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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How to Make the Most of University Fairs and Open Houses

If you are a graduating high school student, provincial university/college fairs or open houses may be your first exposure to post-secondary education. These events are often attended by thousands of aspiring students, with hundreds of university/college representatives in attendance to answer your questions. When I was in grade 12, I was extremely anxious and nervous

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Electives-The Choosiest of them All

Almost all universities/post-secondary institutes will require completion of a specific number of course credits to obtain your degree. These course credits can often be split up into two sections: Core Courses and Electives. Core courses, as the name suggest, are courses that you must successfully complete in order to obtain your degree. Electives however, are

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How to Achieve Balance in University: A First Year Undergraduate Student Perspective

 “Balance is not something you find, it is something you create.” – Jana Kingsford While it is extremely important to live a proactive life and to pursue your dreams, we often find ourselves stressed out by the fast approaching deadlines, commitments, activities and wonder if it is even possible to finish it all. However, even

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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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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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