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Breath In, Write Out

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Our podcast is for high school, college, and university students who want to make the most out of their academic experience. We talk about topics related to student life, study skills, career transition, stress management, and the joys of essay writing.Each podcast ends with a short meditation and w… read more

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Playful Prose

November 26th, 2021

1:04:54

This week’s episode is about overcoming the tortures of writer’s block. So often students avoid starting a paper because of the pain associated with writing that first sentence, but writing doesn’t have to be so …

Literary Analysis 101

November 12th, 2021

58:30

This week’s episode is about the art of writing a literary essay, something a little different than a research paper. For students accustomed to essays that require a lot of research, citations, and arguments on a …

Sustainable Business - Remarkable Rejects

October 16th, 2021

1:04:59

This week’s episode is about socially conscious business. We thought this topic would be helpful to our listeners who are looking for meaningful …

Advice for Incoming International Students

October 1st, 2021

1:07:38

This week’s episode is about moving from one country to another to start school. Heading off to university is a significant milestone in one’s life, …

1st Year Law School Experience

September 25th, 2021

1:02:35

We interviewed Yiwei Jin, PFAU Academic writing and applications coach, Yiwei Jin, about his 1st-year law school experience. This week’s episode is …

Finding Suitable Housing

September 17th, 2021

1:24:10

We interviewed Yinan Xia about finding suitable housing for students living outside of the dormitory or their parents' home for the first time. Where you live can have a huge impact on how you feel, and in turn, how you …

Starting Your Own Creative Business

July 17th, 2021

1:19:50

We interviewed Penelope and Mary are two sisters on a mission to create empowering relatable designs that highlight social issues that they feel deserve a spotlight, about starting your own business without a business …

Becoming a Priest

June 26th, 2021

1:00:50

This week's episode is part of our Careers in the Liberal Arts series, but with a twist. We will be talking about vocations. A vocation is defined as a strong feeling of suitability for a certain occupation. People who …

Pursuing a Career in Social Work during COVID

June 19th, 2021

49:19

As we enter spring and summer, students are looking for jobs in this uncertain period of COVID. As if job hunting wasn't hard enough, COVID makes it even trickier. We wanted to share some career-related posts from last …

Thinking of becoming a Professor

June 12th, 2021

46:46

This week's episode is about finding a career in the arts as a recent graduate. While a B.A. degree provides students with transferable skills such as critical thinking, which can be used for a number of career paths, …

Resilience Building for Students Looking for a Job

June 5th, 2021

58:50

This week’s episode is about how to boost your resilience during COVID-19. The past year has been a difficult time for many, with dramatic lifestyle …

Starting a Non-Profit

May 29th, 2021

1:09:45

This week’s episode is part of our Careers in the Arts series, where we talk to young professionals with Fine Arts or Liberal Arts degrees, who have …

Getting Comfortable with Negotiation as a Businesswoman

May 14th, 2021

1:08:56

This week's episode is for all the strong women out there, who struggle with balancing their tactical professional and caring compassionate self. I …

Exam Anxiety

April 24th, 2021

1:00:12

This week’s episode is about the stress caused by assignments and exams. We thought this topic would be helpful to our listeners who are about to …

Black Leadership

April 9th, 2021

1:18:12

This week’s episode is about the student experience as a visible minority. Although laws have been changed and attitudes adjusted, structural racism is real in Canada and it exists in our educational institutions too. …

The Art of Proofreading

April 3rd, 2021

43:50

This week’s episode is something students often take for granted - editing! Good writers know that the first draft is never going to be their best work. They need to put aside time to revision, edit, and proofread their …

Customizing Mental Health Support for Students

March 26th, 2021

1:23:47

This week's episode discusses some of the mental health challenges that students encounter, and strategies to create a healthier study environment. Despite campaigns put forward by governments and corporations in the …

Grade Appeal

March 19th, 2021

47:10

This week’s episode is about how to successfully appeal a grade. Sometimes students work really hard on an assignment, but they do not get the grade …

Sleep Hygiene

March 12th, 2021

59:10

This week's episode is about goal setting and routines, particularly around sleep hygiene. Since students often have a varied and flexible schedule …

Writing the Research Paper

February 26th, 2021

37:18

This week’s episode is about what it takes to write a solid research paper. We thought this topic would be helpful to our listeners who are currently …

Writing Online

February 19th, 2021

42:23

This week's episode is part of our Careers in the Liberal Arts series as we discuss the journey of becoming a writer. Most people think of writers as authors of books, but there’s actually probably more writing than …

The Art of Proofreading

February 13th, 2021

43:23

This week’s episode is something students often take for granted - editing! Good writers know that the first draft is never going to be their best work. They need to put aside time to revision, edit, and proofread their …

Healing through Creative Writing

February 5th, 2021

50:45

This week’s episode is about the gifts that writing can provide to your mental health. Writing can be a great emotional relief, healing old wounds, …

Academic Integrity

January 29th, 2021

55:20

This week’s episode is about academic integrity. For students going from high school to university, especially from other countries with different …

University Application

January 23rd, 2021

50:16

This week’s episode is about applying for university or college from high school, a critical step in many students’ lives. It is important to be …

The Importance of Life Insurance in Financial Planning for Students

January 16th, 2021

58:39

This week’s episode is about something we don’t like to talk about, death and critical illness. When we are young we often think we are invincible, but this is not always the case. We are all fragile human beings, and …

