Skip to main content

Blogs

Blogs

Everyone has a story. What's yours?

 Facebook icon LinkedIn icon Twitter icon
Blogs
Series
Co-op
Communiqué
Engage
Indigenous
Health & Counselling - hidden

Welcome

Being one of OLC's classic storytelling tools, blogs are crafted by SFU Community members which include the everyday student as well as expert voices. This is where we share touching stories, resourceful advice, and insightful knowledge with each other. In keeping with the OLC vision, the following blogs are created by and for students, so why not contribute to the OLC today?

Pitch A Blog

Have a great story to share?  Pitch it to our editors.

Learn More

INTERNATIONAL

 

Changing Times: Stories to Inspire Hope and Resilience

 

Kaylla
Staying Productive While Working Remotely for a Health Authority

Working from home is a common reality for many Co-op students in the past year. Working from home while working for a Health Authority in the thick of the pandemic is a tremendous experience Kaylla went through last year. Take a look at how she learned to stay productive in these uncertain times.

The Latest

 

THE LATEST
Image of a person walking on a rock arch over water during a pink sunset
Bridging the Gap from Classroom Learning to Co-op

As I get closer to graduation, I think about how much Co-op has changed my life, especially since I'm an introvert. It's not just the projects you work on or the skills you learn; it's a unique journey of making yourself known; of stepping beyond your comfort zone.

An image of Pawandeep sitting at a home work station
Navigating the Waves of Data: A Journey of Growth and Learning

I learned many things in my co-op journey but some of the most important lessons that I learnt came from those working alongside me. Here are a few of those things that I learned from others, shared with you. 

An image of Harsmeep
How I Discovered the Power of Power Pivot While Creating a Report

Ever wonder how to get the most out of Excel? Tools like Power Pivot, Power Query, and Power BI helped me see how accessible data analysis is for anyone from industry professionals to beginners. 

An image of Chloe Evangelista standing in front of a sign that says Squamish Days Festival, to commemorate a site visit to two Squamish Nation-owned businesses in Squamish, BC.
The Role of Sustainability in an Indigenous Business

A unique insight to how SFU’s Co-operative Education program has helped me gain confidence in both my professional and personal development.

Author's image
Embracing the Can-Do Culture at BlueShore

Work becomes easy and enjoyable when you are in the proper mindset – a mindset fueled by the belief that you can do it if you wish to. Meet Bulla Islam, a fourth-year undergraduate student reflecting on his experience with BlueShore Financial as he nears his time at SFU. Get insight on how to navigate yourself within a job setting, and steps you can take to harness a ‘can-do’ attitude.

 

Image of Shelley holding the Medicine Wheel
Balancing Act: Indigenous Teachings in Modern Career Journeys

Join Shelley in discovering the profound impact of Indigenous wisdom on understanding mental wellness, making career decisions, and navigating life paths.

Image of students
A Guide to Cultivating Awareness

Join us in learning to appreciate differences, practicing gratitude, and finding meaningful connections in your community for a richer sense of well-being. Remember, it's okay to seek additional support when needed.

Image of friends enjoying each other's company
Physical Health is About More Than Exercise

Your physical health is closely linked to mental health, from managing screen time to fostering good sleep hygiene. Explore tips to support different aspects of your physical health and find ways to prioritize your overall well-being as a student.

Image of friends enjoying each other's company
The Importance of Social Connection

You have lots of followers online, but can’t seem to connect the same way IRL.

Co-operative Education students, Jenny Huang (far left), Prem Gundarah (center), and Tatiana Parrish (far right) supported research lead and FHS associate professor of professional practice Anne-Marie Nicol's (right) indoor air quality knowledge translation project with the Pacific Institute of Pathogens, Pandemics and Society (PIPPS)
Health Sciences Co-op Students Empower Communities to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Discover how Co-op students in BC transformed wildfire challenges into opportunities for change. From DIY air cleaners to community connections, their story will inspire you.

Image of Sophia at Wawanesa Insurance Company
Remote Work Vs Remote Studying: What’s the Difference?

Join Sophia as she shares her 8-month journey at Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, where she explores the unique challenges and growth opportunities of working from home and how they can be applied to enhance her academic pursuits.

Christina's headshot
The Co-op Diaries – Challenges, Triumphs and Everything In-Between

As Christina approached the end of her fourth co-op and final semester at Simon Fraser University, she reflects on a remarkable journey filled with accomplishments and eagerly anticipates the path ahead.

Student on laptop with field and trees in the background
How Sustainable Website Building Can Create More Green Jobs

One area in which green jobs and skills are the most commonly under-utilised is website development. Discover how sustainable website building is the secret to creating a greener, more eco-conscious digital world. 

Image of Priyanka Das
Discover Your True Self: 7 Tips to Develop Unwavering Self-Belief and Authenticity

Take chances as you never know what opportunities may arise. Meet Priyanka Das, a Beedie Co-op student who’s working with SFU’s Communication and Marketing department as a Digital Resource Assistant. Learn more about how she landed her current co-op and other opportunities such as the CEOx1Day finalist by being authentic and believing in their abilities.

