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Friday, 30 September 2016

Racing Alice: A Look at the U of A's EcoCar Team

Racing Alice the EcoCar
Image courtesy of the University of Alberta EcoCar Team
The University of Alberta EcoCar team is a student group that designs and builds a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that they race in an international fuel-efficiency competition called the Shell Eco-marathon Americas.

Leading up to 2016 Shell Eco-marathon Americas in Detroit, our team was hard at work finishing up our second ever hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, Alice. The mechanical team was busy finishing putting together our carbon fibre aeroshell (the outer “shell” of Alice), while the electrical team was busy debugging our electrical systems. The night before our unveiling, which I had been planning for months, the car still was not ready. That night, 9 or 10 members of our team worked until 5:00 a.m. to make Alice ready for our reveal, where over 1 900 members of our campus and community would come to see our new car on display. These team members’ hard work and dedication to the team, just weeks before finals, just goes to show how much this project has meant to us.


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A Week Without Social Media

A Week Without Social Media

Social media has become one of the most prevalent necessities in any young student’s life. Look around in your lecture hall and you will see numerous people just scrolling aimlessly on their phones. Witness a funny moment and you will see it again a dozen times over on your friends’ Snapchats. Need to find out everything about that cute guy sitting in front of you in your Stat151 class (may or may not be a true story)? Facebook will be your biggest help. In this day and age, every millennial is addicted to social media and I am definitely no exception. And that’s why I decided to see what would happen if I were to give up social media for a whole week…. Assuming that I could do it.

Here’s what happened, including a few thoughts from before and after and a log that I kept through the experiment this summer:

Friday, 23 September 2016

Can you pass the Green and Gold Day Quiz?

Green and Gold Day @ UAlberta

In honour of Green and Gold Day, we pulled together a bunch of random facts about the U of A. How much do you know?

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Why I’m Glad I’m Here

Glad to be here

Remember when you first started high school? Suddenly, the word “university” hung over you like a dark scary cloud. I remember asking myself, “How the heck am I supposed to decide what I want to do for the rest of my life? I’m only fifteen!” I was on the younger end of my graduating class (holla at my fellow December babies!) so my first semester of university was spent on the outside of the beer gardens fence. While it kind of sucked missing out on some Week of Welcome activities because of my age, looking back I am so grateful and proud of myself for choosing to go to university right out of high school. Let me explain why.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

12 Reasons to Take Part in GovWeek 2016

GovWeek 2016
Image courtesy of the Students' Union
Get hyped for the one, the amazing, the inaugural.... GovWeek!

Monday, 12 September 2016

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Augustana Campus

Augustana Campus

I’m often asked why I chose to go to Augustana — I grew up in Edmonton, and the easy choice was North Campus. Also, my grandfather was a former U of A Dean of Medicine, my sister had taken classes at North Campus, and campus was just a short 15-minute bike ride from my house.

I was accepted into a program on North Campus, and I was prepared to go along with the decision, unaware that there could be other opportunities. But one day, I had coffee with someone who had mentored me throughout high school, and she told me about Augustana.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Advice from a 6th Year Student (Yes - 6th Year)

Blue Sky Thinking from a 6 Year Student

You’re all probably familiar with the age-old proverb: “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”

For young adults like ourselves, there are few bigger journeys than attending university. You embark on a four year (minimum) odyssey of learning both inside and outside of the classroom. For some people, this journey ends as quickly as it can, and they’re waving goodbye to their undergrad after just four years. For others, the path is a bit more winding.

And for me, the path has been really, really circuitous.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Service: A Full Day of It

Day of Service 2016 - University of Alberta

The annual Day of Service (which is planned by Residence Services) sees more than a thousand first and second year U of A students take to the city with the intention doing good and lending a helping hand for a couple of hours. Events like this take place throughout the year, with groups of students visiting local non-profit organizations, community leagues, and City of Edmonton parks for a few hours to participate in a service learning activity, and provide some valuable volunteer support.
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