Management- Social Business and Enterprise. I also work as clerk at a local grocery store here in Montreal and love to volunteer, so hopefully I can provide some insight on balancing academics, extra-curriculars and part time jobs.
Following undergrad, my goal is to go to law school and explore the legal profession. As of right now, I’m not completely set on what type of law I would like to practice. That being said, competition law (or anti-trust law) definitely appeals to me since it combines both my interest in economics and my somewhat idealistic pursuit of justice.
Now that I’m halfway through undergrad and have the daunting task of law school applications to consider, I’m starting to think more seriously about planning for the future and how to make the most out of my final two years at McGill. I can’t wait to share all my career related experiences with you guys, including the good, the bad and the ugly. Feel free to leave any questions or comments!
My name is Eunice Worifah! I am a third year Science student, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. I currently work at Campus Life & Engagement as Coordinating Assistant of the Leadership Development Program. I also recently worked at the Montreal Neurological Institute as a Special Events Clerk.
When I am not working or studying, I still love to keep myself busy, by engaging in intramural Basketball, exploring the beautiful city of Montreal, or volunteering for various projects (the picture of me was taken at the Just for Laughs Festival this past summer – I volunteered as security for one of their headlining events).
After I graduate, I am very uncertain of what the future holds – Grad school? That 9-to-5 life? Travelling the world? – only time will tell! However, one thing I know for sure is that with every new experience I have, I am one step closer to finding my true passion and embarking on the right path for me. So my advice to you: Get Involved!
I really hope that by sharing my experiences with you all, I can inspire you to get more involved in our great community, find that balance between academics and extracurriculars, and become the leaders you can be! This year is going to be a very hectic one for me, and I am truly exciting to have you on the journey with me!
My name is Robin and I’m an U2 Pharmacology student. I came from Vancouver, but in just two years I’m addicted to Montreal’s winter landscapes. I’m considering medical school or academia after graduation, but there’s yet to be a thunderbolt to carve that into stone. My interests include spacing out and thinking too much. If you bump into me though, come say hello and I’d be happy to share my thoughts!
Volunteering is my favorite pastime, since there are so many opportunities in the McGill community. Get involved and get rewarded; I just can’t say enough good things about it.
I’ve worked in the fields of electronics and IT, which seems irrelevant with my studies at first. I shall explain more in the future about effective strategies to find jobs and using the skills you have to get a position in (nearly) any job. For those of you who want to get some research experience, you’d be happy to know that I will be posting about the do’s and do not’s of getting into those elusive labs.
Anywho, best of fortunes to all of you in the upcoming year!
My name is Yuning Bie and I am currently in my third year at McGill. I am pursuing my degree in Biology and Computer Science. I have lived in Montreal for a really long time. That makes me sort of an expert on all things Montreal. What I enjoy the most are the bike rides along the canal, the summer night fireworks, and Gibeau Orange Julep.
I do not know what my future will be like, but I can already envision it to be filled with adventures and explorations of the unknown. This is part of why I hope to orient my career towards the mysterious field of Bioinformatics or Computational Biology.
In my spare times, I enjoy making and creating cocktails even though I am not a big drinker myself and practicing some scales on my clarinet.
I’m involved in labs, CaPS’s Career Leadership Program and the university board for the following academic year. I’m also a self-proclaimed semi-professional volunteer. I would like to show you through my blogs about the hows and the benefits of finding meaningful experiences on and off the McGill campus.
Keep working hard and good luck will come to you.
My name is Phoebe and I am a U2 student (second year) in the Faculty of Arts double majoring in political science and history with the aim of one day working at a Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department. I spent my entire life up until last year in the Deep South and am immensely grateful to be living in this city. My extracurricular interests include travel, learning new languages, cooking, reading, and playing folk music on my various instruments.
I consider myself a self-taught expert on finding and taking advantage of all the incredible services offered here at McGill. My friends are constantly asking me for information and advice about different workshops, scholarships, and internship opportunities on campus! This past summer I interned for three months at Liberal International, the world federation of political parties in London, England for which I won a grant from the Arts Internship Office and will be writing an extensive research paper this term.
In addition to several volunteer positions, I have been chosen as a McGill UofMosaic Fellow for The Mosaic Institute for the 2015-2016 academic year in addition to working at the Unitarian Church of Montreal. With my blog posts, I hope to highlight the ways in which all students can and should learn more about the services and opportunities we are given during our time as university students. I can’t wait to start writing my blog posts – stay tuned!
You can contact me at email@example.com with any questions or comments.
Hello, dear readers! My name is Sandy Wong and I will be a first year U0 student in the Faculty of Science. This is the first time I have lived outside of my awesome hometown, Windsor, Ontario. I expect the transition from living at home to living in a dorm to be a challenge, but it’s one I am eager to face, and possibly write about. Throughout high school, I’ve had a few jobs. I hope to continue working throughout school—I am very excited to share my past, present, and future job search experiences with others. Perhaps you’ve noticed that I haven’t mentioned what I’m majoring in, or what I hope to pursue. That is something I hope to figure out soon within my first year here. There are many opportunities available throughout the year for students to inform themselves to plan for their future careers. These events I fully intend to attend, and will gladly share the dates and times and information on these opportunities as well as some of my own thoughts.
Despite my seeming lack of direction major-wise, I do enjoy volunteering and investing my time in many hobbies. Prom was my excuse to make my own Duck Tape attire, which I suppose is the most worth mentioning of my artsy crafty projects. I’ve played piano for a great deal of my life, and very much enjoy it. When I’m not studying, eating, and listening to music simultaneously you can probably find me curled up reading a book or writing (probably rewriting) something on the computer. Or doodling, that happens a lot too.
I’m really no expert, but I hope that by reading about my own learning experiences, others out there will learn something new or helpful. And possibly be entertained.
I’m Sharon, a current U2 Psychology student in the faculty of Science here at McGill, and one of your CaPS bloggers for the year! When I’m not buried in research at the Montreal Neurological Institute, I love to spend my time playing badminton for McGill’s varsity team and stuffing my face with Montreal’s poutine. I am currently in pursuit of medical school, in hopes of one day contributing to the area of pediatric neurology. Here on this blog, I will be sharing my experiences, thoughts, and hopefully useful advice in the areas of career development and campus life! I especially love to write about research, and topics related to medicine and personal development. I hope to hear your thoughts in the comment section!
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