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Time Management Basics

tumblr_mklbg2Pc5O1qln7vao1_500Struggling with time management now that a flurry of activities and assignments seem to be on the way? It’s difficult, in school, to coordinate all your class work and create time for your own interests. These are my tried and true tips and tricks for keeping balanced and organized lifestyle.

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‘Tis the Season for Research

research-tablet3It may only be two days before Christmas but at least we made it through the end of the semester! I can’t actually believe how overwhelmed I was at the end, especially during finals week. Balancing my lab, school work, and my job was a lot harder than I imagined but I think I made it through everything well.

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Traveling Alone


Whether it is a quick trip to Quebec City, or a long flight to London, England for a week during the summer, traveling alone is one of the most important things you’ll ever do, especially in your 20s. Recently, I told my friends and family that I will be spending Reading Week in Paris. The first question everyone asked was the same: Who are you going with? When I told them I was going alone, their reactions varied from “Wow, you’re so brave” to “That’s so scary! I could never do that!” I have been privileged to do quite a lot of travelling at a young age, both alone and with others, and I have learned that sometimes, the best travel companion you can have is yourself. Here are a few reasons why:

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Grappling with Plans for the Future

Tough Decisions Ahead Road SignHeads up: This is not so much advice as it is venting my feelings about the terrifying nature of changing one’s plans! (more…)

Just Take a Deep Breathe

 

relaxFirst I’d like to say congratulations to everyone reading this, you survived all your midterms whether it have only been one round or two. And you know what that means? Not only is the semester almost over, but that means finals are beginning in about 3 weeks. I don’t blame you if that last sentence terrifies you, because I would definitely agree with you.

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All in Good Time

 

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Midterm season is upon us and many students are already drowning in the sea of endless papers, exams, projects and reports! Rather than tackle the overwhelming pile of responsibilities taunting us, many choose to take the irrational approach (according to Sigmund Freud’s Psychoanalytic theory), and find ways to distract ourselves from our priorities. I would say that procrastination is a student’s #1 adversary in this battlefield called University!

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Summer Blues

 

summers-overOver the past week, I have been fighting to hold onto the last bit of heat and sunshine! Clad in my summer dresses, sandals and sunglasses, I would happily strut to class, all the while convincing myself that the huge gush of cold wind that enveloped my exposed skin was simply a ‘cool’ summer breeze!  Today, I checked the weather forecast, and as I read 8°C, I told myself my phone must be going through another one of its tantrums and forgot to place the number ‘1’ before the ‘8’. Even though September 23rd signaled the official end of summer, I still find it hard to begin my transition into the fall season. As you can tell, I am in strong denial!

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Fit in Some “me” Time

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So it’s that time of year right now when you have to choose what you’d like to stick to for the next two school semesters. About a week ago, I had to give up a volunteer research experience because I realized that it just wouldn’t realistically fit into my schedule. This is probably the best decision that I could’ve made and I realize now that it’s the healthiest way to start a new semester. The reason I’m telling you readers this is because the lesson I learned is the following: Don’t forget to fit in time for yourself.

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Say, “Cheese”

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I finished another teaching assistantship last semester quite happily. I look forward to having the extra time, which perhaps is our most precious resource. I have really enjoyed teaching my students and sharing with them the wonders and in some cases the dangers of the lab. Most of my interactions and relationships with students are positive. I have always wanted to see the students achieve their goals in the course and in their career. As TAs, we are obviously in a position to guide student through a course, but sometimes we may even point student in the direction of obtaining an internship or honors project in a research lab. I am delighted to see that past students are doing well in their new positions in research labs. Even better is to hear what they learned was useful! I find this dynamic between TAs and students interesting. After all, TAs are themselves students. I am sure there are those who may believe the “A” in TA ends six letters short of “assistant”. For those of you trekking on into the new semester here are my two cents about getting along with your TA and forging a positive constructive relationship, which will undoubtedly be of benefit. (more…)

Career and happiness

happyEveryone wants a great career and everyone wants to be happy. Many times, people think “If I get a great job, then I’ll be set, and be happy”, but often times a great career cannot bring you happiness. Working as a physician for example, is considered a fantastic career; it provides meaningful service to society as well as great job security and monetary compensation. However, suicide rates among physicians are extremely high. You hear of many stories in the news where a well-respected physician with a loving family takes his/her own life. Just very recently, there was a suicide of a medical resident in Quebec that once again started the ongoing discussion of why so many physicians are unhappy, whether or not there is too much pressure and stress in the career of medicine.

I think what people should take away from this is that it’s important to know yourself and evaluate your desires before chasing after a career. Sure, everyone wants to be successful and have that sense of self-actualization, but if you don’t handle stress or workload well, or if having a successful family brings you more joy than a successful career, then I think career goals should be adjusted. I wish I could say for certain that I am currently pursuing the right career, but frankly I am still in the process of self-discovery and self-evaluation.  But then again, is there really such thing as a “right” career?

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