“Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.”

The Daily Post

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

– Ray…

View original post 1 more word


Off to Atlanta :)

Will be heading off to Atlanta for a week to compete in DECA ICDC!! Coincidentally enough, my birthday will pass while I’m there. Fingers crossed to win (and see some Tesla cars there haha).

Wish me luck 🙂

Huiyi’s List of Entry-Level Jobs for Business Students (UPDATED APRIL 11th)

“What are you going to do with a business degree?”

I’ve been asked that question countless times, and have finally decided to try to answer it. Certainly, I know of some careers that I’m interested in after graduating from QC (consultant, economist, etc.), but they are very preliminary. Rather than blindly going into something because of its prestige, I want to be able to say I researched all my options, so here, for future reference, is a list of jobs students can get into with an undergraduate business degree.

This list will be continuously updated in the future as I find new careers to investigate!

Table of Contents (Click to Jump):

Actuarial Analyst

Accounting Clerk

Equity Research Associate

Actuarial Analyst

Job Description: Actuaries are risk-calculators and advisers. Actuarial analysts conduct statistical analyses in different areas (e.g. property casualty, life and health, pensions) to predict future risk, and determine prices for financial products. They also prepare presentations and communicate findings to supervisors.

Starting Salary: ~$50 000 – $60 000*

Median Salary: ~$80 000* (note: as an actuary)

Gender Ratio (M/F): ~67/33*

Yays: Work-life balance; intellectually stimulating for math lovers; BUSINESS + MATH = HOT

Nays: Lots of exams to pass; not as many exit opportunities due to specialization

Skills Required: Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel (vlookup, pivot tables), and Access (SQL); math acumen (especially in stats and probability); attention to detail; oral and written communication skills

Other: Students looking to be hired in this profession should look into taking and passing 2-3 actuarial exams (SOA or CAS depending on area the individual wants to work in) before graduation.

Useful Uni Courses: Stats, Econometrics, Macro and Microeconomics, Finance and Risk Management

Potential Employers: Aon, Blue Cross, Deloitte, Equitable Life In Canada, KPMG, Sun Life

Accounting Clerk

Job Description: Accounting clerks perform a wide range of bookkeeping and accounting duties. These may include creating accounting entries, handling accounts receivable and accounts payable, and helping in the creation of financial statements (e.g. balance sheet, income statement).

Starting Salary: ~$35 000*

Median Salary: ~$61 000* (note: as a Chartered Accountant)

Gender Ratio (M/F): ~15/85*

Yays: Job in high demand; excellent job security; accounting knowledge/experience is very desirable in many business positions (if one decides to switch careers)

Nays: Work can be monotonous and tedious*; hours staring at a computer screen

Skills Required: Proficiency in Microsoft Excel; attention to detail; written and verbal communication skills; ability to use accounting software (Quickbooks, Simply Accounting, ACCPAC, etc.); customer service

Other: Students looking to be hired in this profession should look into taking the CPA exam (and listing their intention to do so on their resume). High data entry speeds are a plus.

Useful Uni Courses: Introduction to Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Taxation, Accounting Theory, Business Law, Audit

Potential Employers: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Friedman & Friedman, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Pricewaterhousecoopers

Equity Research Associate

Job Description: Equity research associates research industries and companies through the Internet and by talking to investors to determine their financial situation and business outlook. They create research reports predicting how companies will perform right before the release of earnings reports.

Starting Salary: ~$60 000*

Median Salary: ~$70 000* (note: as an equity analyst)

Gender Ratio (M/F): ~88/12*

Yays:  High end of year bonuses (ranging anywhere from $1000 – $26000); gain specialized knowledge in a single industry that can be leveraged for future jobs (e.g. moving into hedge funds)

Nays: 12-hour workdays, may work weekends too; high stress due to deadlines; may have to deal with conflict of interest

Skills Required: Attention to detail; reading comprehension; communication skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office; ability to deal with extended or irregular hours; strong finance and accounting knowledge; critical thinking

Other: Students looking to be hired in this profession should look into starting to get either a CPA or CFA designation before they graduate from university.

Useful Uni Courses: Introduction to Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Business Management and Communication, Corporate Finance, Macro and Microeconomics, Finance and Risk Management

Potential Employers:  BMO, CIBC, Cowen Group, Credit Suisse, CPP Investment Board, Morgan Stanley, TD, RBC

Living Solo

Life has been kind of hectic lately, which is why I haven’t been posting much. I’ve now stopped living with my dad and am living the solo life~ (No worries, we didn’t have a fight or anything… It was more for convenience reasons.) It’s a little lonely and a lot exciting.

