Your ‘Gram-Able Picnic Guide Has Arrived

If one post has become omnipresent during the pandemic, it’s the picnic. You know the one – we’ve all the influencer hosting picnic that seems to perfect to be real. Well turns out, they are real, and we can help you get that aesthetic pic of your dreams! Below find our steps to the perfect picnic!

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  1. Find the perfect spot in the park. Go with the greenery!
  2. Choose a blanket that is not too busy. We vote to stick with a white or cream sheet.
  3. Don’t cheap out on the extras – it’s all about that perfect basket.
  4. Accessorise! What really adds to the picnic is the flowers and greenery!
  5. Don’t do dishware – aside from wine glasses. Other than that, opt for bringing a wood cutting board rather than plates.
  6. Go with trendy (and easy) food. Did someone say cheese and meats?
  7. Choose your fruit strategically – go for trending colours like orange peaches and mandarins, or pink strawberries and raspberries.
  8. Take photos with strategic angles. We love an above-view!
  9. Dress accordingly. Choose outfits that are aligned with the colours of your picnic.
  10. Don’t forget the drinks! From blood orange juice to a crisp rose, the drinks are one extra layer of oomph that you can add to your picnic.

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Well, that’s our guide to the perfectly ‘grammable picnic. What are your favourite tips? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on Instagram!

 

5 Ways to Ace Online Learning

If you, like many, have had to move your courses online during the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand how it can be a struggle. Luckily, we have created a list of five key things that you can do in order to Ace your online learning straight from your Montreal student residence.

Don’t Change a Thing

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The key is to treat your online lecture the same way you would as a real lecture, stay attentive, be on time, and focus on the content.

Take Notes

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We understand that it might be easier to slack off when you’re taking a course online, but it’s important to take notes and be organized just as you would in a real lecture.

Organize Beforehand

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The beauty of taking online courses? You can roll out of bed and still make attendance! Unfortunately, that’s not the best way to eat your courses – you should think about organizing yourself beforehand and understanding what the contact will be so that you can take notes while keeping up with the lecture.

Debrief!

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Sometimes, the content might not be syncing the same way when you’re not physically in a lecture hall. That’s why it’s key to debrief after your lecture so that you can understand where you may be missing information and what the key goals of the course were.

Create Digital Study Groups

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One of the best parts of the university experience is your peer class. Just because you’re not on campus doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy group studying. Take the initiative to create a group study session and conduct it digitally via Zoom! It can be just as rewarding and helpful as a physical study group, and you’ll have the added benefit of creating lasting connections with your peers. On top of that, you can do it all from the comfort of your Montreal student residence!

What are your favorite tips for acing online courses? Let us know in the comments section below!

Staycations Are Here to Stay!

With the uncertainty surround Covid-19, we can’t blame you if you’re not quite ready to go back to life as (semi) normal. No worries, there are many ways to enjoy your summer inside! Here’s our guide to hosting yourself an ultimate Staycation.

Gourmet  Drinks

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Whether it’s hipster coffee or a champagne treat, go for your favorite indulgent drinks to add a special aspect to your staycation.

 Special Snacks

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Alright similar to gourmet drinks, indulge a little in your favorite snacks. We’re personally going with truffles or coconut oil popcorn!

Get that Spa-Level Fun

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Go for your favorite face masks and at-home spa treatments. That way, you will get the rejuvenation of a spa with the relaxation of being at home.

 Two Words.. Comfy Socks

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Fluffy, exfoliating, amazing…need we say more?

Choose Your Entertainment 

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Maybe it will be a classic film, favorite book, or that new Netflix series you’ve been dying to watch. Either way, one thing’s for sure – the entertainment makes the staycation that much better!

Well, it’s official, staycations are the best socially distant summer activity! Did we miss your favorite at-home tip while staying in your Montreal Student Residence? Let us know in the comment section below

12 Practical Tips for Creating Better Habits

 

We all talk about ‘de cluttering’ our life. De cluttering doesn’t really refer to the physical things, rather try de clutter toxins by eating healthy, de clutter your life by being organized, de clutter your mind by staying positive and reading, start exercising to de clutter your body. Many of us start these all things and even succeed in sticking to them for few days. But then we tend to get lazy and we start to sway back to normal routines.

Have you ever wished that there was software that you could download into your system and your system would automatically follow the instructions blindly?  Well, here is a software for you to stick to create habits and then stick to them for long!

 

Start Small

Most of us want to start from four gym sessions, and getting from size 12 to 8 overnight. It is practically impossible to manage 5 extra minute of exercise the next day. Keep small achievable targets to keep motivation alive!  

 

Make it Daily

Whatever your goal is make sure that you do it every day. Make it a part of your routine. Exercise, eating healthy can be done daily. Organizing on the other hand, can go tricky. Divide seven days of the week to organize seven nooks of your house. So that each place gets a time once a week!

