The Perks of Failure


We are often told to succeed, but what happens when we fail?  In this blog post, Amy shares her personal story of overcoming failure and how it might not be as terrible as it seems.

By: Amy Chui 823 reads | 0 comments

We Deserve More

OLC Blog

We deserve more and so do our Indigenous youth. The justification of our suffering needs to stop.

By: mattpro 414 reads | 0 comments

It’s Okay to Say “No”

Personal Development

Frankly, I am terrible at saying “no.” Maybe it’s a strong work ethic that has been etched into my existence since I was a child. Maybe it’s not wanting to appear incompetent to the people who could potentially hire me back into a full-time role. Whatever it was, it seemed like my plate was packed to the brim. 

By: Ryan Lee 557 reads | 0 comments

Staying Optimistic Through the Unexpected

Co-operative Education

Bouncing back from hurdles and setbacks is an important part of career building. Environmental Science student, Ria Yao shares how she developed resilience and patience in the face of rejection.

By: Ria Yao 156 reads | 0 comments

Want to Work in Design? Here are Five Things to Consider Before you do


For a lot of us who are natural creatives, what more of a dream would it be to do what we love? Working in design might seem like the best of both worlds, but the reality of combining work and play isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

By: Chantelle Lui 476 reads | 0 comments

Working for the CBC, My Favourite Moments, and Some Tips for Aspiring Journalists

Workplace Success

From a young age, Ashley Fraser loved telling stories.  While studying communications at SFU she began to realise that journalism might be her future career and the CBC Peter Gzwoski internship opportunity was the perfect way to get her start. 

By: Ashley Fraser 730 reads | 0 comments

Into the Wilderness: My Co-op experience with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Yukon Region

Career Exploration

The Yukon was always a mystery to me; something I didn’t know very much about. I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and have never been up North before. I was unsure what to expect for my four month long co-op term with INAC, let alone what Whitehorse had in store for me. But a place that held beautiful blue lakes and rivers, and breathtaking mountaintop views, I could not have asked for a better place to spend my fifth co-op term.

By: Kathryn Norada 603 reads | 0 comments

Getting Paid to Have Fun: The Best and Most Economical Way to Travel

Career Exploration

“Get paid to travel” seems like one of those weird internet scams that you probably shouldn’t click on. But as an au pair abroad, I wasn't paying for accommodation or food, I was meeting other young people, and I was receiving a weekly paycheque!

By: Teghan McDonald 971 reads | 0 comments

Three Reasons Why I Volunteer


Ever wondered what there is to gain from volunteering? Check out my blog post and discover all that volunteering has to offer.

By: Julia C. Fernandes 1081 reads | 0 comments

How Dating is like Interviewing and How to Conquer Both

Work Search

Interviews can be a stressful event, full of anxiety and confusion. Much like the dating world, interviews are a first meeting where you are desperately hoping the other person will like you and vice versa. Here are some things to keep in mind for either situation.

By: Jessica Parsons 1257 reads | 0 comments

My Life as an International Student: Becoming Different in a Different Culture

Career Exploration

If you are an international student struggling with language and culture barriers in Canada, you are not alone. Liu Siyu, is a fourth-year international student here to share her stories about study, work, and career. 

By: Liu Siyu 1160 reads | 0 comments

Working in Germany with the International Paralympic Committee

Life Experience

Written during Liz's time at her international Co-op with the International Paralympic Committee, learn how it was a dream come true as it helped her grow both professionally and personally.

By: Liz Montroy 522 reads | 0 comments

For the Blossoming Wallflowers: 3 Tips for Navigating the Workplace as an Introvert

Communication, Art and Technology

Starting in a new workplace as an introvert can seem like a terrifying thing. Even though Camille would much rather hide behind the camera and observe, she knew that the easy way out doesn’t EVER produce the most growth and value. Truly seeking a growth-oriented mindset brings along with it the need to stretch our comfort zones. With that being said, she wants to share her tips in hopes that they can help other blossoming wallflowers to pursue excellence despite the discomfort social situations may often bring.

By: Camille Reyes 3075 reads | 0 comments

Keep Sight of Your Purpose

International Co-op

As many university students know, the start of many major projects begins with a very simple thing -- procrastination. And that is definitely what I did before departing for my co-op term in South Korea. However, I soon found that when it comes to teaching you have to have a plan. 

By: Jeremiah Chun Wu Chan 1252 reads | 0 comments

How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India


My first co-op position took me halfway across the globe to a rural town in India. Although there are many events that stand out in my life, none compare to this extraordinary and life-changing experience.

By: Mariah McKnight 1509 reads | 0 comments

Spring “Camping” in Nepal

Health Sciences

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 2323 reads | 0 comments

Why I am Done Saying “What If” and Beating Myself Up for Not Subscribing to the 4-Year Plan

Co-operative Education

Take four years to complete university, and start working immediately after in a degree relevant job. Sound like a familiar goal? For Scarlett, this was a pipe dream that she just didn’t want to chase anymore. Rather than racing against time, she took the opportunity to weave her academics into the workplace through the Co-op program, forging her own path towards her professional goals.

By: Scarlett Poole 2034 reads | 0 comments

Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

International Co-op

Are you thinking about traveling to Japan for international co-op? Here are some tips that may help you kick start your journey.


By: Kiera Warren 1008 reads | 0 comments

Early Departures: A Canadian Co-op Experience in China

Life Experience

My passion for hockey has brought me to China to coach hockey for the summer. From Ottawa to China, SFU Co-op has helped me explore my interests and expand my learning while giving me skills, practical work experience and an opportunity to travel.

By: Tatum Miller 2611 reads | 0 comments

How to Approach the World


On my first day of work, I woke up too early, rehearsed too much, and imagined too many scenarios which didn’t end up happening. I thought, “What if the students don’t listen to me? What if they don’t like my lesson? What if they don’t like ME!?” Looking back at my experience teaching English in South Korea, it’s funny to think that I began my new life plagued with all of these worries. 

By: Edna Ng 1887 reads | 0 comments