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Why is it so hard to just “do what you want?”

quote thought bubble saying what do you want to be when you grow up mcgill career blogWhat do you want to do? That’s a loaded question.

I remember asking this question during a speed dating study. First, he says “well, I don’t know.” Then he shares a bit about what he’s studying. Eventually, if he feels safe enough, he might share a dream of his. He thinks it’s not practical. I listen as he convinces himself to be interested in something more mainstream and secure. Maybe you’ve had a similar conversation with someone, or with yourself — knowing what you want, but not sure if it’s the ‘right’ thing to pursue

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7 More Tips to Succeed in Your First Year

As a first-year student, you get a lot of advice on how to manage the start of this new chapter of your life. From student handbooks to online resources, many places offer tips and tricks that you can carry on with you throughout your studies and later in life. Things like ‘don’t procrastinate’, ‘eat well’, and ‘get involved on campus’ often make up part of the list of things you can do to both enjoy your university years and be successful, but there’s more!

Here are seven more ways to do well during your first year (and beyond!):

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STEMinine – A Supportive Community for Women and Femmes in STEM

Source: https://thenib.com/women-in-stem-speak-up

Jessica Droujko, McGill BEng 2015, retells the story of how she sat next to a rocket scientist on a plane, and how he convinced her that she too can be a rocket scientist. Now, years after that fateful encounter, Jessica is completing her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, more commonly known as ETH Zurich. As a woman engineer, Jessica saw a lack of exposure of women and femmes in STEM fields (i.e. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), which in turn indirectly discourage young girls from pursuing those fields. Jessica wants high school and university students to be able to ask whatever they want and to find support in their search. Her project, STEMinine, does aims to do exactly that — showcases women and femmes in STEM. (more…)

A Resource Kit for New and Returning Students

Another school year has begun! The skirt and shorts season is coming to a close, switched for the coats and course packs of another knowledge-packed semester.

As a recent graduate, walking by the downtown campus, captivated by its newfound novelty, reminded me of my first impressions of McGill.

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Taking on More Responsibility

When it comes to teamwork in group projects and papers—which occur in almost every class within the Desautels Faculty of Management—I often take on a leadership role. This might be because I like planning and delegating, or because I like to bring out the value in people by highlighting their ideas and integrating them into a solid plan. Either way, I often find taking on responsibility in a school setting to be instinctive and rewarding. However, undertaking a leadership role in this setting comes naturally and is not accompanied by a specific title or explicit duties. Assuming responsibility in other settings, whether it be in student clubs or volunteer work, is what I’m working towards next. These require applications, interviews, and more thought. Here are my hopes and expectations. (more…)

My $0.02 Worth to an Incoming Student

Hello new McGill student that has stumbled upon this blog! First and foremost, I want to say congratulations on your acceptance to McGill – I hope you find everything and more that you’re looking for from a university experience at McGill. I know that you’re probably being bombarded with e-mails about orientation sessions and all the glorious events that are coming up. Or you could be a not-typical-first-year-student; maybe you’re on exchange, or just testing the waters for a year, or a third-year student that just switched into McGill. Whatever the case, I’m sure the process of coming to McGill is quite heavy. From planning courses to planning housing to planning food, there’s a lot to think about. But there might also be some general things that you’ll want to know. Here are some things I wish I was more familiar with when I first joined the McGill environment:   (more…)

Finding Extracurricular Activities at McGill

McGill has a plethora of extracurricular activities. From charity organizations to academic clubs, we’ve pretty much got a range of it all – so much so that you should be able to find at LEAST one club that suits your interests. However, a wide range of activities to choose from means a wide range of application methods to go through. Without knowing where to look, you might not be able to find the ideal activity for you – even though it probably does exist. Here are some general platforms that I’ve found helped me discover different extracurricular opportunities.

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Scholarships 101

Receiving a scholarship can be a way to ease financial stress, get recognition for your work, boost your CV, and learn more about yourself. Whether you’re in financial need or not, the amount of work needed to qualify for scholarships can sometimes be discouraging. However, scholarships have varying levels of effort and reward. Taking the time to research scholarships—and to find out whether it’s worth your time and effort—is the first step in getting the scholarship of your dreams. Here are my tips to help you get started.

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Doing the Research

Whether you’re writing a new version of your CV or getting ready for an interview, it’s always worth preparing yourself by doing research or seeing an advisor. McGill has a wide set of resources to help students present themselves in an ideal way to employers or anyone else. If you need to write a cover letter or efficiently search for jobs, McGill resources—like CaPS or faculty-specific resources and advisors—can help you get where you need to be. Here are the resources that I’ve found most helpful.

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Taking a Summer Class in Montreal

Although the thought of summer break approaching can be the only thing carrying you through winter finals, taking a summer class in Montreal can be a great experience. With its own benefits and drawbacks, taking a class in the summer can be a widely different experience from regular scheduled classes. Here’s what I took away from my first summer class at McGill.

 

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