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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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The Apartment Hunt

Looking for an apartment can be stressful. Many other students are also doing so, and this can lead to a shuffle in and out of apartments. Oftentimes, there can also be a pressure to sign for fear of losing a potential apartment. However, when looking for a new home, there are several important factors to take into account, such as: when you want the lease to start, if you want it furnished or unfurnished, what location you want to live in, and whether you want to live with roommates or not.

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Renting Season !!

Winter semester: subzero temperatures, reading week (!!!), the light at the end of the tunnel that is summer vacation and, for many, competing with fellow students as you scour for the perfect apartment. The task is obviously daunting – especially for first-time (or even second-time) renters. Here are a few things to keep at the front of your mind as you search for the ultimate apartment: (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…)

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…)

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