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Traveling Alone


Whether it is a quick trip to Quebec City, or a long flight to London, England for a week during the summer, traveling alone is one of the most important things you’ll ever do, especially in your 20s. Recently, I told my friends and family that I will be spending Reading Week in Paris. The first question everyone asked was the same: Who are you going with? When I told them I was going alone, their reactions varied from “Wow, you’re so brave” to “That’s so scary! I could never do that!” I have been privileged to do quite a lot of travelling at a young age, both alone and with others, and I have learned that sometimes, the best travel companion you can have is yourself. Here are a few reasons why:

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Tunnel Your Way Around Campus

blocking-the-wayBrrr isn’t it cold outside? Temperatures are quickly approaching subzero, and the freezing descent has just started. It’s a hassle to put on winter attire between classes just to take them off a few minutes later. You will be pleasantly surprised there are plenty of ways to get around campus without ever exposing yourself to the chilly air.

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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 Blues

 

summers-overOver the past week, I have been fighting to hold onto the last bit of heat and sunshine! Clad in my summer dresses, sandals and sunglasses, I would happily strut to class, all the while convincing myself that the huge gush of cold wind that enveloped my exposed skin was simply a ‘cool’ summer breeze!  Today, I checked the weather forecast, and as I read 8°C, I told myself my phone must be going through another one of its tantrums and forgot to place the number ‘1’ before the ‘8’. Even though September 23rd signaled the official end of summer, I still find it hard to begin my transition into the fall season. As you can tell, I am in strong denial!

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The Value of a Summer Job

oppSummer is a time that I (and many others) eagerly look forward to and since I am a teacher, July marks my two-month period of relaxation. As I was considering what I would blog about this month, it took me back to my summer travels – specifically, the time I decided to work for a summer camp abroad. Working during the summer, especially if it requires venturing outside of your element, is a fantastic way to discover new things you never knew about yourself. Since I am currently taking several summer classes, beginning a summer job is not in the works for me this year; however, I always aim to start a new hobby or pastime since I have the extra time to invest.

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How to Make the Most of Reading Week

 

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No tropical vacation planned? Not to worry, there is still plenty to be done and distractions are not an option. We all know the usual routine, once we arrive home from that last class at the start of spring break, we take a deep breath in and before we know it, it’s over! Try to take precaution and use everyday carefully to ensure that it doesn’t seem like it’s over before it has even started. Here are a few tips to make the most of your spring break, take a look:

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Getting Away From Montréal

Greetings from the Fort Lauderdale airport in sunny and humid Florida! I’m currently writing this post here because I unfortunately couldn’t get my computer to connect to the wifi where I was staying. I have the time to write because taking the plane back to Montreal usually means a delay, in my case, a delay of an hour.

This post is a little unconventional because I should be speaking about Montreal, however, as you all have probably found out, Montreal is not the most welcoming place in the winter. It also has a winter of approximately 6 long excruiatingly cold months, which is why a lot of Québécois families travel to Florida. No, not just anywhere in America, but pretty much the wonderfully warm and palm tree-filled state of Florida. These people are endearingly referred to as “snowbirds”. Or, people who want to have the best of both worlds (if you love summer, like I do).

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Dare To Compare – or Should we Steer Clear?

 

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As the first month of university courses has come to end, by this point we have all earned some “constructive criticism” from our professors, peers and employers. This is the time of year when everything seems so fresh and these are the precious moments when we try to build our foundation and reputation in order to start the school year off right. However, as the season changes, so do many of our moods. You may have heard these phrases blurted on several occasions during this time of year: “Why did he/she get the job instead of me?” “Why did he/she receive a grant instead of me?” “Why did he/she receive a higher grade?” “It’s not fair!” (more…)

The Life Lessons of Travel

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Summer Vacation, a time to unwind and disconnect from our busy lives and soak in the sun for a well deserved rest. Temporarily shaking off the worries that come along with the stress of everyday working life was just the remedy I needed after a long year of teaching. Sandy beaches, tropical drinks, lathering on sunscreen and tanning oil while jumping into the ocean… Don’t get me wrong; although I adore my profession, I was more than ready to trade in my student logs, corrections and attendance sheets for this picturesque scenery.

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Some takes-aways from a second year at university

imagesSo the year is coming to an end for most of us (still have two months to go to finish mine) but I feel like this year has been incredibly rich and useful and brought me a lot. Thus I’ll just share a few take-aways from this year’s experiences and quickly touch upon the topics of the precedent posts. (more…)

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