Building Ties With Your Professors

Building relationships within university circles can be endlessly useful. These relationships could open doors for various opportunities inside and outside of campus, allow you to gain valuable work, volunteer or research experience and provide you with solid references for your post-graduation plans, whether that be straight to work, grad school, volunteering etc. Close ties with a professor is arguably the most coveted asset one could have; professors offer years of advice and experience to students as well as proving a gateway to significant new opportunities. Many students find internship or research opportunities through their professors, get a chance to work with them or just generally develop closer ties, and thus gain more knowledge from their supervisors. (more…)

Best Campus Study Spots

The general mood of January seems to be busy and cramped: the airports, the gym, classes during Add/Drop that force you into a level of punctuality you didn’t think possible with the ubiquitous threat of sitting on the staircase floor in the lecture hall. My point is this: finding a calm, quiet atmosphere to destress, despite our January skepticism, is not impossible on campus. In fact, these are the best spots to study, read, relax or even (discreetly) eat on campus, not only in January, but year-round. (more…)

Christmas in Montreal

The close of the fall semester, followed by a few excruciating weeks of exams, is only the genesis of winter break and the holiday season; hence, these painful weeks are not only endured, but ironically anticipated by McGill students. For many, the completion of their last exam means returning home (wherever it may be) to family or even heading on a hot vacation. But for those staying in Montreal, the prospects aren’t bleak in comparison; on the contrary, Montreal comes alive in the winter, in spite of the cold. (more…)

Let’s Talk Graduation

Winter semester can be incredibly hectic for those of us expecting to graduate come April: moving out, meeting program requirements, deciding on firm post-grad plans, searching for and applying to jobs, internships or grad schools etc. Unfortunately, in the thrill of it all it can be easy to overlook the small steps needed to ensure graduation and convocation go more or less seamlessly. As exam season draws to a close, take a few moments of your much-needed time off to make sure you meet all these small, but ridiculously significant, steps toward graduation.

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Best On-Campus Food

Struggling to find good eats in between classes? Need a boost of energy to sustain you as you dedicate the bulk of your day to McClennan? Look no further, here’s a small list of the best food spots on campus to help you stay full and happy: (more…)

Three Easy Changes to Improve Your Essay

Ever feel totally lost/confused/frustrated when attempting to write a paper? Or even worse, when you finally get the graded version back? Although the majority of the time your paper quality depends on the amount of time you’re willing to put into it, a few small adjustments can go a long way. Here are three easy tips and tricks anyone can use from your friendly neighborhood English major: (more…)

My Fave GPA Boosters ~Totally Subjective ~

My favorite GPA boosters down below, you’re welcome! Disclaimer: This post is mainly directed towards Arts students as I feel like I can’t provide proper advice for students outside the faculty but if you stumble upon this post there’s some interfaculty pointers as well that I feel everyone can profit from so don’t leave just yet. (more…)

The Perfect Roommate-ship

Roommates – love ‘em or hate ‘em, we all probably have to deal with them. We’ve all heard horror stories about roommates who are exceedingly messy, who don’t respect your boundaries, ones that keep you up all night or, alternatively, wake you up every morning, or those who you simply can’t get along with. That being said, great roommates are 100% worthwhile and can be such an uplifting experience. Great roomies get to spend time together, cook together, celebrate together etc. while respecting one another as well. I’ve been through it all and one thing I can say for sure is that the roommate(s) you have can often make or break your university experience and that taking a few extra precautions can do more good than harm in the long run. (more…)

Making Cash Alongside Class

Everyone knows how tough it can be to balance school and work life; to find a way to make some extra cash while still making it to class and making academic deadlines. And if you’re like me – an Anglophone in Montreal – then you face the added difficulty of finding part-time, flexible work during school that doesn’t consider your monolingualism an immediate disqualification. Whether you’re in a bind financially, could use some extra cash or just want to finance your Tokyo Thursdays and their $9 cover, here are some ways you can make some money – Anglo or Franco alike: (more…)

Summer Withdrawals & How to Defeat Them

Back to school – we all know the feeling. Whether you spent your entire summer travelling and relaxing, or whether you were slaving away at a job, internship or volunteer position, there’s a certain panic that accompanies the end of summer and the transition back to school life. The chilling expectation of winter weather aside, fall semester can be intimidating in a way that winter semester often isn’t: your brain isn’t functioning like it used to, you’re reading slower, your handwriting is way messier and there is no reading week to look forward to. Fall semester, however, is the best time to get active both on and off campus! Here are some ways to maximize your first few months back: (more…)

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