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Coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic seems to have hit Montreal. With classes canceled today, students are left to wonder what the future holds for the semester. Things seem to have escalated quickly with 17 confirmed cases as of now. Then this morning classes were suspended for two weeks. At this time, I do not believe there has been any announcement as to how the semester will proceed. It is probably still a good idea to keep up with classwork at home and regularly check your email to stay informed. Reddit’s McGill page has a Coronavirus mega thread that is being updated as information becomes available.

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Taking University Slowly?

During a seminar discussion recently, I had a professor tell me that university is a luxury. His comment baffled me: how had I never considered it that way? Maybe it’s hard to consider something that is so time-consuming and at times incredibly frustrating and difficult as the epitome of comfort. But it got me thinking: why are we as students so consistently eager to escape? Whether it’s our craving for the weekend or our next break or even graduation – what is it that contributes to our overwhelming sense of urgency to distance ourselves from university? (more…)

Thoughts on Summer Activities

Summer might feel like a far way off, but it’ll be here soon. As the semester progresses, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to do during the summer. Every summer I try to outline what I want to try and do and then go about accomplishing those goals. Sometimes my goals change during the summer, or I don’t quite get where I want to be, but that’s ok.  (more…)

Welcome back to school!

The beginning of the semester is a great time to figure out what courses you want to take and think about what opportunities you want to explore. I know the winter semester can be rough. It’s cold, the days are short, and the break probably wasn’t long enough. But Montreal is a great place to have winter. The city has plenty of activities like snow shoe-ing or just fun Montreal excursions like thrift shopping. It’s really nice to be somewhere that doesn’t completely shut down just because it snows.  (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…)

What To Do?

As I’m approaching the end of my degree, the question of what lies next pops into my head more and more often. It was much easier to push out of my mind when I was younger since having a career was more of an abstract concept than a possible reality. My plans for life were sequential: finish high school then CEGEP then university. But the end is creeping closer, bringing many more anxieties to light, variables I did not have to think about in the past. My situation is a ubiquitous one, looming over many students. (more…)

Management 101

At some point in your life, whether for your job or a volunteer activity, you might find yourself responsible of a group that is working under you. This can be intimidating if you do not have management experience as you are in charge of the group’s success and any failure that cannot be traced to a specific person will be put on you. In addition, if you have ever worked on a group project, which most of us have, then you know exactly  how difficult and infuriating it can be to get everyone to cooperate and do their tasks on time. However, management can also be empowering if done correctly. I’ve learned quite a few things from my management positions which I hope you can learn from as well. (more…)

Figuring out What to Do After Graduation

Graduation brings up many questions intermixed with feelings of accomplishment. The years culminate in walking on stage and receiving that much sought after piece of paper, the diploma. Still, questions persist: Where will I live? What sort of job will I find? Should I pursue a graduate degree? Where will my friends find themselves? These are all important to consider. After all, the process of becoming a fully-fledged adult is understandably nerve-wracking. Pondering these very questions is what led me to speak to Corey Dickinson, a master’s student(MSc) in Development Geography, here at McGill University about his journey.

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Focus

October is around the corner, and now is the time to focus in on what is important. Staying on top of course work will prevent feeling overwhelmed, especially if you are working and/or volunteering at the same time. Time management can help manage your day, and help you figure out what is the most important task to complete that day. Writing to-do lists the night before will help you have a clear understanding of what you will have to complete the next day, and they really help me stay organized. (more…)

Power of Yes

Good Morning McGill,

As the seasons shift from summer to fall, the air is a little more crisp in the morning and evening. But during the day all those layers you have put on must come off because it warms right back up, and depending on the building you’re in, either its way to cold or way to hot. I feel like I am constantly shedding and layering myself. My rant of the day!

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