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Keep Sight of Your Purpose

TaLK

As many university students may know, and can attest to, the start of any major projects begins with a very simple thing. That one thing is usually procrastination. And that is definitely the one thing that I did before departing. I soon found that, when teaching, it is important to make plans and have a solid layout, but more important to be flexible enough to change that very plan if it doesn’t work.

By: Jeremiah Chun Wu Chan 340 reads | 0 comments
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Reflections of an SFU Epigenetics Research Assistant

SFU Epigenetic Lab

Health Sciences student, Philipp Michaluk disusses the value of searching for co-op positions close to home from his experience as a research assistant at SFU's Epigenetics Laboratory. 

By: Philipp Michaluk 236 reads | 0 comments
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Formalized Curiosity: My Research Experience in Reproductive Medicine

Career Exploration

Have you ever wanted to pursue a Health Research Co-op but didn’t know where to start? Are you fascinated by Reproductive Medicine and Clinical Research? If so then this article is for you. Miranda shares her experience at CReATe Fertility Centre and how it expanded her research knowledge. 

By: Miranda Defer 473 reads | 0 comments
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Spring “Camping” in Nepal

International Co-op

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Marie Purificacion and Tessa Leyland decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp. 

By: Tessa Leyland 598 reads | 0 comments
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Discover Your Leadership Potential in Passport to Leadership

Workplace Success

Looking for an opportunity to boost your personal development at SFU? Look no further -- the Passport to Leadership workshop series will help you maximize your leadership potential, and is available to all SFU students!

 

By: Zahraa Hawili 932 reads | 0 comments
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From Lecture Hall to Elementary Classroom: An Unforgettable Experience

Special Education Assistant

After an amazing experience with Mediated Learning Academy, I realized that sometimes it takes being in back in an elementary school classroom to remind ourselves of where we learned the most important rules and values about life. 

By: Emily Li 694 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips on Expanding your Responsibilities and Taking Initiative on Your Work Term

Working Students

During her second co-op work term, Emily learned many ways to take on a larger workload and add new skills to her resume. Here are five tips to take initiative in the work place in order to better both your own and your employers' experience. Taking on new and different tasks at work can improve your team productivity, increase what you take away from the term, impress your supervisor, and make your days go by more quickly. 

By: Emily Byam 1836 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Preventing Seniors from Falling

Health Sciences

Every 10 minutes a senior is hospitalized from a fall—a preventable cause of injury and death among seniors. I joined the Fraser Health Patient Safety and Injury Prevention team as part of their multidisciplinary program to prevent seniors from falling. Continue reading to learn more about my co-op experience! 

By: Megan Widmer 2558 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Japan: Traversing Cultures

Kao Corporation

After finishing two co-op semesters in Canada, Health Sciences student Samantha Lui wanted to take things farther and ventured off to Japan for eight months as a Research Assistant with the Kao Corporation. Find out how she successfully transitioned into a new environment whilst exploring every part of this exciting country.     

By: Samantha Lui 1414 reads | 0 comments
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An Essential Guide to Healthy Aging - Part 1

British Columbia Cancer Agency

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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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

Co-operative Education

In this blog, I take you through my personal life story from immigrating to Canada, working and living in a rural First Nations community, to finding a sense of belonging and a second identity, which has forever changed the way I will view the world.

By: Richard Han 12957 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Toronto: My Experience Working for the Ontario Public Service

toronto

Are you a student who, like me, has struggled deciding what career path best suits you? Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in Toronto? Are you considering a career in public service? If you answered yes to any of these, read my post! 

By: Kory Szostak 7168 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

Co-op

Read about how my co-op experience as a Child Life Specialist at Western Society for Children led me to see the ability within disability, and realize that anyone has the power to make a difference!

By: Emily Fukuhara 6255 reads | 0 comments
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Embrace the Unexpected: My Co-op with Fraser Health Authority

Quality and Patient Safety Implementation Assistant

There are very few people who get to see the inside of a hospital morgue. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it was a golden opportunity. Read to find out how my curiosity led me to places I hadn’t imagined and taught me the importance of embracing the unexpected.

