First off, welcome back from reading week! I hope you spent it sequestered in your lair, poring over your text books and ensuring your readiness for the finals which loom ever closer, rather than having fun, hanging out, or visiting places that are totally rad. None of that is true. A month ago, I wrote a post about some ways to motivate people to come to events, which can be one of the most challenging things in the planning process. Everyone is busy, after all. With assignments, work, personal stuff…It’s a deep, dark hole down which our time plummets like, well, like a Persian messenger.

Each of the last post’s methods were decreasingly cynical, and were mostly about marketing, developing careful tactics to deliver your message. Today though, I’ll talk about communication instead, and how you, as a person, can develop relationships that lead to better and more well-attended events.

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I was going to talk about serious things today, about how to motivate people and get them on board with projects, that sort of thing. But then I remembered it’s the Friday before reading week, and you don’t need any more load on your brain as you retire from classes for a week to diligently work on assignments and study hard for exams while listening to bomb-ass thrash metal at a reasonable volume. That’s how I spent all my reading weeks, anyway. That is a lie.

Still, you should probably learn something before a week devoid of studying and no doubt filled with debaucheries that would make Caligula blush, so check out Crash Course, a web series I’ve been following. They did some great videos on ancient and medieval history as part of their World History series, and I’m also loving their current work on American history. It’s run by John and Hank Green, who are the definition of awesome. Here’s their video on the Roman Republic.

Learning complete! Enjoy your reading week!

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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