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The Vicious Cycle of the Contemporary College Student

ENGAGE

You may be stuck in a cycle familiar to many university students. Learn to recognize the signs of this cycle, and make 2017 the year you finally do that thing you said you would. It’s a new year, why not try something new?

By: Kayla Nowlan 3060 reads | 0 comments
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The Semester Survival Guide: Six Tips and Tricks to Keep You on Track!

Top Tip Lists

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 semester survival guide. 

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Comic Guide: 5 Tips to Survive Your First Week of University

ENGAGE

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: Linnea Vo 10078 reads | 0 comments
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How to Capitalize on the Capital: My Insight into Ottawa

Networking

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 2752 reads | 0 comments
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An Essential Guide to Healthy Aging - Part 1

Work Term Project

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 1711 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 16240 reads | 0 comments
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Working in the Public Service - 3 Key Realizations

Life Experience

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 2141 reads | 0 comments
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Exploring the Realities of Startup Life

tech

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 8876 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part II: Arrival and Research in Brazil

Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie

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 1585 reads | 0 comments
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Things You Learn Journeying (Close to) the Top of the World

Co-op

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 3165 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Almira Bardai, the Globetrotting Communicator

PR

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 10042 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

Co-op Reflections

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 16607 reads | 0 comments
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Invest in the Unexpected: Why You Should Join Co-op and Share Your Story with the OLC

Co-operative Education

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 9408 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Life Experience

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 2202 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

English Language Assistant

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 8608 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

Western Society for Children

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 6865 reads | 0 comments
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Embrace the Unexpected: My Co-op with Fraser Health Authority

Fraser Health Authority

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 5702 reads | 0 comments
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An Experience Learning with Kids with Special Needs

Life Experience

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 2013 reads | 0 comments
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Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry

Workplace Success

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 7830 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

Intercultural Communication

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 9850 reads | 0 comments