By: Sophia Gaba 5185 reads | 0 comments
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An Experience Learning with Kids with Special Needs

Co-operative Education

Saba did her very first co-op work term at the Mediated Learning Academy. In this post, she shares her experiences working with children between the ages of 6 to 9 with special needs and the things she learned with them along the way.  

By: Saba Yassemi 1116 reads | 0 comments
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Health Sciences Degree Opens Doors to World Travel

Red Cross Emergency Response Unit

What do you do with a BA in Health Sciences focusing on global health? For Lauren Shandley, this has meant combining her technical expertise and love of travel to better the lives of others around the globe.   

By: Diane Luckow 8476 reads | 0 comments
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Beyond Comfort: My Co-op in Korea with TaLK

Co-operative Education

I applied as an English instructor in South Korea with the intention of just adding another bulletpoint to my resume. However, the experiences I have gained from teaching and living abroad has made my co-op so much more meaningful than what can be written on paper.  

By: Nancy Nguyen 16342 reads | 0 comments
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Changing Perspectives: How Co-op Helped Me See the Bigger Picture

Health Care

I started university with the intention of going to medical school. However, co-op has helped me see that there are so many more possibilities in the field of healthcare. In my article, I discuss my co-op experience and the lessons I learned along the way.

By: Ornela Polovina 10106 reads | 0 comments
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Student Success Story: Chris Macklin

Indigenous Journey Stories

I’ve always had a passion for helping people. For the longest time, I wasn’t sure how to apply this passion. 

By: Chris Macklin 2686 reads | 0 comments
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Discussing Development

Development

Working in development and for Non-governmental organizations (NGO) is a tricky and delicate field. In my article I discuss the new approach that the Sustainability though Agriculture and Microenterprise (SAM) Project has taken on for their work in Zimba, Zambia. 

By: Naiomi Lu 7767 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op in Kelowna

Co-operative Education

Thinking about moving away for your co-op placement? Here are some tips and guidelines to help you prepare for your adventure!

By: Mandy Yeung 3050 reads | 0 comments
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My time at Destiny Reflection/Foundation

International

Nicole Molinari is a Health Sciences BA student who shares her experience working in Kolkata, India, where she worked with Destiny Reflection/Foundation, an organization that works to empower survivors of human trafficking and at-risk women.

By: Nicole Molinari 7232 reads | 0 comments
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Ever-Changing Goals: A Co-op Reflection

Growth

The idea of an out-of-town 12 month co-op may have intimidated me at one point, but now looking back, I realize just how much I have gained by taking on something that I initially perceived as a challenge.

By: Malinda Pathacharige 5195 reads | 0 comments
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Sidestepping The Plan: My Co-op Reflection

Career Exploration

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a seemingly simple question – something for which no answer could be considered incorrect. So why do university students suffer an existential crisis the very moment we’re posed its equivalent: “What’s your plan after graduation?”

By: Malinda Pathacharige 5665 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Health Sciences Takes India! Health Sciences Engagement Improves Lives

Destiny Reflection

Five SFU students who participated in a life changing co-op experience in India are giving back. They have designed a custom-made SFU book bag and pencil case which is sewn by female survivors of human trafficking in Koltkata, India.  The students will sell their products locally and eventually North America-wide to raise funds the organization they volunteered for in India: Destiny Reflection.

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SFU Health Sciences Takes India! Our Neighbourhood - Gariahat, Kolkata

Destiny Reflections

Martyna provides a tour of the neighbourhood where the SFU Health Sciences Co-op Team working at Destiny Reflection in India live.

By: Martyna Purchla 7425 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Health Sciences Takes India! Lunch Time Bonding

International

Already three months has passed since we arrived in India. The four of us constantly talk amongst ourselves how we have become expert travelers. We no longer freak out when we have to take the train. We know how to negotiate with taxi drivers

By: Martyna Purchla 4090 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Health Sciences Takes India! From Amritsar to Sonagachi

Series

Lindsay, one of the four, SFU Health Sciences Co-op Students on Co-op in India shares images from her incredible travels across india.

By: Lindsay 34694 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Health Sciences Takes India! The Archana School for Girls

Co-op Reflections

Martyna shares an experience at the Loretta School for Girls parent's day event which showcased the girls dedicating a dance to their loved ones.

By: Martyna 7810 reads | 0 comments
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