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

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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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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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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

Source: Pinterest

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“But I’m only an Undergrad…”


University: the best years of your life – packed with parties, late nights at the library, cramming for tests, and getting your first A on a paper. What more could you ask for?

Among all the partying and cramming, it might be tough to think that at the end of these 3 or 4 years, you’re actually going to be entering the “real world” – and I’m not talking about the outrageous MTV reality show.

If you’re going into your final year this fall, you’ll probably start to feel the heat – career fairs left, right and centre, all your friends applying to Med School or Grad School, and your aunts and uncles constantly asking you what your “life plan” is. Your heart is racing, you’re feeling dizzy, a voice deep down inside keeps chanting:

What do I really want to do after I graduate?

If the answer to that question is making you draw a blank, then we’ve got news for you. This long-kept secret has been passed down from generation to generation of competitive overachievers, and now we’re telling you. Imagine a way you can not only find out what you want to do, but also talk to company recruiters or researchers, meet new people, win prize money, and also have fun doing it….

The answer: Student events.

Student events – competitions, conferences, or seminars – are an incredible resource to get ahead during your undergrad and also ease your anxiety about the future. By participating in a local, national, or global event, you get the chance to network with savvy intellectuals, and even ask people how they got to be where they are now.

When you participate in an event, you’re opening doors to lots of different opportunities – from internships, to finding a mentor, to winning some prizes or even cold hard cash (thank you PSYC 101 term paper!)

The best part? There are literally thousands of events out there waiting for you to try out.

So the question is…. are you looking for them?

*Did you know? A new trend showing up in today’s job market is to add an Events section to your resume, right next to your Education and Work Experience. Events show your future employer that you are ambitious, motivated, and involved – all traits of a great employee.

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Quote of the Day


Advice from a college grad on how to spend your university years:

“I wish I knew I was supposed to be taking risks and getting lost–not trying to settle down and find a job.”

 

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“Eat. Sleep. Exercise. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell.”

For more inspirational quotes, follow @SarahWitiuk on twitter.

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“You can either choose to own the day or let the day own you.”

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Freaky Test: Are you 2% or 98% of the population?


Are you the 2% or 98% of the population?

Follow the instructions.

(NO PEEKING AHEAD!) Free will or synaptic wiring? You be the judge.

Do the following exercise, guaranteed to raise an eyebrow. There’s no trick or surprise.

Just follow these instructions, and answer the questions one at a time and as quickly as you can! Again, as quickly as you can but don’t advance until you’ve done each of them …. really.

Now, scroll down (but not too fast, you might miss something).

THINK of a number from 1 to 10 – got it?

scroll down until you see the next instruction

 

MULTIPLY that number by 9 – scroll down

If the number is a 2-digit number, ADD the digits together – scroll down

Now SUBTRACT 5 – scroll down

DETERMINE which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number

you ended up with (example: 1=a, 2=b, 3=c,etc.) – scroll down

THINK of a country that starts with that letter – scroll down

THINK of the last letter of the name of that country – scroll down

THINK of the name of an animal that starts with that letter – scroll down

REMEMBER the last letter in the name of that animal – scroll down

THINK of the name of a fruit that starts with that letter – scroll down

Are you thinking of a Kangaroo in Denmark eating an Orange?

I told you this was FREAKY!! At least for me it was. If not for you, you’re among the 2% of the population whose minds are different enough to think of something else. 98% of people will answer with kangaroos in Denmark eating oranges when given this exercise. Freaky, huh?

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

Liz Smith

Just Start

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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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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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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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Social Media Explained


Facebook comes naturally to most students. Most of us have had it for four or five years, and we’re so addicted to it that no amount  of physical human interaction will quell our compulsive need to check our newsfeed. But did you know that social media could lead to your future job? Did you know that there are all kinds of companies out there looking to hire you as a consultant to make their business prevalent online? Did you know that twitter isn’t just for absurd daily minute-to-minute updates on celebrity’s lives, but it can be the most important tool you use for your career search? Continue reading

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“One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other.”
– Chinese Proverb
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“Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do.”
– Elbert Hubbard
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Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.”

– Thomas Jefferson

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“You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”
– Charles Bruxton
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From the Classroom to Consultancy #7


Catch-up with the previous episode here.

Our team nailed our client proposal presentation!

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’re In Over Our Heads!

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.

Getting Started

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!

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