Category Archives: Personal

Arianna Huffington’s Big Idea

In case you’re still looking for new year’s resolutions, here’s a good one from Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post.

Speaking at TEDWomen, Huffington in the video below encourages her audience of powerful women to — wait for it — sleep. Yup, you’ve read that right: sleep.

Drawing from her own experience (she fainted from exhaustion two and a half years ago) and using good humour, Huffington made a good case for her simple (and yet big) idea.

Many studies have confirmed the value of getting lots of sleep. Studies have suggested, for instance, that consistently getting a good night’s sleep might benefit your heart’s health and help you avoid the common cold. Huffington concluded that sleep can lead to “a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life”. Sleep a lot and be successful? Sounds like a good deal to me!

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3 “Resolutions” I’m Adopting…Starting TODAY

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I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions. In fact, every time I hear people say “I’ll do xxx starting in January”, I am convinced that a unicorn dies. If you’re delaying changing something, the reality is that it’s … Continue reading

Succeeding with a Group of Type A Individuals (5 Tips)

I just completed my first 400-level Business course ever! Intimidated at first, I quickly adjusted to the course  (titled Integrated Marketing Communications – or IMC for short) and eventually got a really great mark.

A huge part of my the IMC course this semester involved a group project. By now, I’m already used to working in teams. If you’re in the Business faculty, you can pretty much expect to have at least one group project per semester. This project was a bit different though as it involved 9 to 11 group members. As far as school projects go, that’s a pretty huge group. And because part of the project is creating synergy among our individual efforts, it took a lot of time to complete, both working individually and as a group.

Another thing that’s unusual with my group is that it was made up of mostly Type A individuals.  At the beginning of the semester, two of my classmates already had some idea of how the group project would go because they had friends who had taken the course.  They’ve set out to organize a group, ensuring that only the best are in. The result? A team of nine intelligent, competitive individuals  acting as a full-service marketing communications agency that will pitch a project to a case study about a cruise line.

Our team did pretty well, but more importantly, we got along well. There were moments of conflicts and disagreements; however, never at one point did we feel like killing each other. And whenever you have 9  talented people in the same room, that’s a good thing.

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Day 2: Take Home Sushi Makes Everything Better

For many people, fast food is the ultimate comfort food. They rely on McDonald’s or Burger King or a bucket of ice cream after a long day. Not me though. No siree. After a hard day’s work, I want Japanese food!

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The 30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 1 is All About School

Christina, a fellow AIESECer, recently wrote about the 30 Day Blog Challenge on her blog. Her post immediately caught my attention because I’ve been thinking of ways of how to reignite my passion for blogging. A long time ago, before I discovered WordPress, I actually blogged quite regularly. My Blogger site, which I’ve deleted since, used to have posts at least thrice a week. A friend even used to bug me for sharing too much on that blog. Ah, how times have changed!

Anyway, after reading Christina’s blog post, I immediately knew that I have to do this challenge. So this is it, folks: my first of 30 posts. For day 1, I’m supposed to have a post with “a photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.” Let me begin with the picture because I think that explains a lot about my day:

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Decisions: Calculated Risks, Priorities, and Opportunity Costs


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When I came back to school a few months ago, I made what I thought at that time was a decisive decision – not to do co-op.  There were several reasons for this. First, I really thought I was getting old. Getting back to school after a few years off makes you feel that way. Second, I felt that I had enough experience. In my short time with eBay, I’ve held three roles, one of which affected the entire Customer Support organization.

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Busy Summer

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My Summer semester is turning out to be a busy one. In addition to taking five courses — yep, you’ve read that right — I’ll be continuing my work with SFU Work Integrated Learning as a writer for its Online … Continue reading