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The Spring Semester Survival Guide: Six Tips and Tricks to Keep You on Track!

First Year

Another new year means another new semester! From buying an old fashioned agenda to letting your employer know your schedule, keep yourself on track with our spring semester survival guide. 

By: Julia Gabriel 233 reads | 0 comments
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Comic Guide: 5 Tips to Survive Your First Week of University

transition

New experiences can be scary. The transition from high school to university can be tough, especially when you go from a class of 30 to a class of 200. In this comic strip blog post, Linnea offers her top five tips for kicking first day jitters to the curb. 

By: linneav 277 reads | 0 comments
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How to Capitalize on the Capital: My Insight into Ottawa

Government of Canada

Moving to Ottawa enabled me to grow in new ways, make lasting memories and provide insight into my career and life goals. This article provides steps to make your experience in Ottawa meaningful and will (hopefully) inspire you to make the move. 

By: Melissa Talbot 416 reads | 0 comments
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An Essential Guide to Healthy Aging - Part 1

Healthy Aging Study

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 234 reads | 0 comments
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An Essential Guide to Healthy Aging - Part 2

Health Sciences

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 255 reads | 0 comments
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Working in the Public Service - 3 Key Realizations

Co-op

Curious about what it's like working in public service? Joseph breaks down his role as the Web Communications Assistant for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Read on to learn about his experience. 

By: Joseph Hilario 378 reads | 0 comments
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Exploring the Realities of Startup Life

Career Exploration

When you think of a startup, does the HBO series, Silicon Valley come to mind? While the computers, parked bottoms, and long hours don’t stray too far from the truth, Melissa clears up some misconceptions about the startup life.

By: Melissa Ong 1090 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part II: Arrival and Research in Brazil

Research

In part two of my Brazillian co-op story, I arrive in São Paulo feeling overwhelmed. This all changes as I carry out my research, realizing something very powerful about the connection many Brazilians have to the sport of soccer.  

By: Christopher Maringka 273 reads | 0 comments
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Things You Learn Journeying (Close to) the Top of the World

Life Experience

Nowhere are the dire effects of climate change more apparent than in the Arctic. Join Sarah as she recounts her 3-week expedition at the top of the world and the 3 invaluable life lessons learned along the way. 

By: Sarah Gutzmann 301 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Almira Bardai, the Globetrotting Communicator

Alumni Spotlight

A globetrotting communicator, Almira Bardai is a PR and communications professional with over 17 years of experience in the field working all over the globe from Vancouver to Australia. Read on to learn more about her journey!

By: Pauline Leoncio 1130 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

Editor's Pick

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 2250 reads | 0 comments
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Invest in the Unexpected: Why You Should Join Co-op and Share Your Story with the OLC

Professional Development

Taylor joined SFU’s Aboriginal Co-op Coordinator, Trina Setah, as a Work-Study student to help promote co-op to SFU’s Indigenous community. Read about Taylor’s personal experience with co-op, and why she thinks you should join too.

By: Taylor McKinney 948 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Workplace Success

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 742 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

French

International Co-op positions provide the opportunity to discover the world while developing professional skills and contacts. But there’s a conundrum: all work and no play or no work and all play?

By: Mallory Wyant 1514 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

WSFC

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 1828 reads | 0 comments
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Embrace the Unexpected: My Co-op with Fraser Health Authority

Co-operative Education

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 1667 reads | 0 comments
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An Experience Learning with Kids with Special Needs

Co-op Reflections

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 484 reads | 0 comments
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Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry

toronto

Living in a new city while taking on a new job serves as both a challenge and reward. In this blog post, I share the rewarding experiences I’ve had during my co-op in Ontario and explain why doing co-op outside of BC is worth it. 

By: Nathan Lee 1607 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

Co-op Reflections

Communication and interaction are fundamental parts of everyday life and a person’s ability to communicate and interact has a major impact on their well-being, happiness, and success. In this post, Akanksha shares her own experiences at the intersection of culture and communication.

By: Akanksha Thakur 4123 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins

Communication

Like a modern day Goldilocks, Laurie Dawkins, a Communication Co-op alumna, spent many years trying out various roles to find the one that was just right. Now, as an award-winning, senior communications professional, Laurie shared how her experience with SFU Co-op shaped how she approached her career.

By: Pauline Leoncio 4292 reads | 0 comments