Ten Apps that will Change Your Life for the Better

Relying on smartphones has become our commodity. Where earlier we used to rely on various gadgets to relieve stress or for other random chores, now everything is just a touch away. Whether its unwinding time or you need to reach somewhere on time. From making notes to keeping a record of your budget, a smartphone is the first thing that you reach out for!

Here are a few amazing apps that will change your life better. And if not change at least it will make life easier!

 

gFlash

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This amazing app works great for students. It allows them to create flashcards for a test or quiz. You may download the relevant information straight from Google Documents or Excel spreadsheet to organize the preparation material. It’s simple and quick! You may get several options of multiple choice questions, matching the columns or video aid embedding!

 

MyHomework

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My homework is a helpful study partner that helps you reminding and check to list the submissions! Isn’t that great? It instantly gives you access to your due assignments and dates for upcoming papers, homework, and tests. Once you are done with it, you may delete it from the list by swiping right.  It’s like having a study friend, with no strings attached and absolutely no competition!

 

Any.Do

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This stylish, yet simple to-do list app makes adding and completing tasks easy and satisfying. Any.Do allows you to create as many lists as you need, prioritize your items, add notes, and set reminders. Separating items into four lists—today, tomorrow, upcoming and someday—ensures you’ll never forget something again. No more mental checklists.

 

RescueTime

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The internet can take you down into its world with absolutely no guilt trip of time. If you’re like the rest of the internet-addicted world, and you probably spend way too much time trolling over Facebook memes or Scrolling through your favorite Insta celebrities, when could you be getting work done?  Here is your savior! RescueTime keeps track of the time you spend on apps and websites and then reports back to you. The results are often shocking, so prepare to cut down on your Twitter usage.

 

Shoeboxed

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Use less paper, save trees! You may cut down on the amount of paper in your life with Shoeboxed. Instead of balling up receipts and saving them in, well, a shoebox, the app will scan and extract all relevant information and organize it into the most common tax categories. And yes, it also generates expense reports.

 

 Two Foods

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It is widely known that we are what we eat. The most important decisions that we make through the day are half comprised of what to eat during the day. The battle between healthy eating and eating outside takes a serious toll on the mind! Two foods is a simple app that allows you to make a comparison between two foods that your brain is debating upon. The comparison is made on the basis of money, nutritional value and health properties. Isn’t it cool? That’s like your personal food advisor on your phone!

 

Tech makes our life easier! So without a doubt, download all these apps and make your life easier in a touch. If you have friendlier apps that you use to make your life easier, do share your thoughts in the comments section or tag us @stcathys.

10 Best Locations for a Semester or Internship Abroad

If you are a Montreal student resident but want to travel the world, getting into an exchange program or vouching for a semester/internship abroad is your best shot. Not only does this save you money but also gives you a  unique opportunity to travel outside your comfort zone come to this fall/spring break. We look at 10 destinations that should be on your list for a semester or internship abroad. We have split the list in two (5 for a semester and 5 for internship) for convenience

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Semester

Australia – Bond University

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The Bond University is located on the Gold Coast which means unlimited sunshine and a beach to vent off every time you hit a wall with your studies. Not only will you study on one of the most beautiful campuses in the world but also get a chance to hug kangaroos.

 

Japan – Keio University

This place is a model of imparting knowledge for the Japnese. Not only does it have the most qualified teaching staff available but also inculcates a culture in students which is far more important than writing papers and dishing out answers in exams.  

 

Ireland – American College Dublin

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While you study on this beautiful campus, you will have easy access to the culture that Ireland has to offer which includes theatre, museums, galleries, food places and of course the world-renowned Irish Pubs.

 

Argentina – University of Belgrano

The campus features superb classrooms, as well as several libraries and cafeterias. Moreover, the campus is just minutes from downtown Buenos Aires which means you are always around the hustle and bustle.