 

Self – Reminder

Initial two weeks into the routine and then you may forget about the new regime. To keep yourself reminding, set reminders on your phone and check mark the everyday list to feel accomplished!

 

Get a Partner

This will help greatly. Having a buddy on the same regime can help you check each other’s targets. You may also find a person to talk about the same stuff to and share relevant experiences. 

 

Replace Needs

Do something positive in the empty time. For example if you are giving up on watching a series, utilize that time in book reading or go on a walk. Don’t allow yourself empty time slots. It will make you long the old habit back. 

 

Write it Down

Writing down the goals will help you clear your intentions. It will also help you to refer back and see where the problem lied and how far you have come to overcome it.

 

Know the Benefits

Know the benefits of making the respective change. Research on internet or read a book regarding it. This could also motivate you further.

 

Plan Smarter

Make use of project management software such as Trello, to better plan your workflow for each goal.

 

The Art of Goal Setting 

Learn how to set realizable goals, for example, set SMART goals. A SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive, meaning you have a clear way to measure success and a time-line to do so in.

 

Know the Harm

Know the downsides of the habit that you are giving up. While doing so, remember its never too late to revert.

 

Do it for Yourself

Be firm on doing it for you solely. Weak guilt and empty resolutions don’t work.

 

Stay Consistent

If you are trying to take up on a habit it is advisable to do it at the same time every day. Doing this for continuous 30 days will make you miss it on the 31st day.

 

Celebrate

Celebrate your small wins. Treat yourself on achieving little milestones. It will be greatly helpful.

 

Befriend Supporters

Surround yourself with supporters who will talk positive to boost your motivation. Negative people and negative remarks will bring your morale down! 

 

So if you are on the brink to start some positive habits, give this a read to get amazing tips before you begin. If you have something more to add, leave it in the comments box or follow us at insta @stcathys to add to our follower community!

A Few Hacks to Make the #StudentLife a Little Cheaper

Being a student and with income like next to nothing its pretty hard to afford lavish quite just a lifestyle. The general income of a student is barely enough for meals and daily basics; and it tends to be when the realization of how expensive life can be, truly hits you. It is true that monthly expenses go quickly and little savings can go a long way. Here are few hacks for you to make your life a little cheaper!

 

Cook Your Own Meals

Try buying grocery and cooking your own meal rather than eating out every day! For worst days locate cheapest eat outs around the vicinity. You may be able to find places which provide meal as low as $5. 

 

Get Student Discounts:

Student discounts are available almost everywhere. You just have to ask for them. For few, it could be a little shy some to ask for – but, what could be better than saving a few bucks?

 

Thrift Shopping:

Find a nearest thrift store and try to find commodities from there. Trust me there is no happiness greater than saving a dime with a little hassle.

 

Online Shopping:

Online shopping can get you great discounts. You get to escape the commute expenses. There are quite a few online websites that offer almost everything at great prices and that too with free shipping option! You just have to search for it. 

 

Make Use of Coupons:

Get and USE any discount coupons that you find around. There is no utter shame in redeeming even if it saves you a cent. Install apps that notify about the discounts and coupons for all types of shopping.

 

BIY – Brew It Yourself! 

One can simply not operate without coffee. Rather than buying every morning from a store if you brew it yourself, it will save you almost $1100 per anum. You don’t believe it? Do the Math and thank us later!

 

Try Fixing Stuff Yourself:

Burnt wire or laptop messing? Try www.fixit.com and save all those bucks by fixing almost everything yourself.

 

Décor Your Montreal Student Residence Room in a Budget

Find sales before going back to school. Pick up sheets and pillows from clearance. You may get individual pack of cutlery rather than buying a whole set of it. Check out our article on how to spice up your Montreal student residence room on a budget.

 

 Vouch for Hand-Me-Downs

You may find second hand mini fridges and microwaves at great prices online. Try getting hold of garage or yard sales and collect a rug, cushions or an accent chair. You may also find few senior students getting rid of their old stuff. Take that opportunity.

 

Hopefully all these tips and tricks if followed, might help you save some, if not a lot of bucks. Have something of greater good to add? Write to us and follow us @stcathys. Or leave your precious comment in the box. 

It’s official, These are the Top 10 Reasons to Start University in a New City

 

As soon as the high school  come to a close, a series of sending in university applications start to take a toll on your everyday life. But once acceptances start pouring in, isn’t it the happiest day of your life? Longing to get into a good university is a dream on its own, but what if the university is entirely at a new city? Does the thought of living on your own makes you excited? Or it scares you the core? Here are top ten reasons to start university in a new city.

Take the Chance:

This is one a million chance that one should never miss. You will have your whole life to move to and fro and travel. But consider this time as with the “least responsibilities”. Life is all about your own self at this point in time. Tuition and living gets paid through the loans and grants rest it is all about being a free bird and party.

