Do You Treat Your Body Right?

Hey Y’all,

I hope everyone is surviving this period of exams and still have time to enjoy laughter throughout the day. In the midst of exams, we soon to forget we had a sleep schedule, that we should probably exercise or even to EAT!

Eating healthy during exams is probably one of the challenges as an university student. As a fourth year student, I’ve seen the temptation to just feed our body and keep on studying.

But, did you know the healthier you eat, the better you feel and the more energy you can get? I’m here to share some simple tips to pack or eat healthier when you have a busy schedule.

Tip 1: Cut up and Pack fruits and veggies

If you’re trying to reduce the amount of sugar you intake a day, try to cut up fresh citrus fruits. Instead of having a bottle of processed juice you can eat fresh fruits to give your daily intake of vitamins and taste! Or even pack some raw veggies the night before so you can carry it out throughout the day. I find it helpful to use 5 minutes to just pack some snacks to go and leave it in fridge when you need it. Citrus fresh fruits

Tip 2: Don’t buy instant trail mix, make your own!

Trail mixes are delicious but be careful of the saturated fat levels and salt. I make my own trail mixes by adding my own ingredients. I recently made a trail mix with multi-grain cheerios cereal, banana chips and unsalted almonds. Try using different types of cereal, non-salted nuts and maybe something a bit more sweet for a little kick.trail-mix-raisins-XdjbAO-lg

Tip 3: Just drink Water.

When we are tired, it’s very easy for us to believe that coffee will solve our tiredness. If your eyes are sore, just take a bit of time to nap or close your eyes for 10 – 15 minutes. I’ve heard that chugging water can help wake you up! If water is boring, just add some fresh fruits or lemon! Water also supplies us with energy and better skin! water-poured-into-glass

Most importantly, find time for yourself to relax and de-stress. Exams are important but nothing is more important than your mental state and body! Enjoy the next following study days and be refresh to kick those exams in the butt!

-Carmen

 

 

 

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Myths of being an international student

Hello everyone! This is Emily!

As an international student, I have already spent three years at Brescia and I count myself fortunate to be here at Brescia. Today I want to share something that my friends and I have learned as international students.

These are some things I have struggled as an international student.

(1) When I have difficult time communicating with others in English, I just want to give up and avoid talking.

Learning takes time, but don’t be afraid to practice! Did you know there is an International & Exchange Student Centre on main Campus? And it offers an English Conversation Program? The program can help you with your English skills and increase your confidence when speaking to others.

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(2) I am afraid that I won’t be able to find a job because I didn’t see any advantages for being an international student.

As an international student, you need to realize that your own culture and language can be an asset for companies for diversity when doing international business. Don’t know how to start? Join the workshops in Student Life Center for job searching and interview skills! Click here for any detail : http://brescia.uwo.ca/life/student-life/career-professional-development/types-of-support/

(3) I have never been so stressed for my exams before and I’m probably the only one who is stressed ?

Exam period is one of the most stressful time during university, and you will definitely find that a lot of students stresses over exams as well.

How do you prepare well? Make sure you don’t accumulate your readings and finish them before your exam date.  Set a schedule for each course to make sure that you have enough time to finish reading all the materials.  Or book an appointment with your professor to ask for help . I believe these tips can really help you be successful in your exams!

 Always remember that you are so unique and there is no way to replicate what you own on yourself, be self confident for who you are and where you are from. Count yourself fortunate to be an international student!

 

 

 

Midterm Craziness!

Hey Brescia babes!

I’m sure everyone is just as stressed as I am right now during this midterm madness. Today’s post is just about a few things I like to do to take a mental break and stay energized!

1) Take breaks, yes do it, no exceptions! Even if you think you have no time to take any breaks, it is so important to have a little bit of “me time” everyday. Whether that is hopping onto YouTube for a few minutes to watch some comedy (check out Chris D’elia he’s one of my favourites), or reading what the Career Peers are talking about on the Student Life Blog, make sure you are taking a few minutes for yourself everyday! ;)

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2) Plan your meals ahead of time and pack lunches! Not only will you save money this way instead of constantly eating on campus, you will not have the stress of figuring out what to make for dinner if you plan the day before. Packing lunches will also help you stay on tract with your healthy eating which will help you focus and succeed in your midterms!

If you have a crockpot, now is the time to throw everything in in the morning and BAM you have a nice ready-to-eat dinner when you come home. Here are some recipe ideas for your crockpot!

3) Everything in perspective! Even though it feels like the end of the world if we don’t always achieve the high standards we set for ourselves, at the end of the day we are fortunate to be able to acquire an education and things could always be worse! Think about your “worse” case scenario and usually it isn’t as bad as we expect it to be, you can always draw some positivity if you really think about it.

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I hope these tips help you get through this rough time. Remember to appreciate everyday, we often take things for granted. Make sure to laugh some things off and move on to the next task, its always better than dwelling on the negative.

Now go make a tea, or a hot chocolate and take a little break. Good luck studying and writing the remainder of your midterms!

You can do it! :D

-One Brescia girl to another*

Stay Healthy During Cold/Flu Season!

Nobody wants to be that person with a runny nose in an exam….

