How I Survived My Master’s Thesis: Productivity Tips and Research Hacks!

Writing my Master's thesis was an immense undertaking and I will continue to reflect on the process over the next few weeks because I realize that it doesn’t “end”, one only stops writing it. I enjoyed the process, as strenuous as it was. There were moments when I was awash with a sense of triumph after…

We need to talk about Pokémon Go

  So, I had a whole other post written up, but taking the lead from Pat Thompson, I’m going to, instead, “go where the energy is.” We need to talk about Pokémon Go. Yes, this post is about Pokémon Go, because Pokémon Go has become a cultural phenomenon, and like any cultural phenomenon it is…

“We teach girls to shrink themselves…”: 6 Keys to Assertiveness in Professional Settings

The line in the title was spoken by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her Tedx talk "We Should All Be Feminists". You may have also heard these words while jamming to Beyonce's  "***Flawless" (which you so obviously do!). Adichie's words speak of the pressure to be thin and physically small, but they also draw attention to…

The 5 Books That Changed My Life

I miss having time to read. Actually, that's a bit misleading, I suppose what I should be saying is: I regret not using the free time I do have for reading. One major downside of graduate studies or work that involves copious amounts of non-leisure reading is that it can leave you sapped of any…

The black dog, the blue period (Part II): Coping with Anxiety

In the first part of this series, I detailed my experiences with clinical depression in high school and early university. I had the second post completed and ready to go but the response I got from the first post was nothing short of overwhelming. I received messages from approximately 40 different people over text, e-mail, and…

Learning to Say to No to the Noise & Yes to My Self

Over the past several years, ever since starting University, I’ve had the great fortune of meeting some of the most amazing, inspiring people in my life, and I’m blessed to be able to call them my friends. Through classes, student groups and working for several administrative departments, my network of friends and acquaintances has grown…