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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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Preparing for a McGill-Sponsored Exchange

foreign-exchange-studentBig changes are coming my way for the 2016-2017 academic year – I’ve been accepted to attend Durham University in England on a McGill exchange! This is going to be a huge life change, but one for which I am extremely excited to begin preparing. (more…)

Laboratory Research

rat_cartoonBy now I’m sure most of you know that science is not my field of study, therefore I have little to offer in terms of information regarding science related research positions or careers. In an effort to balance out the subject matter of my blog posts, I’ve enlisted the help of a friend who is more than familiar with the field. As a third year Health Sci student at McMaster University who’s been working in a research lab for nearly two years, has taken an MCAT prep course, scored phenomenally on her MCAT and is in the midst of applying to medical school, she’s basically a treasure trove of information. She works in an immunology research lab examining the cellular mechanisms involved in allergy. Recently, I sat down with her and asked her a few questions regarding lab research.

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Beating the Curve: Academics

beat-the-forgetting-curve-5-728So there is this curve that students should concern themselves with. No, it’s not the grading curve, although that is a good kind of curve. I am talking about the forgetting curve.

It is really annoying when you forget something you know you have seen before, but the details are just out of reach. Here are some things I learned while learning about remembering.

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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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