Why I Love the Team

It feels so appropriate to be writing this post today – after our energetic Monday morning meetings and a weekend outing (where we all took time out of our busy lives to play dodge ball… even though we all probably couldn’t afford to take away that much time from our studying… #YOLO).

I don’t think I can put into words just how much being a part of the CSMMSS has affected my life this year, but I’m going to try.

Coming into my third year, I really wanted to be an involved member of the Department – but I’m not the most extroverted person, and I don’t think I have to explain why trying to find your place within the University is more than a little intimidating. But acting as the Third Year Representative for the Society this year not only helped me find my ‘place’ within the larger McMaster community… it taught me invaluable leadership skills that I will carry with me no matter where the next year leads. And I know leadership can sometimes be an overarching term, so more specifically, some of the skills I learned include: when to speak up, and when to sit back and watch others create their vision. How to trust my teammates, and myself. How to stay positive even when the cards are stacked against you. How to fearlessly voice my opinion and stay true to my personal values…. and so much more, but I want to keep this as short and sweet as possible.

Not only was I given an incredible opportunity to learn and develop my skills, but I also built a professional network. Over the past few months I’ve been incredibly career-focused, and I’ve found myself faced with professional-based questions that I didn’t really know how to answer. But thankfully the other team members were always open and willing to help me work through my questions, just as I have, and always will, be here for them. And that’s why I love the team.

And that’s why I have such a passion for (hopefully) remaining a member of the team in the year to come. Because this experience has affected my life in ways that I never would have predicted, and I want to create a similar experience for all of my classmates. There’s no reason why we can’t build a strong sense of community within the CS&MM departments through both personal and professional relationships, especially with so many talented and experienced students among us – there are so many things we could learn from one another, so let’s start.



January in Review

As one of my 2014 resolutions, I promised myself that I would reflect on both positive and negative experiences at the end of every month, in hopes that I might learn something for future reference. January 2014 was hella busy, which is why this post is being written almost a week into February (better late than never is what I always say!), but I had some major revelations that I need to share. Can you relate? I’d love to hear what January taught you!

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It’s a Wrap

I love December for so many reasons – the magical Christmas spirit, the end of an academic term, amazing shopping deals, the list goes on. And as January, the month of fresh starts, nears, I think it’s important to reflect on the year that has passed. Inspired by the wise words of Ferris Bueller: “life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,” this blog post is a personal reflection of 2013. Writing this post has not only given me the chance to remember all of the challenges I overcame in the past year, but it’s motivated me to continue to put myself out there and open myself up to new experiences in the New Year. Whether you post it on a blog, write it in a journal, or just think it in your head – I strongly encourage everyone to reflect on their year. It’s a cathartic experience. 

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