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Arts Local Wellness Advisor – a Conversation with Bianca Brunetti

Local Wellness Advisors (LWAs) are an important campus resource. Introduced last year, LWAs aim to support students by connecting them to the resources they’re looking for. They work to understand a student’s unique situation and then recommend health and wellness support on campus and outside of it.  (more…)

Montreal study spots

Montreal is a great city for young people. It boasts a number of universities and CEGEPS and is exceptional for student life. As a student, there’s always work to be done, so I try to keep an eye out for nice places to study. I love McGill spots, but I also like to branch out once in awhile. (more…)

Thoughts on Summer Activities

Summer might feel like a far way off, but it’ll be here soon. As the semester progresses, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to do during the summer. Every summer I try to outline what I want to try and do and then go about accomplishing those goals. Sometimes my goals change during the summer, or I don’t quite get where I want to be, but that’s ok.  (more…)

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.  (more…)

Things to Look for in a Job

Right now I’m working on my post-grad job hunt which can be really stressful and overwhelming. I’ve gotten a lot of good advice from people I’ve worked with and met along the way. Something I’m often told is to think about where I want to be or who I want to be like and then see if where I could possibly work fits that.  (more…)

Ways to Handle Interview Jitters

Interviews can be incredibly nerve-wracking. While most situations where you’re under pressure are stressful, it is possible to not be overwhelmed by it. In my experience, it’s a good idea to prep as much as you can. That doesn’t mean you should memorize your answers or try to know everything they’re going to ask, but it’s a good idea to know what you want to communicate to them. What’s something important about you that a hiring manager should know? In what ways can you uniquely contribute to their team?  (more…)

Path to Academic Advising

Academic advisors are an integral part of university life. They welcome students, usher us through our degrees, and help prepare us for post grad life. Kanella Voudouris, or Nellie, as she’s known to most students, has worked in Dawson Hall since working on her master’s degree. At Arts OASIS, Nellie runs the peer advising program where she selects, trains, and mentors students; manages the arts interdisciplinary program; organizes student outreach events: such as, Open House, Parents’ Tent, Discover McGill, and so on and so forth; as well as has her regular advising responsibilities. She is also always present at arts convocation. Her many roles allow her to see the student life cycle—first meeting students from admissions and working with them until they graduate. Her favorite time of the year is the first week June. She begins the week with the graduating class of that year and ends it with orientation for the incoming class. (more…)

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are a great way to talk to people in different careers. As a student, it’s good to take the time to explore different sectors just by reaching out and meeting people who work in them. You won’t get a yes from everyone, and that’s ok. Informational interviews are usually a relaxed chat where you can ask someone questions about what they do and what their work is like. It’s easy-going and you’re not being interviewed. You’re just asking about the job and industry, trying to figure out if it’s something you would like to do.  (more…)

How to prep for a job interview

 Job hunting can be a really long and difficult process, and then when you finally get an interview, the process can feel daunting. I’ve had many, many interviews during my undergrad. Some of them went great, and I got the job. Others not so much. That’s ok–it’s all part of the process. You can’t go from success to success, and there are great learning opportunities in job interview missteps.  (more…)

Resume Tips

 Throughout my undergrad, I’ve spent quite a bit of time workshopping resumes. I always focused on having pretty ones that would stand out to recruiters. While this has been great if I’m giving a resume to an actual person, it’s not so great for AI to read. For a resume to be readable by a computer, it can’t have columns and complicated format–the simpler the better in this case. Going for an interesting resume, I find Canva to be great. They have many personalizable templates that you can use to make what you need.  (more…)

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