Stress is Good: embracing stress, not fighting it

How to turn stress into an asset not a liability.

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Finding the light in the darkness. A Reflection on the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy

When I read about the horrific accident involving the Humboldt Broncos just two weeks ago, I was overcome. My children take a bus to school, my son plays hockey; we drive around Southwestern Ontario in the winter to take my daughter to gymnastics competitions. Those families are my family.   The pain felt very real.Continue reading “Finding the light in the darkness. A Reflection on the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy”

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When your day is filled with clouds

Even when the sky is filled with clouds, the sun is still out and shining, you just can’t see it.  I remind myself of this when I am struggling to find the good in a day.  The truth is that nothing living can survive without rain, so even if we don’t like the clouds, we cannotContinue reading “When your day is filled with clouds”

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What you seek you will find

What you seek you will find – If you are looking for problems you will find them.  If you are looking for positives you will find them. I see every day the instant impact that positivity or negativity has on individual and collective outcomes and trajectory.  I frequently coach my students to frame goals asContinue reading “What you seek you will find”

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Neuroplasticity

nnoun mass noun The ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury. The idea that our minds are not just set, unchangeable, static, makes so much feel possible.  I have grown up in a world that encourages us to believe that talents and abilitiesContinue reading “Neuroplasticity”

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Nearly 70% of university students battle loneliness during school year, survey says

National survey found students felt ‘very lonely’ and ‘so depressed that it was difficult to function’ By Teghan Beaudette, CBC News Posted: Sep 09, 2016 4:00 AM CTLast Updated: Sep 09, 2016 4:00 AM CT A new study of Canadian university students found more than 66 per cent reported feeling “very lonely” in the past year.Continue reading “Nearly 70% of university students battle loneliness during school year, survey says”

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Finding Direction at the Top of a Mountain

One of our Engineering students who is taking a year off contacted our office about his next steps for his education.  During our interactions he mentioned that he has been doing some personal exploration.  I thought that his story might resonate with other students.  You can check out another of David Zhang’s posts here. TheContinue reading “Finding Direction at the Top of a Mountain”

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Sustainable Motivation and the Power of Passion

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Motivation as “a force or influence that causes someone to do something”. However, the power of motivation and its ability to be sustained is much more complex and slightly different for each individual. Sustainable motivation is one of the greatest factors in one’s ability to achieve a goal or complete a task.Continue reading “Sustainable Motivation and the Power of Passion”

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Failing Successfully

Working in the Faculty of Engineering, most of our new students have had very little exposure to failure and potentially no exposure, whatsoever, to academic failure. While at first this may seem to be a good thing, the reality is that failure is one of the most valuable experiences we can have in life. IfContinue reading “Failing Successfully”

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