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How to Boost Your Remote Teamwork Experience During the Pandemic

Professional Development

As a university student, have you been having some trouble making remote teamwork fun and engaging? Des'ree shares what she's learned from her remote semester experience and provides some tips on how to improve the quality of your teamwork experience.

By: Des'ree Isibor 105 reads | 0 comments
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Virtual Networking Tips You Should Try at Your Next Webinar Event

Networking

Networking in person can be tough but virtual networking online can be even more confusing. Have no fear, Des'ree is here to help! Here she shares her advice and tips for how you can better virtually network at the next webinar social event.

By: Des'ree Isibor 134 reads | 0 comments
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Four Leadership Lessons That Are Critical to Your Co-op Success

Co-operative Education

Follow Gabriel on a journey of self-reflection as he shares with us some of the lessons he's learnt while on a Co-op term at Tranction on Demand.

By: Gabriel Lim 104 reads | 0 comments
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Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting my Marketing Communication Co-op

Communication, Art and Technology

In this article, James details a few things he wishes he knew when he was starting out in his Marketing Communication Co-op placement. Read more to find out what James' top tips for rocking a co-op as a first-timer are. 

By: James Conn 291 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for the Silver Linings While Working During the Pandemic

Co-operative Education

Being able to keep an optimistic outlook and was the key skill Sandy discovered that would help her weather the changes the pandemic brought earlier this year. As a research assistant promoting physical activity and social connectedness among seniors in BC, she had to figure out how to switch tracks quickly and easily without loosing sight of her team's objectives. Read on to learn how she found the silver linings to her new remote working situation. 

By: Sandy Lau 98 reads | 0 comments
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How to Make the Most of a Remote Internship

Co-operative Education

Tiffany was pretty sure her out-of-town co-op term with IBM was going to mean she would move to Toronto. But then the pandemic changed everything and Tiffany saw her design internship being turned into a remote experience. While her work term didn't end up being what she had expected, her time at IBM has been incredibly rewarding. Read on to learn more about how she made the most of her remote internship.

By: Tiffany Chan 421 reads | 0 comments
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Lessons from My First Work Term in the Civil Service… During a Global Pandemic

Political Science

Thinking about working remotely for your next co-op term? Maja Lampa, a Political Science student, describes her experience adapting to remote work during her first season with the Federal Government and how she found meaningful work in uncertain times. 

By: Maja Kristine Lampa 146 reads | 0 comments
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Highlights From the “Preparing for a Government of Canada Interview” Webinar

Career Exploration

How do you prepare for an interview at the Government of Canada? Haebin summarizes for you the key points from a webinar hosted by Angela Foraaunet, a Human Resources Advisor in the Public Service Commission of Canada. Read on to learn more about Ms. Forraunet’s golden advice on acing the interviews and aiming for success. 

By: Haebin Pan 109 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Your Fit Among Thousands in an Organization

Co-op Reflections

Working for a large, well-known organization can be both exciting and intimidating. It can raise questions about how you can stand out and forge a unique path, while fitting into the work culture. Jenny shares her top three insights during her work term at RBC as a Business Analyst on their Strategic Initiatives and Change Management.

By: Jenny Lian 110 reads | 0 comments
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10 Ergonomic Tips for Working or Studying at Home

Life Balance

With more people working and studying from home, it is important to make sure our working environment is efficient and safe. Check out the Health Peer Educators’ blog article for some tips about creating a more physically ergonomic-friendly workspace at home. 

By: Aleisha, Anna, Jaskaren and Mariel 210 reads | 0 comments
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Online Dating and Keeping Safe

SFU Health and Counselling Services

The pandemic has made online dating a more popular way of meeting new people. While online dating is a great way to e-meet new people, you might also find yourself in potentially uncomfortable situations with strangers. Read on to learn more about which red flags the Health Peers recommend keeping a keen eye out for. 

By: Health Peers 1067 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Oscar Wong

Co-operative Education

After applying to 50 jobs and going out to 12 interviews, Oscar Wong wasn’t sure he was going to land his first Co-op. Finally, on the last day of the semester, Oscar was hired at a health tech start-up for a digital marketing role and he has never looked back. Now, as a Communication alumnus working as an Internal Communications and Design Specialist at Electronic Arts, Oscar is happy to share more on how he navigated from Co-op to career. 

