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How I Made a Choice: Where to Study and Work?

Choosing a city

In my “Who we are” blurb, I mentioned that the first choice I made for my future was choosing to stay in Montreal in order to find a post graduate job. It seems like an easy choice to make because I was born and raised in Montreal, but it took a lot of exploring and reflection to come to this conclusion. Here are the main factors of my decision: (more…)

Reference Letters

reflet“Hi, can you write a reference letter for me?”

If only it were so simple to get a reference letter.

If you need to apply for any graduate programs and awards for next school year, now is the perfect time to start soliciting around! (more…)

Prep-Course Review: GRE

GREWelcome to the last installment of my prep course review series. If you’ve been following my blog in recent months, you know that I’ve already compared prep courses for the MCAT, GMAT and LSAT. Last but not least, we have the Graduate Record Exam, or the GRE. In all honesty, I had never heard of the GRE until a few months ago, which is surprising considering it’s required by most graduate programs in the US and in Canada. With a little more investigation, Magoosh- a prep course company I had yet to come across in this entire series, and Kaplan- a series regular, seemed to be the most highly recommended.

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What I Wish I Knew When I was a Freshman

GradSchool2So tomorrow I’m doing a retreat for Service Point, the administrative office at McGill. They invited me to come and give suggestions about what could be improved in their office. Service Point is the face of McGill. It’s where students go to first when they arrive here. And, even though it has nothing to do with student affairs and personal problems, most people end up going there because it’s the only place that they can think of reaching out to. Therefore, this blog post is me outlining a little bit of what I wish I had known when I entered McGill.

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Time to Get Motivated

635837576855041966-1244977572_letters of recommendationIn the past few weeks I’ve been researching psychology graduate programs and seeing what they entail. I honestly wish I would have done this in my first year at McGill, as it would have made my life a lot simpler, but I can’t go back in time unfortunately. It’s now time for me to get serious and start preparing myself for my future.

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Summer 2016 in Montreal – Looking Ahead

3716949038_2484d04998_b-1000x543Ever the planner, I am currently searching for summer opportunities. As I’ve written before, my Summer 2015 was spent interning at Liberal International, a London, UK-based federation of liberal political parties. It was a great experience and I am grateful for everything I learned. Therefore, I am committed to finding an equally career-advancing experience of some sort here in Montreal. (more…)

Thinking Ahead

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I remember one of my very first blog entries was on stress and how to cope with it; yet here I find myself, 4 weeks into the semester, stressed out. Quite ironic isn’t it?

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To Research or Not?

pavlovWhen I first started at McGill I had no intentions of ever wanting to do anything whatsoever involving research. I always had this mental image (or as psychologists like to say “schema”) of what research involved. Sitting in a lab, in front of a computer, just collecting and inputting data. I never stopped to think of all the other stuff which are involved with doing studies.

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Prep-Course Review: MCAT

MCAT PICPrep courses are a huge investment of both time and money but with a multitude of different courses offered by so many different companies, all of which vary in length, depth and practice materials, choosing between them can be be confusing and overwhelming. For the next few posts, I’ll be comparing various prep courses for the MCAT, GMAT, LSAT and GRE. Disclaimer: I’ve never actually taken any of these courses and all of the information I’ll be relaying will be the result of external research and reviews from friends. First up is the MCAT. From what I gather, the two most popular courses are The Princeton Review’s MCAT Ultimate and Kaplan’s MCAT In-Person Prep Course.

The Princeton Review’s 3-month course is approximately $2,499. It’s taught in 2.5-hour sessions, three times per week for a total of 42 classes. In addition to the regular class sessions, the course also includes 20 hours of personalized tutoring. It also comes with 11 full-length practice tests.

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Being Open to Career Changes

Screen-Shot-2015-04-07-at-1.07.33-PMWhen I first came to McGill, I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to do. When you come to a university that is as prestigious as ours, there is a good amount of pressure on knowing what you want to do right away in order to be the most competitive candidate as soon as possible. The thing is, I don’t think anyone is truly prepared for college until they’re thrown into it. Everything that you plan is always incredibly susceptible to change. What is in your power is your receptivity to those changes.

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