Career Profile: Justin Ruppel, Lab Manager & Musician

Recently, we interviewed Justin Ruppel, a lab manager and research assistant at the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Toronto and a musician, who has performed around Toronto and toured North America. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at the University of Toronto, he worked in labs at Mount Sinai Hospital, The

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Sirisha Valupadas, Debate Phenom & Business Enthusiast

Our June Leader in the Spotlight features Sirisha Valupadas, accomplished debater and recent University of Alberta graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biological Science and minoring in Political Science. Over the years, Sirisha has won 8 gold medals, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals in various Alberta Debate and Speech Association tournaments.

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4 Things Every High School Student Should Know About University

Most high school students are anxious about attending university.  You’re supposed to figure out exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life, while becoming an adult. As the end of my third year quickly approaches, I have learned some things that I would like to share, in hopes of preparing high school

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7 Things Every Arts Student Should Know

So you’ve chosen to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree- congratulations on being accepted into your program! Throughout my three years in the Political Sciences program at the University of Alberta, I’ve learned a few tricks to succeed in a Bachelor of Arts program. By applying these essential things that every arts student should know,

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6 Tips for Writing Undergraduate Research Papers in the Humanities and Social Sciences

It’s that time of the semester once again. (No, it’s not reading week unfortunately.) The time has come for you to begin those dreaded research papers. For students in the humanities and social sciences, the first week of March marks a significant turning point in the semester; students across Canada are feeling the pressure of

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Volunteering Abroad: How to Make Your Trip Worth it

While travelling abroad to do volunteer work has always attracted many people in varying professions, in recent years it has been a growing trend among youth, particularly university students. Volunteering abroad can give students so many incredible experiences and lessons that they can carry with them throughout their lives. You learn to appreciate other cultures,

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Volunteering 101: Importance, Benefits and Tips

It has been an enjoyable, relaxing winter break, lying on the couch, watching Netflix for hours and texting our friends until our thumbs hurt. Since we are well-rested and have an exciting new  year ahead, why don’t we consider volunteering? Volunteering is looked upon in a different light depending on who you talk to. Some

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The Benefits of Studying Abroad & How to Get Started

Throughout my life, I’ve had the privilege to travel to numerous countries, including China, Australia, France, and Germany. Furthermore, I’ve been raised in a variety of places, from my tiny birth place of Pullman, Washington to College Station, Texas, to New York City and Toronto and finally Edmonton and its suburb Sherwood Park. As a

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Building Responses for MMI Questions (Multiple Mini Interviews)

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are used in the application process for Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs. A MMI involves a sequence of stations in a circuit. For each station, a scenario is typically presented on the door outside of a room. You are then given a time limit to walk to your

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You Don’t Learn From Failure

After a week of late nights, hundreds of volunteer hours, and countless cups of coffee, you are finally ready to submit your scholarship application. You have put in all of the work, followed all of the proper steps, and rightfully, expect nothing less than success. A couple months pass and you’re still waiting for a

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