By Amy Bajurny (Queen’s University, Canada)
My experience abroad drastically changed my outlook as an individual, a Canadian and an academic. My exchange experience at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia gave me the opportunity to travel and see world-renowned sites, meet inspirational people from dozens of countries, study at a new post-secondary institution, and explore a foreign lifestyle. I can confirm that my character has developed for the better, into a self-assured, mature, ambitious Queen’s student; one who is willing to discover, learn from, meet, and share with anyone, anywhere.
My exchange experience also allowed me to find a balance in my life as a scholar, and adult. I was able to bridge the gap I formerly had in my mind as to where I would end up after graduation. From being immersed in a foreign, thriving city, I was able to better assess my traits and qualifications, understanding what I could see myself doing as a Stage and Screen graduate, in a large world, full of opportunities.
I believe Australia was the perfect country to help me find my place and purpose in society because I was exposed to so many new career ideas. For example, I had the opportunity to attend the largest short film festival in the world, TROP Festival. This helped me realize that I would love to become involved in the event planning of film festivals. Consequently, I have been inspired to apply to event planning internships internationally, and throughout Canada.
My exchange really motivated me to take more risks in life and put myself out there. With the encouragement and support of the International Programs office at Queen’s University, I was able to take a leap — and I landed on my feet. My exchange was a crucial period of growth and reward, surely a life-changing adventure I am very thankful for and will never forget.
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Position: Head Ambassador in India
Study Field: Bachelor in Engineering
Uni: Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India
Recently, it dawned upon me that I have just passed the halfway mark of my Bachelors course. This thought further instigated a session of self-reflection – a look back at all the memories, learning and occurrences that have shaped the most memorable two-and-a-half years of my life so far.
One thing that I noticed was that all these experiences had a common link that was instrumental in their realization – student events. Be it the competitions that have acted as an avenue to bridge the gap between the theoretical notions of my curriculum with relevant practicality or the conferences at which I have so often been left awe-inspired, it is without a shadow of doubt that I can affirm the positive contribution of student events in my undergraduate odyssey thus far.
“All these experiences had a common link… student events.”
Also, I have realized that some of the most inspiring moments in your life come through some of the most unexpected avenues. For example, it was at a conference on ‘sustainable lifestyles’ that I met an academic who enlightened me about this really cool concept called ‘design thinking’; a topic that I am now considering for my thesis. So next time you get the opportunity to get involved in a conference, competition or seminar, make sure that you go for it!
Both our module leader and our client were very pleased with both the delivery and content, except for one ‘slight’ comment to be made about the latter.
We had to outline our project plan, including our research methods and the feasibility of our solution. When it all came down to it, we had actually put too much on our plate! It’s a good thing our module leader pointed it out, because not only were we way over our heads in work, but also we now no longer need to wonder if we’re doing enough.
We need to figure out two things:
1. How to narrow things down (tough because all the areas we have researched seem equally important!)
Sometimes it makes sense to do less and do it well, rather than take on more and run out of time.
2. Create a detailed schedule of what will be done – when, and by whom.
This will probably have to be done before we attempt anything else. That way each team member will be assigned a specific role in the group, ensuring we are better organized and our time is spent more efficiently and productively from now on.
We’ve talked to our clients,and now it’s time to kick-start our market research. Within days we will be joining in some form of activity, event, or service offered by the organisation. We will shadow the activities and briefly interview the participants in order to gain some insight. We will essentially try to uncover why there are less males than females among the existing service users for our clients and whether the users, especially the men, have any suggestions on how to address this situation.
Meanwhile, I’ll be working on my individual project plan (worth 10% of our overall grade) that’s due by the end of the month.
Do I vow to finish it ahead of time and not pull another all-nighter?
Not really, no, because let’s face it: Procrastination is part of being a student, right?
Barbara Oberc is a StudentEvents.com Campus Ambassador at the University of Newcastle in the UK! Each week she’s updating us on her progress through her epic final year management consultancy project!
It may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that going without sleep for too long makes us feel terrible, and that getting a good night’s sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world.
Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep’s benefits. In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. So why don’t we get more of it?
