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…

A Whole New World: Vietnam

I’ve made one of the biggest decisions of my adult life this week: I’ve decided to live abroad in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam to teach at the Canadian International School Vietnam for two years. For the last six months, I’ve been on a job hunt. I wanted to move on from my current job…

What’s in a name?

As many immigrants will agree, it can be frustrating to have a first name that is difficult to pronounce for speakers in your new country. Second generation immigrants can also encounter this frustration, perhaps more frequently because they may or may not be fluent in their parents’ native tongue. For some people, the solution is to…

Marathoning Life

I’ve never been a very athletic person. I enjoy walks, hikes, skating, and other forms of exercise that “get me places”, but I’ve never been one to train for a competition or develop a physical skill. I decided to change that last year. I thought to myself, “I’m going to run a marathon!” A friend…

Heart & Soul

What is a “heart?” Ask a biologist and you will be told it is an organ for circulating blood around the body. It’s purpose is to ensure an even distribution of heat and other essentials such as oxygen and hormones around the body. That definition makes perfect sense to me. Ask a poet and you…

Rose-coloured Filters: Making the Cut for Social Media #humblebrag

On September 9, 2017, I took my first international trip without my parents to Cusco, Peru. I’m sure some people will consider that a pretty late milestone at the age of 25, but there I was. I used to be so awestruck by picture-perfect moments captured on social media. I would see classmates sharing photos of…