Commuting for a Career

It is not the commute which makes the person, but rather the person who makes the commute I always swore, during the teenage years I spent obsessively visualizing my eventual career, that I wouldn’t drive for more than one hour to reach a job. The solution seemed simple: once I got a job, I would…

Quelling the Inner Critic & Social Entrepreneurship

This evening I had the pleasure of attending a Social Innovation Exchange event, hosted by the ASCent program out of Communitech. The program and tonight’s event are both aimed at fostering students with an interest in social entrepreneurship, and helping them to create companies aimed at advancing human health, prosperity, and happiness in this complex…

Two Unpublished Research Projects

There are certain days when I pile through my old university files and feel nostalgic about the younger me who pursued abstracted research with a clear heart, believing totally in the value and importance of said investigations. Two of these projects stand out to me as being particularly original – they were fully ‘my’ ideas…

Greenway Park – London, Ontario

During my life as a graduate student, I had the pleasure and the privilege of being able to hike quite frequently. It helped that my thesis research involved hiking and trails in urban and rural environments; both landscapes that provide excellent backdrops for the movement of the body through time and space. When I’m hiking…

Some Life Tips for Unconventional Young Ladies

Warning – this blog post lacks background research and is a purely subjective account from one individual. Tips and recommendations should be approached with this in mind.  I grew up shy, lonesome, and mostly ignorant in the ways of the world. My family maintains a certain level of Victorian sensibility; the feminine values of “piety,…

rare Charitable Research Reserve

The rare Charitable Research Reserve is a great place to hike at any time of the year. Use of the trails at rare is open to the public and free of charge – interested visitors can hike along the River Trail, Maple Lane Trail, Grand Allée Trail, or Springbank Farm trail (see the trail map…

Libraries – They’ve Got What You Need!

Yesterday I had some free time on my hands and decided to wander into the main branch of the Kitchener Public Library (KPL) in downtown Kitchener. Though I had to navigate my way past a massive amount of construction work – the building is undergoing a substantial renovation and expansion project – it was worth…

“Do or Do Not. There is No Try” – Yoda

The fateful words by Yoda seemed the most apt title for my blog entry today. It seems that in my life, I can only do, or not do; there’s really no in between. I require and exert such intense focus on whatever I’m doing, that I can’t easily span between subjects, disciplines, or modes of…

Today, I Finished a Draft

Today is something of a milestone for me – I officially finished a final draft of my thesis and sent it, in its entirety, off to my supervisor and committee member. The process is by no means over; I anticipate that I will have further revisions to make, and will then look into setting up…

Viewpoint: The Value of Certifications

In today’s earlier post, I discussed the problems with certifications – they’re expensive, they are offered by a multitude of privately-owned companies, and they are required for jobs on top of an expensive university education. I was rightfully corrected by one of my wonderful readers on the importance of certifications; certifications are undoubtedly a useful…

Why Blog?

For the past several days, I have had people asking me “why bother blogging?”. It’s an important question; and one to which I would like to respond with the counter-query: why do anything pro-bono in life? Why volunteer? Why hold open a door for someone? The reasons are multitudinous and mostly internally-motivated: 1) it makes…

Adios to Woodstock, Ontario (and all the adventures therein)

At the close of summer 2013, I am eager to honor all of the growing experiences that I’ve been lucky enough to encounter over the preceding, and exceedingly busy, four months. It has been months of self-evaluation and reflection about my Master’s thesis and where I can go from here – that is, after I’m…