Rest assured, as soon as I get settled in and finish unpacking (an activity that seems to be never-ending, ack), I’ll be posting some stuff that has been floating around in my mind.

Planned future posts:

  1. Alberta Oil Sands
  2. List of Entry-Level Business Jobs
  3. Anime Recs
  4. Another Stock Analysis (which one exactly is yet to be decided :P)

My Dream Life

My Dream Life

I’m president of a writing club and this week, we did a fun descriptive exercise. Basically, we closed our eyes, envisioned a scene, described it in as much detail as we could, and had another person draw it. Mine ended up being a vision of my dream life. It’s kind of hilarious, and I love it!

For clarification, I’m the one on the right… opposite my British butler! In this world, I’m a published author (see my book on the left) and own a Tesla car (in back).

Hopefully one day I can look back on this and say, “been there, done that”, haha.

P.S. Don’t ask about the cow. Just don’t.

TV Show Recommendation: Alphas

I recently finished season 2 of Alphas and am filled to the brim with a) my love for it, and b) frustration at the ending. Still, ending aside, this brilliant show deserves more viewers, so here’s my attempt at converting all of you to Alphas fans!

General synopsis: The world is filled with two types of people, regular people and Alphas – those with special abilities (e.g. super strength, mind control, etc.). Most of society doesn’t know about Alphas, which poses a problem, as sometimes these individuals use their powers for less-than-legal reasons. Therefore, the government put together a team of Alphas, led by Dr. Lee Rosen (actor: David Strathairn) in order to catch Alpha criminals and keep the existence of Alphas a secret.

What makes this show special:

1) Characters that are profoundly human… even if they are Alphas.

Over the course of the TV show, the characters truly grow on you (yes, even the bad guys, sometimes). Each of them have unique ways of seeing/using their powers, as well as a life outside of “the team”, which makes them 3 dimensional. Also, this show has one of my favourite characters – Gary Bell (actor: Ryan Cartwright) – an autistic young adult on Dr. Rosen’s team who has the ability to see different frequencies, allowing him to see radio waves, TV channels, and security footage. The character is so inspirational.

2) Large variety of science-backed superpowers!

There are many superpowers in the show that I had never heard of before, but once they were explained, I could see them as feasible. This is in contrast to a lot of other superpower shows that never explain what the powers are or how humans can accomplish it. It is also refreshing to see the logical side effects of some of these incredible feats.

3) Lack of plot holes!

As far as I could tell! And even though I will still enjoy a good show with plot holes, a good show without is just icing on the cake.

Available on Netflix now.


3 Ways to Cure Writer’s Block

Have you ever found yourself typing a story, stopping, and being unable to start again with the same clarity? Or in some cases, unable to start at all? Here are three methods to jump start creativity that work for me.

  1. Do something that is productive, but not writing-related. For me, it always seems like whenever I’m brimming with ideas and itching to write, I have no time to write at all. So, I thought I would use this to my benefit. When I find myself unable to continue a story or an essay, I simply walk away from the laptop monitor and do something else. The something else can range from homework to chores to working out… the one thing that is in common among them is that they are all things I would have had to do anyway, and in the middle of doing them (washing dishes especially, I have no idea why), the urge to write returns!
  2. Listen to music, especially music that matches the character/theme/mood of the story. There is something very powerful about music. It can refocus a person’s mind almost instantly and change how a person feels. I have entire characters and stories inspired by songs. Listening to suitable songs helps me to get “in the zone” for writing. At the same time, I have found that listening to music that does not fit with what I’m writing sends confusing signals to my brain and leads to me having to pick between one or the other.
  3. Leave blanks. Sometimes I have writer’s block not because I cannot continue writing the entire story, but because I have no idea what to write for the part immediately after where I am. In these cases, more often than not, I will choose to type out a little something like this: “A soft sigh escaped her lips as she thought of him. [blah blah unrequited love yada yada] ‘I’m sorry,’ The words, spoken in such a calm, quiet, cruel tone of voice, seemed to hold enough power to tilt the world on its axis. Her world.” Then I come back later to fill in the brackets, but meanwhile, I can finally move on with the rest of the story!

I hope these tips help and good luck to all writers out there. May you slay the monster known as writer’s block and have lots of fun writing. (I personally can’t wait until summer, when I can start again!)