 

Semester at Sea

This is by far the most attractive offers out there for a semester. Carried out under the umbrella of the University of Virginia, you get to sail on a boat and visit 11 countries while you gain academic profession along the way. Bon Voyage!

 

Internship

France

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One of the most sought after countries by student residence for an internship abroad as France and especially Paris brings you the whole platter. From natural beauty to architecture and from Pubs to fine dining restaurants, France has it all.

 

The United Kingdom

The easiest place to pick up an internship because of the non-existent language barrier. Live a summer full of antique culture that has its roots in traditions from hundreds of years ago. You can also decide to work in a fast past city like London or slow paced suburbs as per your own wish and choice.

 

Israel

If you want to join your internship with an adventure-filled summer tagged along with religious history, then Israel is the place to intern this summer.

 

New Zealand

The most scenic countries of all with opportunities that can easily be grabbed as it is not the number one choice for people willing to intern away from home. An English speaking country with classy mountains, volcanoes, and beaches to devour. What else do you need?

 

Spain

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Fall in love with a culture that has love embedded in it. With a busy lifestyle and cultural heritage to go along, you will find everything you want to see in the world in this one country alone. From the tomato fight to a bullfight, you can experience all of it in Spain.

 

Get out of your comfort zone and explore the world one summer at a time. Staying in a Montreal Student residence will not build up interesting stories to be told once you are a grandfather!

10 Montreal Summer Internships That You Can Apply for Right Away!

 

Sitting idle or drinking away the summers is not something successful people have done in the past. Therefore, come this summer if you thrive in a student residence than a nice internship in the summer may get you on your track financially, academically and socially. We have dug up 10 summer internships in Montreal that you can take up this summer.

 

FairStone Operations Intern

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The Summer Intern – Branch Operations will be introduced to every aspect of the business from administration/cash management to past due to account management to business generation, credit underwriting and sale of financial solutions.

 

SAP –  Controlling Associate

 

You will work in a business partner role and help maintain operational excellence along with contributing to assigned controlling tasks, deliver defined tasks for project work, and support relevant controlling processes

 

United Nations – Environment Affairs

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Well, everybody knows the career jump if you end up at the UN as a summer intern.

 

SourceKnowledge – Digital Marketing Intern

 

SourceKnowledge’s paid internship is a 3-month program, where university graduates and young professionals based in Montreal can develop hands-on experience in digital marketing, performance advertising, and web analytics.

 

TandemLaunch – Marketing Intern

 

Part-time marketing intern that will act in the digital sphere working with new startups.

 

Fraud Analyst

 

There is no cooler Hollywood like internship then a fraud analyst for a leading financial group. Get your Sherlock mask on, that too for a bank.

 

Sales and Marketing Intern

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You will develop market knowledge, improve the sales processes and support the delivery of the sales plan. Moreover, customer service will also fall on your desk on a daily basis.

 

Canadian National Railway – Audit Internship

 

You will under the supervision and guidance of Internal Audit Management, complete audit assignments that provide assurance on the adequacy and effectiveness of CN’s internal controls and assist Management in achieving business objectives

 

Valtech – Operations Interm

 

You will assist Valtech’s customers in the research, ideation, design, and marketing of intelligent digital experiences, interfaces and innovative products.

 

Java Logix – Digital Intern

 

Not many companies offer over the shoulder training to interns. However, an internship at Java Logix where you will be handling digital content for different customers does exactly that.

 

Therefore, sitting idle must not be the plan. Even, if you want to have a good time, you can take time off your internship and have fun. However, for most Montreal student residence, an awesome internship is the way to go to cover expenses as well as get fruitful experience when school is out.

10 Montreal Staycations You Need Before the Summer Internship Stress Hit

Are you a Montreal student resident stuck in Montreal before the summer internships? Try out a staycation at one of the lesser known places this summer!

