The Importance of Confidence, or The Barriers Without It

I always thought the process of getting a job was simple and straightforward: you go to school, you learn a bunch of things you need to know, and you’ll be ready to be thrown into the workforce (or at least ready enough).

These past few months have been sobering for me in realizing that this belief is very far from the actual truth. In reality, no amount of education can completely and entirely prepare you for the real world.

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Don’t get me wrong: school does teach you what you need to know (usually) and prepares you as best it can in a very comforting environment. As a language teacher, my job is to help students use English in the outside world. As a teacher, my job is to teach speaking, writing, reading and listening skills, as well as strengthen them and tailor them for the modern Torontonian society (whose language is CONSTANTLY changing. Seriously. What is ‘the 6’?)

But I’ve come to this realization that I can only prepare my students, just like school can only prepare me. Everything else comes down to how confident I am in my skills, and same goes with using a language.

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Writing With HaikuJAM

For those of you who are following my poetry account on Instagram (and for those of you who aren’t, click here to see my recent stuff!), some of you may have noticed the increasing amount of poems posted from HaikuJAM. You’ll also notice three names at the bottom of these pictures.

Well, where do we begin?

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I recently discovered an app called HaikuJAM on Instagram, and decided to give the app a try. Long story short, I was AMAZED. Not only is this app an amazing and creative idea, it’s simply a way for artists to collaborate.

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Want to Start Getting Into Writing? Here’s 3 Good Reasons

Writing is a great leisure activity that many are starting to take on. Whether people decide to share their writing or keep it simply for themselves, writing is still an important part to the lives of many people. There are so many ways and styles one can start writing that it allows you to be creative and take risks. Writing is great. That is basically what I’m saying. And you should get on the writing train!

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Are you thinking about getting into writing? Do you need a reason to dust off the stack of paper (or finally use your computer’s word processor for something other than a 3000 word essay)? Here are three reasons:

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