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Life Hacks: How to Be A Grown Up


As we go through university, we learn a lot about ourselves, our parents, and our friends. One of the things I’ve always been looking for is a How-To guide on how to be a grown up. Like, the little things that your mom knows to do when you spill red wine on your carpet, or when you need to take Advil vs. Tylenol. Most of us look on Google for answers, but then there’s the bigger, anxiety-ridden, what-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life questions that don’t exactly have an easy click-through solution.

I’m with you on this.

Since we’re both students, I figured I’d do some research into the matter, and present you with my findings. This is only the beginning. By the end of the next 4 months (I would say 4 weeks, but hey, I’m an undergrad = not too much spare time for blogging) I hope to leave you – students of the world – with some Life Hacks, some tips and tricks, and some overall ANXIETY-REDUCING ideas for how to cope with life in general.

That’s the plan. In the meantime, here ‘s a few I Wish I’d Thought of That tips from my personal life over the past 4 years to start you off:

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for next week’s Life Hacks: How to Be A Grown Up. Leave a comment below if you’d like to join the discussion, I’m open for it if you are.

— Sarah Witiuk
P.S. You can follow me on twitter @SarahWitiuk and pinterest.

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No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it. – Grace Slick

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain

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The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato

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Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do. – Liz Smith

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Knowing what you want is the first step to getting it. – Louise Hart

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12 Creative Ways to find a Summer Job


Now that school is winding down, a lot of students are looking for summer jobs. You want to find the best job possible – one in your field of interest, that pays well, and gives you a ton of relevant experience…. but how? Continue reading

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Quote of the Day


Don’t delay being happy until the future. What can you do to be happy today? Right now?

Happiness in the palm of your hand

Happiness in the palm of your hand. Credit: Pinterest

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“I believe I was put on earth to cause a ruckus.” ~ Lady GaGa

Lady Gaga Telephone

Lady Gaga, Credit: Google Images

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Advice for Students


Try to keep your focus inward and don’t compare yourself to others. You are exactly where you should be.

Keep calm and Stay Positive

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Four reasons finishing fourth year sucks


Post by Kieran Slobodin, Vice-President (University Affairs) at Queen’s University, Kingston.

Reblogged from: http://myams.org/news/ams-blog/four-reasons-finishing-fourth-year-sucks.aspx

April has always been a month of renewal.  The bright rays of the April sun are the first glimmer of hope after the doldrums of a dreary winter and turn our minds to rejuvenation.  April is when our parks fill up and our porches become occupied full time.  Yes, April is like a Star Wars sequel: A New Hope.

Unless you’re in fourth year, in which case it blows.

4. We’re still ‘technically’ students

On the last day of classes my house threw a party.  Thursday, April 5, last day of classes.  Last day of undergrad.  Perhaps the last day of classes for all time (screw you, Grad School!).  All that week facebook statuses were popping up with ‘last class!’ or ‘last seminar’ or ‘last Alfie’s night of my undergrad!’ Everyone was ecstatic and some people invested more time creating Facebook groups than they actually spent in class those final four days.  Like freed prisoners we celebrated that night.

The Reality?

Like four exams.  And two final papers.  And a film project.  Literally no one was done anything and the extended weekend of Easter only helped perpetuate that lie.  Like a dark hangover cloud fourth year students are starting to realize that they still have to buckle down one last time and study hard.  Unless you were blessed with a shortened semester you are still resigned to one last study blitz.  Perhaps you only wish to pass the course and only need 8% on that 40% weight final to get your pass.  But most likely you’re going to be faced with the same dilemma you were your other seven exam periods: you didn’t go to class and you have no idea what the course is about.

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When the hell did I sign for Ayn Rand and Postmodern Epistomology: A Comparative Review?! Photo credit: QuickMeme.

3. Bucket Lists

Bucket lists as a concept were first perpetuated by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson as a way to cheat death.  Or make the most out of life. One of those.  A bucket list as portrayed in the movie is essentially just a macabre wish list.  However, ever since the Bucket List, arguably Morgan Freeman’s worst movie after Evan Almighty, there has not been a more tired cliché for graduating students.

Groosfrabas. Photo credit: Blogspot.

Bucket lists symbolize a last push by panicking students to capture every memory they can of university.  The thought is that with a year of dedicated effort you can achieve in your final year what you failed to do in your first three.

The Reality?

There’s a reason you never did any of your bucket list in the first 75% of your undergraduate career.  Whether it’s because your list is too challenging or too much work, you quickly realize that trying to capture stave off your inevitable nostalgia is sadder than Madonna trying to stay relevant.

The problem is when you try and cram in three years of missed opportunity you forget what makes the stuff you DID do fun.  The point of the university experiences that typically wind up on bucket lists is the story behind the accomplishment.  When you reduce those stories down to a checklist they tend to lose all meaning.

