Your Social Sciences degree can take you anywhere – including Dubai, Johannesburg, Manchester, Oslo and more!

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…to be successful you must maintain a positive attitude no matter what is going on around you. Focus on your previous successes rather than your failures, and use this energy to plan the next steps you need to take to fulfill your goals. Do not linger on the distractions that may be thrown your way, and always remember that anything is possible.”  – Kelsey Johnson

 

One of the things we love about working in the Office of Experiential Education is getting to know our students and seeing where their career and education paths lead. We were recently in touch with Kelsey Johnson, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in Political Science & Health Studies as well as a Mohawk Affiliated Certificate in Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector.

What’s she up to now? She’s in Johannesburg, South Africa; New York, USA; Dusseldorf, Germany; Manchester, UK; Oslo, Norway; Cairo, Egypt; and Manama, Bahrain – and that’s just July! Kelsey is a Cabin Crew member with Emirates airline out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Shortly after receiving her degree, she accepted a four month internship position with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Ottawa then relocated to Toronto to pursue a postgraduate certificate in public relations at Humber College. After completing the internship portion of the program she made the life-changing decision to move to Dubai after being offered a Cabin Crew position with Emirates.

To document this journey, she created a beauty and travel blog, Lipstick and Luggage. In her most recent post, Kelsey talks about her recent promotion and the dedication and perseverance you need to reach your goals. Check it out here: Lipstick and Luggage.


Thanks to Kelsey for sharing with us! Are you a recent grad? We’d love to hear about your career path! We’d also love to hear from current students about your amazing summer jobs and experiences. Contact us at exp.ed@mcmaster.ca or connect via our #SocSciSummer contest!

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Grants and Awards – Why Not?

Written by: Robert Revington
Religious Studies ’15

Sometimes, it’s easy to feel guilty when you take advantage of an Experiential Education opportunity. You ask: is this right? That’s because with some Experiential Education offerings, your university is giving you money to do things that are so enjoyable that they do not seem like school! Student Experience Grants enabled me to travel through the United States and England in consecutive years for academic conferences. Obviously, I got to learn a lot from an academic perspective, but I also got to see a lot of cool places and learn a lot about the world–for these were my first trips outside of Canada alone.

For my first Student Experience Grant, in November 2013 I traveled to a biblical studies conference in Baltimore. It was fascinating to see how professors could take things from popular culture–like Star Wars–and make them the basis for a lesson about an ancient text.

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Happy Summer…and Welcome to the New Blog!

Written by: Clarissa Huffman
Sociology Level III
Anthropology ’14

Hey everyone!!

Sorry I’ve been absent for so long, I promise I haven’t forgotten about you all!! 😛

In my opinion, summer is when exciting things happen. Most of my most significant memories from my university years are remembered by summer, rather than by what ‘year’ of my program I was in. This summer is no different. Summer gives you the chance to refresh, regroup, and make some serious goals for your upcoming year of school. If you start planning early, you might realise you need to enrol in a summer term class or two, and you might even start applying for fall internships through EE!!

Me, I’m over in a little town called Bradford, England completing an opportunity of a lifetime internship at a little family firm called The Mineral Planning group. It’s amazing how much you can learn when you spend your days in a small office with four people. No coffee runs for this intern!! While my internship was self-guided, I know that EE strives for the same goals – they want to secure student internships that are meaningful and educational, with the hopes that if you don’t know where you want to go with your career, maybe an internship through EE will help you figure it out.

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