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Monday, 27 March 2017

4 Reasons YOU Should Be a YouAlberta Blogger

YouAlberta Bloggers

It's time.... time to start your final round of assignments, time to start your summer job search (if you haven't already), time to start thinking about what courses you might take next year, etc. And, it's time to consider becoming a YouAlberta Blogger. Here are just four of the reasons why you should:

The Wifi Isn't Great and Other Lessons Learned Studying in Cuba

What it's like to study in Cuba

The air was stiflingly hot and I was leaking with sweat as we trudged up the 15km slope to La Gran Piedra (the world’s third largest rock and a UNESCO heritage site). As we hiked, we stopped to learn about the agriculture in the area and observe the ecological elements of the Sierra Maestra. Instead of looking at photos or listening to a lecture – I was there and I lived it.

Monday, 20 March 2017

March Monday Motivation: Because You Probably Need It

Motivation for University Students

I don’t think there is a more ironic time for me to be writing this post; specifically because my motivation levels are running lower than the wind-chill we had at the start of the month. The winter blues combined with work, volunteering with the Week of Welcome and Orientation 2017 (which I am thoroughly enjoying despite the full schedule), and the just surviving the busiest time of the semester are draining my motivation levels to nothing.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

8 Unexpected, But Hilarious Finds From Across Campus

Is my prof a SIM?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since starting school here at the U of A, it’s that we sure know how to have a sense of humour. I’ve collected the various textbook pages, syllabus descriptions, class emails, and other various student-ly things over the years that are unexpected jems of hilarity, and have just been itching to share them. So, here are just some of the most hilarious things I’ve come across at the U of A:

Found: October 22, 2013

Ridiculous Multiple Choice Exam Q & A

Kicking this off with a question on a practice quiz that I took back in 2013 when I was in Bio 107. I was so worried I’d fail this course because when I first read this, it genuinely confused me. Luckily I was able to see the humour in the question before I moved on to the next one.

Found: February 2, 2014

Psychology Text Books ARE Funny

Getting settled into the second term of my first year and I was happy to see psychologists have a very dry sense of humour.

Found: February 9, 2014

Selfies before selfies

No explanation I have could actually explain what is portrayed in this photo, of which I found in my World Literature textbook.

The man’s face = what uni students look like when they go to a job interview after graduation.
The cat’s face = what we actually feel inside basically all the time. Also, best illustrated photobomb ever?

OMG, that cat!

Found: April 6, 2014

Study group done right

This email feed was supposed to be used exclusively to share study notes. I would say that this qualifies as an iconic Popular Music lyric.

Found: October 9, 2014

Ummmm, that's an eloquent fart in my text book

Even playwrights that lived before Shakespeare found farts funny, apparently. Points to whoever phrased this to make it sound less like what it actually is: farting in a “House of Lords.”

Found: December 31, 2014

Syllabus advice - apparently life happens

I decided to be a keener one year and check my syllabus on New Year’s Eve…and was pleased to find a chuckle hidden inside.

Found: February 9, 2015

What does this even say? Prof notes

Ah yes, I remember this. It took me a conversation with at least three different people before I realized what my prof actually wrote on my paper.

Add “Professor” to: The Professions Where You Must Have Near-Illegible Handwriting (also includes doctors)

Found: February 27, 2015

So, one of the SIMS is now my prof

Evidently this was an exciting month. It wasn’t Halloween but someone still decided to hang a feature of The Sims right on top of where profs usually stand. The result:

Even when homework gets heavy and life gets a bit draining, I’ve still been able to find a laugh here at the U of A. Shout out to all of the professors, textbook authors, staff, and fellow students who have succeeded in making my experience here hilarious.

Rachel - YouAlberta Contributor

Rachel is always up for a good adventure, as long as it doesn’t involve spiders. When not snuggled in a corner connected to headphones and attached to a good book, she’s spending her last year at the U of A tracking down as many quirky people and events as this campus can offer. She would willingly and gladly roll down more hills — and believes this is a valid pastime — if not for her allergy to grass.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Escape The Ordinary… What Does That Mean?

Escape the Ordinary

“Escape the ordinary.” These words have followed me for years, emblazoned in gold across one of my journals. They followed me to Spain and all the European countries I had the fortune of visiting. It was easy enough then to escape the ordinary since everything I did was new and unknown. 9 months later, I sketched the quote in a new journal I had bought in a Moorish market, while 30,000 feet in the air on the plane home from London.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

10 Exam Writing Tips for the Nervous Student

Exam Writing Tips for Nervous Students

Throughout my experience at the University of Alberta, I have been the most paranoid exam writer. I have the worst test anxiety but I’ve slowly discovered that if I follow a specific and elaborate routine before and during every exam, my nerves don’t get the best of me. And because of that, I have gotten so much better at writing exams that my marks are there to prove it! So here are some of my beloved tips that I hope will help you as much as they have helped me!

Monday, 6 March 2017

6 Things I've Learned as a Student Journalist

Student Journalism = Not Fake News

Since my first semester of university, I’ve been what you might call a campus journalist. I first started working as a staff writer for Augustana’s campus newspaper, the Dagligtale, and eventually co-founded the Augustana Medium – a monthly print magazine.

And have I learned anything through these experiences? Of course! Even if I don’t pursue journalism as a career (which I still might), I’ve picked up a few skills. Here are the top six things I’ve learned from my experience in student journalism so far:

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Constructive Self-Criticism: Try It Out

Whenever something goes wrong, whether it’s in relation to school, work, family, or relationships, the easiest person to blame is you. I could’ve studied harder, I could’ve paid more attention in class, I could’ve set more than one alarm, I could’ve skipped dessert, I could’ve replied to that text. While making mistakes is a part of life, things get problematic when you blame yourself to the extent that you hinder your growth as an individual. Something that I have learnt is that self-criticism is not effective unless it is constructive.
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