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Extraverted Introvert: When You Love Helping People – But Not Too Much

Career Exploration

During my time seeking for my second co-op work term, I wondered what kinds of jobs out there could make both my extraverted and introverted sides happy. Is there even a job that has a balance of both components that would allow me to thrive? When I was applying to TeamWell Health, I didn’t have many expectations, and surely didn’t expect that the job would be the perfect fit for me now.

By: Katherine Alexi Reyes 879 reads | 0 comments
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In the Absence of Clarity, Take Action

Professional Development

Fourth year, Kinesiology student, Alexandra Lukac, shares how taking action allowed her to navigate her co-op journey. 

By: Alexandra Lukac 685 reads | 0 comments
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Laser Beams and Spinal Hygiene

BPK Co-op

I landed my first ever co-op placement as a Chiropractic Assistant and Laser Technician. Now, you may be asking what exactly is a ‘Laser Technician’ and how are lasers related to chiropractic? Moreover, what on earth does hygiene have to do with our spines and why is this important for rehabilitation?

By: Jennifer To 753 reads | 0 comments
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IMS: A Beacon of Light for Petite Prospective Physiotherapists

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Have you thought about physiotherapy as a career option, or as part of your plan to rid your body of aches or pains? This article focuses on my own personal experiences with Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) at my co-op placement, and how it has affected my back pain as well as my future in physiotherapy. 

By: Sereen Hon 1016 reads | 0 comments
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5 Important Lessons I Learned From My First Co-op

Co-op

Nervous about your first co-op job? Don’t be! These five tips will help prepare you for success and boost your confidence levels in no time. Keep calm & read on!

By: Ellen Lu 1942 reads | 0 comments
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6 Reasons Why We Like Research

Co-op

The department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK) will be hosting its 8th Annual Research Day on Friday, March 31. Twelve BPK undergraduate students were asked a simple question: What do you like about research? After compiling all of their responses, I present to you six reasons why we like research!

By: Olivia Aguiar 1381 reads | 0 comments
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What Does a Student Kinesiologist Do, Anyways?

Co-op Reflections

Looking through co-op job postings and have no idea what a job as a Student Kinesiologist entails? I didn’t either. Now that I’ve worked as one, I’m here to shine some light on the subject. 

By: Andrea Forer 2004 reads | 0 comments
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10 Tips for Working with Seniors

Top Tip Lists

For some, seniors can be intimidating and difficult to work with. However, after working as a Student Kinesiologist with 6-8 different clients on a daily basis, I have compiled a list of 10 tips and tricks to help anyone working with seniors in any context, not just kinesiology.  

By: Matthew Butt 1985 reads | 0 comments
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Back Pain Myth Busters and Spine Hygiene

back health

Do you do sit-ups and crunches to to either get or maintain that six-pack? This article sheds light on why learned habits such as this are detrimental for your back health. In addition, I discuss “Spine Hygiene”, which refers to the daily maintenance of the spine as necessary to prevent back issues.  

By: Karen Gitau 3399 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Big Secret: A Look into My Summer Working for the University

Institutional Research and Planning

Find out more about my co-op job as a Research Assistant for SFU and discover how I learned to navigate the data, politics and presentations to appreciate a side of the university students don’t normally get to experience. 

By: Lauren Rietchel 13479 reads | 0 comments
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The Introvert’s Struggle: Conveying Your Ideas

Professional Development

You have ideas to share, but you can’t bring yourself to interject. Sound familiar? It might be a confidence issue, fear of being wrong, or an unwillingness to seem impolite. Even though conveying your ideas can seem like a daunting task, I learned that it doesn’t have to be. 

By: Chantel Galang 1164 reads | 0 comments
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An Essential Guide to Healthy Aging - Part 1

Research

Getting older is typically associated with a decline in health. That’s not the case for the Super Seniors—individuals 85+ never diagnosed with any major medical concern. Join Monique and Olivia as they travel Greater Vancouver and the Island speaking to some remarkable people for whom age is but a number.  

By: Monique Sekhon & Olivia Aguiar 1097 reads | 0 comments
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An Essential Guide to Healthy Aging - Part 2

Science

Wanna know the secrets of living a long, healthy life? Find out what makes someone a Super Senior in Part 2 of Monique and Olivia’s co-op story as they share what was learned from these amazing individuals and their Essential Guide to Healthy Living, so you too may become a Super Senior!

By: Monique Sekhon & Olivia Aguiar 11404 reads | 0 comments
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Learning to Teach and Not Just Treat Patients

Co-operative Education

As a Laser Therapist/Clinic Office Assistant, Kim discovered that learning occurs every day and everywhere. Not only did she apply knowledge from school, but researched and learned about the different patient conditions she treated, teaching patients about their conditions and care. 

By: Kim Bautista 1264 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Psychology

There was a point in my degree when I started to question whether I had chosen the right path. Is this the career I want to spend the rest of my life in? Are these the people I want to surround myself with day-in and day-out? Find out how co-op answered these questions.  

By: Ashly Hill 1650 reads | 0 comments
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Who Knew Co-op Would Confirm My Career Choice and More!

