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Sarah Rae

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Top five slow cooker meals for the hungry student

Posted by Sarah Rae on March 7, 2019 at 8:32 AM

Happy March, students! I hope you all are keeping warm during this very cold winter we are having. With high school graduation around the corner, you may be starting to wonder what living on your own (if you are moving away from home to attend post-secondary!) will be like.

More specifically, you may begin to wonder what you are going to eat as you no longer will have those nice home cooked meals made by your loved ones.

Another thing that may add to this challenge is if you don’t really know how to cook…or how to cook well…like in my case when I moved away from home for the first time.

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Topics: Student Life

Top strategies to ace multiple choice exams

Posted by Sarah Rae on February 7, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Good afternoon, students!

I hope that all of your first semester exams have wrapped up and you are well on the way to completing your FINAL year of secondary school!

Graduation is creeping up and some of you are patiently waiting for those university acceptance letters, while I’m sure you are also starting to think about the differences between university courses and high school classes.

While there are quite a few differences between these two things, one thing that remains the same is…multiple choice tests!

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Topics: Academic, first-year

Top four tips on making New Year's resolutions

Posted by Sarah Rae on January 15, 2019 at 9:04 AM

Happy new year students! I hope you all were able to take the time you needed to unwind and relax over the holidays, while spending quality time with your friends and family.

The new year is always a busy time for people, but more especially a busy time for students!

As a future university student, you'll come to learn that the new year is typically the time where the end of your school semester and final exams are approaching. It is also important during this time to take a moment and reflect on your past year. 

The holiday break is a great time to look back on all your successes and challenges of the previous year and to take the time to create new resolutions, or what I like to refer to them as, new goals, for the upcoming year!

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

Top volunteer opportunities for students in the GTA

Posted by Sarah Rae on November 27, 2018 at 9:04 AM

Happy November students! I hope all of you are managing to stay warm and cozy in this colder weather we are beginning to have.

As the end of the school year approaches, I’m sure a lot of you are busy finishing off assignments and studying for finals tests.

With the new year approaching, you're likely thinking more about where to apply. Something you should consider when thinking of where to go to university are the available volunteer opportunities. As such, I thought this would be a good time to bring to your attention some possible volunteer opportunities available for students in the GTA.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Volunteer

Top five tips and tricks for midterm season

Posted by Sarah Rae on October 23, 2018 at 9:04 AM

Well students, its that time again – midterm season! This time of year can seem hectic and stressful as you are trying to fit in study sessions while still maintaining all of your other responsibilities. Whether you are a first-year student writing midterms for the very first time, or you are an upper-year student who is trying to maintain their GPA for graduate school, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone and there are lots of resources and tips available to help you ace your midterms!

While I know that each student has their own study habits that typically work best for them, I have compiled some tips and suggestions on ways to get the most out of your studying and help reduce stress throughout the examination period. 

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Topics: Academic

Why you should consider completing a minor

Posted by Sarah Rae on September 20, 2018 at 9:10 AM

Welcome back, students! I hope you all had a wonderful summer full of sleep, good food and spending quality time with your family and friends. To kick off this semester, I will be sharing some information in regards to possible minor programs available to you at the university. 

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Topics: Academic

Ways to stay happy and healthy this flu season

Posted by Sarah Rae on March 26, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Good afternoon students! I hope you are doing well and keeping healthy as this semester comes to a close. It is crazy to think that some of you may be just finishing up your very first year here, while for some of you it may be your very last! Or, you may even be in between! Whatever stage you're in, remember how important it is to take care of yourself during times of high stress, especially during flu season! I know that life can get extremely busy during this time of year, so that is why I am here to give you a few tips on how to keep healthy and keep your body running at optimal levels. So, without further ado, I bring to you my very last blog post of the semester (not to worry though—I will be back next year!)

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Topics: Student Life

Places to visit when you need a break from studying

Posted by Sarah Rae on March 2, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Welcome back from your well-deserved reading week students! I hope you all had a relaxing break and were able to get done (some) studying as well! So now that you’re back in Oshawa (or still in Oshawa for those who never left) you may be wondering if there’s anything else exciting to do when you’re looking to take a break from your studies. If this is of interest to you, then please read on!

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Topics: Student Life

Getting back into the swing of things

Posted by Sarah Rae on January 16, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Welcome back! I hope you all had a well-deserved, relaxing break. It's a new year full of many new opportunities and experiences for you to take full advantage of. The start of a new year, as well as a new semester, is a very exciting time and the perfect time to start fresh. Personally, my favourite thing about starting a new semester is getting those new, crisp notebooks! While going back to school is an exciting time, it can also be a challenge to get back into that 'school mindset' and regain certain levels of motivation towards your academic life. Here are some tips and tricks that I have found help me get back into the swing of things after time off:

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

How to create a solid study plan this exam season

Posted by Sarah Rae on November 23, 2017 at 9:10 AM

As the semester is winding down, some of you maybe be experiencing more stress than usual due to final assignments, presentations, labs or exams. While this can be a tiring time, there are many things you can do in preparation for final exams to reduce stress levels. One thing that I have found extremely helpful over the past few years is to create a solid study plan. I have found that the construction of a study plan has cut down the bulk of my stress and has allowed me to perform better on exams than when I haven't implemented a plan. They say that organization is half the battle in university, so what better way to get organized than a study plan!

If you are thinking you would like to experience the benefits a study plan can provide you with this exam season, please consider the following things while creating your masterpiece!

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Topics: Academic