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On the In

Few university students haven’t heard of LinkedIn, pleasantly deemed the Facebook equivalent of young professionals and job seekers. Although underdeveloped, many students have started a budding profile on LinkedIn. Typical experiences highlight experiences in faculty and departmental organizations as well as research skills and summer internships.

Nonetheless, not everyone is convinced to invest time into creating a LinkedIn profile. It’s too much effort to create another social media profile and it’s intimidating to jump into a platform where you start afresh with 0 followers. If you already have a strong résumé, why bother with LinkedIn?

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Bonjour-Hi, Bye-Bye?

Last year, Québec lawmakers passed a unanimous motion that called on businesses to replace the renowned “Bonjour-hi” with a simple “Bonjour.” While this does not seem to garner any importance, the social circumstances of Montréal’s multiculturalism are at risk. This motion signifies the hard-pressed tactics used by political parties such as the Parti Québécois (PQ) to preserve the French language. Imposing language restrictions in the workplace reflects the rigidity of certain individuals and the antagonism harboured by these peoples towards anglophone communities.

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Why Should I Budget?

There are various resources on campus that may have inspired you to budget: Scholarships & Student Aid Office, Frugal Scholars, and Rez Life amongst others. However, many McGill students do not budget vigorously (and some don’t budget at all).

I am guilty of not budgeting any of my expenses incurred during my time at McGill. One of my resolutions for the new year was to start budgeting so that I could control my cash flow and stop depleting my savings account. Initially, I did not see the point in budgeting because I had a part-time job, I was able to pay rent on time, and I had extra spending money for going out and shopping. But this was an unsustainable lifestyle because my balance at the end of the month was always a solid zero; I never saved up and I never invested my money effectively.

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Why Am I Not Stressed?

I’ve learned a few things about time management, responsibility, and cramming for midterms in my three semesters at McGill. In my U0 year, I had a very different outtake on balancing academics and social activities; I often prioritized the wrong thing and made poor decisions, leaving assignments and homework to the last minute. I wasn’t super involved on campus and I was only taking four courses per semester, so I blamed myself for not staying on track.

However, it took me an entire year to realize that my stress levels had little to do with how much I needed to accomplish. Instead, it had a lot to do with self-care, a healthy lifestyle, and effective studying habits. Today, I am more active within my faculty and I am effectively juggling a heavy course load along with part-time jobs and social commitments. This is what I’m doing to say goodbye to stress: (more…)

Unconventional Study Hubs

With midterm season approaching, you might be cracking down on those books. You’ve heard of Schulich, McLennan, Redpath, the typical locations… if you’re looking for innovative (or simply less crowded) areas to study, feel free to check out my list of favourites!

  1. Trottier Building, 3rd and 4th floors. Lots of room and really fast internet. You’ll be able to find a space here even during exam season; unfortunately, you’ll have to ask an eng or compsci friend to let you in after hours or on the weekend. You can also try to sneak snacks from the ECSESS/CSUS lounge or buy coffee at Paramount!      (more…)

Why does POWE Matter?

Organizations like Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE) have existed for a while now. McWiCs, MWNG, MWiL, and others also come to mind when one thinks about female groups on campus. While these organisations have different mandates and cater to varying populations of students, they share the strive for female empowerment.

Let’s take a closer look at POWE today and understand why it’s such an important organization for all genders. POWE is a “philanthropic group at McGill University under Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) that helps, discovers, moulds, supports and promotes every girl who nestled the ambition to adorn an iron ring”. POWE focuses on both female engineering students at McGill and future female engineers as young as primary school girls.

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Working sans Work Study

The beautiful list of jobs available to those that qualify for Work Study is a prized possession. Postings are varied, though some jobs are more popular than others, so there is an adequate selection of employment opportunities on campus. However, the seemingly abundant pool of jobs is nowhere near enough to satisfy the pool of Work Study students and applicants. And what about those that do not qualify for Work Study? I myself have tried to apply twice in my time at McGill, outlining extenuating circumstances with no success.

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McGill’s Laptop Sticker Obsession

If you walk through the doors of McLennan or Schulich, you will be pleasantly greeted by the sight of colourful stickers adorning student laptops. Travels, bands, interests, and food decorate the visages of students’ computers. It doesn’t end there, either; these little knick-knacks also pop up on phone covers, notebooks, and even headphones. Outsiders might be confused by the dedication that McGillians have for their stickers. Why are they such a necessity? Why do students obsess over stickers?

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Describing “Srat” Life

To be honest, so-called “Greek” life isn’t a big deal at McGill. We don’t have the same reputation for giant frat parties that our American counterparts hold. Sororities and fraternities are not officially part of the university, unlike other campuses. Events like Derby Days are unfamiliar to students, whereas Hype Week rings a very strong bell.

I decided to give it a go this year by joining McGill’s newest sorority, Alpha Phi, as a founding member. I was expecting a student organization that empowered women and lots of stereotypical sorority activities. But the movies were all wrong; being in a sorority is nothing about finding a way to go to parties or hazing (in fact, there are strict anti-hazing policies!)

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Conference? What’s that?

Conferences? What are those? I’m not referring to the conferences that are added to your VSB when you try to configure the best possible schedule at the start of the semester. I’m talking about CDE, or the annual Conference on Diversity in Engineering.

Every year, the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) hosts several events. CDE provides invaluable knowledge on a multitude of issues, including indigenous perspectives in STEM, women engineers of colour, and rape culture. In fact, McGill hosted the 2016 CDE a year ago…

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