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Co-op in Japan: Traversing Cultures

International Co-op

After finishing two co-op semesters in Canada, Health Sciences student Samantha Lui wanted to take things farther and ventured off to Japan for eight months as a Research Assistant with the Kao Corporation. Find out how she successfully transitioned into a new environment whilst exploring every part of this exciting country.     

By: Samantha Lui 159 reads | 0 comments
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Overcoming Cultural Pressures in University: A Personal Journey

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Being a university student in pursuit of a career is not easy, but when you factor in the pressures you face from your family, culture, and surrounding environment, it can become even tougher. This post tells the story of one student who dealt with overcoming these pressures and discovered something they loved to do.

By: Henna Pahal 489 reads | 0 comments
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Defogging the Future: 10 Anxiety-Lowering and Empowering Resources for the “Lost” Student

ENGAGE

Almost all of us have experienced those all-encompassing feelings of fear, dread, and confusion that so often go hand-in-hand with moving through life and figuring out what it is you want to do. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent anxiety from taking control. Check out this list of on-campus and online resources to find something that works for you!

By: Teghan Mcdonald 604 reads | 0 comments
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It’s Part of My DNA: An Interview with Amber Funk Barton

Life Experience

An interview with the artistic director of a contemporary dance company. Brittany speaks to Amber about her upcoming solo work, past work and background in dance, thoughts on opportunities for emerging dancers, and more!  

By: Brittany Angus 382 reads | 0 comments
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The Vicious Cycle of the Contemporary College Student

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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 650 reads | 0 comments
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The Spring Semester Survival Guide: Six Tips and Tricks to Keep You on Track!

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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 spring semester survival guide. 

By: Julia Gabriel 506 reads | 0 comments
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Comic Guide: 5 Tips to Survive Your First Week of University

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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 803 reads | 0 comments
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How to Capitalize on the Capital: My Insight into Ottawa

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

Co-op

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 353 reads | 0 comments
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An Essential Guide to Healthy Aging - Part 2

Seniors

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 1068 reads | 0 comments
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Working in the Public Service - 3 Key Realizations

Communique

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 545 reads | 0 comments
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Exploring the Realities of Startup Life

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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 2374 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part II: Arrival and Research in Brazil

Management Information Systems (MIS)

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

Co-operative Education

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

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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 2915 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

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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 3688 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 2402 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Arts and Social Sciences

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

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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 3305 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

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 3594 reads | 0 comments