Life Experience


Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

Professional Development

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 72 reads | 0 comments

Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist


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 247 reads | 0 comments

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 241 reads | 0 comments

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 236 reads | 0 comments

Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry


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 565 reads | 0 comments

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 631 reads | 0 comments

Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins


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 784 reads | 0 comments

Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality


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 565 reads | 0 comments

My Racing Readers Journey

SFU Surrey

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 586 reads | 0 comments

Co-op Vlog: Day in the Life of Jao Dantes


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


By: Jao Dantes 1091 reads | 0 comments

The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Life Experience

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 643 reads | 0 comments

5 Ways to Stay Motivated During An Extended Work Term

Working Students

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 2738 reads | 0 comments

5 Healthy Habits to Combat the 9-5 Office Life

Top Tip Lists

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 3574 reads | 0 comments

Where Are They Now? Profile: Eric Cai


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 2299 reads | 0 comments

Those 106 Unread Messages Aren't Going Anywhere

Working Students

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 834 reads | 0 comments

4 Tips to Balance Co-op and School


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 2897 reads | 0 comments

3 Reasons Why There's No Rush to Finish Your Degree


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 4702 reads | 0 comments

Indigenous Career Journey Stories: Deborah L. Smith

School for Contemporary Arts

"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 3144 reads | 0 comments

Engaging the World After Co-op

Siem Reap

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 1228 reads | 0 comments

Comic: How Co-op Helped Me Seize the Dreams I'd Left Behind

Co-op Reflections

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 3696 reads | 0 comments