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Queer History Month

The fourth annual McGill Queer Research Colloquium is taking place on October 24th and 25th at the Humanities and Social Science Library. It is a forum that shares research regarding LGBTQI2+ (more…)

The Best Things I Did During My Graduate Studies

This will be my last blog post for CaPS (at least for now :), so I thought I would leave with a short list of the best things I did while completing my master’s and doctoral degrees at McGill.

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McGill Reddit: Your go-to virtual community!

Hey friends! As the semester is underway and midterms are coming up, there are so many questions about academics, events, on-campus resources, and everyday living that we are faced with! From my experience, it can be pretty stressful when I needed some advice about course selection just days before add-drop, or when my hungry self doesn’t have the time to ask around for where the samosas sales are on campus! From my first year at McGill, there were questions that I wanted answers to but didn’t always know where the get the answer from. Since McGill is a large school, I always wanted some way of connecting with the greater student body, and the best way to do so is through Reddit! (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…)

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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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…)

REVIEW – SKILLS21

Throughout this past year, I’ve attended my first (and perhaps last) set of SKILLS21 workshops. For those not familiar with this undergraduate program, SKILLS21 “aims to provide students with opportunities to become contributing global citizens in the 21st century.” (Um, woah there.) It includes workshops from five different areas (Citizenship, Collaboration, Discovery, Leadership and Wellbeing).

After completing the “Wellbeing” stream in addition to attending several workshops from other streams, I’ve put together an honest review of my participation experience.

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Why I ❤️ McGill

Below you’ll find the two simple reasons that seriously make my experience here 1000 times more enjoyable. These two student matching programs have not only made making friends 1000 times easier since I began my studies here last year, but they have taught me that no matter how different from each other we may seem to be (ethnically/politically/personality wise), we are all students in the exact same situation.

This program matches you with an incoming international student, and it is then your responsibility to help them with their transition to their new life in Montreal. In just one year of volunteering with the program, I’ve met, and even become close friends with kids from Peru, the Philippines, Australia (Adelaide and Melbourne), China, France, South Korea, and Pakistan. Oh, and did I forget to say Kentucky? The program also hosts events throughout the school year, all of which are just as fun as your individual buddy meetups.

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Bucket List

Increase your Worldliness, Save Money, and Check in with Yourself

  • Attend an advance movie screening. Back in December, I sat in on the Montreal premier of On the Basis of Sex. I got my tickets through the History Students’ Association of McGill, but if you keep an eye on this page, it won’t be long before you’ll have experienced viewing a film before its Canadian release date.
  • Send a message/suggestion/opinion/remark to the Mayor of Montreal. Whether this has only been your city for one year or twenty-one years, you can’t not have ANYTHING to say to her. Back in November, I proposed an idea pertaining to our public transport system, and I received a response within a month’s time. Express yourself!

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I Bet Half of You Haven’t Heard of…

They’ll match you up with a student who has mastered the course you’re currently in. Think you’re acing the class and the idea of someone helping you for $18 is silly? Think again. The mere act of sitting down to discuss and review even the material that you feel comfortable with is exactly what you’ll thank yourself for when you get to your final exam.

*Newly admitted undergraduate students have their first session free.

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