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T’was Fun knowing ya!

I’m a bit sad the program will be over in T-2days and this blogging experience in,… well now!

 That said, I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone for reading our blog posts, posting comments and feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blogs and I hope you liked ours too.

 I can honestly say that I’ve learned a lot from everyone in the class. From those that reminded me about the importance of two-way communication to the ones who ignited my creative juices. These valuable lessons I hope to carry with me into the workforce and apply them elsewhere in life when necessary.

 T’was a pleasure collaborating with those I had the opportunities to work with.

 I hope to see you around and keep in contact.

 Enjoy the rest of your week

 Osas

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The Beer Hunter is a great drinking hole.  The food is good, the beer is cold, and the “service” is always great.  The location in west Edmonton is a place I frequent quite often. It is a place where everyone knows my name.

The Beer Hunter is currently holding their annual swimsuit calender competition.  It is a wonderful event.  I’m not sure if the proceeds go to a charitable cause.  Anyways the event will be held on April 22, May 13, and May 27 at their Spruce Grove location. For the St. Albert location the event goes April 29 and May 20.  For the West End location the event is held on May 6. Come out, it will be a good time

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Ok, if any of you need some relaxation this Friday night and don’t want to go drinking this friday night there are some flicks you can check out.

The bad news though is that it looks like a pretty weak week.  You have the new Jennifer Lopez movie The Back-Up Plan. Yikes. You have The Losers and you got Disney’s Oceans.  That is as weak of a lineup as you’ll ever see.

Of the movies that are still in theatres that I have seen are Hot-Tub Time Machine, Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, Avatar (yes that is still showing in some theatres) and Repo Men.  None of those are cinema classics but Hot Tub Time Machine is your best bet.  It is a good, not great, comedy about a group of guys who go back to ski resort where there lives were changed decades ago and get a chance to relive that weekend through their hot tub time machine.

It isn’t as good as films such as Superbad, Knocked-Up, or Forgetting Sara Marshall but it is still a decent movie that will give you some much needed laughs.  If you have coupons it is a movie that you won’t regret using them on. 

Post grad survival resources

I don’t know about you but I’ve been counting down the days until we finish the program. And as of today, it’s T-4days. Yay!!!

 But what happens after we graduate? What’s life (in the PR industry) going to be like? How can we stay in touch, help one another through the thick and thin, and plan awesome celebrations like the ones we had on the Rocks at the beginning of the semester and during the Xmas break,…and the grand FINALE that will commence this Friday after the our last exam???

 I for one would like to keep in touch with everyone from the program, share ideas, and give the scoop on job openings, events and issues some people may not be aware of. To do this, I recommend we keep Public Relations in the fast lane (on Facebook & Twitter) for active updates. As well, you can add classmates and instructors to your Twitter and Facebook if you haven’t done do already.

 Another thing I was concerned about after we finish is access to my school material that I may need to refer to every now and again to freshen my memory and keep me on my toes. I had a delayed reaction last semester in that I didn’t get all the stuff I needed from BB but I’ve saved my stuff so far this semester. You could do the same too.

 Another important thing to keep in mind is that our instructors, well those you have a good relationship with, are only an email away. You can still maintain a your relationship with them, after all, that’s exactly what PR is all about, building and maintaining relationships. You may also find that some friends (past PR grads) from the IABC events will be useful in helping you adjust once you get out there. They’ve been in your situation so they can help. You can meet for coffee dates!!!

 ,….And if all else fails, you’ve got your fellow classmates to call on,… because we’re cool like that J

Some students save up every summer to alleviate the pain of full time schooling and part-time job during the academic year. Others have much bigger financial responsibilities that they have to balance both school and work.

 Whatever your situation is, you can tap into MacEwan’s employment resources.  The MacEwan job board helps you search for jobs according to specifications or list all available postings. It also offer related links for additional employment information and search. These include work, study and volunteer abroad; local career events and fairs; and summer employment opportunities.

 Click here for instructions on how to access the portal.

Power your brain for exams

During exam period some people are so busy that they only have time for grab-n-go meals. And throughout the day others power their body with caffeinated beverages as if they were part of a balanced diet.

 But stop depriving your brain of the nutrients it needs to get you through these tough times. Brain foods don’t always require a lot of time to prepare. It could be as simple as a smoothie made with fruits likes grapes and berries to wake your brain up in the morning. So no matter how busy life gets, you can still enjoy a balanced meal.

 For information on more brain foods for exams check out Shannon Wakeland’s piece on eHow.com

Tax-free Savings Account (TFSA)

The tax-free-savings-account (TFSA) should be something you set up before your RRSP. Why? Because it allows you to invest $5,000 without ever paying tax on income gained. And, it’s accumulative. No other investment vehicle does that. RRSPs are great because they reduce your ‘earned income’, but you pay 100% tax on every dollar over the minimum once you take it out.

How the Tax-Free Savings Account Works

* Canadian residents age 18 or older can contribute up to $5,000 annually to a TFSA.
* Investment income earned in a TFSA is tax-free.
* Withdrawals from a TFSA are tax-free.
* Unused TFSA contribution room is carried forward and accumulates in future years.
* Full amount of withdrawals can be put back into the TFSA in future years.
* Choose from a wide range of investment options such as mutual funds, Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) and bonds.
* Contributions are not tax-deductible.
* Neither income earned within a TFSA nor withdrawals from it affect eligibility for federal income-tested benefits and credits, such as Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, and the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
* Funds can be given to a spouse or common-law partner for them to invest in their TFSA.
* TFSA assets can generally be transferred to a spouse or common-law partner upon death.