How to Succeed in Medical School

After years of hard work, sacrifice, applications, interviews, rejection letters, and tears, you successfully earned that golden ticket offering you admission into medical school. I remember that feeling like it was yesterday, where the weight of the world is lifted off your shoulders, and you’re all smiles day in and day out. You’re now one

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Fake It Till You Make It? A Reflection on “Impostor Syndrome” in Professional School

As a new semester dawns upon us, a new cohort of eager and motivated students begin their journey of professional school, in hopes of becoming (but not limited to) future physicians, lawyers, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, audiologists, speech language pathologists…to name a few. We have often completed an undergraduate degree. Some have had

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The Differences Between Studying in a Professional Program vs. a Bachelor’s

As it is June, many professional degree programs (Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy etc.) have now released offers of admission for their incoming class. As an incoming 2nd year medical student at UBC, one of the most common questions I get from students who were recently accepted or plan on applying to

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What is a Liberal Arts Degree Worth? The Perspective of a Soon-To-Be Graduate

If you are thinking about pursuing a liberal arts degree at a Canadian university, you may have encountered an experience like this: A friend, a family member, or a co-worker might ask you what area of study you want to pursue in the future. You reply by naming your liberal arts degree of choice and

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4 Not So Cliché Tips to Prepare You for Medical School

I would like to start with a disclaimer, since these are opinions of mine, coming from a student who has gone through a year in medicine. In no way do they reflect opinions of my faculty or my peers. Every student will have their own experiences and form their own opinions. So, take mine as

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The Secrets to the Success of Jason Wong, Entrepreneur and Social Media Marketing Extraordinaire

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Wong, a first-year software engineering student at the University of California, Irvine, who has already founded three companies. In high school, Jason grew his Tumblr audience to 1 million + followers, during which time he learned about social media marketing. Leveraging his social media marketing expertise, Jason

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Cards Against Humanity is Going Online … and it’s REALLY against humanity

Cards Against Humanity has contributed a great share of laughter at many house parties and family gatherings. Since its launch on Kickstarter in 2010, Cards Against Humanity (CAH) has become a board game sensation. Recently, CAH announced their online take-over venture. The game is now free and available on its website for players to enjoy

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Life Lessons I Learned from Circus Camp

As a student, we have expectations placed on us, be they academic ones or ones from family or friends. In the midst of school and our personal lives, we tend to lose ourselves by trying to please other people. We forget to look after ourselves and to put ourselves first. This was definitely the case

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Sister Sound Off: A First-Year Student Athlete Perspective

As I near the end of my undergraduate degree, someone close to my heart has just begun hers… My sister, Maria Carroll! While we are similar in many ways, our post-secondary paths have already taken us in very different directions. As a point guard on Mount St. Vincent’s women’s basketball team, Maria can offer a

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The Importance of Procrastination

With any academic endeavor, one of the first pieces of advice you will hear is: don’t procrastinate. Teachers, mentors, and professors will ram into your head the importance of starting early and not leaving things to the last minute.  It is important to remain organized and to avoid starting your homework the day before or, as I’m sure

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