By: admin 368 reads | 0 comments
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Career Peer Experiences During COVID-19: A Wonderful Opportunity

Community Engagement

Who are SFU’s Career Peer Educators? What was it like to be onboarded and trained remotely? What are they up to on the (virtual) campus this semester? Sharon Gill, a Career Peer Educator at Career & Volunteer Services at SFU, tells us all.

By: Haebin Pan 471 reads | 0 comments
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“You have so much potential. You just need to pay attention.”: My Journey with ADHD

Series

“You have so much potential. You just need to pay attention” 

TW has been hearing this line over and over for a large part of her life. For the most part, she didn't know how to manage her ADHD symptoms, mostly because she didn't know she had ADHD. Read on to learn more about TW's journey and why going to SFU Health & Counselling was life-changing.

By: SFU Health and Counselling (ft. TW) 967 reads | 0 comments
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4 Things No One Will Tell You in a Co-op Term

Communique

Co-op is a great learning space for young adults to navigate how to transition from student to work life. After successfully completing a year of co-op education, and with a job lined up after graduation, here is what Katheryna has learned that she will gladly carry over to her professional career.

By: Katheryna Khong 1053 reads | 0 comments
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An Interview with Taylor Gillis, a Varsity Co-op Alumna

Science

It's no easy feat being able to stand out from the crowd when job-seeking after graduating. For Taylor, her unique SFU background comes from her combined SFU Athlete and Co-op work experience. Read on to learn more about why she recommends fellow athletes to join the Co-op program.

By: Seerit Hara 163 reads | 0 comments
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WildBrain Co-op Award Kick-Starts 30 SFU Student Careers

Communication, Art and Technology

Naomi Chao never thought it would be possible to intern at tech giants Microsoft, Adobe and SAP before she even graduated. It was the WildBrain (formerly DHX Media) Co-op Award that made this possible. Read more to learn about how this award is changing Co-op students' lives.

By: admin 2006 reads | 0 comments
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(Baby) Stepping Into the Real World: How to Implement Overused Clichés into Your Plan to Kill it on a Work Term

Workplace Success

"Okay, so you land a Co-op position after sending out what feels like millions of resumes and sweating through multiple carefully curated interview outfits. The hard part is over! Or is it?" Read Emily's piece on how accurate clichés can be, and how to use them to your advantage when entering the workforce.

By: Emily Prosperi-Porta 849 reads | 0 comments
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10 Things Students Wished Instructors Knew About Remote Learning

Academic Success

The Health Peer Educators, in conjunction with SFU Health and Counselling Services, did an informal Instagram poll a few weeks ago to learn more about students’ experiences with remote learning. Check out the resulting recommendations suggested by students for how instructors can improve students’ experience in remote classes.

By: Aleisha Fernandes 952 reads | 0 comments
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Experiencing SFU Beyond the Classroom

Personal Development

Classes only make up half of the university experience; the rest is what you make of it.” Join Emily as she depicts her experience outside of the classroom with co-op, study abroad, and semester in dialogue.

By: Emily Sweeney 2016 reads | 0 comments
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A Guide to Becoming Successful in the Accounting Field

Business

A year ago, Yuchen was a full-time student without any work experience. After a long time, she landed my first Co-op position. Here are Yuchen's 5 tips for transitioning from being a student to working in the field as an accountant.

By: Yuchen Ni 1017 reads | 0 comments
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What is It Like to Work at Your Own School?

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

A lot of Oliver's friends and classmates would talk about wanting to travel away and work in new and novel places. Oliver didn't feel the same way. In this blog post, he shares his reasoning for staying at SFU and why he always wanted to work where he studied.

By: Oliver Taw 744 reads | 0 comments
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Breaking Through Preconceived Assumptions

Co-operative Education

Deciding which Co-op opportunity to select can be challenging when there’s so many possibilities with different industries. Christina shares what it's like to work in an unexpecting industry and how she learned to pick up new experiences while learning on the job and integrating herself within the workplace.  

