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This is something that student executives only do once or twice a year, but it’s the kind of thing that needs to be done right. Submitting to the Arts Endowment Fund or the Arts Student Union isn’t the same as the submissions you might be sending to SSHRC or OGS if you’re grad school bound, but there are a lot of similarities. Today I’m going to offer some brief tips on grant writing to help you along.

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This is the post your professors and TAs don’t want you to read. Only they do. Let me sum it up in one sentence.

Bother your professors.

And your TAs. When you get an assignment back, whether you like the grade or not, go and bother them. Ask about their feedback, get more feedback, and try and ask how you can do better next time. Today’s post is a guide on how to bother your professors without making them want to leap out the window upon seeing you at their office hours, and the immense rewards you will reap from doing so. Let us begin.  Continue reading

For those who know me you know that travel is among my favourite pass times. For those of you who don’t I am an avid adventurer and world traveler. I am trying my best to see as much of the world as I can. This is a real challenge though, for years I have been in school and have had minimal income. By minimal I do mean minimum wage. Working part time offers the advantages of flexible schedules but sadly doesn’t provide a lot of cash to spare.

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One of the major jobs of the Classics and Medieval Studies Student Society is being a part of the Arts Student Union (warning, acronyms ahead). It involves going to a meeting every two weeks where there’s discussion, votes, process, and usually pizza. It’s not a lot of work, but it’s work worth doing, for the same reasons 50 Cent does anything. The money, the power, and the women. Let me explain.

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Gaze upon our newfound glory! Truly we are a gorgeous beast now. The new design is the work of Shawn Dickinson who, in addition to being awesome with web design, will be taking over for me as editor in chief (and writer) at the end of April, when I will frolic off to other pastures. I won’t say much about him, in order to preserve his mystique, but his work should speak for itself.

Anyway, it’s time to talk about stress again, and what you can do. We’ve strayed from it for a bit, but it’s worth talking about. Last time, I talked about what counselling services can do for you. This time, the focus is on your classmates. A burden shared is a burden lifted, after all. Here are just a couple of ways you can help support other students and be supported in turn.

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The best one-stop shop on campus for stress management is definitely Counselling Services. Whether it’s your deadlines weighing you down, a new term looming ahead, relationship trouble, work, or problems at home, they’re here for you. They serve students, staff, and faculty, and have offices all over campus, including in residence, as well as the Kitchener and Stratford campuses. Today I’m going to talk about some of the things they can do to help you, and when you should go.

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You read it. The elephant in the room when it comes to university, especially official university serious business blogging (which Labyrinth totally is). Stress. Student life is stressful. You’ve got exams and essays, application deadlines, grades to keep up, assignments to do, and that’s before getting into anything to do with extracurriculars, money, work, or your family. Did I mention the giant pile of student debt you’re statistically likely to have? Or the uncertainty of your future? The girl/guy you met in class that one time and then saw later who might be into you but you can’t tell and don’t want to ask because it might wreck things? How about the deep existential fear that all of this is just a meaningless waste of time and you’re going through the motions until you grow old alone, get a bunch of cats, and die after a completely unremarkable life?

It’s stressful. But we get through it. This term on Labyrinth, we’re going to go over some of the ways that students manage stress. Today I want to talk about some of the resources that are available to you.  Continue reading