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

Environmental Science

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

OLC Blog

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

Co-op

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 1491 reads | 0 comments
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Invest in the Unexpected: Why You Should Join Co-op and Share Your Story with the OLC

share your story

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 331 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Professional Development

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

Co-operative Education

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

Health Sciences

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 634 reads | 0 comments
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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 415 reads | 0 comments
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An Experience Learning with Kids with Special Needs

Co-op Reflections

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

Editor's Pick

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

Co-op Reflections

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 2114 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins

Reflection

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 2259 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

Catalonia

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 692 reads | 0 comments
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My Racing Readers Journey

Racing Readers

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 762 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Vlog: Day in the Life of Jao Dantes

Life Experience

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

 

By: Jao Dantes 2431 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Co-operative Education

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 1946 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Stay Motivated During An Extended Work Term

Co-operative Education

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 4053 reads | 0 comments
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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 5081 reads | 0 comments
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Where Are They Now? Profile: Eric Cai

ENGAGE

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 3624 reads | 0 comments