By: Christina Lei 1089 reads | 0 comments
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Digital Flourishing: How to Support Your Well-being in a Digital World

Academic Success

Digital technology has become a staple in all aspects of our daily lives. As a result, it is necessary to embed practices and boundaries that promote mindful usages of technology. Check out Health & Counselling Services’ tips on how to support your well-being in this digital world.

By: SFU Health and Counselling 1571 reads | 0 comments
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Practicing Resilience during the Pandemic

Co-op

Sarah, the only design and marketing coordinator at her workplace, found herself in a tough spot when she had to shift to working from home. Here's what she learned on her journey to becoming resilient and adaptable while transitioning. 

By: Sarah Kim 611 reads | 0 comments
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What to Expect while Seeking your First Co-op: An Interview with 3 Co-op Students

Co-operative Education

Saraan interviews Co-op students, So Hyun Park, Roop Gill, and Haoyang Zhang about what it was like applying and seeking for their first co-op work term. They share the challenges they faced during their seeking semesters and their advice for other fellow students who are pursuing their first co-ops. 

By: Saraan Jiwani 721 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Managing Multiple Roles in One Co-op Term

Co-op Reflections

The field of communications is very broad, and as a result, you may be asked to manage multiple roles in your Co-op position. In this article Abhinav will take you through the lessons he has learned and his greatest tips for managing a multifaceted position.

By: Abhinav Menon 635 reads | 0 comments
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Adapting in Times of Uncertainty – The Secret to Controlling the Things We Can’t Control

Working Remotely

Holly thought she knew what was in store for her as she started her second semester work term with the First Nations Health Authority. What she wasn't quite expecting was the abrupt shift to remote working halfway through. Check out Holly's secret tip she discovered about controlling unsteady circumstances. 

By: Holly Kang 405 reads | 0 comments
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A Day in My Life Working from Home

Business

Yin Teng Ho shares what a typical day in the life looks like as a coop student working in the Information Technical Solutions department at home. She gives a brief overview of what her day looks like now since starting remote working, some of the challenges she personally faced, and how she is dealing with them.

By: Yin Teng Ho 1494 reads | 0 comments
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From Dishwashing to Project Management – Why I Did Five Co-op Work Terms

Management Information Systems (MIS)

In his first job, Graham worked as a dishwasher. Now, he just completed his fifth co-op work term as a Project Coordinator for Translation at SAP. Graham describes what his co-op journey has been and what he's learned along the way.

By: Graham Morrison 656 reads | 0 comments
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Working at a Scale-up Company: Three Things I’ve Learned

Top Tip Lists

As Priscilla learned, working at a scale-up company comes with valuable lessons and takeaways but also unique challenges. Read on to learn more about what she learned from her time working as a Strategy Intern.

By: Priscilla Lam 322 reads | 0 comments
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"Why would ever you choose to work in India?”

Co-operative Education

Despite the warnings and worries of her friends and family, Serena set off on an adventure, accepting a co-op position on the other side of the world, in India, and she has no regrets. Sometimes in order to grow we need to challenge ourselves, and Serena did just that.

By: Serena Bonneville 747 reads | 0 comments
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SPARK Foundation: The Journey to Establishing a Non-Profit Organization with eCoop

Arts and Social Sciences

Rochelle describes what her journey has been as a startup founder for the non-profit organization, SPARK Foundation. Check out what she has to say about where the origins of the social enterprise came from and where they are headed in the future.

By: Rochelle Prasad 427 reads | 0 comments
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Tips on Surviving Your Co-op Work Term

Human Resource Management

Embarking on 8 month work term with Fraser Health, Karman came across valuable life lessons from working as a HR Representative. Read on to learn more about what you should keep in mind when settling into your new workplace environment.

By: Karman Badesha 335 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Started on a Routine: Recipe for Wellness

COVID 19

Through creating an efficient routine, you can better accomplish things that need to be done within a shorter amount of time and allow yourself to do activities that you enjoy doing. Read the Health Peers’ blog to learn their recipe on how to build a routine to better manage your stress and wellbeing!

