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Meet Vermeer Online – where would Modern Museum go?

Digital reproduction from Mauritshuis (Netherlands)

Yesterday was the day  – Google launched its first virtual museum in its Arts and Culture section that gathered all the well-known paintings from Vermeer. If you are not familiar with the name, I guess ‘ Girl with a Pearl Earring‘ might ring a bell. Scattered in multiple museums around the world, those paintings might never be able to unite in one hall physically, making the tour to all Vermeer’s work in exhibition not that easy. Google used its Art Camera to take high-resolution pictures of them, arranged them as if they are exhibited in a gallery, and now you can click the button and appreciate the beauty of those masterpieces altogether. For a better experience, put your VR glasses on and it is 3D! (more…)

What Stuck With Me This Month

  1. “No information is useless information.” – Alex Trebek, on a recent episode of Jeopardy

People tend to say “the more you know” with a sarcastic intonation. 

But EVERYTHING YOU LEARN can be pertinent, as long as you know how to apply it.

You also never know what might come up in a conversation, and contributing to discourse is always a plus, not to mention so satisfying.

So next time you find yourself learning about something that has absolutely nothing to do with any of your current classes or your intended career path…

  1. “Those scholarly articles in academic journals are probably read by like seven people in total including the author’s parents.” – My SKILLS21 workshop facilitator 

Let me tell you, I had quite the laugh. AKA don’t freak out when you’re having trouble understanding those peer-reviewed sources — that’s what your TA/prof/the internet is there for! 😁

  1. “Uhhhh….. worth it!” – My squash coach, as she was explaining the benefits of performing a certain shot

Right away, I thought wow, this isn’t the first difficult thing I encounter that happens to be “uhhhhh….. worth it!” 

Which is only funny because the following day in lecture, I heard:

  1. “Everything good in life that’s worth doing is difficult.” – My professor, as he was describing his path that enabled him to do what he loves on a daily basis (teaching us, and further exploring his field of study)

I don’t think there’s any explaining to do here because of the simplicity of this idea.

My only comment would be that it is obviously easier said than done.

After all, as Tom Hanks’ character says in A League of Their Own, “If it were easy, everyone would do it.”

  1. (Lastly, and on another note:) “Overtime, have we changed at all?” – My mom’s friend, regarding what seems to be the expression and repression of an inherently racist undertone that seem to never completely disappear in this world.

My first instinct was to remind myself that fifty years ago, no one would had ever believed that an African American man would be elected president.

But in light of the tragic events of Squirrel Hill, this question really resonated with me. What do you think, has there been progress? Or have we, as human beings, not changed at all?

~xoxo~

Finding Your Dream Job

https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-questions-thatll-help-you-find-your-dream-career

When you’re talking to family and friends about your job prospects and what you hope to achieve someday, you often hear, “go after your dream” or “do whatever makes you happy.” If you’ve already figured out what you want to do, then that’s great! However, if you’re not sure what your dream job entails or what you want to do with your degree, hearing the same sentence over and over again can create the opposite effect and make you feel more self-conscious. Figuring out your dream job can be tricky but here are some useful tips to help you get there:

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Finding Happiness

http://www.finerminds.com/happiness/create-happiness-in-hopeless-situations

How to find happiness has been one of the most fundamental questions since the beginning of humanity. Today, behavior scientists are tackling this question, studying what makes us happy and what doesn’t. While happiness seems like an elusive, relative concept, there is a science of happiness. And to become more adept at staying happier for longer, understanding the nature of happiness is key.

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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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Wake up before the semester starts!

It is the time! We are either coming or returning to the McGill campus, and I hope everyone has enjoyed a great summer no matter you were studying, travelling, working, volunteering, or just snoozing with some chill drinks at the backyard. However, I would like to remind you something before we sit in the lecture room. (more…)

Dear Future Self

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Dear Future Self,

Whatever you are doing right now, stop. Look around you. Wherever you are, everything that has happened has lead you to this moment. Remember when you were writing this letter. Your hopes, dreams, anxieties from back then are maybe all irrelevant, replaced by new ones. Stop worrying too much, because I know you are. When I feel anxious, I ask myself if this thing I’m worrying about will matter in five years. Have they mattered? No matter how you feel about your past choices and what they have brought you, there are a couple of things I want to remind you.

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Letting Go Of Old Goals

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“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi

 

It’s always great to have personal and career-related goals – if you know what you want and where you want to end up, you can build a roadmap around your goals. The security of having goals keeps you on track as you are working towards them. However, goals can change over time. Life can be very unpredictable, and can throw you off by requiring you to make changes in your short and long-term goals. Here, it becomes important knowing when to let go of a goal, when to adapt it to the new situation, and when to decide if your old goal is still attainable. Letting go of an old goal can be a painful process depending on how much you’ve already invested in it. You’ve dreamed about attaining it, and maybe you were very close before realizing the unexpected turn of events now requires you to change course.

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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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Summertime Sadness

As summer comes to a close, I can’t help but wonder how to best spend the last month before classes begin. I have been amazed at how quickly this summer has gone by, it seems like just a few days ago that July was beginning. Embarking on the final weeks of summer is a tough task, on the one hand just enjoying the sun and seeing friends is a top priority. However, at the same time, I want to feel prepared for school and finish as much work as possible to reduce the stress come September. (more…)

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