Is It Possible to Make Mistakes In Life?

I know it sounds really stupid and hopelessly naïve but the point I’m really trying to get at is simply, does every career win or loss lead you closer to where you really want to be? I am unfortunately not someone who believes in fate or that everything is ‘meant to be’. I just can’t bring myself to trust that … Continue reading Is It Possible to Make Mistakes In Life?

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Using Social Media to Increase Productivity

We’ve all been there. Stuck in a Twitter vortex for upwards of an hour, or worse, the Instagram sink hole. Most people think that ‘wasting’ time on social media is bad for productivity and wastes time. Well, ok fine — I agree. BUT it doesn’t have to be. Our culture is completely obsessed with obsessed with sharing. … Continue reading Using Social Media to Increase Productivity

How To Hack Your Brain’s Reward System For Increased Motivation

At the end of the day we’re all slaves to our biology. While our brains are extremely complicated, humans - like all animals – can be pretty easily tricked into feeling good about something and then doing whatever it takes to achieve that feeling. Fortunately, you might be able to use this behavioural trait to … Continue reading How To Hack Your Brain’s Reward System For Increased Motivation

Why Everyone Should be Excited About Canada’s New Governor General

Julie Payette, engineer and former astronaut, is poised to take on the role of Governor General of Canada under the Trudeau government. Regardless of your place on the political spectrum or opinion of the fact that we even have a Governor General, this is something everyone should be excited about. Yes, perhaps it’s a distraction … Continue reading Why Everyone Should be Excited About Canada’s New Governor General

Day 2: The Death of Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is important. Obviously. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who would argue otherwise. Unfortunately, our collective loss of academic integrity is ever-growing and more commonplace than you might expect.  Let me explain. Whether it is intentional or not, a lack of academic integrity is overlooked by your peers, teaching assistants, and even professors … Continue reading Day 2: The Death of Academic Integrity

Embracing Failure. And Why You Should Too.

I’ve never really failed at anything. I mean, of course I’ve failed at various times in my life, but I’ve never really failed at anything. Now before I start to sound like a real asshole I’ll clarify – I’ve never really failed because I’ve never really tried. I’ve started various things in my life and … Continue reading Embracing Failure. And Why You Should Too.

So You Want to Be an Academic…

Academia has a tendency to be glorified. There seems to be a common misconception that professors spend the majority of their time thinking about ideas and discussing them with similarly tweed-clad colleagues for the sake of pursuing knowledge. Although this may have been the case many years ago, it is certainly not the case now. … Continue reading So You Want to Be an Academic…