By: Aleisha Fernandes, Emma Juergensen, and Sarah Chae 1097 reads | 0 comments
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How to Build a Routine: Choose your Strategy

Health Peers

With more distractions around at home, it can be easy to catch yourself procrastinating or avoiding tasks. Read the Health Peers’ blog to learn strategies on how to build a routine to manage your time and stress better! 

By: Aleisha Fernandes, Emma Juergensen, and Sarah Chae 1279 reads | 0 comments
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An Open Letter To My Chronic Pain

Communication, Art and Technology

Diana Smith pens a series of poignant and moving letters addressed to her chronic pain. A must-read to better understand from a personal perspective what it is like to live with chronic pain.

By: Diana Smith 584 reads | 0 comments
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Working in the Corporate World as an International student

Arts and Social Sciences

Still not sure if co-op is for you? Chetachi explains why co-op was such a valuable experience for her and what it was like to work in the corporate world during her Economics co-op work term.

By: Chetachi Ekezie 642 reads | 0 comments
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Museums and Archives at the Grassroots: My Summer as a Collections Assistant at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Co-op Reflections

Ever wondered what’s on the other side of a museum? Take a “behind the scenes” look at working in collections and archives through Rita's co-op reflection. She discusses how the field is being transformed through engaging directly with local histories, and what it means for an institution to be run by a community that seeks to tell its own story. 

By: Rita Rahmati 436 reads | 0 comments
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Making The Best Out Of Your Work-From-Home Experience

Pandemic

Going into a co-op term, every co-op student aims to utilize this opportunity to learn and gain real work experience. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses’ working schedules have been affected. As a result, co-op students are challenged with the transition to working from home which affects both productivity and personal well-being and consequently the overall work experience. Linh Tran, a business co-op student, shares her experience on how to overcome this challenge.

By: Linh Tran 736 reads | 0 comments
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How I Survived Working from Home

COVID 19

Do you dread the thought of working from home or feel like sitting at your computer all day has left you with no energy for anything else? Oderah shares how she learned to survive when her home suddenly became her workplace.

By: Oderah Rhodes 362 reads | 0 comments
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My Summer at Technical Safety BC

Co-op Reflections

Zahid shares what it takes to work for an government-adjacent organization and how his academic experience as a Masters of Public Policy student helped him out last summer during his graduate co-op work term.

By: Zahid Dossa 622 reads | 0 comments
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From Advising in Person to Advising at Home – My First Co-op Work Term

Working Remotely

JenJen was not quite expecting to be advising fellow SFU students as a Student Academic Advisor from the comfort of her home as her very first co-op experience. Read on to learn more on how she found her stride in getting used to a new work environment as a new co-op student in unusual circumstances.

By: JenJen Chen 457 reads | 0 comments
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Taking on the Fashion Industry as a Co-op Student

Co-op Reflections

Movies like “The Devil Wears Prada” make the fashion industry seem extremely cool and unreachable for the everyday student to work in, but positions are out there for students to grab up. In this article Haoyang will take us through her experience working in the fashion industry and give her biggest takeaways from working with a high fashion, conceptual brand, Leisure Centre.

By: Haoyang Zhang 1265 reads | 0 comments
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5 Differences Between Non-Profit and For-Profit Communication Work Terms

For-profit

What does it mean to work at a Non-Profit versus For-Profit company? What setting would you enjoy most? In this article, Quentin will explain the differences between the two in culture, work environment, and expectations, based on his own experience working in varied co-op positions.

By: Quentin Benetti 3813 reads | 0 comments
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New Job, New City, New Adventure

Preparing for a Work Term

Considering a co-op outside of BC? Jenny shares 4 tips on moving to a new city based on her experience relocating to Ontario’s capital city, the 6ix.

By: Jenny Lian 3520 reads | 0 comments
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Getting out of the Dumps and Back on the Hunt in a COVID Job Market

COVID

Getting a job at a grocery store was definitely not what I was expecting to do with my last summer before graduation. I had big plans to apply to marketing and communications student positions and to make the most out of my education and off-time to get relevant experience, but when COVID-19 hit, I knew I just needed a job in general.

