things i learned, writing

writing || On the 9 to 5

The Queen's Solar Design Team's retrofitted autonomous home on campus. Three months ago, I started my first 9 to 5 job. I'm working as the business manager for the Queen's Solar Design Team, which is a self-managed design team operating out of the engineering department. It forms part of a "Summer Work Experience Program" that… Continue reading writing || On the 9 to 5

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Psychology, things i learned, writing

writing || vulnerability in a professional context

The two papers stare desperately back at me. Am I missing anything? I go through the checklist in my head: examples, explanations, something creative. A lady clears her throat and my heart rate shoots up. Grabbing the pencil, I scratch three straight lines on a new sheet and tear it out of its pad just… Continue reading writing || vulnerability in a professional context

academia, economics, Psychology, writing

writing || time is not money: on storytelling and sunk costs

They say time is money, but that’s not exactly true. Since being exposed to the research field through my professors at university and Richard Thaler’s “Misbehaving”, I’ve found it fascinating to read studies that explore the bridge between psychology, decision-making and economics. At the moment, I'm looking into sunk costs and “mental accounting” - a… Continue reading writing || time is not money: on storytelling and sunk costs

academia, fitness, lifestyle, videos

day in the life at Queen’s University | VLOG!

TODAY was AWESOME! Follow me around campus to see what a busy, productive Tuesday of a first year commerce student at Queen's University looks like. My first vlog ever was so much fun to film! What I did today (Tuesday, February 5, 2019: workout at the gym laundry class thrift shopping + cafe downtown (in… Continue reading day in the life at Queen’s University | VLOG!

lifestyle, things i learned, videos

writing || hello 19: 8 things i learned in 2018

I'm turning 19 in just a few days, and one of the perks of being born so close to New Years' is that, to me, my birthday becomes an even bigger milestone than the turn of the year. Although this time around I won't be doing my usual resolutions, I wanted to still take some… Continue reading writing || hello 19: 8 things i learned in 2018

lifestyle, things i learned, writing

writing || dear ioana, here’s how your 2019 is going to go: a letter to myself from june

dear ioana, this is ioana. I'm sitting in the library and I just got a radical idea. Radical, dude. It's related to the post I made a couple days ago. But for you, who's old and wrinkled and none the wiser, it's a post I wrote six months ago. Haha, sucker! Each year, as December… Continue reading writing || dear ioana, here’s how your 2019 is going to go: a letter to myself from june

Literary Commentary, writing

writing || flowers for algernon

What a book. Not only did Flowers for Algernon make me cry, but it made me think. In an explosion of ways, in all directions, about everything life and death and in between. I loved this book. I don't even know where to start, but I know I want to write about it so that… Continue reading writing || flowers for algernon