Internet is a funny world, coming up with terminologies that Oxford did not even know existed 10 years ago. Staycation is a similar word that was not even used before 2008 and then suddenly burst into the scene. It actually means to stay home on your vacation and see the local attractions that you may or may not know about. Therefore, if you are a Montreal student resident, these are the 10 attractions you need to hit before the stress of summer internships take over:

 

Home Spa Day

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There is no better feeling than staying at home or your Montreal student residence and giving yourself a royale spa treatment. The skin glows and fear of the finals diminishes away even if for a few hours.

 

Amusement Parks

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La Ronde, Montreal’s premier amusement park is waiting for you to spend a lot of quality time with your friends or family. 

 

Winter Rooftop Pool

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This winter pool is a special treat for staycationers. It provides you a warm swim in the winter night and a room to forget all your problems away with a drink or two.  Try Apartment Hotel or Hotel Bonaventure!

 

Bike Rides

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The summers are the best time to bike around your favorite places around Montreal. You don’t even have to own a bike as you can just rent one!

 

Parc National d’Oka

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A park with water splashing and sand to play with, what else do you need for a whole Sunday affair?

 

Old Port of Montreal

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You can rent a quadricycle and have fun hovering around the old port square people watching, eating and shopping on the way!

 

Coteau-du-Lac National

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Get in touch with Montreal’s history by grabbing a snack from the farmer’s market and sitting beside the rapids while you eat.

 

Eagle Canyon

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Walk across the longest, scariest man crossing hanging bridge in Montreal. That walk of shame after a club night into your student residence will look like a happy hour once you cross this bridge.

 

Allez up

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A fun way to live a healthy life on your staycation by climbing walls for fun.

 

You do not have to go away for the weekend and spending an exorbitant amount of money in an isolated cabin to distress. Google maps are your best friend in this situation as you can find hidden gems in and around Montreal that you don’t have to take a bus for. Get your weekend bag and distress like never before

 

10 Life Hack All Students Need to Know

Make this lifestyle a little bit better.

From an abundance of papers to general living difficulties, it can get pretty hard to adjust to living on your own after living all these years in a well-equipped household. Starting university life can be so exciting yet equally challenging. Even the tiniest of things could become so bothersome that you end up resenting the independent life. Struggles to maintain a good work-life balance is a tedious task on its own. Moreover, running a house for oneself in a tiny space takes a lot of patience and hit-trial experimentation to get tasks done.

It is the same with everyone and you are not alone in this. We have got ten amazing life hacks that can make your life super simple. SO take a deep breath and start on.

 

Create more space in your cupboard

We all know how cramped up the dorm closet hanging spaces are. And with all those piles of clothing that you bring to university to play dress to impress; small spaces can really become a headache! However, we have got a super sustainable solution to it. So the next time you drink a soda don’t throw the can tabs. Use can tab to make double hanging space.

 

Get hold of the pen thieves

The most easily lost stationary item is the pen. And almost everyone gets confused with their own and end up owning others. Here is simple hack; switch the cartridges. Get a pack of red and blue ones and switch their cartridges to escape the confusion in future. People will think twice to attempt a robbery on your pen treasure!   

 

Deep Sleeper Alert

It is really hard to get up on time when your parents have been your alarm clock through the past eighteen years. So the next time you set your alarm on the phone, place the phone inside a glass. It will give it a surround boost and makes sure that your dorm partner also wakes up with you!

 

 

Chilling a beer real quick

If your beer had to stay out because of inadequate space in the fridge, and you want a cold one real bad, that too in a few minutes. Wrap a damp paper around it and place it in the fridge for a while. It will be chilled in no time. You may Thank us later, after having your cool!

 

Tangled Cables

All the cables popping up through one night stand can get really messy and tangled! Use paper clips to sort the cables out. You won’t get confused!

 

Less time for prepping?

If you are short on time to know about a certain topic, Google the topic name and ppt along with it. It will give you available power point presentations on the topic which are easier to skim.

 

Make Google Docs your best friend!

Do your assignments on Google docs rather than relying on any other source in order not to lose your work. It easier, it’s secure and it’s shareable!

