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To Do Before The Dreadful 7th of January

WATCH THIS

And head into the new year with this commercial in mind. Like seriously, was it made especially for students like us who have “no time for anything” yet spend hours mindlessly scrolling on our phones?

  • Subscribe to a new podcast.

Get hooked! Find one you’ll want listen to on your way to class or on your way home from that long day. You’d be surprised how relaxing it could be and how it could give you the ability to say “Hey, I really didn’t know that!” on a weekly basis.

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Christmas in Montreal

I hope everyone checks out Ogilvy’s Christmas window on display outside the McCord Museum before heading home, but for those of you who will be sticking around for the holiday season, voici mes recommandations:

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Do You Fear Learning?

What happens when you meet someone, or work with someone who just never sees eye-to-eye with you? You probably learn to avoid conversations with them, right? Have you ever seen that colleague alone in the break-room and said to yourself “I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life” and decide not to go in? Or maybe you’re not the type to avoid…Maybe you keep having conversations with them, but you find yourself getting frustrated and later ask yourself why you still bother making the effort. But why do we really react this way to people around us?

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Fear, Confusion, and Change- A Search for Answers

It’s hard to think that your choice of study may have been the wrong choice. Some common thoughts are: “maybe I’ve enrolled myself into a program that I thought would give me a good shot at a well-paying job” or “maybe I enrolled into a program for the passion I have for the subject despite knowing the job opportunities are slim”. Sometimes we only realize that we may have made a mistake only after receiving our degrees and entering the work-force. If you’re in one of these places right now you’re probably feeling trapped or anxious. But hey, a semester just came to an end and you owe it to yourself to search for some clarity in all this… (more…)

Meet Vermeer Online – where would Modern Museum go?

Digital reproduction from Mauritshuis (Netherlands)

Yesterday was the day  – Google launched its first virtual museum in its Arts and Culture section that gathered all the well-known paintings from Vermeer. If you are not familiar with the name, I guess ‘ Girl with a Pearl Earring‘ might ring a bell. Scattered in multiple museums around the world, those paintings might never be able to unite in one hall physically, making the tour to all Vermeer’s work in exhibition not that easy. Google used its Art Camera to take high-resolution pictures of them, arranged them as if they are exhibited in a gallery, and now you can click the button and appreciate the beauty of those masterpieces altogether. For a better experience, put your VR glasses on and it is 3D! (more…)

Report is due, but don’t panic!

Credit to: Calvin and Hobbes (Scientific Setbacks)

As graduate students, we are often assigned teaching jobs, most commonly lab and course TAs. I really enjoyed my time with students when we did lab work together (I’m a lab TA), and we chitchatted about life, study, weather, or  future. My colleagues have various working styles, but in general we are a bunch of cooperative ants focusing on our tasks. On the other hand, grading several dozens of lab reports is the most painful moment at the end of every experiment cycle – we are sad to see people forgetting what we emphasized during the experiment, not double-checking the formatting, giving us blah-blahs without even reading the background information… (more…)

What Stuck With Me This Month

1. “No information is useless information.” – Alex Trebek, on a recent episode of Jeopardy

People tend to say “the more you know” with a sarcastic intonation. 

But EVERYTHING YOU LEARN can be pertinent, as long as you know how to apply it.

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First Post Ever — TOP TIPS

1. Take advantage of the resources here. 

McGill has endless opportunities designed specifically for you to learn new things and meet new people. I can vouch for the fact that there is literally something for every single person sitting in Leacock 132, so be sure to soak up all the benefits you could from your undergrad/graduate experience. Because, as cliche as it may sound, before you know it, it will be too late.

  1. Office hours. Never. A waste. Of time.

Whether it be with your professor or your TA, you will ALWAYS learn something useful… Even if it means learning that emailing might be the better option for next time. 😂

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So, About Volunteering…

Have you been adamant about volunteering throughout your academic career? Have you been told that volunteer work is extremely important for building your resume? I’ve definitely heard this before, and I’ve been hearing about it since high school. But I have to admit— I’m a little late to jump onto the volunteering wagon. And it isn’t all my fault. Let me tell you why…

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Machine Learning: More Inspiration from the Modern Technology

Source: George Seif (Towards Data Science)

Since last year, I have heard of ‘Machine Learning’ for so many times that I become very curious about what it is. Montreal has become a hub of Machine Learning thanks to talented scientists in this city. For me, it is both exciting and mysterious to witness the birth and development of Siri and Google Home, and to benefit from search engines on a daily basis. Although the ads on Facebook become sometimes annoying, I have to admit that the automatic playlist on YouTube is quite convenient. (more…)

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