Indigenous Education

January 9th, 2021

1:05:26

This week’s episode explores the experience of indigenous students studying at Canadian universities, and the issues that they care about. Six …

Choosing a Vocation

December 12th, 2020

1:00:50

This week's episode is part of our Careers in the Liberal Arts series, but with a twist. We will be talking about vocations. A vocation is defined as a strong feeling of suitability for a certain occupation. People who …

Grade Appeal

December 5th, 2020

46:45

This week’s episode is about how to successfully appeal a grade. Sometimes students work really hard on an assignment, but they do not get the grade …

Men's Mental Health

November 28th, 2020

1:05:10

This week’s episode is about men’s mental health. Men and women have been socialized differently around emotions, communication style, and dealing with life’s problems. Research has shown that men and women express …

Creating an Introvert Friendly Educational Environment

November 21st, 2020

57:35

This week’s episode is about understanding introversion and breaking down barriers that often hold introverts back. We previously interviewed Faris …

Customizing Mental Support for Students

November 14th, 2020

1:23:15

This week's episode discusses some of the mental health challenges that students encounter, and strategies to create a healthier study environment. Despite campaigns put forward by governments and corporations in the …

Back Pain Relief after Studying at a Desk all day

November 7th, 2020

55:44

This week’s episode is about how to stay healthy and mobile while working at home. Due to COVID-19, many people are working from home in less than ideal situations. Our previous podcast - Creating a Virtual Study Space …

Halloween Hollow

October 31st, 2020

49:26

This week’s episode is about my favorite celebration of all-time - HALLOWEEN!! Every year I look forward to Halloween, not because I am a fan of being scared or engaging in debauchery, but because of the imagination and …

The Art of Poetry and Creative Writing

October 24th, 2020

41:52

This week's episode is about self-expression through poetry and creative writing. Anyone has the capacity to write a poem!

This week’s guest is Christie Wong, a Creative Writing Instructor and Coach at PFAU: Academic …

Grad School Experience

October 17th, 2020

1:05:02

This week’s episode is about the transition from an undergraduate degree to a graduate degree, particularly in conducting graduate research. As an …

The Art of Writing

October 3rd, 2020

1:01:45

This week’s episode is about the art of writing, a process that can bring a lifetime of joy, frustration, and inevitably fulfillment. Writing is a …

Making the Transition to University

September 26th, 2020

1:10:52

This week’s episode is about making the transition from high school to university. For many students, this is their first time being away from home, …

Journey to becoming a Professor - Careers in the Liberal Arts Series

September 19th, 2020

47:02

This week's episode is about finding a career in the arts as a recent graduate. While a B.A. degree provides students with transferable skills such as critical thinking, which can be used for a number of career paths, …

How to Boost Your Resilience During COVID-19

September 5th, 2020

59:06

This week’s episode is about how to boost your resilience during COVID-19. The past few months have been a difficult time for many, with dramatic …

Reflections on the Undergraduate Student Experience

August 29th, 2020

51:16

This week’s episode is about the undergraduate experience from the perspective of a recent graduate. We thought this topic would be helpful to our …

Writing a Personal Statement

August 15th, 2020

44:50

This week's episode is an interview with PFAU Academic Writing CEO, Lisa Pfau, on her journey to becoming a writing coach and entrepreneur, as well as her love for writing and helping students. As we head back to into …

Sleep Hygiene

August 8th, 2020

58:53

This week's episode is about goal setting and routines, particularly around sleep hygiene. Since students often have a varied and flexible schedule …

Communication for Second Language Learners

August 5th, 2020

49:06

This week's episode is about the importance of clear communication in professional and academic environments. For students whose first language is not English, clear communication can be a barrier to getting those great …

Careers in the Arts - Social Work

July 25th, 2020

49:35

This week's episode is about finding a career in the arts as a recent graduate. While jobs in the sciences are sometimes considered to be “practical” an arts degree provides skills and opportunities which can be used …

Finding Your Dream Career

July 18th, 2020

47:28

This week's episode is about figuring out what you want to do when you grow up. We thought it would be helpful to discuss, as a number of young …

Succeeding Professionally as an Introvert

July 11th, 2020

48:44

This week's episode is about leveraging strengths as an introvert to better succeed professionally. We thought this topic would be useful since the …

Careers in the Arts – Teaching

June 27th, 2020

48:31

This week's episode is about finding a career in the arts as a recent graduate. We thought it would be helpful for students to hear about the …

Health and Academic Performance

June 20th, 2020

59:47

This week’s podcast is about the connection between health and academic performance. The current COVID-19 situation can be taxing on one’s mental, as well as physical health. So, we wanted to focus on what you can do to …

Finding a Job During COVID-19

June 13th, 2020

50:14

We interviewed Alif Huq, a content marketing specialist and job hunting expert, about navigating the changing job market during COVID-19. Finding a job can be a daunting and competitive process under normal …

Creating a Virtual Study Space

May 30th, 2020

41:56

This week’s podcast is about creating an organized and efficient virtual study space. We thought it would be helpful to discuss some of the …

Applying to Grad School During COVID-19

May 23rd, 2020

42:49

Our first podcast explores the difficulties students may face in applying to graduate school in the face of the COIVD-19 pandemic. Hosts Lisa P. And …

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