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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Why I won’t Give Up on Twitter (or Any Social Media)

Embracing a generation of social media

Lately, I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of contrasting perspectives on social media. My fellow YA bloggers, Taylor, and Niabi, have written about giving up social media for a week (agh, imagine!) and also about considering deleting Facebook (never) – they question the appeal of social media.

But, Niabi and Taylor aren’t alone. Whether it’s from students or older adults – there seems to be a sizeable number of people who think social media is a colossal and atrocious societal entity that is poisoning us.


Monday, 17 October 2016

Midterm Motivation: Crossword Style

Midterm Motivation: Procrastinate with a Crossword
I am sitting here on Monday in a sort of trance. My stomach wishes that it were still full of last week’s Thanksgiving dinner, and I am staring at my agenda trying to muster up the strength to open my books and start reading. I can’t do it people. What with the early snow and the craving for more turkey stuffing, the struggle is too real right now. So guess what? I decided to make us a crossword instead. But this isn’t just any kind of crossword. This is a *cue drum roll…MIDTERM MOTIVATION CROSSWORD!


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Cheapest (Great) Eats on Campus

The Cheapest (Great) Eats at U of A
I used to spend all of my money on clothes, but lately, all of my pay cheques have gone directly to food. I don’t know which one is worse.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Thankful for the Experience: Volunteering at Alberta Aphasia Camp

Patients and volunteers work together at the 2016 Alberta Aphasia Camp

What an experience. And for me, it was so perfectly timed.

This semester had already proven to be the busiest semester I have ever experienced - a full course load, clinic, my research project and being a TA, all while still trying to find time for the activities I enjoy.

One week into this crazy semester, my aunt had a stroke - a left hemisphere hemorrhage. Knowing the high occurrence of aphasia with left hemisphere strokes and seeing my aunt struggle so much to speak, I was terrified.


Monday, 3 October 2016

5 Tips from a(n) [Graduated] Honors Student to Honors Students

5 Tips for Starting an Honours Thesis

So you’ve decided to apply to the honors program of your choice. You got in (yay!). Congratulations!

It is now October (time flies, eh?) and midterms, papers, presentations, and assignments are starting to stress you out. And yes, time to apply for that ethics approval, write the honors proposal, and start filling in that annotated bibliography for your honors research. Don’t fret! I am here to share some tips to help you through this very challenging yet super fulfilling year of your undergraduate career.

“Who are you?” you might ask. Well, I am a graduated honors student and I want you to succeed and make the most out of your honors program! (Uh-ah, yep, been there, done that!)

 Let’s start, shall we?


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?
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