Image of Rochelle at Tradeable Bits
What I Learned as a Digital Marketing Coordinator for a B2B SaaS Company

As Rochelle near the end of her co-op term at Tradable Bits, she reflected on the experiences that have shaped her perspective on marketing and the tech industry.

Aisuluu at work showing her credentials
Work-Life Balance and Productivity While Working From Home

Unlock the secretes to thriving in your upcoming remote Co-op! Here are some tips and tricks that I found helpful from my experiences working from home for WorkSafeBC. 

Kathmandu, Nepal
The Tales of an SFU Student Deep in the Himalayas

If my present self time-travelled back to January 2023 and told my past self from January that I would be in Nepal, I would think my present self from August has finally gone off the deep end. However, here I am, writing this from Kathmandu, and my experience in this country feels like a separate life.

Student sitting at a table working on a laptop
Navigating Workplace Accommodations for Individuals with a Disability

Inclusion and accommodation are essential components of a healthy and productive workplace. These factors can significantly impact employees’ ability to succeed in their careers.

Emma standing in front of the pond at SFU Burnaby
A Co-op Student’s Guide to Media Relations

Like many Communications students, I came into the School of Communication very interested in media; both studying it and working in it. I found it harder and harder to pinpoint where I could fit into it professionally as I learned more about it. What do you do when you’re interested in media, but not sure you want to work directly in media?

Student sitting in SFU library by window working on laptop
Here’s What to Know About Counselling

Your mental health is important, and if you need support, connect with Health & Counselling for a counselling consultation appointment and to feel supported and guided through the many different services and professionals available

Image of Student pouring drink into a glass
Gaining Independence in an 8 Month Work Term

In marketing, an 8-month term with one company is way more valuable than two 4-month terms with different companies as it’s only after working for 5-6 months that you are able to truly understand how the decision making process works and be independent.

Two girls standing looking very happy
The Ultimate Guide To Achieve Work-Study Balance

I began working as a part-time Co-op student during the last semester, while also pursuing full-time studies? Yes, you heard that right, part-time Co-op and full-time studies. Was it a challenge for me? Absolutely. Did I feel stressed out? Definitely. Did I manage to succeed by the end of the term? Surprisingly, I did, and it turned out to be my most successful term at SFU, to be honest.

Rizzek standing beside BC Cancer Sign
How Building my Skill Set Led to Greater Opportunities

My university years and degree are not just about completing courses and receiving credits. I realized it is about building my unique skill set. 

Convocation procession at SFU
My Co-op journey: Lessons Learned from Seven Terms

Yes, you read the right, I did seven Co-op terms while completing my Communication degree. I’m a firm believer of trying as much as I can during my undergrad, and I did exactly that. Starting off with working at a non-profit in events and social media, I then transitioned to a university in Kenya doing content development and research, a corporate position in Calgary, multiple roles at a digital marketing agency, working at a bank, and now closing my Co-op journey in the public sector. Being extremely fortunate to be able to try many Co-op positions, I’d like to share what I’ve learned from 28 months of working in communications.

laptop showing online meeting with coffee cup beside
The Introvert’s Guide to Networking and Making Quality Connections

Networking can seem like a daunting task, especially for introverts who prefer quiet and solitude to socializing in large, noisy gatherings. Good news is that there are effective ways for introverts to build meaningful connections without straying too far from their comfort zones.

Ramat standing beside the united way mascot
How Working for a Charity Organization can Bring You Closer to Your Goals

This co-op has been a great opportunity for me and it has definitely impacted me positively. It taught me how to be more gentle with myself and has made me more confident in my career path, which is any service role position where I get to make positive contributions to humanity.

Lauretta and Caitlin with laptop
7 Goal-Setting Tips to Start a Semester Off for Success

Are you struggling to set your goals for the semester? this blog is here to help.

Valentine’s Day at the office with some of the team! Left to Right: Claudia, Laurie, Kimberly, and Kiara
Round 2: The Takeaways of Working at SFU for Two Co-Op Terms

A few days before the Christmas break of 2021, I received an email that would jumpstart my Co-op journey leading me into new experiences, connections, and so much more! I'm not sure if many people would be able to say this, but wow, am I ever happy that I checked my email that day.

2 smiling students walking on SFU campus in the sunshine
4 Ways to Stay Balanced During Summer Term

Taking classes in the summer can present some unique challenges. With warmer weather, exciting events, and endless opportunities for fun, it's easy to get swept away in distractions. Finding a balance between academic responsibilities and personal well-being is important. Here are 4 ways to help you prioritize so you can balance and enjoy everything the season has to offer:

Vanshita standing in front of a wall with the SAP logo
You've Landed a Big Co-op…Now What?

Bzzt! You're staring down at the offer letter you've received from your dream company. Usually, this is where the chapter ends or the curtains fall on a very happy ending. No one prepares you for what comes next and if you're anything like me (an international student), you're even further removed from any immediate sage advice from your loved ones. Worry not! As someone who steered her own ship amidst stormy seas, I'm here to offer some do’s and don'ts that might just save you.