Continue reading this story here…

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Challenge Accepted.


Good morning everyone! How are you this fine day?

Yeah, Mondays suck.

Therefore instead of imparting my finite wisdoms upon you this week I’d rather impart upon you a challenge. Something to make you excited, elated, nervous, terrified, bursting with anticipation or all of that rolled up into one juicy burrito.

So here it is:

Instead of wallowing in your Monday Misery arrange to do something this week that you’ve never done before. Today if possible. It has to be something to get your heart rate up, or something that you’d never in a million years think that you’d be doing. Perhaps something you’ve been meaning to do but were too scared, or just something crazy you’ve never gotten around to doing. Drag some friends into it. Feeling uninspired? Tap your friends for inspiration.

And don’t forget to share what you did with us in the comments below!

Woooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Stay cool,

Marta

Follow me on Twitter @Martholio. It’s good for you.

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Airbus – Fly Your Ideas Challenge


By Arush Chandna

 

The Airbus-Fly Your Ideas Challenge was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. Thanks to this competition, I got to work on a really cool idea, with two very intellectual peers under the guidance of a really inspirational and experienced mentor.

 

Since a very young age, I have possessed a penchant for aviation. One day, as I was browsing through StudentEvents, I saw that Airbus was organizing an event for students. I was elated. I knew I had to do this.I got in touch with two of my friends, both aviation enthusiasts like me and we decided to start-off.

 

We were working together on such a project for the first time and I believe that the instant cohesion of our team was one of the main reasons we made it to the semi-finals of the event. This was also the first time that I got to work under a senior employee from the industry for a competition.Our team’s mentor, a highly experienced Airbus employee not only came across as an excellent and inspirational guide, but also as a model professional.

 

We were absolutely amazed by his ability of pinpointing the loopholes of our 5000-word report and presenting them in a very precise, yet articulate and convincing manner. By the end of the 9 and half months over which the competition spanned, I gained memories that would last a lifetime. What had actually started out as a task to build my resume actually turned into something much more than just that.

 

From our initial brainstorming sessions to eagerly awaiting our mentors feedback every time we sent him a draft of our proposal, I believe that the lessons that I have learnt from each phase of this competition will go a long way with helping me in my professional life.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Power of Schmoozing


A few weeks back I was contacted by a lady from my university who wanted to hire me to photograph classes and events in their department for new brochures and website content. She found out about my photography (a hobby) after I mentioned it to a colleague of hers at a social event in my department.

I like taking photos...and silly hair. (© Marta Svetek 2012)

This isn’t some kind of high paying job. It isn’t a milestone in my career. I don’t even want to make a career out of photography. I am definitely not the best photographer at our university. I am also not the only one who would even be willing to do this kind of job for free. But I got the offer simply through making a good enough impression to make that person recommend me to someone looking for someone with my skill set.

That lady doesn’t have the time to review the entire photography talent pool of the university and she obviously trusts the opinion of her colleague who thinks I am reliable and generally someone she can trust to get the job done well. And in turn I get to boost my creative CV and portfolio with an actual paying job.

This little anecdote is hardly groundbreaking in itself but it shows how important socialising and networking is.

Studying hard is important, but don’t forget that it’s people that hire you and people you work with, and you need to show them you’re the person they want to work with!

A smile goes a long way! (© 2011 Toastmasters International)

Be nice, compliment people, take an interest in whoever you’re talking to. Tead up on the latest news, talk about your interests/hobbies. You’ll find people will be much more willing to talk to you if you can have a conversation about something OTHER than work! Having a hobby in common with someone or generally just a very interesting one will definitely make them remember you.

So go to those employer presentations, conferences, sponsored events, alumni events, basically any kind of social events and work on your networking and social skills. You might not meet the CEO right away but you may meet someone he/she knows that will refer you to them when you apply for the job.

And above all else, don’t forget to SMILE! No one wants to talk to a grump, or the guy that takes himself too seriously.

Happy schmoozing!

Much love,

Marta

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Martholio !

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My Third Year Exchange


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.

Editor’s Note: Have you ever studied abroad? Do you have experiences to share? If you’d be interested in writing tips for students please contact us at ambassadors@studentevents.com

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Meet Arush…


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!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!


Whether you’re in a rut, or on top of the moon, here are some mementos we’ve found that celebrate the Day of Love quite appropriately: with honesty, humor, truth, and awesomenesss.

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Quote of the Day


Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.

– Louis L’Amour

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They make Drano for that, don’t they?


The deadline looms nearer and nearer and here I am, sitting in front of the computer, staring at my screen with an expression that could be described as void with a subtle hint of desperation. Indeed, this has been a ritual for a number of days now as I attempt to offer a work of my great knowledge of intellectual property law to the scrutiny of the panel of professors and external markers, but cannot produce said work in the required physical form.

