Exams got you stressed? Meditate

Final assignments and exams are upon us. As many of us feel the crunch of time during these stressful periods, it feels as if there isn’t enough time in the day to complete the mountain of work before us. What if we told you that taking just five minutes out of your day could improve your mood, energy levels, and most importantly the amount of stress you are feeling.

Meditate! Taking five minutes away from work, and studying could greatly improve your overall success during these stressful times.

Here are 4 simple meditation methods that you can try today:

  1. Yoga- You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you’re encouraged to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.
  2. Transcendental meditation- Transcendental meditation is a simple, natural technique. In transcendental meditation, you silently repeat a personally assigned mantra, such as a word, sound or phrase, in a specific way. This form of meditation allows your body to settle into a state of profound rest and relaxation and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration or effort.
  3. Mantra meditation- In this type of meditation, you silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts.
  4. Guided meditation- Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing.

What are we doing here at RCKTSHP? Envisioning a warm day spent on the beach with friends free of tests and assignments. We want you to give the meditation techniques we discussed here a try. Let us know what you envision!

Check out this video of a simple tutorial, and get meditating:


Posted on April 22, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments

Steps To Becoming a College Student

Canadian YouTubers, IFHT, put together this extremely accurate guide on becoming a College Student. If you’re on step 13: “Vow never to procrastinate….then procrastinate” take a couple minutes from your studying and watch this hilarious video. What steps would you add to this guide?



Posted on April 16, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments

The Meaning of Family Scholarship Winner

Over the past two months, we received thousands of heartfelt applications from students all across Canada, each giving us their unique perspective on the meaning of family. After going through each and every written and video application we have finally decided on the winner for The Meaning of Family Scholarship.

We are pleased to announce that Samantha Symonds of Fenwick, Ontario will be receiving the $1000 Meaning of Family Scholarship.

Below is a small bio written by Samantha herself as well as her written and video submission.


RCKTSHP Scholarship WinnerAs a recent graduate from the University of Western Ontario, my foreseeable goals lie within Speech Language Pathology and working with children with speech, language, learning, and social interaction deficits. I have a vested interest and passion in the importance of communication. I am beginning my Graduate Certificate at St. Lawrence College to become a Communicative Disorders Assistant, taking that first step toward my end career goal. Beyond that, as can be seen in my video and through my web-based project ‘Sincerely Shared’, I am an extremely family oriented person and I am very grateful for the special times we’ve shared thus far. I’ve been active in sports my whole life, especially basketball – a sport I still play today and follow closely (#WeTheNorth, #HereComesDuke). I also love to be creative and have always enjoyed writing in my spare time. One day, I hope to be able to travel and visit an ever growing, long list of beautiful destinations around the world.

Written portion:

“The band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros said it best, “home is wherever I’m with you”. It’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with. My family is truly the foundation of my core being. As as a prospective graduate of the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at St. Lawrence College, I have learnt that a fundamental part of our existence is dependent upon our ability to communicate with others. In this short video, I have tried to communicate to you just how much I adore and admire my family. I hope my creation pulls at a string in your heart, just as each and every one of the people in the video have touched mine. Thank you for your consideration of my application.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg940Kv-bWY&spfreload=10

Website link: http://ssymond.wix.com/sincerelyshared

‘Sincerely, shared’ is a small, web-based project that I designed. I was inspired by my work with children and adults with speech and language deficits, and my grandfather’s battle with Parkinson’s disease. Their inability to express themselves effectively motivated me to create a platform where we can take advantage of something we take for granted each day – our ability to communicate. They say that the light of a candle will never dim by being used to light another candle. That is the main idea behind ‘Sincerely, Shared’. Sharing your story will not dim its light. That story can be used to ignite something within another person.

Warmest regards,

Samantha Symonds”


Thank you to everyone who applied, make sure to check out the Digital Natives Scholarship where were asking students to show off their digital skills. There’s a first place prize of $1000 and a $500 scholarship for the runner-up. Open till April 30, 2015.


Posted on April 13, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 1 comment

The Meaning of Family Scholarship Finalists

Applications for the Meaning of Family Scholarship have now been closed meaning we have to choose a winner. There were A LOT of heart-warming and inspiring applications making it extremely difficult to chose a winner. In fact, we’re having such a hard time deciding we want to ask you for your opinion! Please check out some of the applications below and tell us in the comments who you think deserves to win the $1000 Scholarship.

Were you not selected as a finalist? Not to worry! Apply to the $1500 Digital Natives Scholarship running till the end of April. All you have to do is show off some of your digital skills.

Finalist 1
Name: Elina Blomley
School: Meadowridge School
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Finalist 2
Name: Syed Ali
School: York University
Location: Mississauga, Ontario

Finalist 3
Name: Samantha Symonds
School: St. Lawrence College
Location: Fenwick, Ontario

Samantha also submitted a small web-based project she created in honour of her grand-father. Sadly, Sam had to watch her grandfather’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease compromise his speech and his ability to communicate. This, amongst other things, inspired Sam to create a platform where individuals could take advantage of their ability to communicate by sharing their own personal stories. View the full website here.

Finalist 4
Name: Tina Wang
School: Lisgar Collegiate Institute
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Finalist 5
Name: Davinder Malhi
School: Crescent Heights High School
Location: Calgary, Alberta

Finalist 6
Name: Jonique Gardien
School: St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyy2Re3cMyQ

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Comment below and tell us who you think deserves to win!




