academia, videos

lifestyle || know this before your exams: 9 mindset tips

This is a quick message to anyone about to write their exams. It's okay. Here's 9 quick pre-exam motivation, mindset and stress-relief tips! SLEEP. It changes EVERYTHING. Redefine your self-worth metric. This does not define your worth. Know your why. Learning is so lovely, and there is SO much to learn! This is just testing you… Continue reading lifestyle || know this before your exams: 9 mindset tips

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organization, videos

organization || how to study + take notes: my new university note-taking system (UPDATED)

My new & improved note-taking system is up! I talk about my learning + study process, efficient note structure, and why it all matters! Note: The video is an updated version of my note-taking series. I'm taking a variety of content- and practice- heavy courses, so I'm sure you'll find some of my tips relevant… Continue reading organization || how to study + take notes: my new university note-taking system (UPDATED)

Philosophy, writing

writing || altruism or egoism: the merits of selfishness in an idealist’s world

Would our society be better if most of us were altruistic (did things genuinely for the benefit of others) or egoistic (put our own needs and wants first)? And further, what about our own well-being? What's the best way to live your own life? University has challenged my personal values immensely. I've had to figure… Continue reading writing || altruism or egoism: the merits of selfishness in an idealist’s world

lifestyle, things i learned

writing || how to avoid stress and burnout in university

I still have a ways to go before I find my studying groove in university. Not only is there an impossible workload and so many aspects of life to balance, but my definition of "caught up" doesn't lend itself well to the work I've been seeing in the past month. I really value the education… Continue reading writing || how to avoid stress and burnout in university

lifestyle, things i learned, videos

lifestyle || what i learned: my first month at Queen’s university

Hi! I'm Ioana and I'm studying Commerce at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. This is an update sort of video in which I talk about what university has been like so far, what I've learned and share some advice for high school students entering university! P.s. So sorry about the poor quality - the night… Continue reading lifestyle || what i learned: my first month at Queen’s university

Psychology, things i learned, writing

writing || know yourself

My high school philosophy class once touched briefly upon a paradox whose name I don't remember but whose topic intrigued me. The question was: are we the same person all our lives? Is "Ioana" (that's me!) a consistently defined entity? You might instinctively shout yes, because after all, you've got memories that belong to you… Continue reading writing || know yourself

lifestyle, organization

lifestyle || office room tour

Before taking my office apart for move-in to my new university dorm room, I thought I'd film one final look at it and show you how I organize it! This is my office at home, and was my room throughout high school. https://youtu.be/EQ0KJjwDpEk