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Coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic seems to have hit Montreal. With classes canceled today, students are left to wonder what the future holds for the semester. Things seem to have escalated quickly with 17 confirmed cases as of now. Then this morning classes were suspended for two weeks. At this time, I do not believe there has been any announcement as to how the semester will proceed. It is probably still a good idea to keep up with classwork at home and regularly check your email to stay informed. Reddit’s McGill page has a Coronavirus mega thread that is being updated as information becomes available.

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Should You Get a Pet?

For many, university is the first time young people live away from home. This time is filled with adjustments and difficulties that come with adulthood. You might be new to Montreal or Canada, not used to the rigors of academia, and having trouble learning to cook and clean. Adjusting to a new city, a new school, and learning to take care of yourself is stressful. To cope with these strains, many people consider getting a pet during their time at university. However, caring for an animal can be stressful and difficult in conjunction with the demands of school. It can also be a wonderful experience that allows you to bond with and care for another being.

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The Apartment Hunt

Looking for an apartment can be stressful. Many other students are also doing so, and this can lead to a shuffle in and out of apartments. Oftentimes, there can also be a pressure to sign for fear of losing a potential apartment. However, when looking for a new home, there are several important factors to take into account, such as: when you want the lease to start, if you want it furnished or unfurnished, what location you want to live in, and whether you want to live with roommates or not.

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Great Places to Grab a Bite on or Near Campus

While you may think that the area immediately surrounding McGill lacks in food options, there are actually quite a few places to try out. If you’re looking for a place to go with friends, just to grab a quick bite, or simply forgot to pack food, then check out these places. Right beside Tim Hortons you can find A&W and Basha, which are conveniently open late. Whether you’re craving a burger or a pita, they’ve got you covered. Hinnawi Bros is also a great option for bagels but it does close a bit earlier. Another gem is Nouilles Zhonghua, a Chinese hand-pulled noodle soup restaurant, which is located directly across from the Roddick Gates. They offer their soup in different sizes, with different sides, and you can even specialize your noodle shape!

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Deciding How Many Classes to Take

 

 The decision of how many classes to take is a personal one. After all, you know you best. How many courses you take depends on a myriad of factors: your other commitments, how many electives you intend to take, how difficult your classes will be this semester, and your immigration status.

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Social Media and the Job Search

Hi everyone,

 I hope everyone is enjoying winter break. I wanted to take this time to write a little bit about social media use. While the various apps can be quite the time sink, they can also offer valuable insights into the work world, depending on the app. There are some dangers, though, which includes the risk of users posting or otherwise engaging with inappropriate content and wasting too much time on the apps.

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Balancing the Job Hunt with Final Exams

For those of you on the search for a job, or even an internship, this post may be particularly applicable. It can be difficult to balance these professional aspirations with school work during the course of the academic year; let alone during the final exam period. If an opportunity appears, even if it is during finals, it is often to your benefit to take it. Assuming you can make the time and balance your academic responsibilities, then it is always a good idea to do so. After all, the interview or chat may not always be on offer.

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Prepping for an Interview

After the elation of winning a coveted interview slot wears off, nerves can often kick in as questions arise. You might be wondering how to put your best foot forward. How to really shine can be an evasive mystery, but there are steps you can take to help yourself.

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Getting to Know Your Professors

 As a student, especially one new to university, it can be daunting to try and get to know your professors. They may seem intimidating and unapproachable as experts in their field. On top of this, introductory classes are often quite large which can be overwhelming.

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Figuring out What to Do After Graduation

Graduation brings up many questions intermixed with feelings of accomplishment. The years culminate in walking on stage and receiving that much sought after piece of paper, the diploma. Still, questions persist: Where will I live? What sort of job will I find? Should I pursue a graduate degree? Where will my friends find themselves? These are all important to consider. After all, the process of becoming a fully-fledged adult is understandably nerve-wracking. Pondering these very questions is what led me to speak to Corey Dickinson, a master’s student(MSc) in Development Geography, here at McGill University about his journey.

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