 

The first draft must be handwritten

Go old school and jot down the first draft of your assignment. It will help you remain focused on the topic.

 

Take breaks during assignments

Taking a break during assignments can refresh your mind and increase your productivity.

 

Slip a cutting board on a drawer

To make room at your pantry counter, slip a board on the drawer and cut your veggies conveniently!

 

All these hacks have been tried and tested and not a mere Google search. You must try these to make your life streamlined.

Do you have a life hack better than this, that works out wonders for you? Leave it in the comment section or tag us at @stcathys.

Ways To Get Through This ~Crazy~ Montreal Snowstorm

Snow in April? Yeah, that sounds about right.

It is widely and rightly said that you can’t ever control the weather. All thanks to the evolved technology and advanced meteorological systems, that at least now we are intimated well in time for the upcoming weather situations. Being on the North, the temperatures in Montreal are always extreme. The temperature in winters generally goes down till -30 Celsius, and that’s an absolutely freeze anything around. Snowstorms in Montreal are really crazy. They can come on quickly, switch direction without notice and build up intensity within no time.
So if you are residing in Montreal, be ready to witness an extreme situation and prepare yourself in advance for few things to get through crazy Montreal snowstorm, because “WINTER IS COMING!”

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Be Prepared

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Check all your water pipes. Below 7 Celsius the pipes tend to get frozen. Check if any of those need extra foam insulation. Once the temperature begins to drop, let your faucets drip so that the water keeps running through the pipes. Charge your cell phones and power banks. And use phones on low power mode just in case of power failure you have enough battery to make emergency calls. Bank on extra cells and batteries for the same reason.

 

Stock Up on Comfort Food

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As soon as the news of a snowstorm will hit the news the store aisles will become crowded. It is very important that you stock up your house with an ample amount of groceries. Check for weather reports for almost how long the storm will last and shop accordingly. The grocery items must include dry grocery as well as a lot of water supply. It is smart to make a list so you don’t run out of anything in your pantry. If you have a pet, make sure you shop for their commodities in advance. Include a few canned items, in case there is a power or gas outage you still have something readymade to eat.

 

Stay Indoors

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It is very much advisable to stay indoors during severe snowstorms in Montreal because you wouldn’t want to face the deadly consequences. Since the visibility goes down to zero there are chances of meeting fatal accidents. Also, the roads might be blocked, to keep you indoors. Even if there is a need to go out, keep yourself warm. Dress up in loose, layered clothing. Lose clothing will keep the blood circulation efficient, increasing warmth. Mittens are better than gloves as the fingers stay close enough to be warm

 

Learn the Signs of Hypothermia

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Hypothermia is a condition where your body fails to produce an ample amount of heat to keep it warm. The body tends to dissipate more heat than it absorbs. It starts with shivering and may lead to high blood pressure due to the contraction of blood vessels. A person may feel out of breath and find it hard to make any decisions. Loss of control over bladder is also one of the symptoms.

 

Stay Hydrated

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Drink lots of water. The more hydrated you will be, the warmer you will stay. Once you get dehydrated there are more chances of catching frostbite and hypothermia. The low temperature during a snowstorm in Montreal tends to freeze around everything. Loss of water in the body cells will freeze them in a shorter span, hence causing frostbite.  A hydrated cell, on the other hand, will keep itself warmer. Consult a doctor to thaw. If it is impossible to reach to a doctor place your hands in warm water. It will be painful but will work for a while.

Keep Yourself Busy

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Find yourself interesting board games or cards to keep your mind off these dire circumstances. Enjoy your indoor time, stay warm and eat lots.

 

The snowstorm in Montreal can really take a toll on you, but if you will keep yourself ready, it will not bother you much and you may end up enjoying your indoor off time. Give time to yourself, read, pamper yourself, munch and Netflix it away. Do you have something more to add to it? How do you spend your indoor time in Montreal during snowstorms?

Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your creative endeavors Instagram at @scathys. 

Need to write an A-List paper? Here’s How!

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Where being a university student brings you a lot of perks of independence, there, the first jolt that you get is when you are asked to write a paper.  Most of the students, tend to put off the hard task on the fact that since they can’t produce a good one. Suddenly, the days go by and often you end up submitting a ~somewhat plagiarized~ or third-grade paper when they fall short on time. This ultimately leads to bad grades and, and as we all know too well, papers usually make up a large portion of students grades. Here are few tricks to guide you through writing your paper so you don’t have to toss out plagiarized version a night before.

 

KNOW WHAT YOUR PROFESSOR WANTS

Before you begin writing a paper it’s very important to know what your professor wants. Go through the assignment you are provided with. It’s more effective to do it that very day when it handed over. Generally, teachers tend to give a rubric containing eminent things that they will be looking for while grading. If you haven’t gotten one, do not hesitate to ask for one. It will be completely unfair to assess students without letting them know what is expected of them. Once you make a rubric, you need to be clear how will you end the paper. Craft the paper in the same manner. Read the assignment critically to analyze what it asks of you. Write anchor sentences in the rubric as a reminder to stay on the track while writing the paper.

ORGANIZE YOUR PAPER

Sit down! Yes, that’s the foremost thing you ought to do. You might have come across a few tasks which are only hindered because of not getting time to sit down. It is said 90% of the tasks are considered done the moment you sit down for them. Specify yourself a time slot in your daily routine for the paper. It’s important that your targets are realistic and are being met each day. This will give you a feel of accomplishment. Commit yourself to the process and do a bit of it every day. Remind yourself that this little bit is an important addition to your overall career.

COMING UP WITH IDEAS OF PAPER

Once you have achieved the first two steps, now is the time to open your thinking bag and get to work. Gazillions of ideas come floating in through a small window and are hard to interpret. A lot of people recommend free writing. Freewriting helps you make records that can be used in the future as key points. Free writing generally seems vague and disorienting in later stages. Mapping, on the other hand, is quite useful. Map your thoughts in an organized manner like a flow chart. This will pop guiding questions for your research and will clearly demonstrate how your ideas are linked. This technique is super beneficial for writing long research papers.

 

THESIS STATEMENT

Create an excellent topic overview upon which the paper is based. The topic should be generic. After this narrow down to construct the specifics of your paper. Present at least three solutions to the problem you presented in the overview. And then at the end, trim it down to the best of three and make connections with the most appropriate one.

EDIT THE PAPER

After finishing it still won’t let you go this easy. Revise your paper thoroughly. Ask a good study partner to do this favor for you. Edit the mistakes and apply proper formatting techniques. Review it again and at the end give it a read for the last pass. Once you are done with these three steps refer to the rubric, and honestly review if you filled the requirements?

 

After finishing these tasks off print it and hand the devil off. It’s very unlikely that you don’t get a good grade unless there are some major errors involved! There is still a tip to it. Start working on it the day you get it. It won’t take your grade records down.

Any brilliant addition to the list? Do share with us in the comment section or tag us on instagram at @scathys. 

7 Tricks for Students to Relax and Treat Yourself

It’s time to treat yourself! Honestly, you deserve it. You’ve had a long week of work or an exhausting couple of days at school. You need to relax. It could only be Tuesday and you’re over the week. That is definitely okay! Focusing on yourself and providing the care your body needs is nothing to be ashamed of. Take the day for yourself and recuperate. Here are some tips to have the ultimate relaxation day.

1) Beauty Sleep
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Before your big day of relaxing, you need to get a good night’s sleep before the big day.If you’re deciding the night before that you’re going to have a relaxation day, get a good night’s sleep. You want to wake up feeling rejuvenated. If you start your day off tired, the rest of the day will feel pointless. Get the full eight-hour sleep you’ve been craving so badly. You’ll instantly love yourself a little more in the morning.

