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Maria Roussakis

Maria Roussakis is a fourth year Med Lab student who will be doing her clinical placement at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre this year. When not busy studying, Maria likes to volunteer with local organizations to give back to the community. She also loves teaching people about social issues in science through her personal blog and instructional science video tutorials.

Recent Posts

Five Must-Read Books for March Break

Posted by Maria Roussakis on March 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

During the busyness of the school year, it's nice to have a week-long break to either relax, finish some assignments, go on a vacation, or even catch up on some reading! To help you get started on your reading during the March break, here are five great books to add to your list.

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Five Successful Women in Science

Posted by Maria Roussakis on February 17, 2016 at 2:32 PM
Throughout the centuries, there have been many notable scientific discoveries from both men and women. However, most women weren't allowed to study science in universities until the 16th century, and even after then, many scientific fields of study were largely dominated by men.
 
Nevertheless, there have been many famous and successful women who have studied in various fields and have contributed to many well-known discoveries to date!
 
Check out five women below whose contributions to science have helped changed the world. 
 
 
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Under $10

Posted by Maria Roussakis on February 8, 2016 at 9:21 AM

We want to give those we love the world. For students on a budget, this isn't always feasible. Nevertheless, you don't need to fork out the big bucks for the people you love on Valentine’s Day in order to make it special. Just simply putting in the effort to be creative and thoughtful can be much more meaningful than a store-bought present. With that being said, here are 10 great gift ideas for Valentine’s Day that are under $10!

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5 inspiring TED talks for students

Posted by Maria Roussakis on January 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM

For many, university is a time of self-growth and independence. It's a chance for students to be taken out of their comfort zone and allow them to make new connections. It also gives them a chance to delve deeply into their area of interest, not just in class, but in a practicum or research experience.

Many students take on other different roles throughout their university careers, which will help them achieve their future aspirations. However, it's also normal for students to doubt their efforts. For those students who need a bit of inspiration to work through these feelings, TED Talks are awesome videos that give great perspectives on life, while also inspiring people to achieve their highest potential. Without further ado, here are five inspiring TED talks that every student must watch.

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Nine celebs with degrees you can get at UOIT

Posted by Maria Roussakis on January 14, 2016 at 3:49 PM

Many celebrities seem to have been born with their talent and started careers early in their life. However, there are others who may have instead pursued post-secondary education prior to or even during their celebrity status. Many of the degrees pursued by these celebrities are even offered here at UOIT! Here is a list of nine famous celebrities with degrees offered at UOIT:

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Five great videos for DIY Christmas gifts

Posted by Maria Roussakis on December 11, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Christmas is just around the corner, and a common "tradition" that many people practice this time of year is last minute Christmas shopping. The weeks before Christmas can be hectic with final exams, and many students don't have time to do the arduous task of Christmas shopping. In this blog entry, I've compiled five great videos to help you make the perfect Christmas presents for your family, friends and significant other! The great thing about making presents, instead of buying them, is that they demonstrate your creativity while also being very inexpensive. In addition, many of the gifts in these videos can be made in under an hour!

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Five ways to help a family in need this holiday season

Posted by Maria Roussakis on December 3, 2015 at 11:00 AM

In the month of December leading up to the holiday season, the atmosphere around us changes. While there are seasonal changes, such as the cold weather and snow, many people also get into the holiday spirit while they prepare for the upcoming celebrations. In preparation of the holidays, many may spend large amounts of money in gifts and decorations. However, for several families, they are unable to afford basic necessities, let alone these luxuries. Fortunately, it is also during this time where many people demonstrate their generous nature in helping those less fortunate. During this holiday season, here are five ways that you can help families in need.

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Four Great Videos for Studying Tips and Tricks This Exam Season

Posted by Maria Roussakis on November 24, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Next week is the final week of fall semester courses! Aren’t you excited? However, the end of the semester is not truly here yet, since in these following weeks many students will be finishing final assignments and studying for exams.

Whether you are a first-year or an upper-year student, developing effective study skills along with organization during exam season can be difficult. In one of my previous blogs, I described several resources available at UOIT to help students succeed academically. However, in this stressful time, I thought it would be beneficial to also include some videos that describe different tips and tricks in order for students to get the most out of their studying.

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Remembrance Day: Four Ways You Can Remember

Posted by Maria Roussakis on November 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

On November 11, many countries around the world observe Remembrance Day, commemorating those brave soldiers who fought and risked their lives in war. Historically, Remembrance Day is the anniversary of the end of World War I. These hostilities ended on November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m. (French time), therefore ending at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. On this day, what will you be doing to give your remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives in combat?

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Four Videos You Have to Watch for Quick DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Posted by Maria Roussakis on October 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Halloween is the one time of the year where you can dress up as anyone you like, get candy on demand and even scare a few people. There are many different ways that people celebrate Halloween, whether it is attending a party, watching some scary movies or going Trick or Treating. Whatever the occasion, a major part of Halloween is your costume. While some people plan out their costume well in advance, there are others who are more last minute with their ideas. They might find themselves the night of Halloween without anything to wear. However, have no fear! In this list below, I have compiled several videos containing quick and cheap DIY Halloween costume ideas!

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