Welcome back to school!

The beginning of the semester is a great time to figure out what courses you want to take and think about what opportunities you want to explore. I know the winter semester can be rough. It’s cold, the days are short, and the break probably wasn’t long enough. But Montreal is a great place to have winter. The city has plenty of activities like snow shoe-ing or just fun Montreal excursions like thrift shopping. It’s really nice to be somewhere that doesn’t completely shut down just because it snows. 

Starting school is a stressful time. Trying to get into classes and making sure you’re getting your requirements in is often a lot. Everyone always tells me that right now is an exciting time which can be true and easily forgotten. Something I think is great about being a student is that we have new semesters which gives us time to reflect on past ones and think about what we want to change. The beginning of the semester (and year!) is an ideal time to think about goals for the next few months which is something I started doing two years ago. I’ve found it really helpful to remember things I’ve always wanted to do and think about what I want to change. 

It’s also a good time to plan out what you want to do during the summer. Summers are a great way to try out different jobs – whether that be working at a summer camp or a bookstore or trying out an internship. It’s a chance to see what’s out there. 

Every summer, I’ve had different jobs which has been really useful for me. They’ve definitely helped me to narrow down what I want to do. Of course, it is still really stressful coming up to graduation, but I’m just focusing on being grateful for the work opportunities I’ve had and the things I’ve learned at McGill. Wishing everyone a nice winter semester!

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