By: Keely Rammage-Scott 876 reads | 0 comments
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Handling an International Co-op during a Pandemic

International Co-op

Two months into your international co-op placement, a global pandemic hits. What do you do? Read Victoria’s article for tips on keeping a cool head in tough circumstances, and how to make the best of a precarious situation.

By: Victoria Kremer 1637 reads | 0 comments
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An Extrovert’s Guide to Introverts

Health Peers

Being in quarantine has amplified the differences in actions and effort between extroverts and introverts with regards to social connections. Read Connie Jigs’ article about her top tips on how extroverts can support their introverted friends.

By: Connie Jigs 8712 reads | 0 comments
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My Mindset Graduating in a Pandemic

COVID 19

Be it if you’re graduating or getting ready to start a new semester at SFU, there’s a lot of uncertainty around what will happen next. Earth Sciences student Klaus McCloud shares his top three tips of how he maintains a positive mindset while getting ready to graduate from SFU.

By: Klaus McCloud 2480 reads | 0 comments
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Roots and Wings: How Soft Skills Keep you Relevant Throughout your Career

Peer Education

Senior Career Peer Michael Ford writes about the importance of indispensable and eternal human skills for a career that thrives in times of crisis or calm.

By: Michael Ford 6810 reads | 0 comments
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The Role of a Social Media Project Manager

Project Management

Many of us have heard of a project manager, but few of us know what this role actually entails. In this article, Bethany details what an average day might look like as a project manager, and the many steps it takes to pull a project together.

By: Bethany Ma 2261 reads | 0 comments
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An Insider's Guide to Successful Work Search

Career Services

SFU's Career Specialist Deanne Esdale, with Francis Mercurio, Career Peer, show you how to set up for a successful search by getting strategic and supported. You deserve to get noticed! 

By: admin 1585 reads | 0 comments
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Exiting my Comfort Zone While Entering a Global Business Team

Co-op Reflections

Creating a comfort zone is a healthy adaptation for much of our lives. But so is stepping out of our comfort zone when it's time to transition, grow, and transform. Anna shares her story and reassures that despite the process being difficult at the beginning, it's worthy of gained skills and self-confidence.

By: Anna Khomich 834 reads | 0 comments
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No More Counting Sheep

Life Balance

Many people struggle to fall asleep. Oftentimes, most of us find ourselves lying in bed, unable to sleep because of thoughts racing through our heads. In this article Elvina shares five ways she clears her mind to ensure that she is going to bed feeling calm.

By: Elvina Prasad 9179 reads | 0 comments
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Reflecting on a New Kind of Uncertainty: a Note of Encouragement to Fellow Co-op Students

COVID-19

"Losing your job in a pandemic is of no individual fault. COVID-19 has been one heck of a less-than-gentle reminder that each and every one of us has a stake in what sort of collective future it is that we shape through and after this difficult time. And that, is hopeful." - Read Sicellia’s reflection on the situation with our future and the future of a job market affected by the pandemic.

By: Sicellia Tsui 1204 reads | 0 comments
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Working for an Essential Service During a Global Pandemic

Co-op Reflections
"When you work at a non-profit, you will notice one extraordinary and unanimous thing; everyone’s heart is in their work. And during a pandemic, when so many of those we serve are in desperate need, this dedication is clearer than ever." -- Communication Co-op student, Juliette Halliday, highlights working for a non-profit organization as it responds in the face of a pandemic. 
By: Juliette Halliday 1561 reads | 0 comments
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How to Keep Yourself Busy, but Not Too Busy

Personal Development

Everyday, you’re bombarded with content from others on social media on ways to be productive during quarantine. The reality is that you don’t have to make the most of a pandemic. Alan provides helpful tips on keeping yourself busy, but not too busy.

By: Alan Bradaric 851 reads | 0 comments
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Leave Work Where It Belongs

Health Sciences

It's hard finding a balance between work and life in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Like many others, Eleanor experienced a shift in her routine, from maintaining a work life balance to that of an unstructured mess.  However, she also knows it's important to take care of your mental health, especially during this time. Read more to find out some tips Eleanor have been using to ensure her professional and personal life stays distinguished.  

By: Eleanor Wong 1077 reads | 0 comments