Why I will (hopefully) have a successful career

A few years ago, I attended an inspiring lecture by Larry Smith, an economics professor at the University of Waterloo. During that lecture, Dr. Smigh told a room of 100 hundred undergraduate students, including myself, why we would will fail to have a great career. He then told us how to fix it. I mean…

The Musicality of Sign Language

Today I watched a TED Talk about the musicality of sign language. In the enchanting video, Christine Sun Kim, an artist and TED fellow, educates the audience on how musicality does indeed play an important role in sign language. As a casual musician, I thought it was really interesting to learn from Christine and her…

The Unfinished List

It’s been a few months since I started blogging. All in all, I’ve found it to be lots of fun to actually have a (seemingly) productive hobby. I have always enjoyed writing and reading, a trait I share with many bloggers. It was an important choice for me to start my own blog as a…

Once Upon a Video Game

To some people, video games are the 21st-century equivalent of oil paintings. From 2D platformers like the classic Super Mario Bros or more recent triple-A series like Horizon Zero Dawn, video games are created on a canvas that can please our eyes, our ears, and our hearts. This post is my love letter to video…

Good bye, Winter.

For all its slipperiness, cold, and inconvenience, winter is a beautiful season here in Toronto, Canada. On days when the snow flutters down in beautifully chunky snowflakes that drift slowly across my vision, I feel at peace. Snowfalls are not always accompanied by frigid weather, contrary to popular belief. Snow is an effective insulator that…

Robo Advisors: Would you trust a robot with your cash?

Have you ever heard the phrase “the rich get richer, but the poor get poorer”? Well, part of the reason that expression might be true is that rich people tend to put their money to work for them in the form of investments. It takes a decent amount of research and introspection to understand what…

Payday Maydays

No manager is perfect, but some are definitely better than others. As I gain more experience in the world of jobs and job interviews, I’ve come to learn how important it is to have a manager that both respects and listens to you. Feeling part of a team truly does improve your work ethic and…

Staring at Life from Above

I wish I could view the road map of my life. I wish I could look at my life like an experienced cartographer and have a full perspective of where Road A will lead me as I look for a career or how Road B will affect my relationships with those I cherish. If I could,…

Logically in Love

Ever since I started dating my current partner, one of my family members periodically asks me “How serious are you with him?” My irked answer often amounts to: “Well, I probably won’t ever tell you if I’m serious with anyone I date because if we break up, the next time I feel like I’m in a…

Political Apathy and Children in Charge

Today I watched the Question Period at the House of Commons for the first time. This is an event held every weekday where parliament members ask each other questions about current federal issues, policies, etc. (at least that’s what it’s supposed to be). I’m very disappointed. Never in my life have a watched a group…

What is love? Baby… I have no idea.

Dear Reader, Happy Valentine’s Day! …or perhaps this isn’t a happy day for you? Perhaps Valentine’s Day is a day that evokes the stress of pleasing your significant other. Perhaps it’s a stabbing reminder of the fact that you are single, newly single, or forever single. Well, reader, who better to love on Valentine’s Day…

An Ode to Medical School Applicants

Medical school applications are notoriously difficult. Many people underestimate the trials and tribulations applicants must undergo to be considered for such a prestigious and groveling professional school.  Last week, I spent some time with a friend who is preparing for his medical school interviews. We went through a list of exercise questions to ascertain his effectiveness…