Stress is Good: embracing stress, not fighting it

How to turn stress into an asset not a liability.

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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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A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’

Although I frequently guide students towards careers that will enable them to do something that they love and are passionate about, this article makes an excellent point that it is not always as easy as “do what you love” nor should it be. By GORDON MARINO May 17, 2014 Student advisees often come to myContinue reading “A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’”

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Managing Stress During Critical Moments:

At exam time the tension and stress in the air is palatable.  I will walk down a hall lined with students waiting to enter the exam room and could hear a pin drop.  It is as if they are not even breathing.  Similarly, I have conducted numerous mock interviews, where the greatest obstacle that theContinue reading “Managing Stress During Critical Moments:”

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Running on Empty?

I read a blog post from the minister at the church I attend and what he wrote really resonated with me. We are at a time of year in the academic calendar when energy is low and demands are high. I can see it written all over everyone’s face: in the slow dragging of feet,Continue reading “Running on Empty?”

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Graduating with Gratitude

Yesterday was our convocation at Huron.  I spent the day watching our lovely students with faces bright and full of pride parade around in their black gowns.  As I stood at the back of the room witnessing the closure of their years of study, I wondered what was running through their minds.  Do they feelContinue reading “Graduating with Gratitude”

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Overeducated and Underemployed?

There has been a lot of coverage recently of the high youth unemployment rates in Canada.  The national unemployment rate is 7.2% while the youth unemployment rate is 14%.  If these statistics have not scared you enough, what about the $23.1 billion in lost wages that Canadian youth will experience over the next 18 years?Continue reading “Overeducated and Underemployed?”

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A New Year Is A Great Time to Dream

I asked my 4 year old son what he wants to do when he grows up and he said “sleep in hotels and go down water slides.” The first question I ask students when they come into my office is “If you could get paid to do anything you want, what would you do?”  ShockinglyContinue reading “A New Year Is A Great Time to Dream”

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12 Tips for Managing Stress and Maintaining Happiness

The fall can be an overwhelming time for everyone.  You are starting a bunch of new courses, settling back into routines, assignments, part-time work . . .   Here are 12 tips that will help you balance the work-load, get into a grove, and stay motivated. Happiness is a Choice: There are some people who seem toContinue reading “12 Tips for Managing Stress and Maintaining Happiness”

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