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Month: September 2016

Bored? Take a Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone


Same shit, different day. Wake up, go to school, go home, eat, cram procrastinated homework, sleep late. Rinse and repeat. Every once in awhile, you might splurge and meet up with some friends to go watch a movie.

That’s what life starts to feel like once we get back into school. We get sucked into a boring routine day after day, and up doing the same things over and over again.

Yawn.a^2 + b^2 = c^2

But here’s the thing. Even though we might complain that life is boring, on some deep level we all enjoy following the routine. It’s safe. You always know what expect when you walk into math class. Textbooks and Pythagorean Theorem. We’re in our comfort zone, and we don’t want to move out anytime soon.

That’s a boring way to live.

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The How-to On Organization – It’s Not All Planners and Lists

Take a few seconds to think about the messiest, most disorganized person you know – maybe they forgot when their exams were. Maybe their room looks like a crime scene. No matter how disorganized they are, forget that person and put eighth-grade me in their place, because not only did I create messes, I was a mess.

In the beginning of the year, I would always tell myself that I would keep my things nice and neat. But no matter what I did, I would always end up staring in confusion at the solid mass of old clothes, assignments, and shoes spilling out of my locker. I would forget about due dates, assignments, and homework questions, and then pull all-nighters to try and make up for that. Ever seen this triangle?School triangle.

Two years ago, I couldn’t even choose one of them, let alone two. But if you looked at me now, you’d have absolutely no idea about my old, disorganized, procrastinating ways. I ended grade 10 with a 96% average, get nearly eight hours of sleep a night, and went out one or two times a week. So, how did I change? How can you change?

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5 Secrets to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

Does the thought of a sea of eyes staring at you as you stutter a slur of words feel far too familiar to you? Do your palms get sweaty as you start to vomit your mom’s spaghetti?

Don’t worry you aren’t alone. With 75% percent of the population admitting to speech anxiety, research has proven that public speaking is America’s greatest fear.

Having witnessed countless speeches, presentations, and demonstrations, I have come to recognize the one factor that can make or break one’s performance of public speaking: fear.


You’re nervous, but on the surface, you gotta look calm and ready.

Public speaking plays a vital role in a broad spectrum of jobs and projects in the modern day. Ranging from your average class presentation to corporate pitches, public speaking is a skill that many struggle to develop over the course of their lives. Like many sports, this “art”, requires practice, understanding, and most of all-courage.

One cannot obtain courage without diminishing fear. Fear stands as an obstacle to the success of multiple public speakers. How can one possibly deliver an exceptional speech when one is fearful? Quavering tones, twitching fingers, and darting eyes are just a few  indicators of fear and a poorly executed speech. I will be sharing five secrets that I have embraced over the course of my lifetime, aiding in my development as a confident player in the highly-demanding field of public speaking.

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Volunteering Can Suck, 5 Reasons to Do It Anyways

It is currently 12:44 A.M ( I sleep at 9, usually) and I’m coming back from helping out at the Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Association.  Every so often you can find kids at the local court looking to play in the upcoming tournament. They often need help with their serve or backhand. They put in hundreds of hours of practicing, counting and relying on the mentors who drop in and give their time to help out. That’s it, no volunteering hours for school, no recognition and a lot of work. I’m ready to flop on my bed and go to sleep.

I keep on asking myself, why do I do this? Pushing back important work and school projects to volunteer in the community and help out. Sometimes my friends ask me whether all this volunteering is worth the effect that it has on school work, but I truly believe that with the right mindset, the impact you create from volunteering  is worth magnitudes more than an insignificant number on your report card.

Change your fixed mindset of what volunteering is and what it should be. It’s more than just putting in hours at a summer camp or library. Want to travel the world? Learn new skills?

Here are five simple steps to reach your goals through volunteering that will redefine why you should go out and volunteer. Read more

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