While you probably know how to deal with a broken bone or the flu, handling a mental health crisis isn’t quite as straightforward and should not be taken lightly. If you know someone who’s dealing with some mental health issues and aren’t sure how to help, here are seven things you can do. [Read more…]
Switching up your living situation next year? Thinking of living with someone new? It may seem like a no-brainer when you think of who you want to live with, but we’ve seen some friendships fall apart because the wrong people lived together. Here are some things to think about before you move in together, so you can have great (read: not terrible) roommates and maintain friendships. [Read more…]
Whether you’re in first year or fourth, university can be a little intimidating. This is especially true if you’re introverted. Maybe the crowds of people walking to and from classes aren’t for you, or the long lineup at Tim’s during peak times make you feel nauseous, or perhaps you’re worried about how you’ll make friends. As an introvert myself, I feel you. So here are my top ways to crack your shell and venture out into the “real world.” [Read more…]
Have you opened your T-shirt drawer to find a jumbled mess of random clothing, a single shoe, and last semester’s psych notes? This described my dorm room closet for 90% of my first year. Organizing such a small space can be a challenge for many people, and we don’t always have the time or energy to do a deep clean. But a clean room can boost your productivity, improve your mood, and keep you healthy. Here are a few tricks I use to keep my room looking (mostly) clean! [Read more…]
Exam season is officially here! Whether you like it or not, it’s time to get your books out and your brains in gear. While exams can be incredibly stressful, if you put your head down and prepare properly you’ll make it through. Here are 8 things you need to know to help you get through one of the most stressful times of the year (so you can enjoy some well-deserved time off). If it’s your first time writing exams at Dal, take note.
So you’re staying put for Study Break. No tropical beaches for you. While there are plenty of great things to do in town during the week, it’s also the perfect opportunity to catch up/get ahead on school and life. Don’t worry, if you plan your week out right, you’ll still have plenty of time to watch Netflix and go out with friends. [Read more…]
Let’s face it—after visiting the Public Gardens your nth time, it starts to get a little boring. If you come from a major city, you may be underwhelmed with the obvious activities to do in Halifax. Trust me, I get it. As a Halifax native, I too am sick of the Halifax Shopping Centre. Luckily, there’s actually a bunch of under-the-radar activities you can do without spending a fortune. [Read more…]
Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes months of cold, wet, and snow. It takes a lot more planning and preparation to make sure you stay warm and dry for the next 5 months or so. And being from Bermuda, I know how important it is to be prepared for the cold! Ensure you’re ready for the winter season by making sure you have everything featured on this list! [Read more…]
Study groups are a great way to learn from others and share ideas, and work with other people instead of locking yourself in your room or a corner of a coffee shop for weeks at a time. But they can also be frustrating and distracting for many people. I talked to Jessica, Dal’s Studying for Success coordinator, to get some pro tips on how to make and keep a great study group. Here’s what she recommends.
Maybe it’s a test, maybe an assignment, or perhaps you didn’t get the job you wanted. Everyone has setbacks sometimes—and that’s OK. It’s all part of life. How interesting would life be if you were just constantly #winning? You need to deal with falling short from time to time, and learn to move on. Here are some tips on growing stronger from your failures. [Read more…]