In other words, I’ve got an essay due and I just can’t squeeze the words out of my brain. Your faithful blogger, my friends, is suffering from writer’s block.

In fact, I’m suffering such writer’s block I decided to write about it because I couldn’t think of anything else to write about this week.

Me, most of the day.

My usual remedy is to go do something completely unrelated for a few hours and come back with a fresher mind, in the hope that I’ll see things from a better (more writable) perspective. This time it turned into spending hours on Facebook, YouTube, 9GAG and BBC iPlayer. And driving my friends nuts with floods of posts.

Other times I try brainstorming ideas, concepts or characteristics of/around the issues I’m supposed to discuss. Usually this gives me at least a couple of ideas I can begin expanding on. This time, nothing. I can only hope to get out of this funk and actually write something before the deadline.

So now I ask you, my darling readers. What do you do when you have writer’s block? Post your suggestions in the comments below!

Much love,

Martholio

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A Guide to Taking it Easy


Having faced what has probably been the busiest December of my life to date, I can’t help but admit that I’m a teensy weensy bit tired. Actually, I lie, I’m exhausted. So as I was finishing things up for this year and planning some well deserved days off I got to thinking about just how important taking the time to sit back and recharge is.

When you're rested and relaxed, even hard work is easier.

Listening to lecturers, colleagues, career gurus and whatnots inadvertently makes me a little nervous. Somehow many of us are being pushed to think we should have finished 10 internships, entered 30 competitions and climbed mount Kilimanjaro with orphans strapped to our backs in the past month, all the while doing our coursework well and on time. If we don’t we’ll never get a job. Ever.

Well, let me tell you something. Taking time for yourself is important.  Continue reading

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A Follow Friday From StudentEvents.com!


Hello all our lovely readers,

Hope the New Year is treating you all well, and if it isn’t then it can only get better!

Today we’re hijacking the Follow Friday Twitter trend. It’ll give you a chance get to know the team behind this blog and the rest of our Campus Ambassadors a bit better! You can tweet us your questions, comments or whatever you feel like. We have all sorts of inspiring, quirky and wonderful individuals in our midst with all sorts of ideas and interesting tweets, so check us out!

Sarah, the Big Campus Ambassador Chief! – http://twitter.com/#!/SarahWitiuk

Marta – http://twitter.com/#!/Martholio

Barbara – http://twitter.com/#!/bpoberc

Angelina – http://twitter.com/#!/MeowAngie

Arush – http://twitter.com/#!/arushchandna

Sreekanth – http://twitter.com/#!/sreeitbhu

Satyaprem – http://twitter.com/#!/Satyaprem007

Archit – http://twitter.com/#!/arc7971

Xarlish – http://twitter.com/#!/XarlishAmjad

Vera – http://twitter.com/#!/VeraOreti

Prashannth – http://twitter.com/#!/vprashannth

Mayur – http://twitter.com/#!/Mayur_sk

Vincent – http://twitter.com/#!/azode90

Rizalul – http://twitter.com/#!/sora_mean_ciel

Adedapo – http://twitter.com/#!/daclean2003

Daniel – http://twitter.com/#!/DanielTurikumwe

Dhruv – http://twitter.com/#!/dhruvkhandelwal

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

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InternLife: The Busy Curse


Once upon a time, there were four summer interns, curious as can be. They each had their strengths: one loved to call people, one loved to email, one loved to write and one loved to do all kinds of little jobs.

It was the beginning of the summer, on one fine morning, when the one who loved to write found herself in a pickle. “I have way, way, WAY too much work!” she said. “Oh fellow intern, you don’t have as much as me. Won’t you help me please?”

But the one who liked to call said “No. I have too much of my own work. I can’t help YOU.”

So the one who loved to write asked another intern, “Oh intern who likes to email, I have way, way, WAY too much work. You don’t have as much as me. Won’t you help me please?”

Just like the caller, the one who liked to email said, “No. I am too busy with my work. I don’t have time to help you.”

Poor, poor intern. Who will help you do all this work? Are the other interns being selfish? They couldn’t possibly have as much to do just.calling or emailing…

…Or could they?

Finally, the writer asked the one who liked to do all kinds of things. And he replied, “yes I will help you. As long as you divide your tasks into manageable to-do’s, there’s nothing you can’t do all by yourself!”

So the writer and the organizer made a plan that allowed the writer to clearly see what she had to do.

“Wow, I guess I’m not that busy after all. I even still have time to help the other interns!” said the writer.

“Yes,” said the organized one, “But don’t forget to do your tasks first. Being busy doesn’t always mean being productive.”

The writer nodded, “I guess you’re right. It’s like I was under the busy curse and thought that having way, way, WAY too much to do meant that I was being productive. Thanks kind intern.”

“Anytime young one,” said the wise organizer. “Break the busy curse and get more done! Off with you now, writer, I have work to do!”

The End

Moral of the story: busy work does not equal productive work.

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