A Year of Doing Things I’m Afraid Of

A picture of the blog I'm currently writing with the caption: "writing my last blog post"

When I first met with my supervisors to begin blogging for Life at U of T, I was suddenly unbelievably, irrationally nervous. I confidently applied for the role of Career Centre Blogger because I loved to write, I wanted to think more about my career, and I was qualified for the position. But as soon as I stepped back on campus to begin writing for the year, I was filled with self-sabotaging doubt.

Knowing My Limits

Definition of stress: a state of mental or emotional strain Source: http://copewithlife.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/stress.gif

Looking back, this was probably the busiest school year of my life. I balanced five co-curricular clubs, a full course load, and a weekly blog, which sometimes left me feeling stressed out and burnt-out. As the year draws to a close, final exams, essays, and projects and commitments are naturally starting to pile up, which have only increased my stress levels. I’ve barely been getting any sleep, and Kraft dinners have become a staple in my diet. Long story short: I have too much on my plate right now (macaroni included).

Exploring Online Identity Through LinkedIn


Picture on linkedin logo with people in front of it
A realistic portrayal of my LinkedIn experience

I’m about as good at operating LinkedIn as my grandmother is at using Facebook. To put it simply, I’m not the best at LinkedIn, which is why I attended the LinkedIn Lab workshop at the Career Centre.

I recently made a profile a few months ago when I realized that building an online brand is extremely important when finding a job. It’s kind of unfortunate: young professionals nowadays need a solid resume, a unique LinkedIn profile, a blog, and a good online footprint in order to get a job, while other professionals who didn’t grow up with the Internet just needed a good resume.