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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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Interview with a Civil Engineer – Part 2

It is without question very intimidating to have to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life, even for those who may have just earned a degree. Last week, I had the chance to sit down with a civil engineer to discuss what this career is like in more depth. If you are still on the fence regarding what you want to study or have just begun your new journey as a university student, and especially if you are leaning towards a career in engineering, you may find his responses to be useful. This is the second part of the interview; the first part can be found here.

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Interview with a Civil Engineer – Part 1

Many career options are often presented broadly, but offer much more specific branches to choose from. For aspiring engineers, the options are plenty: chemical, mechanical, electrical, computer, civil, software; the list goes on. When you first decide to pursue a degree in one of these, it can be a challenge to feel confident that you’ve made the right decision until you are well into your studies. I recently had the chance to sit down with a civil engineer of over 30 years to discuss what this career is like in more depth. You may find this helpful if you are just embarking on your new journey as a university student or contemplating whether this is the right path for you.

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Note-Taking 101

College is a time to develop many of the fundamental skills that will be essential to you throughout your career. Things like public speaking, problem solving, and collaboration are all vital both at school and in the workforce. One skill that does not tend to receive as much attention is note-taking. Because many of us prefer to use our laptops to take notes and due to the quantity and density of the information taught in class, we often make a habit of transcribing what the professor is saying or copying lecture slides word for word, which is neither efficient nor beneficial.

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Summer: working a job vs. taking a break

McGill’s winter term ends in late April and the fall term starts early September, which leaves 4 months of “summer vacation”. Obviously, this is the ideal and most convenient time to gain work experience, do an internship, volunteer, take classes, etc. Most people with whom I’ve talked have found the four months to be long, so without a task to keep them busy, they would quickly feel bored and underwhelmed. The great thing about having several months between terms is that there is both the time to gain valuable work experience and enjoy the warmer months.

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Seasonal Part-Time Job Opportunities

As students, when we think of part-time jobs, we think of gigs that keep us going during the school year – the workplace you go to in between classes to make extra cash. Free time during the summer means you can opt for 2-month internships, full-time jobs, and of course, catching a break. But if you’ve only started getting into the groove of university life after your first year at McGill, working during the semester might seem like added stress and an intimidating step to take. So, why not start with a part-time job during the summer instead? Because everybody has to start somewhere and a part-time job is a boost to your CV, here are some student jobs to consider doing in the next few months:

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Moving Season

Source: moveit.ca

July 1st is Quebec’s (very busy) traditional moving day. I’ve personally never been around during that time of the year, but I hear streets are packed with moving trucks, sidewalks are full of people carrying boxes back and forth, and furniture is often sprawled on the lawn. For university students, peak moving season seems to be at the end of the winter semester, following the exam period and before the start of summer classes.

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