I try to be a positive person but I still have negative thoughts like any normal human.
When I hear orientation day or orientation week, all I think is “I’m getting too old for this sh*t”
As someone who has been a student at Western, UofC, as well as an employee at York University, I feel as though I have a good grasp on what orientation entails and how to navigate a University.
It doesn’t matter if you are starting kindergarten or your Ph.D., back to school shopping is a must!
The biggest purchase I needed to make was a backpack.
In Toronto, you’ll see young professionals walking around with beautiful Louis Vuitton purses or attractive totes but even if I could afford one, unfortunately, a Louis Vuitton won’t hold all my textbooks ergonomically. And if I put everything in a tote, my back, hips, and knees will hate me (wow am I getting old or what?)
Then I found myself stuck in another dilemma. I wanted something that looked professional but not a classic backpack (you know those ones where it looks you’re about to go hiking).
I needed to prioritize comfort and practicality but I still wanted it to look good.
I’m not being dramatic when I say Trello has changed my life.
I call myself an organized person. Maybe even a bit over the top and psychotic at times. This probably stems from my anxiety and feeling prepared and organized helps calm it. But that’s for another blog post.
For many years I have been searching for solid organization tools. I am also a visual person so it needed to be something that was easy (and fun) to read. Handwritten calendars, pocket-sized, calendars that hang on my wall, calendars on my computer, my phone. To do list on paper, notepads, post-it notes, apps like Todoist, Wunderlist etc. I have tried it all.
And while these might work for some of you, they didn’t work for me (or they did but only to an extent).
We can’t talk about grad school without talking about money.
You may want to pursue grad school but how the heck will you pay for it?
If you are from Ontario, you are in luck!
For residents of Ontario, OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) is a funding option for students no matter what school you attend in Canada.
So, you’re thinking of applying for a graduate degree…
You may be all set to apply for the 2018 school year and you are starting preparations early.
Or perhaps you have thought about the idea of adding a credential to your already solid résumé.
Possibly flirting with the idea gaining a specialization or skill set in order to improve your effectiveness in your current dream job?