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It is not very often that you get an opportunity to collaborate on an enterprise wide initiative that excites and empowers engineering students; but when you do, you embark on a journey of learning and exponential personal growth. The premise of this article is to explore my theory of the 5 C’s process ( Concept, Content, Collaboration, Communication  and   Continuity ) and the insights that I gained while working on Engineering Festivals, E-Fests for short. In North America alone, there are over 170K engineering students with an alarmingly large drop-out rate of over 50%. Studies show that students start out motivated, but either drop out due to a feeling ...
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I happened across this article from The Verge recently and it pretty well summed up my feelings about a lot of the Internet connectivity we have been "blessed" with in recent years. The capacity to connect with almost anyone and everyone is a blessing and a curse. Fake news, Facebook algorithms, and so many other features that are part of the new technological world we live in has made the time I spend online often less valuable to me than it was several years ago.  I prefer to have more control over the people with whom I interact and the information that gets delivered to me. I hate doing a search for a new coat, and then seeing pop-up ads for coats for ...
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During a recent morning commute, I was thinking about the various life hacks I've put in place to manage my life. It all started as a result of my working-class-roots guilt; we have a new cleaning woman and I'd spent some time typing up a list of what I wanted her to clean - what needs to be done every time versus occasionally. The very act of typing up a list gave new life to the guilt I feel at the idea that I actually pay someone to clean our home. It makes perfect sense: it allows me to better enjoy my spare time, it keeps the house better maintained, it means that work travel obligations (in a previous job, almost always over a weekend) and now, increasingly, ...
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