So you're in your last year of university, and cannot wait to enter the real world. No more late night study sessions at the library, downing four cans of Red Bull and sitting through three hour snooze worth, lectures. It's time to start shopping for something other then beanies and hoodies, and begin investing in fancy pens and a new e-mail address- something that sounds a bit more professional then firstname.lastname@example.org. Not so fast though. While some of you spend much of your time planning for your future in excitement, and some of you never stop to stress about the responsibilities that are coming your way, all of you are forgetting just how competitive the job market is today. Most of you won't end up unemployed, but you definitely won't have your own private office at your most desirable firm. Today, university graduates are more competitive then ever before, fighting and working tremendously hard to land their dream job. Landing a job as a post-grad resembles a real life version of The Hunger Games, struggling to survive in the job market and fending for the survival of one's professional life. Students' and recent graduates' expectations are soaring, and the realities may not be ever in their favor.
Check out some of the most common post graduation expectations and their realities:
Expectation: I'm going to spend my weekends at classy parties, drinking expensive red wine and networking with other prestigious company leaders.
Reality: You're the guy or girl that is picking up the empty wine glasses, relying on tips from one of your two part- time jobs.
Expectation: I'm going to move out into a trendy apartment downtown.
Reality: You sublet an apartment with three other roommates, and it smells like weed almost half of the time.
Expectation: I'm going to be able to spend money and invest in a new car.
Reality: Yeah... I think I'll stick with my Opus card
Expectation: I'm going to spend my lunch hour at chic restaurants downtown.
Reality: Everyone brings Lean Cuisine from home. Alternatively, Subway is just around the corner, and you might as well rack up the points on your customer rewards point card.
Expectation: I'm going to look so professional in my new work attire.
Reality: You only own two dress shirts, and alternate between them whenever necessary. You've also found a new way to comb your hair back so that you can save time by not having to shower every so often.
Expectation: I'm going to take some work home tonight and do some further online research regarding a new project.
Reality: Anytime you open your computer, your browser somehow magically redirects you to YouTube and you find yourself spending hours watching videos of cats being cute.
Expectation: I'm going to wake up early and grab a coffee before work.
Reality: You roll out of bed at 8:25 am with a dreadful hangover and five minutes to catch the last express bus.
Expectation: 24 year olds that live with their parents are losers
Reality: You still love and take advantage of waking up on the weekends and letting your mom prepare your favorite breakfast while she finishes doing your laundry.
While it blows not meeting your expectations with your realities, one thing worth keeping in mind is that the transition from being a student to becoming a part of the work force takes time. Not everyone lands their most desired job straight out of university. Are these realities really so bad? Or are the expectations of today's students simply set too high? Let us know with your comments!
Canadian non-profit TheraPsil has partnered with McGill and the Imperial College London researchers for a study on the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in what is commonly known as shrooms, on "patients who experience end-of-life distress" and are legally allowed to use the psychedelic compound.
"The study aims to collect quantitative data on the psychological effects of guided psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy sessions for patients experiencing end-of-life distress due to a potentially life-threatening illness," Hannes Kettner, a Ph.D. Candidate at Imperial College London, explained in a press release.
"We are extremely excited about this research project, which aims to give Canadians receiving compassionate psilocybin access a chance to advance the science by sharing their unique experiences," Dr. Kyle Greenway, a senior resident in psychiatry at McGill, added.
To obtain this data, the study will ask patients to fill out a series of questionnaires "2 weeks before, within 3 hours before, 1 day after, 4 weeks after, and 3 and 6 months after a legal, guided experience with psilocybin."
TheraPsil Director of Research Julia Joyes said the "major scientific subjects of interest include the impact of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on mood, spirituality, and the desire for medical assistance in dying."
The study is open to palliative care patients who qualify. If you or a loved one is interested in signing up for the study, you can find out if you qualify on TheraPsil's website.
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Concordia students have called out a speaker in a First Peoples Studies class who said Cree nation members "suffered less" in the residential school system.
On social media, students and the program director have condemned the content of McGill Professor Emerita Toby Morantz's lecture.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, Morantz defended her record and said that she "was not referring to [the] individual suffering" of residential school victims and survivors.
What are Concordia students and faculty saying?
Terrence Duff was one of the students present at the lecture.
"Yesterday had to walk out of class because we had a guest speaker who tried to convince us that James Bay Cree suffered less from the Residential school and that the Cree benefit from the Residential school and fur trade," Duff wrote in a highly-circulated Facebook post, shared here with permission.
"I spoke up and she down right tried to say I was wrong when I tried to correct her."
Terrence called Morantz's lecture and research "upsetting and discouraging."
Once day after Terrence published the Facebook post, the First People Studies program shared a letter in which program Director Catherine Richardson said Morantz had been "improperly vetted."
She called the McGill professor's statements "ill-informed, racist, hateful and inaccurate" and said Morantz "violated the dignity of the students, with prejudice, stereotyping and historical inaccuracies to advance a hateful perspective."
"I am mortified by the harm that was caused and that people in positions of institutional stature can abuse power so unethically and destructively," Richardson concluded.
Duff appreciated her response and promised further action.
"Her and the department's apology means a lot to me as a University student," Duff wrote in a subsequent Facebook post.
"We will move forward with an official complaint letter concerning Toby Morantz who was our guest lecturer and send it off [to] McGill University. We will not let this go!"
What is Morantz's response?
Morantz told MTL Blog that Richardson "was not in the class, never spoke with [her] and certainly has not read [her] books and articles."
She says that when she claimed James Bay Cree "suffered less" in the residential school system, she was "using suffer in the sense of 'endure'" and referring to changes in government policy.
"When I realized it was a trigger word, I repeated over and over again that I was not referring to individual suffering but to the differences in the school systems."
Morantz expressed a desire for the conversation to return to the history of the residential school program.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-855-242-3310, or visit their website to chat.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-925-4419.
William Shatner is set to launch into space on Wednesday and, this time, it's not the set of Star Trek — it's real life. But did you know Shatner's journey from infancy to outer space actually started in Montreal?
In an interview with Professionally Speaking, the Ontario College of Teachers' magazine, Shatner is quoted as saying, "The Montreal Children's Theatre probably had a bigger influence on my life than any educational facility, other than McGill University."
"I wrote, directed and acted in McGill's Red and White Review three out of my four years at university. That was my education really," Shatner is quoted as saying in the Professionally Speaking article.
After finishing his undergrad at McGill, Shatner became a business manager for a Montreal theatre company called Mountain Playhouse before joining the Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia.
From there, Shatner started acting at Stratford Festival, then on Broadway, and then on television where he gained notoriety as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk.
From the streets of NDG to countless TV screens to Canada's Walk Of Fame, Shatner carries a piece of Montreal with him. And, on October 13 at 10 a.m., that little piece of Montreal is set to be "beamed up" into outer space.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.