Flu Season Ahead

Getting sick could interrupt your studies (no student has time for a cold or the flu but it happens all the time…

Here are some tips for you to stay healthy during cold and flu season:

1. Always wash your hands: It may seem obvious to wash your hands after every trip to the washroom….but it is important to get into the habit of washing your hands at random times throughout the day. Try washing your hands before every meal to help avoid the spread of germs.

2. Carry around alcohol-based hand sanitizer: If you cannot follow step #1 a good alternative is to use a alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You can even get some nice colourful holders for them at Bath and Body Works (that way you can be healthy while staying in fashion!)

3. Eat healthy options: It is always imporant to fill your body with foods that are rich in nutrients but it is extra imporant during flu season. Make sure you are eating food rich in vitamins that will fight off those cold/flu germs.

4. Get your sleep: This can be especially hard right now during midterm season but make sure you are getting your sleep. A good suggestion is to try to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.

5. Try to avoid people who are sick: Easier said than done….I know….but try to make a special effort to avoid people when they are sick (if you can). One of the easiest ways to spread infection is to travel in public when you are unwell. If you are sick, stay home. Nobody wants your germs, trust me! Stay warm and recover in bed if you can.

6. Get a flu shot: It could be the No. 1 way to prevent the flu!

Did you know that Western Student Health Services offers free flu shots for students?

Visit the Health Services website today to book an appointment or call them at 519-661-3030

Be healthy everyone,

Kaitlin

Source: http://symptoms.webmd.com/cold-and-flu-map-tool/avoid-cold-flu

An Essential for Everyone’s Wardrobe!

Hi All! :)

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Autumn season and the new clothes trends. I’m sure many of you are looking and shopping for the latest Fall fashion trends. Enjoy the beautiful weather before bringing out the cute fall outfits!

The other day, I was shopping in Toronto and discovered a new trend of pants. They’re called, “Treggings.”

Are you wondering what they are? Treggings is a mixture of trouser fabric but it fits like leggings. Maybe that’s what everyone will be wearing in a few months. Who knows! if you work in a casual office work environment, maybe try treggings?

As we start post grad applications, job interviews and internships its important to always dress for the part! I find that an important essential item we need in our clothes wardrobe is a white dress shirt. The white  dress shirt can be wore for many occasions like a job interview, a simple casual day outfit or for graduation photos.

Next time you go out shopping, if you find a nice white dress shirt, remember to pick it up! Remember to make sure there is a collar at the neck, its a long sleeved shirt and the dress shirt itself isn’t see through! But also be comfortable in it and look beautiful!

 

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 Comment below if you know where are the great places to purchase a good fitted white dress shirts or any tips to how to make your outfit a bit more fashionable!

Cheers,

Carmen

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Happy Wednesday!

Do you have an interest in Entrepreneurship?? Then you can’t miss this workshop!

Kathy Burns, founder of Garlic’s Restaurant,  will be here to give you tips on becoming a leader in the business world.

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When and Where is it happening?  Wednesday, October 22 from 1pm-2:30pm in Room 302A

RVSP to bucstudent.life@uwo.ca to reserve your spot! Space is limited, RSVP today!

The Entrepreneurship Workshop is brought to you by the Career Development Certificate.

Remember you can attend one session of the career development certificate ; however, if you complete all 5 core workshops and 2 elective workshops throughout the year as well as the learning components, you can receive a Certificate of Accomplishment signed by Brescia’s principal, Dr. Colleen Hanycz.

Have a good rest of your week! :)

-Kassy

 

Get a certificate and start your career!

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Hello everyone! This is Emily! I hope you had a wonderful time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

You will receive a wonderful gift from Student Life Center at Brescia today…

We are going to provide you with an excellent way to help build your career development!

Have you ever heard of the “Career Development Certificate Program”?

It is an interactive and practical series of group sessions created to teach you about career development, the career planning process and career decision-making.

I completed the program last year and it was really excellent. I will introduce you to what kinds of workshops I attended and what I got from it based on my experience ( just a reminder that there may be some changes every year).

#1 Career Exploration:

I remember I drew the Mind Map for the first workshop, and it really helps me to identify how different areas of interest and positions that are all related, and how many potentials and possibilities you can expand based on those interests. After this workshop, I believe you will be more clear of your broad perspective and you will start to visualize your future.

#2 Resume & Cover Letter Development

With the help of Career Peers Drop-In Hours and the professionals who hold the workshops, you can get a great idea of how to write a resume and cover letter tailored to the job posting.

#3 Job Search Strategies & Building Your Network

Introducing a strategy leading you to come up with your personal goals including well developed steps and to-do’s. Here is also the fun part: where I attended a networking event using the skills and knowledge I learned from the workshop. It is tough when you go to the networking event for the first time, but you will find the knowledge and tips you get from the workshop really help. And after some practice you will get familiar with those occasions, which also helps when you attend recruiter sessions for companies in the future.

#4 Interview Techniques

I completed an online mock interview and sent the interview to our workshop leader for feedback. From there, I practiced many questions based on the feedback she provided. With those tips I really feel more comfortable with answering interview questions, and have been able to have more opportunities to move forward within the job search process to get the job or volunteer opportunity.

