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Saturday, January 31 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
B2 Micro-Sessions: We Can, We Should, We Will / How can we overcome frustration and regain our passion? / Rise FULL

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We Can, We Should, We Will
Kathleen DeGeer

It’s one thing to identify a need in our community, but it’s an entirely different challenge to actually address the need and work to change it. I’ll talk about how the 3 biggest obstacles we face include our own doubts, other people’s opinions, and the actually motivation to actually get up and do something! My own experiences will serve as examples as I tell you how I came from barely having the motivation to get out of bed, to working daily to try and make a difference. Everybody is different, but I can help you take the first step in overcoming the biggest hurdles. You'll learn how you can, you should, and you will make a difference. 

How can we overcome frustration and regain our passion?
Arnold Wong

It is not uncommon for university students or student leaders to experience frustration, anxiety or depression during their pursuit of excellence. While these negative emotions may emanate from personality traits, they may also originate from other reasons (e.g. over commitment, malnutrition, etc.). This talk will deepen your understanding of the plausible causes of negative emotions, and help you rekindle your passion for your work and your life.

Rise
Paridhi Ghai

Through my presentation, I want to share my story with others who are struggling. I had depression for the first two years of university. I have had some very frightening nights, but I can proudly say that I’ve pulled myself through it. During those two years, I was very negative and unhealthy. But gradually I started to change things, I began to recreate myself. I came out of it stronger than ever, and seized every day since. I’ve been improving in school, have taken on many leadership positions, and want people to share the tools I’ve used to rise above. 

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Arnold Wong

PhD candidate, University of Alberta
Arnold is an outstanding PhD candidate with more than 23 academic awards and 7 community service awards (including the Alberta Graduate Citizenship Awards 2012 and 2013). Arnold is an emerging scientist and has played significant leadership roles in numerous student groups. Despite his current success, he experienced multiple roadblocks in the past that could have stopped him from pursuing his dream. Arnold is going to share his secrets in... Read More →


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