College

7 Tips to Come Out of University Financially Set

David Lester | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

The start of summer is the last time that students want to think about university and their future, but the time is right to start building a plan. With school getting more expensive and good jobs hard to get when you graduate it's crucial to put some strategies in place.

Supporting Your Child's Education Goes Way Beyond Starting an RESP

Melissa Jarman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Business
Melissa Jarman

When I became a parent 15 years ago, I knew it was important to save for my daughter's education. While our income didn't allow for large RESP contributions, we made regular ones, supplemented by money she received, often as gifts, along the way. But with my daughter a mere three years away from post-secondary school, I've learned that my role as a parent extends well beyond helping her finance an education.

Your Jokes About A 'Useless' History Degree Are Getting Old

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

I've heard the joke -- what's the difference between a large pizza and a history degree? One can feed a family of four. For the purposes of the pun, history can be replaced with any liberal arts major; however, history often gets an especially bad reputation for being particularly unemployable and well, pointless.

What Obama Can Teach Ontario About College

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Living
Linda A. Franklin

The Obama administration's proposal to offer free tuition to community college students for two years has ignited a discussion about the benefits of a college education. Canada is well aware of the important role that colleges play in improving post-secondary attainment rates. But there is much more to be done. Free tuition may not be the answer in this country but Canada definitely needs to do more to make college education a priority.

Back to School: How to Calm Students' Stress and Anxiety

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before -- and it's not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now. Parents can do a lot to help ease their children's anxieties around school. The key is to really listen, and let your child open up about their fears.

Why American Universities Are So Alluring To Asian Students

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

The number of foreign students has doubled since even 2000. Some 265,000 go to Canada, over 200,000 to Australia, and more than 420,000 to the UK. While the American empire may be in decline, its universities still hold a great allure for the youth of the world for their academic leadership, freedom to explore and create and share, and their inviting and equitable atmosphere.

Why Post Secondary Students Must Protect Their Credit Score

Melissa Jarman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada
Melissa Jarman

The credit mistakes that students make today can affect them for years to come, so as parents, it is our job to ensure we teach them about responsible credit use. Our kids often look to us for financial advice and guidance but many parents don't fully understand how to build and maintain a good credit score either.

Why Does Canada's Government Punish Working Students?

Travis Gordon | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Travis Gordon

As students prepare to head back to school next week, most people can imagine that they will be focused on studying and writing papers. However, today's students also face a new reality during the academic year: work. Currently, federal student loan policy actually punishes students, should they work 'too much'.

Why Your Children Don't Need to Hear 'Because I Said So'

Brett Caron | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

It's 1992, and you're six years old. You're in a classroom that hasn't changed much since your parents sat there (despite the welcome lack of nuns in ...

Help Your Kids Avoid the Dreaded "Freshman 15"

Rose Reisman | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

When September arrives so do the worries about how our children will feed themselves when they're away at school. If your child doesn't try to improve their eating habits after their first year, this weight gain may be permanent!

Dealing With the "September Blues" for Recent Grads

Sarah Robertson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Sarah Robertson

Sometimes when I stop to look around and analyze my life, I notice that I'm not the only twenty-something year old who doesn't have their life figured out. Each September only serves to nail that point home, in a grim yearly spectacle I call The September Blues. The annual march of students back to school feeds the nagging suspicion that I may not be doing this whole "life" thing as well as I could be. I'm not alone.

10 Back-to-Campus Essentials for September

Jenna Em | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

What do you really need for a successful year of college or university, aside from enthusiasm, smarts and inspiration? Text books are an obvious answer, but there are some important basics and creature comforts that should not be overlooked. Read below to see 10 back-to-campus essentials for September!

5 Mental Health Tips for Students

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

University is stressful and students can develop mental health disorders at this time. In fact, the majority of these disorders tend to develop around this age group. Getting help early on for mental health problems is always a good idea. For example, it is ideal to prevent problematic shyness from becoming Social Anxiety Disorder and normal sadness from becoming clinical depression.

