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Monday, 29 August 2016

The 8 Stages of Culture Shock, or What To Expect When You Study Abroad

Studying Abroad in Tokyo, 2016

No matter how much research you do, living in a foreign country for more than a few days is a roller coaster of emotions. From the food and transit, to the manners and the language, there's so much to learn in so little time. Oh, and your survival depends on it. The process is called “culture shock” and it's an integral part of travelling for an extended period of time. If you're already abroad (shout out to all of our newly arrived international students!)  or plan on going someday, I hope this piece gives you an idea of what's to come.

Here are the eight stages of culture shock that I experienced during my Go Abroad experience this summer in Tokyo, Japan this summer:
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Student Tea Guide

YouAlberta Student Tea Guide

“If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.”

In the wise words of William Ewart Gladstone, a former Prime Minister of Great Britain, we learn that tea is the answer for everything. (And I truly believe it is)
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Monday, 15 August 2016

Why I Considered Deleting Facebook, and What I Did About It

Deleting Facebook
Every semester, the struggle with this decision is inevitable. It’s the day before my midterm and what am I doing? Reviewing my notes and memorizing! Right? Wrong. I am staring, red-eyed at my phone screen, scrolling through my Facebook feed. Suddenly, videos of puppies falling asleep are even more appealing than they were before. I hit the share button, because I don’t care enough about anything to be worried that everyone knows I am procrastinating during exam week. But then again, if they’re online, it means they are wasting their time too.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Embrace the laughter, tears, everything! Getting Ready for the Fringe

Seven Lost Minutes

It’s time for the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and incoming BFA student Melanie Bahniuk has a few tips and a lot of insights into what it’s been like to get ready for her first behind-the-scenes Fringe adventure.
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Monday, 8 August 2016

Change: Dealing with the Inevitable

Closing the Cloverdale Footbridge

It used to be so easy for me to commute to Folk Fest. Easy to the point where I took it for granted.
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Friday, 5 August 2016

Love Trumps Hate

The world needs love

The other day I came across a street painting of a massive heart. Under the heart, the artist had written: “the world needs love.” In light of recent events around the world in the last few months, the painting really resonates with me.
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

I Was In The Wrong Faculty (Twice).... And I Don't Regret It

When I grow up.... I don't know what to be

During pre-university years, I was like every young adolescent; I was constantly switching what I wanted to be when I grew up. I started out wanting to become a teacher. As a child, I loved my teachers so much that I wanted to follow in their footsteps one day. Then I suddenly discovered a deep love for dinosaurs - and no, I wasn’t six. I was sixteen. I then decided that being a paleontologist was the only career for me. But, that dream soon started to fade away as I entered a job as a beauty advisor and discovered my passion for skincare. At that point, a dermatologist seemed to be the perfect career for me. So, I enrolled at the University of Alberta in the faculty of Science.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Here’s What Summer Means to a 20 Something

The Twenty-something Summer

Summer as a 20 year old is extremely different to summer as a child, hence the distinction between childhood, and adulthood. When I was a kid, summer usually involved camping trips, running barefoot on concrete at the outdoor water-park, spending hours at the playground, and eating tons of watermelon. Because of my childhood, the sound of sprinklers, lawn mowers, and indoor fans and the smell of sunscreen and mosquito spray will forever remind me of the summertime. While some of these activities have remained a part of my summer routine, I can definitely say that “growing up” has changed a lot of things.
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