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First-Year Students: Starting the Semester

Entering your first year of university is many things at once – exciting, adventurous, fun, busy, challenging, and a little nerve-wracking and stressful too. The semester may seem to start out slow, but the pace of school and classes pick up fast and before you know it, you’re turning in essays, studying for midterms, and then for finals. It can be downright exhausting figuring everything out, but you will come to find your own routine with time. For first year students: here are a few tips to start your semester off right. 

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Tips for Successful Public Speaking

Public speaking is consistently ranked as a top fear among people.[1] Over the past five years, I have had many public speaking opportunities and then the chance to go back and teach the skills I learned as a teaching assistant in a CEGEP public speaking course and as a training director of McGill’s Model United Nations Delegation Team. Through improving my own speaking skills and helping others improve or overcome their fear, I have developed a number of tips which I hope might help you. (more…)

Tips for a Great Interview

Over the past 4 years, I have had the chance to be an interviewee and an interviewer. Unfortunately, neither seems to be easier. Interviewees face the stress of not knowing how to prepare for an interview or what the interviewers thought. On the other hand, interviewers need to decide on questions to understand the true nature of candidates and often face tough decisions when the selection pool has many qualified candidates. Here’s what I’ve learned about a good interview from sitting on both sides. (more…)

Volunteering in Montreal

https://the-peak.ca

As the summer is coming to an end and the new school year is approaching, you may be thinking about this year’s extracurricular activities and student clubs you would want to participate in. This year, instead of opting for on-campus clubs and activities, why don’t you step out of the McGill bubble to contribute to the Montreal community? Here is a list of organizations you can volunteer at or can at least help you find other places you can volunteer at, no matter what your interests and majors are:

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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…)

Interview Tips to Give You an Edge

You have revised your resume again and again, incorporated edits from advisers and perfected your cover letter. While you may know to dress for success, that early equals being on time and how important a good handshake is, there are a few personal touches that can make you stand out to your potential future employers and give you an edge on the competition, many of whom may be just as qualified as you. Keep these helpful hints in mind as you search for your ideal job.
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Academic writing: But what does it really mean?

Have you ever read an article for a class and wondered what exactly the author was talking about? Perhaps situations like this contribute to why so many students don’t bother with readings. If someone understands a subject well enough to publish academic papers, surely they can explain it in plainer language. In fact, there is a movement of academics who are fighting against opaque language.[1]

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Comparing Yourself To Others

https://welldoing.org

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” — Theodore Roosevelt

 

It’s the end of the summer. You’re back in the city and the school is about the start. You are in your favorite coffee shop with your friends catching up. Everyone is talking about their summer. One of your friends is talking about an internship they did over the summer that helped them make important industry connections. You spent most of your summer working as a waitress, and while it helped you make some money, it wasn’t exactly a step towards your dream job. Another friend is telling you about how she looked into her grad school options and she now knows what program she wants to apply to. You thought you wanted to give school a break after graduating and work for a while, but after hearing your friend talk passionately about her grad school plans, you aren’t so sure anymore. Maybe you want to do grad school after all? Your other friend tells that he decided to move back home at the end of this school year because he already has a job waiting for him. You realize you have no idea where you will be working, if you want to stay in the city or if you will be moving back home. After saying your goodbyes, you leave the coffee shop feeling completely drained and confused.

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How about getting a pet?

On a rainy day in October 2014, I went to SPCA Montreal with one friend, and initially just went to have a look. Then I saw Milou, my companion until now, who was a seven-month old kitten with beautiful eyes and soft paws. I don’t know if she was dragging anybody passing by, but I felt her touching me, and then signed all the paperwork in the next hour. It was not a random decision, and it changed my life. (more…)

A Letter to My First-Year Self

credit to: https://www.coachingpositiveperformance.com

Dear First-Year Self,

First of all, choosing McGill was definitely the right decision. You will see that it won’t be smooth sailing, and you are going to have doubts along the way, but you will leave them all behind. Looking back now, I can definitely say that starting from scratch in a city you’d never been to before will definitely give you a hard time, but I promise it will get easier.

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