Grad School's Not the Problem, You Are

Nicholas Barber | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Nicholas Barber

Several times per semester an article gets forwarded around amongst the students in my PhD program with a message that is some variation of the following: Doctoral studies are pointless. Needless to say, these are depressing, discouraging reads for those of us already pursuing advanced degrees. I enjoy being a PhD student.

Should Canadians Go to U.S. Universities?

Robert Waite | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada
Robert Waite

It is once again university acceptance season. And for a growing number of Canadian grade 12 students, the letters and e-mails include offers of admission from U.S. colleges and universities in addition to the usual array of Canadian schools. But does it actually make any sense for a Canadian to go to a U.S. university?

What I Learned This Week: Crude, Rude, Inappropriate...and Totally Effective

Andy Nulman | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada
Andy Nulman

As videos go, it's a relatively basic one. One fixed camera, shooting a handful of non-professional actors, the majority of them uttering only a simp...

Redford Tells Albertans Corporatism is More Important Than Education

Benjamin Morris | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Alberta
Benjamin Morris

The Redford government gave Shell, $745 million back in 2012 to build the Quest CCS plant outside Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. At a time when our budget is operating under a deficit, the Premier is spending our taxpayer money to prop up billion-dollar corporations. That is what we call old fashion crony capitalism.

Back to School Can Be Bad For Mental Health

Arthur Gallant | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

It was just a few years ago that I had my first day of college and I can relate to my co-workers' excitement. But I'm concerned that they aren't being prepared for things like potential mass amounts of student debt but also the toll college and university can take on a student's mental health.

The Skill that Will Help Your Child Get into College

Megan McClelland | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Living
Megan McClelland

In a recent study we found that a child's ability to pay attention, focus, and persist on a task at age four increased the odds of completing college by age 25 by nearly 50 per cent. This is compelling evidence that social and behavioural skills, such as paying attention, following directions and completing a task, may be even more crucial to attaining a degree than academic abilities.

Seven Ways for Graduates to Get Off the Couch and Into an Office

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada
Nancy A. Shenker

Close to two million kids will graduate college in 2012. And millions of high school and college kids are now flooding the summer job market. Have you just graduated? Are you home for the summer? Still unemployed? You're not alone! And here are some sure-fire tips to get you from couch potato to paycheck!

Quebecois Student Protesters Will Grow Out of It. They Always Do

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Yoni Goldstein

Going to university is like hitting the snooze button on life: You do whatever you want whenever you want, and there are no consequences. Same thing goes for these protests: Most of the kids on strike in Quebec demonstrating in the streets, are going to turn out just fine, and become hard-working citizens like you and me.

Why Not Tax the Universities' One Per Cent?

Nora Loreto | Posted 06.23.2012 | Canada
Nora Loreto

In post-Drummond Ontario, how could anyone working at a university find themselves among the half-millionaires club, let alone the one per cent?

University and the Cast-Off Parent

Kathy Barthel | Posted 01.07.2012 | Canada Living
Kathy Barthel

Our kids have been with us for so long, day and night, and we miss them. They may have been the focus of our lives. The irony is, we try very hard to be good parents and to raise smart, savvy, caring kids, but if we do, we'll raise them to be independent.

Stop Blaming Young Voters

Ilona Dougherty | Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada
Ilona Dougherty

Perhaps the most common misconception is that young Canadians lack faith in democracy. Anyone who believes this simply hasn't looked at the evidence. Youth have just as much (or little) faith in our democratic process as their parents' generations, and it doesn't explain the difference in voter turnout.

Tuition Wars and a Challenge From Up North

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 11.15.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

Heather Fraser (NDP): Andrea Horwath's got a plan to freeze tuition fees. Meanwhile the Liberal's are running on a plan to reduce tuition by 30 per cent. A likely story. Just like on other issues, the Liberals want us to believe they'll do something when the record shows they won't.