CHANGE pain Clinic

As a fourth year Biomedical Physiology student, I wished to pursue a career in family practice medicine. In this article, I share how my co-op at CHANGEpain Clinic confirmed my career path, but also went well beyond that. 

By: Amy (Amandeep) Gill 5220 reads | 0 comments
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Perspective is Everything: Experiences from Training My Replacement

Co-operative Education

What happens when you are responsible for training your successor at your co-op job? What about when you are responsible for training your successor knowing that you’ll be returning to the same job the following summer and that their job performance will directly impact you? In this blog post, I share my experiences training my replacement and how this taught me the importance of perspective. 

By: Garrett Hughes 8708 reads | 0 comments
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Experience: Turning a Good Therapist Into a Great Therapist

Co-op Reflections

In a clinic, like many businesses, personal-relational experience can turn a good therapist into a great one. Practicing excellent technique and skill is often not enough. It is by establishing rapport through strong communication and genuine concern about a patient’s well-being where one becomes a great therapist. 

By: Brendan Wong 8935 reads | 0 comments
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Not Your Everyday Shoe Store

Pedorthic Assistant

Applying for the position of Pedorthic Assistant at Kintec, I was a bit hesitant since my previous work experience involved asking people if they want fries with that. I soon found that working at Kintec was one of the most relevant jobs to my degree as it's a lot more than just selling shoes. 

By: Daniel Ciarniello 7601 reads | 0 comments
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RebalanceMD 2016: Finding Common Ground with Your Clientele

Co-op

When a person enters a physiotherapy clinic for the first time, they can experience a wide range of emotions such as fear, despair and doubt. It is our job as healthcare practitioners to transition our clientele from fearing movement to love of movement. This post discusses how being honest and empathetic will help you achieve amazing things with your clientele.

By: Brandon Watson 8570 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Abilities with Developmental Disabilities Association

Active Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy

Since applying to the Kinesiology program at SFU, I knew one day I wanted to work as an Occupational Therapist. I spent time volunteering in recreation-based work, but when it came time to apply for a co-op, I decided to expand into the realm of teaching life skills.

By: Lois Lee 8625 reads | 0 comments
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Changing Attitudes to Debunk Co-op Myths

Gerontology Related

Oftentimes, we allow ourselves to believe we are not good enough. In this post, I debunk 5 co-op myths of self-defeat allowing you to rise to any challenge.

By: Cherlene E. Chang 9604 reads | 0 comments
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Haiti Co-op Inspires Career Path

Governor General's Silver Medal

Danielle Jeong, who receives a Governor General’s Silver Medal for her high scholastic achievement, says her SFU co-op experiences, which included a month in Haiti, were “life-changing”.

By: Anonymous 1709 reads | 0 comments
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Journey to the Centres

Co-op Reflections

I was somewhat apprehensive to join the team  at the adult day centres but my 8 month co-op placement working with seniors  turned out to be one of the most valuable experiences that I have ever had. I was able to get involved with Vancouver Coastal Health's SteadyFeet®, form  friendships with seniors, and even learn some Cantonese! 

By: Evelyn Korompai 1947 reads | 0 comments
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Appropriate Workplace Attire: How To Dress Professionally Without Compromising Your Style

Top Tip Lists

I’m a young and trendy fashionista. A self-identified accessory-lover. A student. And I’m obsessed with how to make a great impression at my new co-operative education job without compromising my style. This article highlights my opinions on how to dress professionally, while still maintaining your sense of style. 

By: Amy Gill 4563 reads | 0 comments
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The Journey of Clinical Research

Health Care

Joanne shares her co-op journey after working four months at Providence Health Care Research institute. 

By: Joanne Lau 2241 reads | 0 comments
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A Letter to My Younger Self

Co-operative Education

A 6th year SFU veteran drops WISDOM to his younger self. Read this if you would like some perspective on your university journey from someone who has been here before you even started high school. 

By: Adrian Fung 2470 reads | 0 comments
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My Industrial Revolution

Co-op Reflections

Do you ever think there are limitations to what you could do with your degree? I did. SFU co-op has allowed me to experience my major in action in a non-conventional way and it has forever changed the way that I look at my kinesiology degree. 

By: Kate Pearsall 2515 reads | 0 comments
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RebalanceMD Summer 2015: A New Approach to Total Musculoskeletal Care

Rebalance

Imagine you’ve just had your knee surgically replaced after years of debilitating pain. Now imagine you wake with a caring and knowledgeable kinesiologist by your bedside to guide you through the next crucial 48 hours of your rehab, leaving you feeling confident that your new joint will finally provide you with the relief you’ve been seeking. This is just one of many modern and progressive goals at RebalanceMD, my summer 2015 co-op placement.

 

By: Brandon Watson 2823 reads | 0 comments
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Piecing the Puzzle

Parks Canada

My time at Parks Canada has been the most dynamic placement with experience working at the Visitor’s Centre in customer service to creating a day camp program from scratch.  I wrote this article in celebration of August 12, International Youth Day!

By: Jazmin Dhaliwal 3176 reads | 0 comments
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