How To Write Gooder: Finishing the Essay

Okay, so you just finished writing your essay. Congrats! I’m so proud of all the hard work you put into writing that thing. It’s hard to pump out an essay, no matter how long it is or what the subject matter is. You can hand it in knowing at least I’m impressed with your work.

If you want your prof to be impressed by the work you do, you might not want to hand it in just yet. While some people can just finish an essay and hand it in, if I haven’t gone over it at least once I go crazy. I end up looking it over once it’s already been handed in and that’s not productive at all!

So here are some tips for finishing that essay up.


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How To Write Gooder: Writing the Essay

Would you look at that, I’m back at it again with some tips to help you write an amazing essay. I’m not going to lie – this entire “how to write gooder” series (name stolen from one of my fave profs) is entirely self-serving. I haven’t had to write an essay yet this year and I’m trying to re-teach myself how to write one now that I have a few assigned.

They’re good tips if I do say so myself. I’ve included some quotes from essays I’ve written just to demonstrate the point I’m trying to get across. You don’t have to know what’s going on in them.

Hopefully you find these tips helpful, although I will say I’ve never had a chance to apply to them something that isn’t a critical analytic essay so I can’t promise anything (you didn’t pay for this so I can’t give you a money back guarantee).


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How To Write Gooder: Planning a Killer Essay

I’m going to take a wild guess and say you’ve had to write an essay at least once in your academic career. Maybe I’ll even go crazy and suggest that you’ve probably struggled to write an essay before. Trust me, we’ve all been there. My first year I had to hand in an essay every two weeks. After that I’d consider myself a bit of an expert on essay panic.

Writing’s one of those frustrating things where the only way to get good at it is practice. You have to keep writing and you’ll probably never get perfect. Especially when different profs like different writing styles. Unfortunately for us, that means having to constantly work at it.

For me, setting myself up for success before I even start writing is so important. It’s the reason I’m not crying (too much) when I realize I’ve put off essay writing until the night before. How do you expect to write an A essay if you haven’t prepared for it? You can’t (and if you can, please teach me your ways).

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Exploring Your City – Autumn Adventures

This weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving but because I go to school across the country, I couldn’t go home. So, I got to have my second Friendsgiving and I have to say, they’re quickly becoming my favourite way to spend the holiday.

Typically, Friendsgiving for me involves some kind of activity with your friends and then a meal. Last year, I cooked a lot of sweet potatoes and then our meal was various sweet potato dishes (not very different dishes mind you, mostly just sweet potatoes with like green onion or cranberry sauce). This year I got to do something a little more fun.

One of my close friends has a car this year and I’d heard of this thing called the Pumpkin Regatta. Basically, the Regatta is a race where people carve out giant pumpkins and after decorating them, they paddle across a lake. It’s really cool and I convinced her to take me.  

Something I really wanted to do this year was explore more of the province I’m currently living in. For the most part I just know my town, and I really only know the areas around campus. I figured if I’m living here for at least four years I should probably get to know the place.


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A Talk About Handling Stress

Basically, stress sucks. Learning to manage stress is one of the essential parts of being a productive human being. It’s challenging to get any work done if the stress of life is weighing down so hard on you that it’s difficult to breathe or focus on any one subject. When I feel particularly stressed, I recognize all the privilege I have, but I also recognize that it’s hard to be me.

It’s hard to be anyone.

Can I be honest with you? This week has been the week from hell for no particular reason. There is nothing different about this week, and yet, my brain seems to want to single this week out as special. Instead of accepting how the week’s going, it’s finding ways to increase my stress and I’m definitely using more self-deprecating language.

What I hope you can get out of this post is a recognition that you aren’t alone and some coping strategies for when stress is so overwhelming you just can’t.


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How To Take Some Killer Notes in Class

As you might have noticed, taking good notes can make or break your semester. I’m not saying this to stress you out. I’ll telling you this because last year I completely ignored how important good notes were to my ability to study them later. This made finals week hard. With September having just come to an end, you still have time to get your study schedule back on track if you’ve lost your way. 

Below I’ve got some killer tips to help you write amazing notes during your lectures.


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How to: Have the Best Morning Ever

I have a secret to tell you: I’m a morning person. Despite finding myself up way later than I should be most nights, I don’t actually enjoy it. In an ideal world, I’d be going to bed no later than 10:30PM and waking up at 6:00AM. Strange, right? I actually want to wake up early.

I’ll let you in on another secret: I didn’t always use to be this way. In fact, it was only when I started university last year that my attitude towards the morning really changed. I’ve always had to wake up early to get to school, but I used to dread being up before the sun was properly set in the sky. When I think back to what sparked this change, I can only link it to one thing – I wanted some alone time.

Living in dorms meant sharing my space with roughly 25 other girls, and seeing one girl every time I was in my room. Waking up early gave me at least an hour of quiet before the craziness of the day kicked in. Despite no longer sharing a dorm room, I do still have roommates and getting to have a little bit of time in the morning that’s just mine has become a feeling I love.

My hope is that I’ll be able to share with you some tips and tricks to help make mornings the best thing about your day.

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Best Songs of Autumn 2016

It’s that time of year again! Everything is pumpkin spice, people are itching to get out their favourite sweater, and all I want to do is drink warm tea. Autumn officially hit September 22nd and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t know how to explain my love of fall to someone who doesn’t share it, but trust me when I say it’s the purest form of happiness.

To make sure I’m consistently in the autumn mood this year, I made myself an autumn playlist. I typically make myself a playlist every season with all of my (predicted) most listened to songs, so I figured I’d share it with you guys and spread the love! I hope you enjoy!


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Volunteering for Orientation Week

The first week of September was crazy for me. Not only was it the first week of school, but it was O-Week. O-Week, or Orientation Week, is actually only three days and it marks the start of the new year for incoming students. This year, I got to participate  in O-Week as a leader and I would recommend it to anyone.

Participating in O-Week as a leader was definitively one of my favourite experiences this year so far (I know it’s only been a month). There’s something special about O-Week I think. It’s a crazy few days, packed with activities, and you make friends very quickly so you can have someone to share the excitement with. It was kind of cool to see friend groups forming and being able to watch first years settle into their new home.

I hope some of you will be inspired to volunteer for your school’s O-Week next year, so I’m going to give you a little break down of what each day looked like for me.


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TV Shows to Stream This Fall

Do you smell it? That first fallen leaf? I know I can always smell when fall is in the air (or maybe that’s just my pumpkin spice candle). As fall quickly approaches, so do midterms, and so does the cold weather.

I know whenever fall hits I’m torn between wanting to spend all my time outside, and just wanting to burrow myself in a corner with a good book and some tea. For days when a book just isn’t enough, I like to stream some things on Netflix.

Now, I live in Canada so these are my show recommendations in terms of TV shows Netflix Canada has, I can’t guarantee that they’re all over Netflix.

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