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Some More Advice

One year ago, I started writing on this blog with an advice post outlining seven tips to succeed in your first year of university. They were specifically aimed at first year students and were meant to come in addition to the many pieces of advice students already receive before starting college. To wrap up this past year of blog posts, I wanted to present some more advice in the form of seven more tips – some new things I’ve learned along the way and some life reminders, especially to those who will be heading out at the end of the academic year.

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Dealing with Distractions

Getting down to work and staying focused when you’re studying can be a real challenge. Of course some people are excellent at ignoring them, but many of us aren’t quite there yet. Distractions are everywhere and they can make completing assignments and reviewing for exams very difficult if you don’t have a way to block them out. Once you get distracted, it can take a very long time for you to get back to your original task and it will inevitably hinder your long-term productivity. With the willingness to change habits and a bit of self-discipline though, you can learn to better deal with these distractions and therefore work more efficiently. Here are some tips that you may find to be helpful:

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Volunteering Abroad

Before coming to McGill, I lived in Asia. While I was there, I was a part of several volunteer groups through my school, most notability an after-school program that offered English classes to children from displaced communities. My experiences volunteering with these kids were some of the most rewarding and valuable ones from my time living there. Volunteering is often overlooked during the school year when students are busy with their courses and during the summer when students gravitate towards jobs and internships. However, volunteering is truly a remarkable experience, and doing so abroad is bound to be unforgettable.

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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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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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Looking Back at Two Years of University

Going to college was one of the big worries of high school. Where was I going to go and to study what? How would I settle into a life very different from everything I had ever known? At the time it seemed very intimidating and something I apprehended greatly just because of the uncertainty of it all. There was so much doubt, worry and confusion going into my first year, but looking back now, halfway through my undergraduate degree, my attitudes and thoughts have changed. These might be helpful to any first year students going through a similar experience.

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Learning Not to Care Too Much About What Others Think

Caring too much about what someone thinks or has to say about me or a decision I made? Guilty. More than a couple dozen times, actually. When it comes to what you’re studying, what you plan to do after you get your degree, or what career you wish to pursue, people will sometimes be quite vocal about their opinions – both positive and negative. It’s hard not to care what others think when you’re still uncertain about the future or to not get too upset when someone you care about doesn’t support a decision you’ve made. In the end, what you choose to do, first and foremost, concerns you and to pursue something you’re passionate about without doubts and hesitation sometimes involves learning to block out what others have to say.

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Social Media for the Better

It is no surprise to anyone that social media plays a tremendous role in our lives. Sometimes even too much of a role. As exaggerated as it seems, social media platforms consume us, controlling many aspects of our lives – and we let them. It’s the first thing we want to check on when we wake up and the last before we fall asleep, and we can’t help checking again every spare moment we get. We present ourselves different from who we are and crave the likes and comments and shares this generates. At a time where so many of us are trying to pave our education and career path, we should be turning to social media to help us, not hinder us.

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Celebrating the Smaller Achievements

When you get into a university like McGill, chances are you’re a pretty good student. Maybe you’re one of the best. Your grades are consistently high, you’re always engaged in class, you’ve never missed a day of school and you’ve never failed even the smallest of assignments. You probably expect the same out of college, but by the time first semester ends, you realize this is not the case at all. I know, I’ve been there. The first year is hard and to be completely honest, it wasn’t at all like what I’d heard and thought it was supposed to be. There are bumps along the way and not everything you do will turn out perfect, but learning to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate your smaller achievements will prove to be beneficial.

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The Value of Personal Projects

It’s the middle of the summer – yay! Some of us are still very busy with jobs and internships, and others may be taking a very well-deserved break. The four months in between the winter and fall semesters gives students plenty of time to work on other things besides classes and coursework. For some, keeping yourself busy during this time can be a little hard to do! The competition for summer positions is very real and sometimes entry-level jobs asking for less than a few years of experience are a challenge to find. Getting started is not easy. It may be a good idea to consider working on some personal projects.

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