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Posts by Qi Chen

Failing forward 

Being in a high-pressure university setting exacerbates mental health problems.   One in five people will experience a mental health problem or illness each year according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and suicide accounts for 24 per cent of all deaths among 15 to 24 year-olds.  We’re regularly evaluated based on our GPA.   A 3.7 GPA is the magic number that gives a competitive advantage to get admitted to grad schools, win…

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How Dal athlete’s fell in love with their sport

University athletes put in hours of work every week in order to train, travel and perform. This can be stressful because athletes have to balance athletics with school and life. For many athletes, the love and passion for their sport is what drives them. Three Dalhousie University athletes talked to the Dal Gazette about how…

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Nearing the end of the race

Dalhousie Tigers’ fifth year swimmer, Gavin Dyke is entering the final lap of his university athletics career. Dyke has had quite the impressive swimming career at Dal and he’s been crucial to the success of the men’s swimming program. Some of his personal accomplishments as a Tiger include breaking a 24-year old record in the 200-metre…

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Fifty-five years and counting

Much of the Dalhousie University Tigers athletic success is credited to the coaching of Allan Yarr. Yarr has been coaching for 55 years in a variety of sports including basketball, golf, tennis, and football; he’s led 91 of those teams to be conference champions and five of them have medalled at nationals. His coaching accolades…

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The double standard of discipline 

On Nov. 17 last semester, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, and Mount St. Vincent University sponsored the forum aptly titled Race in a Glass Nation: Fragility and Dissent in the University and Beyond.  It was incredibly empowering.   The keynote speaker was Dr. Sunera Thobani; she addressed key issues our universities and society are facing with regard to racism, fragility, and dissent. She’s…

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Self-care pays off 

Work is never ending on the Dalhousie University campus.   Midterms, papers, jobs, and extracurricular activities just keep piling up. The result is stress, burnout and agitation.  The remedy for this chaos is self-care. Self-care benefits your physical health and overall well-being. Practicing self-care gets neglected when our calendars are overbooked. We fall victims to the adage, “hard work pays off.”  It…

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Exploring the international centre

In this image: inside the Dalhousie University International Centre. Different countries' flags hang from the ceiling. A cluster of empty tables and chairs.

If you’re considering doing an exchange overseas, are an international student or inbound student to Dal: the international student centre has you covered. Doing an exchange in a foreign country can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Students get to immerse themselves in a new culture while receiving credit for their academic pursuits. The International Centre…

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Put your cellphone away

I worked as a server at Smitty’s Restaurant over the summer; I served pancakes and decaf coffee to cranky old seniors who were obnoxiously demanding. Their coffee not hot enough, pancakes not fluffy enough, eggs not poached soft enough – nothing was enough! As the summer progressed and my patience grew thin, there was this recurring trend that caught my attention: using cell phones during meal times among the younger demographic.  When families would…

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Tips and tricks for exam season

It’s that time of the year again—exams are just around the corner! Many of us may be tempted to pull all-nighters, drink countless cups of coffee, binge watch Netflix and leave studying to the last minute. I am sure that this is not the first time you’ve heard this, but—those are ineffective ways to prepare…

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High jumps and medical school

Dalhousie is filled with talented, inspiring and incredible ladies. One of them is Rebecca Haworth. Haworth completed her undergrad at Dal with an Honours in Psychology, and is now in her third year of Dalhousie medical school. Haworth was a star high jumper on the varsity track team throughout her undergraduate degree and her first…

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