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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

Culture

Going to Spain for co-op, I felt I would be immersed in a single culture. Read on to discover how this opportunity allowed me to develop a more intricate understanding of culture, communities, and families and to build lifelong friendships and family-like relationships across linguistic and cultural barriers.

By: Nyssa Lessingham 1548 reads | 0 comments
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My Racing Readers Journey

Arts and Social Sciences

In the short amount of time I volunteered with Racing Readers, I learned a lot about myself. I also realized how much of an influence I could potentially have on others, which pushed me to be even better. This is my journey with the Racing Readers program.  

By: Daljinder Kaler 2458 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Vlog: Day in the Life of Jao Dantes

Communication, Art and Technology

In this Vlog, SFU Communication Co-op student Jao Dantes explains his typical work day working for Simon Fraser University. 

 

By: Jao Dantes 9039 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Personal Growth

It has been six long years since I started at SFU, switching majors three times along the way. With such a convoluted path, it’s no surprise that life after school began to fall out of context. Thankfully, a well-timed co-op opportunity allowed me to refocus my life and reverse my dwindling academic attitude. 

By: Brett Erickson 7589 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Stay Motivated During An Extended Work Term

Co-op

Congratulations, your work term has been extended! Now what? As routine sets in and one gets comfortable, the initial vigor for success in a work term starts to fade. In this article, Charmaine shares practical tips to stay motivated and make the most of the extension.

By: Charmaine Wu 10208 reads | 0 comments
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5 Healthy Habits to Combat the 9-5 Office Life

Workplace Success

During his co-op job, William realized that he needed to build healthy life-long habits for his long career ahead. Below is a short list of small things he does combat body deterioration for the 9 to 5 office-life.

By: William Soemargo 12173 reads | 0 comments
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Where Are They Now? Profile: Eric Cai

work after gradaution

SFU alumnus, Eric Cai provides his insights and reflections of the journey to work after graduation, discussing challenges faced and goals reached along the way.

By: Eric Cai 8510 reads | 0 comments
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Those 106 Unread Messages Aren't Going Anywhere

Communication, Art and Technology

Remember the flood of emails you ignored as a student? Well, turning a blind eye doesn't fly in the office place. Miranda shares useful tips on how to avoid being overwhelmed by reading and deleting!

By: Miranda Lindsay 6574 reads | 0 comments
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4 Tips to Balance Co-op and School

Workplace Success

We millennials aren't lazy! We actually want it all– good grades, a life and experience to get us job market ready. Although those things seem mutually exclusive, Aninditha shares tips on successfully juggling a part-time co-op and school.

By: Aninditha Kamaruddin 10358 reads | 0 comments
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3 Reasons Why There's No Rush to Finish Your Degree

Career Services

Matthew enters his fourth year with a newfound perspective on graduation. His time working for SFU Career and Volunteer Services has taught him that when it comes to education, there should be no rush. Here, he shares his top 3 reasons why!

By: Matthew Furtado 13225 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Career Journey Stories: Deborah L. Smith

Personal Development

"The road has been a long one and filled with many stops and starts. I would say never be afraid of having to do things over and over again because failure is not weakness or "bad". It's a way to know how to move forward." 

By: admin 9516 reads | 0 comments
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Engaging the World After Co-op

Non-profit

After graduation, Melissa took a different path than most. Taking SFU's message of engaging the worlkd quite literally, she quit her jobs to volunteer in Cambodia for six months to see where life would lead her.

By: Melissa Chungfat 7876 reads | 0 comments
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Comic: How Co-op Helped Me Seize the Dreams I'd Left Behind

comic

Therese believed her interests in art and environmentalism were too daunting to pursue as careers. She locked those dreams away... until co-op unlocked career opportunities that fused her studies with her passions. Check out her comic!

By: Therese Mah 10673 reads | 0 comments
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Haiti Co-op Inspires Career Path

Life Experience

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 1604 reads | 0 comments
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The Notebook: A Highly Unlikely Love Story

Communication

At the start of her co-op, Sandy expected to work hard and do her best. What she didn't expect is that she would fall in love - and fall hard. What you're about to read is a highly unlikely love story...

By: Sandy Chan 3758 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Students Perform Free Summer Musical for Kids

musical

Four SFU students organized and performed a free outdoor children’s theatre in the Lower Mainland. The performance tells a story of broken shoes and finding joy beyond grief

By: Ally Baharoon and Melissa Roach 2032 reads | 0 comments
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Making the Most Out of Your University Experience

School for Contemporary Arts

Anna Dueck, a student in the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) working towards a Major in Dance, talks about the importance of getting involved. 

By: Anna Dueck 1708 reads | 0 comments
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Taking the Leap: Moving Across the Country for Co-op

Intern

Not everyone can say that they’ve had their movie moment. Luckily enough, it happened to Pauline, and it happened in the exact way she dreamt it would. But, what she didn't prepare for is the reality after saying yes. 

By: Pauline Leoncio 3671 reads | 0 comments
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British Columbia and International Students

BC Council for International Education

Coming to a new country thousands of miles from where you grew up and from everything you know is no easy journey. In this award-winning story, SFU Business student Ali Najaf reflects on the past four years since arriving in Canada from Pakistan in 2012, sharing both his challenges and truimphs.  

By: anajaf 3240 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Future: Advice for Success Post-Graduation

Rachell Osterman

Whether you’re a first-year or a fourth-year, you likely have thought about what life will be like after you graduate, and you'll likely have heard some scary things. I'm here to tell you, with some hard work and patience, you don't have to be afraid of the future...

By: Rachel Osterman 5043 reads | 0 comments