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Here Comes the Sun

tumblr_static_cxzfy59e4g00sgsc80wg0cogc_640_v2Today I went to my final classes of second year. Most of them were review, a lot of them let me know of the difficulty of exams to come. I will be writing essays for what feels like a very long time. But this is something everyone can relate to. Rather, I’m excited for my summer.

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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…)

T-A or Not T-A

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As I was lounging around and enjoying my break during the summer, I was suddenly struck by the realization that I should apply for some sort of TA, RA or grading position. I immediately started e-mailing all of the professors whose classes I particularly enjoyed and whose research work I found especially interesting. After a couple of weeks of radio silence, I slowly started receiving responses. To my dismay, none were positive. The bulk of the e-mails informed me that the department was responsible for assigning TA positions and applications had already passed. But one reply, from a professor I had briefly served as a research assistant in the past, explained that while she would not be teaching the course this semester, she would contact me in the winter to discuss a grading position. Thankfully, she forwarded my information to the professor instructing this semester and as it turns out, he was in need of an extra grader, which is how I ended up with the job.

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Start Summer Planning Now

summer-hd-wallpaper-660x330One of the hardest things to do when you’re in undergrad is balance the present with planning the future. But I find that one of the best ways to come up with strategies is to be efficient about your summer planning. The competition for summer jobs and internships starts now and though it may feel like you have a ton of time to figure it out, the reality is that the deadlines are right around the corner.

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Summer of Paint and Books

art-books-cats-paint-painting-Favim.com-286808¬†After ample quality time with paint, I am much more confident about painting walls, wood, and large metal objects. Keeping the paint away from smearing all over my clothes? Not so much. (more…)

Work: 2 Weeks In

canThree cheers for the weekend! I’ve finished the second week of work. For the past two weeks, I’ve woken up at around 6 am, ate breakfast, and have gone to work for 7 am. At 3:30 pm, I leave work, get home, do some exercise, eat, shower, and eat some more. (more…)

First Day on the Job

So, today was my first day at my summer job. I’m working as a summer student as part of the summer lottery program in my hometown. Students apply, and are chosen by random draw. Around 1000 students applied, and about 120 students received jobs (more…)

Dog Days of Summer

It’s hard to believe that only a little more than a week ago, I was slaving over my notes, studying and cramming like every other student preparing for their final exams.

I am so glad those few weeks are finally over. Fast forward (more…)

The Summer Job Search Continues

summerjobThere’s only a month left of school, and my summer job search continues. I’d been hoping that I would have planned something out for the summer by now, but unfortunately, that is not the case. For the past few months,
I’ve been searching and applying for various jobs. I’m going home for the summer, so my job search vicinity is mainly for jobs in my hometown, which narrows down the possibilities a lot.

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Gearing up for the Summer

jobpicWith an entire week of no class ahead of us, reading week seems like a good opportunity to hunker down and finally figure out what to do with our four months of summer, if we haven’t done so already. There are many different
possibilities: one could travel, or do summer school, or like me and many other students, try to find work. That’s something a lot easier said than done. With so many students looking for jobs, the hunt may seem way too daunting.

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