3A: 4 Months of Overcoming Challenges (pt. 1)

April 5, 2019

“Dear Jinjin,

We regret to inform you that due to unanticipated changes in our fulltime operations team, we are forced to rescind our offer.

Wishing you the very best and we are sorry for this last minute change !!



You can’t be serious. This can’t be happening, I thought. I had already had a difficult 3A term that I was still struggling to complete, and just a few weeks after I got matched with this company, when I thought I could finally take a break from co-op searching and focus my energy on maintaining decent grades until the end of the term, I get notified that my co-op offer has now been rescinded…

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2018 Recaptured

Hello to all my classmates, friends, teachers, employers and future employers who are reading this blog. So after like eight months of no updates, I’ve decided to end 2018 with one concluding blog post and start 2019 with a redesigned website that actually reflects the now 20 year old me. In addition, if you’re a future employer browsing through this blog to see what my personality is like, I have included two sections for both my writing portfolio and graphic design portfolio, so if you’re curious as to the work I’ve done from my previous co-ops, they’re right here on my blog for your convenient access. Now that I’m done with my self-promotion, let’s talk about wrapping up this year and preparing for the next.

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What I’ve learned from co-op

I’m halfway done my co-op term, and honestly can say that I’ve enjoyed it a lot for the past 2 months. The skills that I’ve gained through working on projects and tasks really give me applicable insight to what goes on in the real world. My favourite part? Getting feedback from my co-workers and manager that I’m a valued member of the team, and that I make impactful contributions that help the team move towards our common goals. The best feeling is knowing that the others around me know I strive to work hard to make my contributions, and that they appreciate it. It’s a clear sign to me that “you’re on the right track to getting somewhere, and hopefully able to get an earlier start to climbing the corporate ladder.” And honestly I need that, because I have yet to discover a sufficient amount of careers that are suitable for an English undergrad student. In plain English, I’m subconsciously stressing over where the actual heck I’m headed in life, but have a bit of a loose feeling that I am likely heading in the right direction.

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Things I Learned in 2017

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I originally was gonna start this EOT post with ranting about how bad my 2A term went, how much I hated 4/5 of the courses that I took, and how I nearly felt like academia tortured my mental health and soul, but since today is the last day of 2017, I think it’d be better to do a yearly wrap-up. To start off, I’ll tell you briefly that this term wasn’t a good term for me, “good” isn’t even the appropriate word to describe how the four months have been. “horrible” would probably make a better word.

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Studying Efficiently in University

Many of you are probably asking, “what’s the academic transition like? How does it get harder?” Although you have less classes than you did in high school and more “free time,” with university comes a heavier workload. Sure, you get more time off, but most students end up using that time to learn and study on their own, because you will probably have some classes in which you need to do some extra self-study to actually get the lecture content.

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Letter to First-Years Entering University

*I lived off-campus in my first-year, so my experience may differ from yours*

Congratulations. You’re finally finished four years of high school and either you ran across the finish line (of exams), or (if you’re anything like me) you painfully crawled your way barely passed the finish line and declared it to be vacation before the school authorities could object to your freshly printed grades. (I still made it into Waterloo, just for reference). Anyways, allow your parents to give you a pat on the back for gruelling through the past weeks of exams and realize that this summer may be your last one off before you start your journey in university, where you realize that nothing is, what is seems (cue Wizards of Waverly Place). Here are some things to expect upon entry to university, things to be lookin’ out for.

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Housing and Leasing Tips for University

For all students who choose to move out for university, housing is a hot topic, especially because many first years live on residence. Due to a missed deadline, I was put on the residence wait list, and I didn’t get into residence at the end. However, through my learning experiences off campus, I’ll share some of my tips for finding the best affordable place off campus.

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Things I’ve Learned in My First Year of University

First year came and flew by in a flash. University really does just come and go – way faster than high school. I remember the university application process, finally making my decision and being both excited and nervous about what the future would hold. I remember how nervous I was the first day I moved out for university.

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(late) January updates

Hey guys!

I’m gonna start off by saying that January 2017 could have started off better. I got sick on the 2nd and got my period a day later. For the guys out there who don’t know what that feels like, the simplest equation I can come up with is sick + period = death. I was basically a zombie for the first week of school because I had no energy.

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(late) New Year’s Resolutions

I know, I know, I’m super late to talking about my New Year’s Resolutions which were supposed to be posted at the beginning of January, which by now I’m finally finished with. My reasons for being late include the fact that launching a new website (a self-hosted one) and dealing with all the technical components around it took a bit of time. I also spent the past two weeks starting my second term at university, getting used to my new courses and trying to get back into the pace of university.

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