 

Fresh Start:

Forget about all the old strings and high school embarrassments that had taken you down in past. Move on with confidence with new people new surroundings, new environment and with a new mindset and be a person that you would have wanted to be all your life. Now can be the time to shut doors on old relationships and breath in a fresh breath of air.

 

Matching up with True Friends:

All our lives, living in a small town, we seldom get to choose relationships. The same people whom you started Montessori with end up graduating after twelve long years. There must have been hardly any subtractions or additions. Now is the time to make new stronger connections, where you can pick and choose according to your own taste.

 

Independence:

You get to experience firsthand independence. Get to make your all major and minor decisions on your own. Choose to cook or get food delivered. Let the laundry sit in or wash it daily. Take all the courses together or wait for summer to set in. All these decisions will be for you to make!

 

Gain Confidence:

The sense of unfamiliarity and the fear of being alone will really force your character to strengthen and you’ll become so much more self-reliant because of it. Get to gain self reliance and give your confidence a booster shot!

 

Adaptive:

Living away prepares you for unforeseen. Since you get to live in unfavorable conditions and you have to move your butt out of your comfort zone to get things done, it makes you more adaptive to situations.

 

Home Appreciation:

It is true that appreciation comes with deprivation! Being deprived of comfortable home room, mum made food, and the mere presence of family makes you learn a lot. You learn to be appreciative and thankful when you get to live away from all these bounties.

 

Win Parents Trust:

Living alone makes you responsible and wise. Since you will always be making right decisions for yourself, it will make your parents rely blindly on you! They will gain confidence in you and will trust all that you do in life.

 

Revive Affectionate Bonds:

There are chances that you don’t get along a family member. Moving out to a new city can make them realize a person’s standing as an important family member in the house. Distance does wonders!

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Be confident and take the chance, for life is lived freely only once. Have something more to add? Write to us in the comments section. Or follow us on @stcathys on instagram to let us know a new pro about moving out for university!

How to Survive Dreaded Summer Courses 101

Where summer courses are generally offered to ‘lighten’ up the usual semester load, they can also totally eat up your summer break! You may want to enjoy volleyball at a beach like your friends but inside you know you will have to work on numerical analysis. Even the thought is cringe-worthy!

With that in mind, here are few tips that can help you get through the courses without missing on the summer fun!

Two is Enough

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Keep your cool with taking the courses!  Since you will be staying back in the campus you would want to take as many courses as possible, but practically it is no good. Take no more than two courses considering the fact that you are already cramming the sixteen weeks of coursework into 8 weeks. A little loose routine will let you breathe through because at the end we all need breaks.

 

Try Learning Online

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Who would want to wake up early in holidays to attend the class? No one! Absolutely, no one. Since you are on a break, and most summer classes start early, consider taking online classes.  If you have a good attention span and you are kind of a pro at self-studying then it shouldn’t be a great deal for you. Rather, it will take half the burden off you!

 

A 100 $ Tip

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You may take courses that you would want to get through quickly. For a fact some people aren’t comfortable with public speaking. You may take such courses during the summer since you won’t have to go through the turmoil of speaking between a big strength and also the duration will be relatively shorter.

 

Keep Yourself Occupied

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It is hard to accept the fact that you will be staying on the campus where others will be carrying out their vacation plans. The mere thought makes it agitated enough. It is better to accept it sooner to make it easier on yourself. Try making lots of plans so you are on your toes for completion. This way, you will hardly get time to procrastinate and won’t let the weird thoughts wander in your brain. Try finding a nearby activity that you can attend daily in addition to dry coursework!

 

Have Fun with Sun

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Immersing yourself in the land of books can be very depressing. Enjoy the sunlight streaming through the glass or somewhere outside. It will make you more productive and less depressed about the fact that you have an essay to finish. Take a ride on the bike to classes or try arranging a study group in a park!

 

With these tips, you may have a little less school-centric summer, although we don’t promise a cent percent result. That comes from the inside. So, it is best that you take mental breaks and accept your fate; after all it is you, who signed up for it!

Your Ultimate Guide to Finals Week (Yes, Even Summer Finals)

Looking for a methodology to relieve stress through out the finals? Look no more, as the best-researched methods are listed below so you gobble them up!