Posted on April 2, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 282 comments

Are U.S. Universities a ripoff compared to CANADIAN Universities?

NBC recently did a story on the increasing number of Americans who are going North to get their post-secondary education in Canada. The main reason being that the tuition costs in Canada were significantly less expensive. The report found that the number of Americans attending Canadian Universities have increased over 50% in the past decade. Not only is tuition cheaper in Canada but Americans are allowed to use resources from back home such as a 529 College Savings Plan and U.S. Student Loans. The report also identifies the admissions criteria to be easier at Canadian schools, stating that they put less emphasis on essays, recommendations, and interviews.

Although the NBC report seemed pretty convincing we decided to do a bit more research to find how accurate their information was. In the story, they compare the cost of tuition from 3 American Universities against 3 Canadian Universities. We found that all the American universities used in the report were private and all the Canadian schools were public, making this an unfair comparison. Since private schools are not government funded they will always be significantly more expensive.

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To offset this, we compared two public schools with the same level of prestige. UCLA and McGill both have a somewhat even number of awards and an acceptance rate of about 20%. When the cost of tuition was compared, McGill was significantly less expensive. However, Americans attending McGill must pay tuition as an international student which is 4 times as much as what Canadian students have to pay and almost double the cost of tuition at UCLA.

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There are a lot of factors that determine the total cost of attending University such as cost of living and international fees. Watch our full video below and decide for yourself if it is in fact cheaper for Americans to attend University in Canada.


Posted on March 29, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments

Second Half of the Semester Problems, As Told By Michael Scott

Originally posted by TheOdysseyOnline

The second half of the spring semester might just be the hardest time of the school year. Everyone seems to be stuck on vacation mode after Spring Break, the weather is nice, summer is right around the corner, but before you can go enjoy your time outside, you must act as a vampire and complete all your final projects and study endlessly for exams. You might not have the energy to express your emotions but thankfully Michael Scott explains the sentiments of a struggling student perfectly in these gifs.

You have absolutely no motivation to do your schoolwork after tasting the freedom of spring break.


Spring break has left you broke as a joke for the rest of the semester.


Your professors expect you to memorize an entire textbook before final exams.


You thought the semester was going extremely well until all of your professors decided to bombard you with assignments all at once.


You pull multiple all-nighters and practically overdose on caffeine just to get your homework done.


You just pretend your homework doesn’t exist until you literally can’t anymore.


All of your friends are getting into serious relationships but you are still single.

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Your professors tell you that there won’t be any extra credit opportunities before the semester ends.


All your friends are out having fun and partying when you have a morning class the next day.


When you do finally get to go out, you go a little too hard to make up for lost time.


You and your friends are supposed to be in a study group but you end up just goofing off the whole time instead.


That one annoying student in class reminds the professor that there was homework.


When your professor is still trying to lecture even after your class is supposed to be over.


You realize you only have a few short weeks left until final exams start.


You get a bad grade on an assignment you thought you did well on.


You are almost asleep, but then remember that you had homework due the next morning.


Your classes drag on for what feels like hours when in reality it’s only been a few minutes.


You have multiple assignments and projects that start to all blur together by the end of the semester.


You have essays that you have to completely BS because you have no idea what to write about.


Your parents, family members or advisors ask you about your future plans even though you have no idea what to do.


Your professors lecture you on topics that you won’t be tested on.


You procrastinate on your homework until the very last minute in hopes of finishing it the day before.


You realize you’ve been studying for so long you haven’t left your house all day.


When exams finally come and you feel totally unprepared.


You start to think of extreme methods to pass your exams instead of just actually studying.


Keep your head up, fellow student. I know it’s long and hard, but you will definitely make it through the rest of this semester!



Posted on March 26, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments

Studying Abroad in Spain

In this video, Kyle from RCKTSHP Skype’s with his friend, Alex, who’s currently studying culinary arts in Spain. Kyle speaks about the benefits of studying abroad and talks to Alex about how his trip has helped him develop as an individual. Have you ever studied abroad? If so, what was your experience like?


Posted on March 24, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments

What it Takes to Become a Lawyer in Canada

If you’ve ever thought about going to to law school or just interested in the process of becoming a lawyer, you should definitely watch this video. We sat down with Corporate Lawyer, Brianna Guenther to talk about how she got to where she is now and all the small steps along the way. Brianna’s diverse educational background includes the following:

  • Georgetown University, Masters of Laws in International Business and Economic Law, (with Distinction), 2014
  • Queen’s University, Juris Doctor (Dean’s Honours List), 2012
  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Health Sciences (First Class Honours), 2009

In the ten minute video we explore several topics such as the cost of tuition, the requirements to get into law school, the difference between American and Canadian law school, the workload you can expect, how the real world compares to the TV show Suits , and much much more.


Posted on March 17, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments

Ad Rodeo and MacLaren McCann Student Advertising Competition for $1,000

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Ad Rodeo and MacLaren McCann Calgary are looking for students to show off their advertising and marketing skills!

Create a marketing strategy that targets post-secondary students for General Motors and you could win $1,000 and a one week internship at MacLaren McCann Calgary.

Check out all the details and the full agency brief here.  Application deadline is approaching soon, March 31, 2015.

Submit your ideas and digital files via email to studentanvil@maclaren.com.



Posted on March 10, 2015 By RCKTSHP With 0 comments