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Taylor Carlson


What you need to know to succeed in your IELTS Writing Task #1

Writing; you either love it or you hate it. While some people adore writing for the subjectivity and creative power it gives the writer, others despise it for the lack of direction and the fact it relies so heavily on interpretation. Whatever your stance on writing is, it’s an important

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Where Can I Study Communications in Beautiful British Columbia?

Human behaviours, social interactions, and other interpersonal patterns and trends are always evolving. The ways in which we make connections now are vastly different from the methods we used in the past, especially with technological advancements and the rise of social media. With something as vital as human interaction constantly changing, it’s important for there to be effective resources so we can stay educated on the changes in communications. For those of you studying in British Columbia who are interested in learning more about the field of communications and the areas of study surrounding communications, there are many institutions and programs for you to choose from.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Post-Secondary Applications: EducationPlanner BC

This is the season… of university applications. Applications are pretty daunting, especially when you’ve only just started the application process. So many universities with so many programs to apply to… The options seem nearly endless. As somebody who went through the process of applying to universities myself, I know how intimidating it may seem. I didn’t even know where to start! Luckily, you are not alone, and there IS a resource out there that aims to help you in your application endeavors.

Black Friday: A Day of Spending AND Saving

Black Friday: A Day of Spending and Saving

After the month of September, holidays and important annual celebrations seem to be every other day with no sign of slowing down until after the New Year has been rung in. While I love a good celebration as much as the next person, the seemingly-constant stream of events that take place following Labour Day makes the last four months of the year a little overwhelming (and expensive). For example, with October comes Thanksgiving (in Canada) and Halloween, followed by November which brings with it the Thanksgiving celebrations (in the United States) and Black Friday (I’ll get back to this later), and who could forget about the December festivities such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day (or whatever else you celebrate!), with New Years’ celebrations to wrap it all up. Regardless, as your designated Holiday-Helper when it comes to holidays in Canada, it is my duty to keep you posted about the holidays and important events that are coming up so you can plan and celebrate accordingly. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the day that embodies consumer-culture; Black Friday!

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Why Halloween is the Best Half-Holiday

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Everyone says that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and while I don’t think I can dispute that in good conscience, the time of year around Halloween is a very close second. The leaves are falling, pumpkins are out, the weather is gloomy… The whole October atmosphere really just completes the spooky season! Halloween has been one of my favourite holidays since I was a little girl, so I’m a little extra passionate about today’s article. With that being said, let’s take a look into how Canada celebrates Halloween!

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving 101

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Or, is it Merry Thanksgiving…? Whatever the case, I wish you all a wonderful day and hope your day is spent with your family eating lots of food. That’s certainly what I will be doing this Thanksgiving!


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