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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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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…)

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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Competition and Our View of Success – Exploring the Effects of Social Darwinism

I studied earth system science in my undergraduate. It’s a small program in which we learn about how the earth behaves as one single system. Learning about the earth has many perks, such as traveling to different places around the world with the excuse of studying diverse landscapes and ecosystems. (more…)

Do We Categorize to Live, or Live to Categorize?

As a society, and as a world, we put people into boxes. We categorize them. It’s easier than putting people on a spectrum. It’s accessible and fast to categorize; so accessible, in fact, that we go overboard. We jam-pack individuals and divide them. For example, the “bigger” people go here, the “smaller” go there; the “beautiful” go here, the “ugly” go there; the “happy” go here and the “depressed” go there. We divide one another, simply by categorizing ourselves. It’s easy, it’s fast… but also ineffective.

Grades Matter, but Experience Matters More

Why does it seem that being successful at school means employers will be lining up at our doors to hire us when we graduate? It’s not true! If we have no job experience, we are at the bottom of the hiring pool behind candidates who have already been part of the work force for several years. Retrospectively, if I had worked hard at finding unpaid or even paid experience in my field, instead of just focusing on excelling in the classroom during my studies, I feel as if I would have been better equipped for the job search now. (more…)

“This is the year I’m going to-“: Advice for Building a Balanced Semester

school-life-balanceWe’re back in the thick of it now. The school semester is as follows (monthly); Septry-anything-out-and-apply-for-everything, Octotally-in-over-your-head-with-work, Novacate-life-and-camp-in-the-library, Decearnestly-study-for-exams-and-wait-for-Chrsitmas.

It can seem like all too much at once. You want to get better grades this year and find an internship and be an executive while also penning your early memoir and inventing the time machine.

Sometimes it’s best to take a second and slow down. Here’s some info and advice for those of us (myself included) that need a pre-break to pre-manage our prospects.

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“So What?”: Conquering Your Argument

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Imagine your audience is an angst-ridden teenager. They like to wear black eyeliner, give you attitude and remain both cool and aloof. They read your paper and say, “So what?” (probably just to antagonize you). While they might grow-out of this phase, the “So what?” of your writing may never change.

Unless you work at it.

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Finally Free

 

freedom-clipart-escapeWell another year has passed and the semester has come to an end! Congratulations everyone on making it through another semester. Finals are the worst part of every year, and even if you don’t ace your exam, grades are NOT all that matter. Jobs and grad schools look at your extracurricular activities and work experience. So don’t worry if you didn’t do as well as you wanted to on an exam.

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Medical School Application

Med SchoolYou may recall from my previous posts that a friend of mine is a Health Sci student at McMaster. She’s currently in the midst of the med school application process and in order to shed some light on it all, I decided to further exploit her expertise and ask her about her experience. It’s important to note that she’s applying to medical schools in Ontario, so this post will discuss application through OMSAS (Ontario Medical School Application Service), which likely differs slightly from the processes of schools in other provinces.

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