10 Things I’ve Learned As An Intern

woman at deskBeing an intern (see also: summer student or co-op student) might make you feel like the low man on the totem pole, but there are many valuable lessons to be learned at the bottom. Throughout my college and university careers, I’ve interned at numerous organizations and corporations – each one much different than the last. I owe a lot of what I know now and where I am now to my early exposure to the workforce.

If I could sum up my entire internship experience with 10 key take-aways, these would be it: Continue Reading

Lessons Learned From A Week Without Wifi

coffee bookOn the first day of 2016, I moved into my very first apartment. Talk about a new beginning! Leaving the nest for the first time is scary, uncertain, uncomfortable, and above all, exciting. I learned very quickly about all of the responsibilities that I may have taken for granted while living under my parents’ roof — one of them was having internet access.

According to a poll conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of the Wi-Fi Alliance: 75 per cent of the 1,000 millennials surveyed would rather have a week without coffee than a week without Wi-Fi. I promise I’m not one of them — I’d take a perfect cup of blonde roast over Wi-Fi anyday!

Understandably, in a world where we’re always plugged in (especially being in social and digital media, where I’m plugged in tenfold) — Wi-Fi’d in every home, office, coffee shop, hotel, mall, airport, and train, it’s terrifying not to be connected to the great World Wide Web and seeing those familiar bars.

But I lived to tell the story, and learned a few valuable lessons along the way. Here’s what happened during my week without Wi-Fi: Continue Reading

How to Stay Healthy at School and Work

Young couple joggingSummer is over, and your motivation for that “bikini body” may be withering. With the cool weather approaching, it’s easy to slip into the comfort of complacency. Throughout my college and university career, accompanied by many desk jobs (the biggest culprit of them all) along the way, I’ve encountered and overcame some personal challenges pertaining to overall well being. Whether you’re a first-year party animal, busy grad student, or seasoned professional, here are a few ways to stay balanced, happy, and healthy: Continue Reading

The Four Agreements

worried-girl-413690_1280In 2009, I was introduced to The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Wisdom, a best-selling book written by Don Miguel Ruiz. I was so incredibly moved by the beautiful concepts instilled in this book that six years later, I still find myself using it for reference and reflection.

The agreements offer an entirely new perspective and outlook on life, suggesting that you rethink and reshape your mindset in a positive and liberating way. Publishers Weekly says, “The book advocates personal freedom from beliefs and agreements that we have made with ourselves and others that are creating limitation and unhappiness in our lives.”

The Four Agreements are as follows: Continue Reading

Modern Day Jack-Of-All-Trades

work and coffeeLast week, I attended a four-day, annual, national student journalism conference called NASH 77 hosted by the Canadian University Press and the University of Ottawa’s The Fulcrum, in the glowing heart of the country.

Throughout the plethora of skill-building workshops, inspiring keynotes (CBC’s Peter Mansbridge and CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme), fascinating roundtables, inevitable networking, fancy dinners and social events, there was one recurring theme that stood out to me most: in this day and age, you need to have the whole package. Continue Reading