2) Relax and Unplug From Social Media

Although this might sound like the last thing you want to do, you will not regret it. I promise you at the end of the day you’ll feel more at peace knowing you spent the day just thinking about yourself. Realistically, you’re just going to sit on your phone creeping through Instagram to see what your ex-boyfriend is doing. It’s not worth it! Unplug from social media and give yourself the attention that you deserve.

3) New Sheets = New Me
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The feeling of crawling into your bed at the end of the day to freshly washed sheets is indescribable. Throw your sheets in the wash or replace them with brand new ones. Your relaxation day doesn’t need to end the minute you get into bed. If you have problems with breakouts, changing your pillow cases and sheets regularly can help prevent them. Treat yourself by sleeping in some nice sheets!

4) Bubble Baths
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Light yourself a nice teak-wood mahogany candle and get some calming music to feel relaxed. Bubble baths are so soothing and will instantly make you feel at peace. Don’t have a bathtub? Hot showers are just as relaxing. Get your shower playlist ready and go live your best life in the bathroom.

5) Food, Lots of Food.
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Today is your day. If you feel like going all out for breakfast, do it. However, if you’d rather take yourself out to brunch, go right ahead. You deserve to be well fed and happy. You don’t want to ruin your day by being hangry so treat yourself to your favourite meal or dessert!

6) Art
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Whatever popped into your head when you read “art,” do exactly that. If that means you want to draw, grab a sketchbook and a pencil. If you want to paint a canvas, go grab your paint brushes. Expressing yourself through art allows you to relax and show what you’ve been feeling lately in a creative form. Take the time during your day to express your thoughts and emotions.

7) Dress For Yourself

Self-care days are what you make of them. Dressing for yourself in the morning is important! If you feel like going all out with a full face of makeup because you have the time, you can. If you would prefer to be in sweatpants, hair tied, chilling’ with no makeup on, I don’t think Drake would oppose! Overall, this day is all about you so dress the way you want.

With these tips, you’ll be on the road to relaxation in no time! Remember that self-care is important and it is okay to take the time you need to get back on track. Treat yourself, you deserve it.

What are your favorite self-care tips for an especially stressful time? Let us know in the comment section below.

7 Stress Free Living Space Ideas

With midterms quickly approaching, and finals just around the corner, it can feel difficult to de-stress. School is the last place you’ll find relaxing because just like you, everyone else is having a life crisis. When you go home, whether that is to your Montreal student residence, off-campus student house, or residence dorm, you should be at a relaxed state of mind. Here are some ways to make your living space feel stress free!

1) Smells Like My Home
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Nothing says home than a calm, fresh scent. Lavender is known to create calming atmospheres and soothe anxieties! Because it is so common, you won’t have any trouble finding lavender products or essential oils. If you live in a dorm room and your roommate is against this, try dropping a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow or drinking lavender tea! You’ll feel at peace and definitely will have a better sleep.

2) Cool Colours Are Cool
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To make a room feel calm, try to add cooler hues in your decor. Any shade of grey, blue, green, or purple will instantly change the atmosphere of any room. That doesn’t mean you have to go and paint your walls, but try and change your bedding. Add wall art or temporary wallpaper with these colours. For an especially cool look, add blue lights to your Montreal student residence room. You’ll instantly feel more relaxed entering a room with cooler hues!

3) Lose Track Of Time

Honestly, what is the point of your wall clock anymore? It literally sits there and ticks away causing you stress that you don’t need while relaxing. Donate your wall clocks. You have your phone to tell you the time. Decrease the anxiety ticking in your room and get rid of the clock!

4) Love > Stress
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Whether it is a Montreal student residence room or an entire apartment, fill your space with love! Have cute knick-knacks and photos of fun memories all around. You can even get digital photos developed for your wall at Staples. If you’re living in an apartment, especially, REMOVE YOUR BILLS FROM YOUR FRIDGE. The refrigerator is where you find love and leftover pizza, don’t ruin that with your Hydro bill staring you down.