#5 Networking

I created my LinkedIn account and built up my network through LinkedIn; getting the chance to follow companies that I am very interested in. I also created a network map and it is so amazing to see how broad my networking already is and that I hadn’t even notice before. I completed an informational interview with a successful business woman and we built a really good relationship! That’s the most valuable experience I got from this part of the workshop.

#6 Portfolio Building, References & On the Job Success

Handing in a reflection paper on my experience in the program, let the leader know how she can improve the program in the future, but also reminded me what a wonderful experience it is. I feel much more confident and professional after I completed these 6 workshops. I really want to say that it is an excellent opportunity for current students to have career related professionals sit besides you, hold you hand, and walk along with you to your future.

If you want to be more confident, professional, and comfortable with your future study and career life, don’t miss this excellent opportunity!

For more information, please click here

http://brescia.uwo.ca/life/student-life/career-professional-development/types-of-support/

 

 

Resume and Cover Letter Drop In

Hello! Hope everyone is enjoying their thanksgiving weekend!

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Do you have a resume or cover letter that needs some tender love and care? Come see the Career Peers during regular drop in hours at the Student Life Center!

What you need to bring: A paper copy of your resume or cover letter. We view one document at a time. Sessions are roughly 15 minutes long.

When can you come see us:
Monday – 10am-12pm
Tuesday – 2pm-4pm
Wednesday – 9:30am-11:30am
Thursday – 1pm-3pm

Resume and cover letter drop in hours will run until the end of classes: December 3rd.

Other great resources to help you with your resume are found on the Student Life Center website.

 

 

Welcome Back!

You have survived your first month! Congratulations!

We are pleased to introduce ourselves as your new Career Peers. Career Peers provide on-the-spot resume and cover letter support to students during specific drop-in hours offered through-out the semester.

For more information visit the Career Peers page on the Student Life Centre website.

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Here is a little more about us:

Carmen: I am completing a Double Major in Community Development and Sociology. I am currently in my 4th year here at Brescia. If I had the time and money, I would apply to be on Amazing Race in Canada. My dream job would be to travel the world and help different missions to make each day a better place.

Kaitlin: I am in my 4th year at Brescia completing an Honours Double Major in Community Development and Sociology. I have also completed a 2-year diploma program in Human Resources Management. I am a major Disney fan and try to get down to the “most magical place on earth” any chance I can. I love providing career support to students and look forward to helping you over the course of the year!

Emily: I am a third year student studying Food Management at Brescia University College. I am very interested in designing, and doing anything creative. I would like to spend this academic year with students at Brescia to help you become more comfortable with your academic and career life. As a Career Peer, I can offer my help with English and Mandarin. I really welcome and encourage international students to come and see me!

Kassy: I am in 4th year of an Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am from northern Ontario and speak French. I like to play guitar, sing, and curl. 

Please stop by and see us at the Student Life Centre.

Also tune in for 2 weekly posts on this blog site!

We look forward to meeting you!

What an undergraduate degree IS NOT intended to do…

graduationDear Brescia students,

Have you had a chance to read the article ‘Dear undergrads: Your degree was never intended to land you a job’ (By: Todd Hirsch, Special to the Globe and Mail, Published Thursday Sept. 26th, 2013)?

If not I recommend that you do…yes the title seems a little bit off-putting but don’t let that stop you…the messages in this article are so crucial to helping you better understand the value of your undergraduate degree.

Hirsch tells students that you can’t be too fixated on “landing a job in your field”…because you really don’t yet have a field. What you study in university may or may not lead to a career within that area of study. Students often ask us “What can I do with my degree” and unfortunately there is not an easy answer to this question. Your future career isn’t just determined by what you’ve studied in university, but really by a combination of your interests, your skills, your values and your personal style. Of course there are some fairly specific careers that require a specific educational route (e.g. Registered Dietician, Teacher, Lawyer, Doctor) but the majority of careers/jobs out there (and many don’t even exist yet that will exist when you get into your career) don’t fall into this ‘gated entry point’ category.

So what’s the benefit then of a university degree?  What does it really provide you with if it isn’t intended to directly land you a job?  Hirsch tells us that it teaches you how to learn, how to think and problem solve in more complex ways and develop the ability to make rational arguments. We know that these invaluable transferable skills and the knowledge that you gain with an undergraduate degree are going to apply in a vast array of experiences throughout your life, these are skills and ways of knowing that you will be able to use in any career.

We encourage you further explore this and think about what your undergraduate degree means to you?  What types of transferable knowledge and skills are you developing as a result of your studies?  What kinds of curricular (through your academic courses) and co-curricular (beyond/outside of your academic courses) experiences are you getting involved in to help you better understand your interests, develop your skills and help you clarify you values?

Our role in the Student Life Centre is to help you explore these questions and enable you to gather the resources you need to make informed decisions about your degree and your career development.  You can learn more about how we do this by visiting us in person in the St. James Building or by visiting our webpage at: http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/campus_life/student-life/career.html.

So what can you do with your degree?  Anything and everything!!!

Your friends,

The Student Life Centre

By: Pam Core