Most students including myself underestimate the actual importance of sleeping. I often think that staying awake for several additional hours in the library will guarantee that I will get more work done. But this (unfortunately) is simply a delusion. Continue reading
It has been no surprise that since the beginning of the “noughties,” technology has been integrated into every aspect of life to a level previously only entertained in the wistful looks of science fiction fans. The pace of our lives has sped up.
There is an unprecedented supply of information at our fingertips that we need to absorb to decide what we want to do with our lives. By the time we’re wrestling with the throes of puberty, we have to have already settled on one career choice from thousands of possibilities; all so that we can take the right classes in high school, study the right subject at university, and ultimately land our coveted dream job.
For a student and potential entrant into the UK job market, the pressure is on to live that ideal. Competition is fierce, with employers looking for the best of the best across the globe, so whatever you decide to study, you have to do it “guns blazing” to stand a chance.
But how can we know we’re making the right decisions? And even when we know what we want, how can we run the gauntlet of CVs and interviews? Continue reading
By Barbara Oberc, StudentEvents.com Campus Ambassador at Newcastle University in the UK.
Locating the clients’ headquarters in the nearby, yet unfamiliar town was a little bit of a challenge this dark and windy late Monday afternoon. As luck would have it, we stumbled upon the elusive offices just in time for our meeting, but that feeling of reassurance grew increasingly irrelevant within the twenty minutes or so we were made to wait for the clients to show up.
I guess I’m still trying to ‘just accept’ the fact that clients cannot be relied upon to respond to e-mails or phonecalls, to be reliable, accommodating or helpful, to keep all appointments, and most definitely (and quite obviously) to be wary of our deadlines and be accordingly cooperative.
And while I understand all this, appreciate they are extremely busy, and admire the work this nonprofit organisation is doing, and that this work is their priority….
Just knowing that this project is worth a quarter of my entire degree makes the situation a bit frustrating. Continue reading
What exactly do Engineering and Stock markets have in common?
It all began with a small spark that grew with rapid intensity into a solid idea.
Two score and eight months later, that idea has metamorphosed and transformed into a mega techno management festival – Kurukshetra, organized by College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, Chennai.
With over 15,000 participants from 40 colleges besides international participation, today Kurukshetra is a brand within itself, being the only student run organisation in Asia to be granted UNESCO’s patronage.
Deadline: January 20, 2012
The Student of the Year competition was launched over 10 years ago to encourage bright students to enter the PR profession, and to celebrate creativity and strategic thinking around real-world communications topics. The competition invites undergraduates from any academic area to create a full-fledged communications campaign around a brand or company, which is determined in partnership with the sponsor.
Winner: Alyssa Vande Leest, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
Faced with the challenge of promoting SanDisk, a leading manufacturer of flash memory cards, to the college crowd, Vande Leest devised the “SanDisk #1 Memory School Campaign.” Her idea was to play off the company’s memory-card prowess while devising a contest that tapped into a predominant belief among many students that they attend
“the best school in the country.”
From focus groups to surveys to scouring various sources, Vande Leest left no stone unturned in her research. From her obvious grasp of what would inspire college students to act to her ability to back up sales projections, every element of the program was supported by impressive numbers and instinct. She understood that an emotional connection would be far more effective with this demographic than tech talk.
Vande Leest also presented a solid, well-thought-out media strategy to target the best social media and traditional outlets to ensure maximum exposure. Again, thorough research informed her course of action… Read the full article.
Money and goodies: two of the best reasons to participate in a competition!! There are lots of great competitions out there, but the news of these competitions rarely reaches its target audience. That’s why we’ve decided to locate and list some of the best that also offer some of the coolest prizes.
Whether it’s a world-class adventure or just a pile of cash that you are after, these competitions have got you covered!
Scientists know that a map of our genome holds boundless potential, ranging from identifying our susceptibility to disease to discovering cures for cancer. But since 1953, when James Watson and Francis Crick concluded that DNA contained the “stuff of life,” only a handful of human genomes have been mapped. In fact, it still takes many months and millions of dollars to sequence a single genome. Understanding our genomes may help delay or even prevent disease. For those suffering from genetic illnesses, personal genetic information can determine which medicines will drive their disease into remission without negative side-effects.