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Avoiding The Mid-Semester Slump

https://medium.com/@vincelawco/getting-off-the-email-hamster-wheel-in-5-steps-901f790c42b4

Add-drop has come to an end, and papers and readings are beginning to pile up. You even might have had your first quiz this past week! As the school is going full steam ahead, you may be noticing that the initial motivation you had just two weeks ago is fading away. If you’re feeling like you are losing momentum, here are few tips to help you regain your focus and power through your work:

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Research in Industry vs. Academic Research

Credit to: Japan Chemical Daily

It is not that easy to get an internship in a company, especially when there are more restrictions on international students. As I wrote in my very first blog, I went to an interview to get an R&D internship in a renowned enterprise in the fine chemical industry. It was a hard interview but fortunately I nailed it. Without this experience, I would not decide to do a PhD after a master, and it was so different from doing academic research. (more…)

A Closer Look at Your Worst Enemy: Procrastination

We all have been known to suffer from procrastination now and then. Some of us worse than others. Whether you’re trying to start a paper and end up scrolling through YouTube videos of old viral vines or you’re one of those sneaky productive procrastinators who will clean their whole room and organize their desk before they even start to think about getting to the gym like they intended… it gets in the way. So why do we do it?
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Meaningful Networking Across All Forms of Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram… regardless of your line of work, you can likely use one or all of the popular social media sites for networking purposes. Whether you share a career update and get some unexpected helpful feedback or you are able to connect others in your network, the possibilities seem somewhat endless.

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A Vote of Confidence for the Humanities

In recent years, there has been an increasing push for students to study STEM subjects, including science, technology, engineering and math. As someone who has always been interested in humanities and social sciences, I have found myself from time to time regretting that I did not take a shine to STEM. It seems students who pursue STEM are promised more certainty in their job prospects, the potential for higher salaries, and overall the allure of a more “prestigious” career. Undoubtedly, with general advances in research and technology, the STEM field is rapidly growing. However, this does not undermine the value of studying humanities. In a reflection of common attributes of the company’s top employees, Google discovered some interesting characteristics among its most successful team members. These noteworthy findings are discussed in an article featured in The Washington Post.
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Be Sustainable: It’s Easy

Source: Getting to Zero Conference, Penn State University (2014)

Last week I went to the lower field to taste some delicious local food at the Food Show. In the tent in front of the garbage bins, volunteers helped everyone to sort their wastes to proper destinations. It was also reported that the plumbers from McGill created the water fountains to reduce the consumption of water in plastic bottles during these events. Seeing more and more moves are taken to reduce the production of waste or its misplacement, I feel very proud as a McGillian. (more…)

Finding, Creating, and Taking Opportunities

I’m fortunate enough to be able to say that I’ve had many wonderful opportunities growing up. Chances to learn, rediscover, try again, travel, explore, grow. At the time, they didn’t seem like such a big deal as I was still too young to appreciate them. Now, more than ever, I keep my eyes peeled for them – waiting for the next opportunity to present itself so I can take it and hoping that I’d be lucky enough to have similar chances as those around me. But one of the most important things I have taken away from doing this is that opportunities don’t always magically appear; it’s not just about “luck”. Sometimes you have to find them where you least expect them, and sometimes you need to go searching for them.

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Wake up before the semester starts!

It is the time! We are either coming or returning to the McGill campus, and I hope everyone has enjoyed a great summer no matter you were studying, travelling, working, volunteering, or just snoozing with some chill drinks at the backyard. However, I would like to remind you something before we sit in the lecture room. (more…)

First-Year Students: Starting the Semester

Entering your first year of university is many things at once – exciting, adventurous, fun, busy, challenging, and a little nerve-wracking and stressful too. The semester may seem to start out slow, but the pace of school and classes pick up fast and before you know it, you’re turning in essays, studying for midterms, and then for finals. It can be downright exhausting figuring everything out, but you will come to find your own routine with time. For first year students: here are a few tips to start your semester off right. 

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Tips for Successful Public Speaking

Public speaking is consistently ranked as a top fear among people.[1] Over the past five years, I have had many public speaking opportunities and then the chance to go back and teach the skills I learned as a teaching assistant in a CEGEP public speaking course and as a training director of McGill’s Model United Nations Delegation Team. Through improving my own speaking skills and helping others improve or overcome their fear, I have developed a number of tips which I hope might help you. (more…)

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