2016: A Year of Growth for the National Student Network

Hello NSN members! Thank you for your support and dedication to the National Student Network’s (NSN) mission! 2016 has been a year of steady growth for the NSN. Specifically, we had 40 000 page views from 15 220 unique visitors, reached our 1000th registered NSN member milestone, increased our social media presence and expanded our

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Mohit Kumar, Student Advocate & Champion Against Poverty

Our April Leader in the Spotlight features Mohit Kumar, a recent University of Alberta (UofA) graduate, who is working tirelessly to mentor students and to reduce homelessness in Edmonton. For his work in forging a partnership between Frontier College and Boyle Street to help the homeless obtain employment, Mohit received the 2015 Stars of Alberta Volunteer

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The Power of Public Speech: A Short Guide To Impressing the Masses

Who has watched a Tedx Talk? Interesting people have presented some fascinating ideas on that stage. However, it is their skill of oral communication that keeps us captivated throughout a 20-minute talk. You don’t have to have watched a Tedx Talk to appreciate that public speaking is one coveted skill. Some of the greatest leaders,

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My 3M NS Fellowship Application – Thriving Through Adversity

(Preface to Application) This is my sixth, (and final), year as an undergraduate student – albeit not consecutively. Stories such as mine are often unheard of and not explicitly and voluntarily narrated. Perhaps because at first glance, stories such as mine tend to be grasped as outlandish, and more so, as constructions of failure rather

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Why We Need to Build Undergraduate Cultures and Communities

Below, Tye Landels, a 3M National Student Fellow, shares his winning 3M application response to the following topic: “Challenges in Post-Secondary Education”. — Post-secondary institutions in Canada are facing an unprecedented crisis. In using this alarmist term, I am referring to the ongoing financial and institutional pressure on Canadian universities in the wake of a

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A Journey Through Leadership at The Mark, a Quest Student Newspaper

Below, Tari Ajadi, a 3M National Student Fellow, shares his winning 3M application response to the following topic: “A Personal Definition of Leadership”.  — In order to define leadership in the context of my post-secondary experience, I will use a Yoruba proverb that has always been dear to my heart (I am a Yoruba man

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