5 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Undergraduate Degree

Throughout my two years at the University of British Columbia as a pharmacology student and a summer research assistant at the National Core for Neuroethics, I have been fortunate to meet many people who have given me great advice on how to achieve my personal and professional goals. However, I wish I had had guidance

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How To Better Manage Your Stress

Student life can be stressful. We lead busy lives, trying to juggle school with work, volunteering, club meetings, sports practices and much more! Beyond that, sometimes there are family problems and relationship issues to deal with. For high school students, with final and diploma exams right around the corner, stress levels can be at an

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The Power of Mentorship

Without mentors, where would we be? What choices would we have made? How different would our lives be? Personally, I would be lost. Multiple people, all of whom I have the honour to call my mentors, have provided me with tremendous guidance and support. In doing so, they have transformed my life. In my early

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The Official Launch of the National Student Network

Since creating the National Student Network website in January, we have been in “stealth” mode. Aside from sending a few emails and posting ads to recruit the first cohort of National Young Leaders and Regional Chairs, we wanted to stay inconspicuous.  This way, any logistical and technical bugs could be resolved with minimal impact on

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Meet the NSN’s Founding Regional Chairs!

The National Student Network (NSN) was conceived in January 2014 when four students wanted to bring youth-relevant opportunities into a well-organized database. We wanted to collect and curate events, conferences and programs and disseminate that information to Canadian students. In the three ensuing months, we have worked hard to create an intuitive online platform that

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5 Ways to Improve Your Grades This Semester

High school students entering university often have a notion that the amount of work that they put into their high school courses is sufficient for attaining good grades in university courses. Like many other students, I had the same misconception. I went from a graduating class of 800 students, where I actually knew my teachers,

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Blood, Sweat and Tears: Life in Residence

Picture a house where it’s common to find random people sleeping around or feuds that involve over 40 people and are resolved when six bathroom doors are stolen. Next, add in more chaos with over two thousand dollars in property damages, several trips to the local hospital, over a dozen midnight January scavenger hunts, streaking through

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Why be a Mentor?

I never envisioned myself as a mentor, nor have I thought I would ever be one. However,  I have been fortunate enough to be presented with such mentorship opportunities that have surprisingly continued to impact my life. During my first year of graduate studies, I was introduced to five keen undergraduate and high school students

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Getting Involved: High School & Undergraduate Research

If you are a high school or undergraduate student interested in a summer research position, now is the time to start looking! Yes, it may seem too early to be thinking about summer, but ideally this is the time to start your search. For most research laboratories, summer studentships are secured quickly in preparation for

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