International Students Settle in Winnipeg

I have been in Winnipeg for almost 4 months. As an international student, I understand how overwhelming it could be when you don’t travel to a strange country for the first time. I have never been in Canada. Before I, I thought Canada would be very similar to America, but I was wrong. After spending 4 months in Winnipeg, I have something to share with all international students.

Prior your arrival: 

Research, research and research! There are a lot of information online to explain the Visa and the arrival preparation.  If you are an international student, Visa means everything to

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you. Make sure you know everything you need to know come before and after you land in Canada, such as the Visa status, Visa office in the arrival airport, transfer flight gates, etc. Always make sure you leave yourself extra time between transitions, such as transferring flights.

Living: For international students, living could be a tough decision. If you are planning to live away from the campus, make sure you know the resident area is close to the bus station. If you want to live close to school, UWinnipeg offers various resources for you to choose. There is another factor to think about is the nearby grocery store, this is recommend using Google Maps and Google Street View to check out the surrounding areas.

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If you find a place you want to live, make sure you contact the leasing office before arrival, apartments in Winnipeg could be very competitive. Also, plan to be here about one week prior the school start, this would give you extra time to settle in and adjust the time zone. Double check your arrival time, if your arrival time is at night, you want to book a hotel prior your arrival.

After Arrival:

Be the one who prepare the most! If this is your first time in Winnipeg, I would highly recommend you are arrive here early. There is a lot of unknown factors in a strange city. Here are some tips to help you.

  1. If you have not find the apartment to live, I would recommend to live in downtown temporary, it is close to everything you need. There are other websites will help you to find apartments for rent.
  2. You would need to go to the PACE office and get the registration forms, Student ID card and the full-time involvement letter. These would be very essential materials in your apartment application.
  3. There is a Service Canada in the Portage Mall, this is a government agency for your Society Insurance Number.
  4.  Once you have all the paper work from the PACE office, bring them along with your passport and study permit, go to the Manitoba Health Office to get your Manitoba Insurance Card.Picture3.png

Once you finished all the steps above, you are all set for the new school year in Winnipeg! Winnipeg is wonderfully unique and a lot to explore, enjoy the journey!

Five Facts About Winnipeg That Will Amaze and Impress Your Friends

Winnipeg is a weird place. Anyone who has lived here long enough knows this, and its weirdness has become part of the city’s charm.

Winnipeg actually has a rich history that is full of myths and legends, which has contributed the strangeness of our city.

Here are five cool landmarks and myths of Winnipeg that you can tell your friends.

  1. The Arlington Bridge: destined for greater things

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We begin with the sad tale of the Arlington Bridge.

This iron behemoth connects the poor areas of Winnipeg to the even poorer areas of Winnipeg. It creaks and it cries, and generally lends its sad appearance to the overall bleak feeling of the neighbourhoods it joins. This now rusted feat of industrial era engineering was made by Cleveland Iron Works in Birmingham, England in 1909, and had lofty goals to span the sparkling blue waters of the Nile River in Egypt. Fate has been cruel to the Arlington Bridge, though, because the bridge was made too short to span the Nile. In a typically Winnipeg fashion, the bridge was purchased by the city at a discounted price, and shipped to Winnipeg, where it has spanned the gleaming arteries of the Canadian Pacific Rail lines instead.

  1. There are witches among us

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The Witch’s Hut is super weird, which also makes it very Winnipeg. It was designed in 1970 by an architect named Hans Peter Langes, and was a funded by the German community. The hut is inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairytale, Hansel and Gretel. In the fairy tale, an evil witch lives in a gingerbread house and lures Hansel and Gretel inside because she’s a demented cannibal who wants to eat them. While this hut is clearly not made of gingerbread, note the designs on the roof that resemble gingerbread cookies. The hut is cute, but has a creepy attachment to the story that still makes me feel unsettled as an adult. If you’re in the mood for a good ole’ fashioned witch burning, or just want to terrorize young children by dressing up as a crazed cannibalistic old lady, head to Kildonan Park to check out the Witch Hut!

  1. The Masonic Temple

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This old relic, located at 355 Donald Street in downtown Winnipeg, is the first Masonic Temple, and was built in 1895. The Freemasons are a fraternity that date back centuries, and they have many spooky associations attached to their name. Many people believe that they practiced Satanic worship and rituals, and it is still a mystery to this day what type of depraved activities they may have conducted inside this building. This building is considered the most haunted building in Manitoba. Proof of this haunting comes from the bone-chilling tales of employees that worked at Mother Tucker’s Restaurant, which operated out of the Temple in the 1970s. Employees recall hearing inexplicable footsteps inside the building, doors and windows opening of their own accord, and mysterious figures that would appear, then vanish when approached.

  1. Saint Boniface Cathedral

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This gorgeous architectural masterpiece is located in the French neighbourhood of St. Boniface. This beautiful church overlooks the Red River, and is a treasure of Winnipeg’s French and Anglo communities alike. The church was built in 1906, and what you see pictured above is only the shell of the original structure. The church was destroyed by a massive fire that mysteriously erupted in 1968. That gaping hole above the entrance is not by design; it used to house a stain glass window that shattered from the heat of the flames.

Several church bishops are actually entombed inside this structure, and the church features the oldest cemetery in western Canada. The cemetery is the burial site of Louis Riel, one of the founding fathers of Manitoba who is recognized as a key historical hero of the Metis community.

  1. Prostitution used to be legal in Winnipeg… kinda

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In 1909, