Best Halifax Coffee Shops to Study At

It’s that time of year again, where the end of the semester is approaching and we all know that we can’t get anything done at home when we have Scandal episodes to watch. It can be very difficult to get anything done in your apartment when there are so many better things you could do, like eat a snack, have a dance party, learn to play the guitar, watch all of the Star Wars movies, or pretty much anything that isn’t work.

Unfortunately the reality is, we don’t have any more time for procrastination! Finals are coming, and we’re down to the last few weeks to finish assignments, study for exams and grow a few new grey hairs. So how do you get your work done and still get an Instagram worthy photo out of it? Go do your work at one of the many fantastic and aesthetically pleasing coffee shops around the HRM. Continue reading “Best Halifax Coffee Shops to Study At”

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How to make your presentation stand out

I don’t think any of us could count how many times that we used the same templates for our PowerPoint presentations. Although switching to Prezi was a quick fix for time constrained creativity, making your presentation stand out takes more than switching programs. Whether you’re presenting research to a panel, pitching an idea to your boss, or simply giving your final project to a class, you don’t want to blend in with everyone else. The easiest way to get peoples’ attention, and maybe their pocketbooks, is to stand out from the crowd. That starts with a killer presentation (and the perfect pantsuit, but that’s a problem for later). Continue reading “How to make your presentation stand out”

Orientation Week: Putting your health first

Your mindful Monday is hitting you on a Sunday because today is Move in Day at MSVU and the relevance is HIGH.

This week there has been and will be: reunions between friends, tears between family members, excitement and nervousness between your stomachs and hearts, and bright, beautiful places ready to be the homes of your incredible journeys through University.

What we sometimes forget is that this week there has been, and will be, times when we put our (I’m including myself) health at risk. I’m not just talking about physical health, or mental health. This week for new and returning students will be full of stress, anxiety, excitement, heavy lifting, overload of information and importantly a LOT of fun.

This is a lot for our body, brain and heart to process. When you’re enjoying every moment of back to school keep in mind that you need to take care of you first!

Some steps to try and make your first week as healthy and happy as possible: Continue reading “Orientation Week: Putting your health first”

Mindy’s Guide to Exam Week

Who doesn’t love GIFs? (if you don’t stop reading this) Also who doesn’t love Mindy from The Mindy Project? This Guide to Exam Week combines these two of my favorite things. This is really less of a guide, and more of a synopsis of what is about to take place. But find comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Mindy and I are always here for you. Continue reading “Mindy’s Guide to Exam Week”

10 Seriously Stessful Times as a University Student

Yesterday, I was so busy running around worrying about immediate problems, tomorrow’s problems, Wednesday’s problems, etc. that I finished my agenda and almost stress barfed (gross I know but accurate). The thing is, we all have those days, those weeks. The important thing to remember is that we are all in this together. Everyone is fighting their own battle as they walk through these university halls. However, we also all face many of the same challenges in everyday life. So I challenge you to think of 10 Seriously Stressful Times that you have and maybe you’ll realize, we all got your back jack: b***** be crazy. Continue reading “10 Seriously Stessful Times as a University Student”

20 things to do in your 20s that aren’t looking for love

We are all probably guilty of spending a large chunk of our time dreaming about, worrying about, looking for, trying to create love. I am the first to admit, I am. At least I was, because that’s what feels natural. It is often thought that the end goal of our early adulthood is to find a life partner that we can start the next typical stage of our life with. We hear it all the time: “Did you find a new boyfriend yet?” “Any new girls in your life?” “Are you seeing anyone?”. There is a subconscious pressure to be finding the love of your life, like the clock is ticking evermore quickly as we age into our mid-late 20s.

I have recently realized that there is so much more to life than looking for love. We often get lost, trying to find someone else to complete us and we forget to work first on finding ourselves. Doors start to open when you begin to work on yourself. So I want to share a few of the things that you can do (that I am doing) instead of spending all of my time worrying about love. Continue reading “20 things to do in your 20s that aren’t looking for love”

fin. 

Today marks the end of the official orientation week. I was so lucky to have been a part of it at the Mount. I may be tired, sore and haven’t fixed my hair in two weeks, but I am grateful. This has been an amazing learning experience, and I can’t wait to continue the rest of this year.

Now if only we could have fun without assignments all year long? 

#SundaySuggestions

To my Mount family: old and new, have an incredible first day of classes! I hope you are all as excited as I am to start or continue this journey. Special warm wishes to the first year students going to their first class today. Remember to have fun today, and take care of yourselves. This is the start of something new (High School Musical reference b/c we all now know I’m obsessed with Zac Efron)
I cannot wait for you all to grow in this incredible place, as I have myself. On the first day, I want to share a few of my top tips for class. You will probably hear all these from your professors, and most likely ignore them, but you shouldn’t, they really are helpful.

1. Go to class

This seems obvious. You have class: go to class. But in the real world of young adult life (scary place) the truth is we do not like getting out of bed. I promise you that there WILL be things your professor discusses in class that will be on your exam, that will not be in the books or the PPTs. The discussions in class are where you get the real, important and most interesting information on the topic. Even showing up tired will be better than missing out on something important down the road.

2. Don’t sit with a giant group of friends

It’s great to walk into class on the first day and see a bunch of people you know, but try and resist squeezing the whole squad into the darkest corner of the room. It will be easier for you to get distracted the farther you are from the professor. We learn best when we go outside our comfort zone, so sit with someone new, sit near the front, and let yourself learn at your fullest potential.

3. Manage your time

Your syllabus is your BFFL (is that still a thing?). These pieces of paper will tell you eveything you have due all year. Manage your time. Start assignments early, get prepared so you are never stuck eating 10 Awake bars and staying up until 5 am writing a paper that will make ZERO sense in the am. I’m not saying you need every assignment done the first week, but hey you do you.

4. Turn your phone off

I get it. It’s your world, it’s your life, it’s your plug into everything going on. It’s mine too, but listening in class is more important than your friends latest Insta selfi. I know what your thinking, NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT #doitforthelikes. Trust me on this, this class is costing you over $600, I could buy A LOT of clothes with that so don’t waste it away updating Facebook.

5. Have fun. You’re here to learn, and to create memories. Meet new people, talk to your prof, be engaged in class and love your program! If you don’t find something you do love. Never feel stuck in a class, degree or lifestyle you don’t want to be.

That’s it’s! Good luck

Xo

Cassey

Mug Recipes: Gimme S’more 

With the excitement of the new school year coming, and another year in residence before me I have been making good use of my Mug Food Pinterest Board. I decided to feature one of my favorite recipes every Friday!

This week the recipe is for these amazing 5 minute S’mores Mug Cake from the How Sweet It Is website. Who said gormet can’t be easy?

This is the perfect combination of summertime s’more deliciousness with the option of year round cooking (July at Christmas? New holiday? Just a thought). Honestly it took me a few tries to get it perfect but it was worth all the trials. Let’s be honest I scarfed them all down anyways. It’s even good if you want to make a special desert for you and your “Rezmance” (my new word spinoff from showmance because I watch too much Big Brother), or you know you could just eat both. I suggest option 2. If you do, you can put a mug in each hand and use them as weights while you’re waiting for them to cool. Same as the gym right?

Here’s to not accepting the end of summer, and eating s’mores year round.


http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/02/5-minute-chocolate-fudge-smores-mug-cake/?m

Ingredients:

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

1 1/2 ounces milk chocolate (chopped or morsels)

marshmallow fluff, cream or actual marshmallows

Instructions:

Combine 3 tablespoons butter and 1 ounce of chocolate in a small bowl, then melt in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine remaining melted butter with 2-3 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs and stir until moistened. Press graham crumbs into the bottom of your mug.

In a bowl. whisk egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa, stir until a thick batter forms.

In a bowl. whisk egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa, stir until a thick batter forms. Add melted butter and chocolate, mixing to combine. Put in the rest of the chocolate chips.

Add half of the mixture on top of the graham crust, then throw on a scoop of marshmallow fluff/cream or a few marshmallows. Add remaining batter on top, then pop in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds to almost 2 minutes. Remove and top with additional marshmallow if desired.

That’s it! Check out the website for the recipe with more pictures, and for more yummy recipes. 

This recipe was found on:

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/02/5-minute-chocolate-fudge-smores-mug-cake/?m

12 Dorm Essentials You Might Forget

Although every dorm room is different, they are all probably smaller than the one you’re used to holding all your stuff. You will always overpack (me) or under pack and panic when you realize you have nothing, but don’t fret! Eventually you’ll have everything you need to feel at home in your very own little shoebox. To help you get a head start, here’s a list of some things you might not think to bring to your room that will come in handy!

1. Fan

The obvious purpose of a fan is to cool you down during the heat in the warmer months. The most useful purpose of a fan is actually as a noise canceller (I’m not even sure that’s a word). You will probably be used to sleeping in the summer with a fan, this means that the noise won’t bother you while you’re sleeping, studying, or any other activities that require a quiet environment. I slept with my fan on every night, facing the door so it wasn’t blowing cold air on me. The noise cancelled out any sounds from the lounge or other rooms, so no matter what was going on outside my room I could sleep, do yoga or study in peace. 

2. Door stopper 

If you’re an extrovert (like me) and enjoy meeting new people, or are terrified of FOMO (fear of missing out) you will want one of these. They sell out incredibly fast in September, but you can always use a piece of wood. It makes it easier for people to approach you, and you won’t have to keep getting out of bed to open your door for people. Plus it comes in handy for hearing what’s going on in the hall. Great for the first week when everyone is nervous meeting each other!

3. Power bar

Extension cords are not allowed in Assisi (so I cannot suggest you get one), but a power bar is a great addition to your room. With the importance of deadlines and final papers you want to make sure you’re protected from power surges. These bars will save your laptop, iPhone, iPad, iPod, IDock, and whatever else you have plugged in from frying. Plus they have multiple plugs so it’s kind of a win win for you.

4. Robe/Body Wrap Towel & Shower Shoes

Bathrooms are located in the middle of the floors in Assisi. This means that you will have to leave your room to use them. There aren’t any shelves in the shower stalls for clothing or anything so bringing a robe or body wrap that you can throw on to walk back to your room is a great idea. Never know when the cute guy from down the hall might have to pee, or a fire drill happens and you end up stranded in the lobby of Rosaria blind without your contacts, with just a small towel to your name (learn from my mistakes). The shoes are self explanatory. 

5. Swiffer 

The floors in your room will probably start to get dirty pretty quickly, with crumbs from midnight snacks, dirt from your shoe collection, and just general messiness kick in. A swifter is a great way to clean up quickly without a lot of effort. It makes just enough difference to make walking on the floor seem more pleasant. You can even get an imitation one at the dollar store for $2! It works great.

6. Laundry Loonies (or other change) 

Assisi washers and dryers take loonies. This might not seem like a problem, except that nobody ever has change on them. Chances are if you have no loonies, nobody else does either and the security desk has already given their away. When you leave home stop at your bank, Credit Union or whatever it is for you, and get a few rolls of loonies to bring with you. Trust me they’ll come in handy!

7. Portable phone charger

Often plans will come up quick, and you’ll be so busy all day you won’t realize that your phone is dying. Especially if you’re new to the city this can be a problem. Your phone is like you’re lifeline (unfortunatly you won’t win $1 million) it is the one thing that will get you maps, bus routes and times, restaurants close by, and the chance to phone a friend if you really end up in a pickle. Going downtown you’ll want to have your phone in case something happens. Getting a portable charger is the best way to make sure you’re never stuck with a useless cell. When you aren’t using it leave it plugged in so its ready for you to grab on your way out the door. 

8. Spare towel for heater

You aren’t always the one controlling the heat in your dorm room. You can always pile blankets on when it’s cold, but when someone cranks it up full blast every morning you can only take off so many layers to sleep. Bring an extra body towel to put over the heater by the window, it will help reduce the hot air that gets into your room, so you won’t wake up in a sweat  spot (no I did not misspell sweet. I mean sweat spot literally).

You can also put cold water or ice in a bowl in front of a fan to help cool down the room!

9. Bed risers

With limited storage space (and a lot of stuff) you’ll be looking for any book and cranny to shove your beloved yoga pants and super necessary 25 pairs of shoes, because who knows what occasion will come up? Or your baseball mitt, hat, bat, and lucky batting glove, just in case there’s a game. Bed risers are pretty cheap and you can use them to create storage space under your bed, which can come in handy. 

10. Microwave safe Mug

Although there aren’t any other kitchen appliances you can use for cooking in Assisi, there is more to the microwave than just KD cups and frozen dinners. One of the hidden wonders of the microwave is what I like to call “Mug-cuisine” it sounds fancy right? Well it can be! With simple ingredients you can make anything from a mug cake, mug brownie, mug cookie, the possibilities are endless, and they can be a quick substitute for missing Mom’s homemade sweets. Check Pinterest for recipes!

11. Multi-hangers

You can buy these at the dollar store! The closets in Assisi aren’t very big, so if you need a lot of storage space for your clothes you can use these to fit more hangers in at once. 

12. Printer 

Having your own printer will save you so much trouble, and you can get them fairly cheap in September. I got my Canon one for $35 and it even has a scanner on it! Buying print credits in the library and then using one of the school printers can be more of a hassle than you want. When it comes to your final papers and assignments you want to make sure you have quick easy access to a printer in case something goes wrong. They don’t take up much desk space either.