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Dave’s Diary: Young & Pissed Off

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“I’m young and I’m pissed off.” What a wonderful quotation, spoken by a student I saw recently. I was captured immediately by how much it conveyed, both cognitively and emotionally, in such few words. The student was discussing their passion for politics and ambitions of being an agent of social change.

By: David Lindskoog 5319 reads | 0 comments
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Dave’s Diary: Building Awareness of Self-Awareness

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It was a pretty straightforward account of how knowing what are strengths are can help us to build on and expand those strengths into new areas.  The problem, of course, is that this viewpoint presupposes that you actually do know what your strengths are.

By: David Lindskoog 5357 reads | 0 comments
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Overcoming your Fear of Public Speaking

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Hate giving in-class presentations? Looking for ways to improve your public speaking skills? Here are 3 easy steps to ace your next presentation!

By: Noman Muneer 7178 reads | 0 comments
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Me, Myself, and University

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Ever wonder how it would feel like being an international student in Vancouver? Talk about a reason to party, well coming from a Punjabi family we hardly need a reason to party but if there was ever a decent one, this was it. Read more to find out about Max Shyngs experience!

By: Max Shyng 6304 reads | 0 comments
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Just Like Bunko: Make Excellent Mistakes

Just Like Bunko

What is your fear? Is it fear of… Heights? Taking risks? Making mistakes? Something else? Answers will vary but one of my biggest fears is making mistakes. However, despite this fear of mistakes, throughout several Co-op work terms over the last couple of years, I have had my share of experience making them.

By: Yat Li 9751 reads | 0 comments
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Just Like Bunko: Persistence Trumps Talent

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Have you met people in your life that have ample talent but struggle with motivation? Back in middle school, I was never a bright student. Like Bunko, I put too much emphasis on thinking inwards and constantly exerting energy towards tasks that were not producing positive results.

By: Yat Li 12741 reads | 0 comments
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Just Like Bunko: It's Not About You

Just Like Bunko

In the summer of 2008, I worked 40 hours a week while going to school with a full course load. Managing time was essential to getting things done.

 

By: yatli 16209 reads | 0 comments
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Just Like Bunko: Learning Strengths

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Just like Bunko, I was frustrated with the way things were going in my life. As an undergrad, I spent most of my time in school, group meetings and labs. But with disappointing grades, it appeared that the more I studied, the more likely I was to get a lower mark. My time spent on studying had an inverse relationship with the grade I would receive. I was undoubtedly very disappointed. My problems were not going away.

By: yatli 7862 reads | 0 comments
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Just Like Bunko: Following Guidance

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When I was younger, I did what everybody – parents, teachers, counsellors – told me to do. Like Johnny Bunko, I was trapped into doing something I didn’t want to do. I focused on the wrong courses and exerted my energy on things that did not inspire or motivate me.

By: yatli 12006 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Career Advice From My Dad - Don't Be a Lawyer

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While my dad and I get along really well, we don't talk a whole lot - besides the fact that we live in different cities, I'm pretty sure we share a dislike of small talk.  I think we share a lot in common actually, and understand each other quite well.  So, despite our infrequent chit chats, my dad's been a big influence on a lot of things in my life, not the least of which being my career development.

By: David Lindskoog 8680 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Invisible Influences?

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There were a lot of messages that I grew up with, whether it be from my parents, peers, or the all-encompassing influence of the media.  One of the ones that sticks with me most to this day, and I'm not sure where it comes from, has to do with self-sacrifice.

By: David Lindskoog 9792 reads | 0 comments
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By the Nile: A Student's Experience in Rural Africa

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The OLC happily presents the following as Craig Vandermeer’s first interview with the OLC after his return from Uganda Fall Semester 2010.Having finished his undergrad at Carleton University with a degree in Political Science, he is continuing his education here at SFU in the International Studies Master’s program.

By: Stephanie Toronidis 4590 reads | 0 comments
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Sheena Takes On the Mumbai Marketing Scene

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In her third year as a Communication major, Sheena Rupani returns home to Mumbai, India and proves that an SFU student has what it takes to compete on the international marketing scene. In a setting where high stakes rely on time management and clear cross-cultural communication, this international co-op celebrity takes self-directed study to the next level.

By: Adam Brayford 6000 reads | 0 comments
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Dave’s Diary: Fear Helps You Make Decisions

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How do you make important decisions? I’ve been reminded in my visits with students of the difficulty that can be a part of making big decisions. I’ve also been reminded that when working with people struggling with a choice, it can be challenging to reign in the impulse to push for one direction or the other.

By: David Lindskoog 5320 reads | 0 comments
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Adventures in China with CIBT

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Each semester, the International Co-op office posts a multitude of Co-op jobs for students looking to have a unique, some would say life-changing, experience by going to work outside of Canada. Many of the positions open to students from all faculties are for English instructors. Find out more about Ben's experience teaching English in China...
By: Ben Carson 7208 reads | 0 comments