5) Let There Be Light!
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Natural light will instantly boost your mood and health. Push your curtains to the side and let in that natural light. You won’t regret it especially on a wonderful sunny day. The natural light will adjust the feel and the appearance of the room! If you are living at St Cathy’s Montreal Student Residence, spend some time on the 7th-floor lounge with panoramic windows and the rooftop terrace, both exposing you to tons of sun and natural light.

6) Clean, Clean, Clean!

Nothing makes your life feel more stressful than coming home to a disastrous mess. Try to keep your living space tidy. Make your bed in the morning and put your laundry away. When you come home, you should feel like there is nothing you need to get done but to relax!

7) Stress Free Plant Parent
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Bring plant friends into your home! Plants not only make for great decor, but they will benefit your stressful life also. Indoor plants will re-oxygenate the air of your apartment or dorm room. Nothing will make you happier when your plant babies start to grow also!

These tips to help you create a calming atmosphere in your home will be sure to do the job. With final exams coming shortly, make sure to take care of yourself first and then kill it this semester. Be sure to get plenty of rest and try to separate your school life and personal life when you are at home.

What are your favourite ways to manage stress? Let us know in the comment section below.

How to Live Your Best (Academic) Life for the Rest of the Semester

You’re in the middle of the semester. Government funding and time are running out before quickly before the stress of final exams kicks in. If you haven’t said it out loud yet, you definitely will. You need to get your life together. What better time to start then halfway through the semester? Probably at the beginning of the semester, but everyone eventually starts somewhere! Luckily for you, we will provide you with many tips to help keep you organized in school and in life. This list of school tips and college hacks will be your survival guide until the end of exam season.

1) Create Daily To-Do Lists

Daily to-do lists are both efficient and rewarding. Whether you are using your phone, your laptop or your agenda, you can keep track of the tasks that you are responsible to complete for that day. At the end of the day you will feel accomplished knowing you completed all the tasks on your list!

2) Purchase or Create A Desk Calendar
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Having a calendar that you can see every time you sit at your desk is useful. It helps you organize your week and it also helps you focus on upcoming events and assignments. As many other students, being broke comes as a characteristic of being in university, so don’t feel obligated to buy a desk calendar. Grab some construction paper and create your own calendar!

3) Treat Yo’Self!
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Don’t get too excited. I don’t mean to go spend $500 you do not have. I’m talking about giving yourself a little bit of a break by watching a Netflix episode or taking a nap. If you’ve been working intensely on a project or have been cramming in the library for long hours, you deserve a break. Give yourself time to recuperate so you have energy to continue to work hard.

4) Get Enough Sleep!
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Don’t be that person who brags about pulling all-nighters. You need your rest! It doesn’t matter if you literally nap under your study desk in the library. No one will judge you! Study shows that 83% of students perform better in academics with a full eight hour sleep. Aim high and become a nap queen or king!

5) Save Everything!
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From the syllabus to the random surprise pop quiz you did so poorly on. It doesn’t only have to be school papers, keep receipts and flyers also! Invest in folders for each of your classes and keep everything. You won’t be spending time searching for notes and power-points during final exam season! At the end of the semester you can toss out the things you don’t need but trust me when I say you will be thankful you did this when tax refunds come around!

6) Check Your Emails Daily

University is all about communicating through emails. It is important to organize your emails so that you don’t miss important emails from professors or teacher assistants. Make it a routine to check your email either once in the morning or at night. You’ll be grateful for this when you are one of the very few who are aware about the assignment extension!

7) Stay Motivated
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Stay focused and motivated! There are only a couple of weeks left in the semester so give it your all. Looking for ways to stay motivated? Refer to 6 Motivation Tricks for Midterm Season.

There you have it! These tips will definitely get you on track to getting your life together. If they don’t, at least it now looks like you have your life together to everyone else so fake it ’till you make it?