Monthly Archives: September 2008

Need a JOB? Government of Canada Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign Coming to RDC!

This is a sweet opportunity.

The Government of Canada is coming to RDC on Monday, October 6 as part of their Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign.

Here’s how it works. If you are going to be graduating this year with a degree or a diploma, you can submit just ONE application to the government which will allow you access to over 1500 jobs. Do these jobs sound great? Why, yes, they do. Here is a sampling of what is out there:

  • Citizen Service Agent/Public Liaison Officer
  • Citizenship, Immigration, and Settlement Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • Economist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Integrity Services Investigator
  • Program Officer
  • Translator
  • Foreign Worker Officers

Nice! Here are the complete details:

-Monday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus at an Info Table near the Forum.
-Need to submit application by October 10, 2008 to be eligible for these jobs.
-Visit for further information.

Wait! It gets better! You’ll want your resume to be as polished as possible for an opportunity like this. To get some extra help from a true expert, visit the Career & Employment Coordinator, Meghan Richer-Poth, in the Career and Employment Center (Rm 1402 RDC Student Services). You can email her at or call her at 403.314.2476 to set up an appointment and get everything ready to go.

DON’T MISS OUT! This is, in Meghan’s words (emphasis her own!) a phenomenal opportunity for students who are about to graduate and looking for a great way to launch a career.

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Vote, Think About Peacekeeping, All On October 14

Canadians aren’t necessarily known for being over-the-top about their patriotism.

But we are Canadians, and that is a cool thing. Here is a day where you can celebrate it BIG TIME.

October 14, 2008.

Make sure that you VOTE on October 14! Get yourself registered in your riding, and take time to get down to the polls before they close at 8 p.m. Apparently voters in the 18 – 24 age range are notoriously apathetic about voting. I disagree somehwat – we aren’t apathetic, necessarily. We just recognize that democracy isn’t as simple as it seems, and our votes don’t always change things the way we want them to.

Does that mean we shouldn’t vote? Absolutely not. That’s the way voting works, right? If we all did it, maybe our votes WOULD change something. Or keep something the same, if that’s what we want of course.

So on October 14, VOTE! And vote early – early enough that after you cast that ballot, you can still make it to the Arts Centre Mainstage, where at 7:30 p.m. Major General (retired) Lewis MacKenzie will speak on the topic of “Nato’s Failure and Canada’s Success in Afghanistan.” Here’s a little background on the speaker:

With more than 35 years military experience, retired Major-General Lewis MacKenzie is considered by many to be the most experienced peacekeeper in the world. Since retiring from the Canadian military in 1993, he has shared his experiences in print and became a best-selling author. Armed with expertise on conflict resolution, the courage to think for himself in crisis, and an obvious unconventional streak, MacKenzie’s story is sure to captivate the audience.

Tickets for this event are on sale at Ticketmaster for $25 for RDC staff and students, $35 for members of the public. Look out for complementary tickets at the BA Fall Mixer tomorrow (4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Far Side: COME!!) and elsewhere around the College. You can get tickets at, the RDC Bookstore, or at 403.340.4455.

Mark down October 14 in your calendar, and get involved!  

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How Do You Spend Your Weekends?

The long-awaited weekend is here. The question is, are you going to spend it elbows-deep in homework, partying 24/7, working non-stop to pay those tuition bills, or snoozing for the 48 hours that you have to yourself?

If you’re a typical student, or human being, during the week as the homework assignments and readings begin to pile up, you think to yourself: “No problem. I’ll get to that when I have time . . . on the weekend.”

Then the weekend comes. Friday night . . . no, you need a break. You’ve worked hard all week. It’s time to hit a party or lie on the couch watching movies. Saturday morning? No way. If you’re not working, chances are, you’re sleeping in. Saturday afternoon? Well . . . you could get down to starting that paper. But there’s laundry to do, or a friend calls, or you have to calm down your poor roommate who is freaking out after their girlfriend/boyfriend broke up with them.

So now it’s Saturday night. You promise yourself you’ll turn down every invitation you get and spend the evening at your desk with your textbooks and a highlighter. You even change into the grungiest sweatpants you have so you won’t be tempted.

But you get a few texts from friends, and your readings are incredibly dull. It’s simply going to be impossible to remain at your desk for the next 4 hours. Your friends are going out. All right . . . you’ll go too.

Sunday morning comes and goes without you even waking up. Sunday afternoon you go to Costco with your mom. Now it’s Sunday night. You desperately try to catch up, but a new episode of Family Guy is on. What’s a person supposed to do?

So the weekend is over and you’ve fit nothing in. Fair enough this early in the semester. But what happens when midterms roll around and paper deadlines start to loom? Here are a couple ideas.

Allow yourself one night off. Say, Friday night. Know that you aren’t even going to THINK about schoolwork for that night, but that after that, homework is going to be back in the picture.

Get up an hour earlier than you had planned. Say you wanted to sleep in till eleven. Haul yourself out of bed at ten. Make some coffee and sit down and work at your homework for an hour, before you even take a shower. Afterwards, you’ll be ready for the chores and events of the day and you’ll have worked in an extra hour or so of homework time.

Watch TV while you work. Some people say this is bad practice, and maybe it is. But if you can multi-task and watch Family Guy while you’re doing homework, then why not do it? Pick something that is easy to break into chunks and focus during the commercial breaks. You might be surprised how much you get done.

Make your roommates/friends do homework too. If everybody wants to go out on Saturday, so be it. But make a friend or a roommate keep you accountable. Say you both will do homework till 9, and meet up wtih people then. If you’ve promised each other you’ll do it, you’ll stick to it a lot better than if it’s just you trying to force yourself to do it alone.

Anyway! Have a great weekend!

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Back At It

Hey all! Sorry the BA Blog has been out of the loop for awhile . . . the beginning of the school year is a bit crazy for an advisor, with all the students coming in like “No way can I handle taking this class, the prof is so boring I fell asleep before they even finished going over the course outline!” Just kidding, I haven’t heard that one yet. But we are kept busy doing lots of class changes, schedule rearrangements, so on and so forth, for our students. If you need help with your schedule, it’s not too late to change it! RDC students have until the 11 of September to add/drop classes, U of C Collab students all the way until September 19. Go see an academic advisor if you have questions about switching classes.

We also met all the first-year BA students coming into the program at Orientation – Welcome, guys! I hope your first week is going really well and isn’t too overwhelming. It doesn’t take long to get into the swing of things. I remember somebody telling me when I started university “The first two days can be confusing, but by the end of the week you feel like you’ve been there forever.” Highly true.

Here are a few things on the go for the BA Program this fall:

The BA Fall Mixer will be on September 23 (Tuesday) in the Far Side on campus from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. So come on out to that! Look for posters and then tickets to go on sale soon. Come! You’ll have a good time. We event organizers are luckily incredibly friendly people and so make sure nobody is sitting alone feeling left out!

Perspectives: Canada in the World is a lecture series that features guest speakers who are Canadians that are making contributions in the world in the fields of Humanities or Social Sciences. This fall, the speaker is  Lewis McKenzie, WC – a retired Canadian general who will be speaking on the topic of Canada’s role in Afghanistan. The date is October 14 in the evening and tickets will be on sale soon.

If you like to write, join the BA Blog as a writer! You can post your true experiences as an RDC BA student for the world to see. Most highschool students out there say they would like to have a chance to read a blog by a current student in the program to get a feel for it, so your insights would be very helpful. If you’re interested, let me know:

Good luck this year!

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