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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…)

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…)

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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Path to Academic Advising

Academic advisors are an integral part of university life. They welcome students, usher us through our degrees, and help prepare us for post grad life. Kanella Voudouris, or Nellie, as she’s known to most students, has worked in Dawson Hall since working on her master’s degree. At Arts OASIS, Nellie runs the peer advising program where she selects, trains, and mentors students; manages the arts interdisciplinary program; organizes student outreach events: such as, Open House, Parents’ Tent, Discover McGill, and so on and so forth; as well as has her regular advising responsibilities. She is also always present at arts convocation. Her many roles allow her to see the student life cycle—first meeting students from admissions and working with them until they graduate. Her favorite time of the year is the first week June. She begins the week with the graduating class of that year and ends it with orientation for the incoming class. (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…)

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…)

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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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…)

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