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The Not-So-Starving Student—Visiting the Cup Ramen Museum

I recall my obsession with cup ramen at a young age. It was a miraculous invention, being able to open a plastic cup with what appears to be plastic noodles and, with some boiling water, transform the contents into miraculous ramen. If you’re a busy student, instant ramen saves countless hours of meal prep and… Read more »

The Study Dude—Why Academia Needs the Broken-hearted

How might love, comedy, kindness, beauty—whatever defines your soul—fit into your research assignment?  Shouldn’t you be an aloof observer writing as objectively as possible?  Well, take heart from the world of fundraising: “When you as a non-profit fundraising or communications professional sit down to write something for your donor audience, you might take on the… Read more »

Course Exam—PSYC 379

PSYC 379 (Social Psychology) is a three-credit, upper level psychology course that is designed to introduce students to the field of social psychology—the scientific study of how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours influence and are influenced by other people in social situations. The course covers basic theories, concepts, and research about individual processes (e.g., attitude… Read more »

Dear Barb—Relationships’ End

Dear Barb: I have been dating my girlfriend for three months.  We get along great and have lots of common interests.  I just assumed we were exclusive, but apparently not.  She thinks we should be dating other people because, according to her, it is too early in our relationship to limit ourselves to just dating… Read more »

The Fit Student—What to do When you hit Rock Bottom

Today was my birthday, and my sister, who phones me once a year, never phoned.  Instead my beloved niece wished me a happy birthday from my sister via Facebook text message.  I felt like crying. I messaged my niece that every human has a low point in life.  When we hit our low, which we… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Embrace the Chaos

If there is one thing I should probably not be doing in this life, it is giving advice.  Whatever good fortune I have come across, I have typically stumbled into ass-backwards rather than achieved through any sort of strategy or wisdom.  Nevertheless, you just never know when somebody might benefit from a word or two… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Canada Day: A Celebration of Us

We’re a pretty fantastic country.  Other nations have linguini or lederhosen, croissants or crumpets, Guinness harps or apple pie and on and on.  But Canada has beavers and brews, hockey and maple syrup.  And at a deeper (if more ambiguous) level, we like to think of ourselves as a nation with a big heart that… Read more »

Six Japanese Street Foods to Try

For AU foodies looking for a trip filled with unusual, ethnic street foods, making a trip to Japan should be at the top of the list.  Summer brings out some of the best street food in Japan.  In my most recent trip to Japan, I explored the areas of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto to sample… Read more »

The Study Dude—Focus to Success in a Day

“How many important things did you get done last week?  I’m talking about the things that actually brought you closer to your bigger goals and dreams.  Take a second to think about it.  Chances are zero to none.  Why is that?  Because of one thing, your FOCUS” (O’Brien, location 138 of 308, 35%). I had… Read more »