Some points in life define the way your personality is shaped up.  Finals can be a life-shaping event for any university students, We all have gone through the stress and high temper of the finals week. However, there are small things that you can do, bits and piece changes that can allow you to focus more and stress less! We have made a list for you to ponder upon and act towards reducing the boiling point rather than enhancing it

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Studies

  1. Make your own study guide as following someone or a group of people usually takes you down the wrong path
  2. Start early as you get more time in the day to study when your energies are at the peak level
  3. Organize your study hours and take regular breaks to utilize optimum energy
  4. Resting properly is the key to a sharp mind that can whirl around the finals week
  5. Time management is the key to success along with eating well

Stress Relieving

  1. Utilize on-campus stress relieving programs before and during the finals
  2. Hit the gym or the track to clear your mind and conscience
  3. Always eat healthy as the tendency to binge is far more in finals week than normal days of the year
  4. Catch some sound sleep and 8 glasses of water (at least) daily
  5. Select a good study space or group. Studying on the bed gives you a complete downer at times

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Food

  1. Rule Number 1: Do not forget to eat!
  2. Never skip breakfast!
  3. Tea, coffee and nuts are the sources of instant energy boosters that you must use
  4. Dark chocolates, Avocados and water should be your best friends for the finals

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Therefore, if you are stressed, you need to let some of the steam go. Boiling up under the lid can only make it worse for the finals week. So take a chill pill, put your feet up and relax your mind before you enter the examination room!

Our Favorite Montreal Late-Night Snacks.. Whether Studying or Partying!

Bored in your Montreal student residence, coming in from a night out, or even hanging at a friend’s place? Grabbing a bite is the best alternative, and Montreal offers a score of late night foodie entertainers! Try out some of our favorites tonight:

As a student resident, you know that you cannot survive from getting your heads smashed by books or your liver by alcohol, without the intake of delicious food. Therefore, whether you are a student resident in Montreal or just visiting to levy up, late night snacks are an absolute must! We bring you some of the most delicious late night snack spots that will bring out the positivity lacking in your nights.

 

Isle De Garde

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The join is opened till 1:30 on the weekdays and 3 am on the weekends. That along with some of the finest beer collection tagged with Charcuterie and cheeses, tartinades, and beer’s best friend, patates frites, makes it a must visit late night snack place.

 

Nouveau Palais

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This place turns into a late night going after 11:30 pm when it closes the regular dinner serving and provides with the basics of students that includes burgers, cheese fries, pierogis along with a lot of music and hustle bustle of the late nighters.

 

Mezcaleros

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Looking for some tacos to fill up before you hit the bed, club or your books? If yes, then Mezcaleros is the place to be especially on the weekends as it hits up late till 3 am.

 

Otto Yakitori

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Looking for some Japanese cuisine that includes Japanese skews and other delicacies. This bar type Japanese joint is then the place for you to eat and have fun, forgetting the downsides of living in a student residence away from home.

 

Chef on Call

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This is our personal favorite where we order in almost every other night. Most of the delivery foods and takeaways outlets are presenting faux food with limited taste. However, Chef on Call provides with fast food as well as gourmet options that you can savor at one tap of your phone screen through there awesome food ordering app!

 

All student residents in Montreal know that they cannot survive without food but only a few of them know that they cannot survive without good food. Check out these places and never have a boring snack night, be it between your end terms or in the nights where you decide to steam off!

Need Some Motivation? Check out the 5 Spotify Podcasts

Coming out of the student residence with a low beat every morning? Try these 5 Spotify Podcasts to lift your mood before you dance on the wordly music!

Losing steam as the semester ends? Are the usual songs and trips to the bar just not cutting it? Well, all you need is a positive influence every time you step out of your student residence, be it for the early morning class or a solidarity stroll around the block. This influence can come in the form of a Spotify podcast rushing positivity through your ears and right into your bloodstream. We have lined up 5 of the best motivation boosting Podcasts that you can tune into.

The Science of Happiness

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This is a fun channel that puts in scientific research to good use by explaining scientifically the methods to be more happier, kinder and more focus. This allows you to harness all the energy (negative or positive) to bring a gratitude based change in your life.

Connect Kindness Podcast

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This awesome Podcast links you up with charities that help the less fortunate. What better there is to life than listening about the success stories of people that were dealt a bad hand by life. This Podcast features interviews of founders and directors of NGOs giving you a new perspective every time you hear them out.

Your Daily Dose of Awesome

This Podcast is run by a mom and a teacher who talks about effective ways to overcome negativity and depression with a soul-satisfying and playful methodology. She doesn’t preach but talks directly to your heart, you will fall in love with being kind and awesome at the same time.

TED Radio Hour

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If you are fond of TED Talks, you know they are full of motivation by successful people. This radio show plays a similar role by bringing out insights, emotions, and discoveries made by man in the history of life.

The Kindness Project

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This is a father-daughter project where they talk about the fun side of life. The theme of the podcast remains “how to be kind” but dishes out important lessons from time to time as well.

Being kind is one way to inspire yourself every day. You don’t only have to be kind to others but yourself as well. Moreover, inspiration to achieve or be kind does not come from a podcast but from within. However, one of these Podcasts may push you in the direction that you never know existed. Happy listening.