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How to beat the fall blues

The month of October is invariably when I burn out. Over the last few years, this month has become emotionally, mentally and physically taxing due to a number of reasons. As school and university got busy, I basically took up a lot to do in summers: high school programs, part time jobs, summer classes and… Continue reading How to beat the fall blues

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Productivity 101: how I use my academic planner

I remember the old school days in Pakistan when our course book and notebook sets would include a 'diary'. It was to remember assignments, dates and deadlines. If only they came in pretty pink paisleys or funky geo prints - they didn't, thanks to school logos. So, as soon as my school didn't ask me… Continue reading Productivity 101: how I use my academic planner

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The what, why and how of journaling

I have had an on-and-off relationship with writing about my life. Be it blogging or journaling, I'd have phases of doing lots and then nothing. I had to find a purpose and its meaning in my life. Recently as I got back to blogging, I also got back to focused journaling. The past few years… Continue reading The what, why and how of journaling

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3 things I have learned from working as a student

Ever since I started university in North America, I wanted to work alongside studying. I had done a long internship at The Express Tribune throughout high school so I knew that was something I can manage. When I finally got to work upon moving to Vancouver, I left no position (which I qualified for) unapplied.… Continue reading 3 things I have learned from working as a student

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What’s this back to campus business?

I am a big fan of dorm decor ever since I saw my first-year double room, with grainy walls, low lighting and scruffy furniture. It adds character, homeliness and a dash of warmth to often drab spaces. However, having lived in 3 residence spaces in my university career so far I have figured one thing.… Continue reading What’s this back to campus business?

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Working at a call centre is more valuable than you think

For the past 1.5 years I have been working at the UBC Annual Giving Call Centre, raising funds for the university as a student caller. I started this position with interest in alumni relations as I am daughter of an alumnus, with a great UBC-family story that changed my life. I also just really wanted… Continue reading Working at a call centre is more valuable than you think

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Make the most of work experiences

It is most befitting to take this blog in the direction of my life. The past year or so has been of immense professional and personal growth at UBC. One key takeaway has been to carefully craft experiences by making the most of all and any work that comes my way. As an international university… Continue reading Make the most of work experiences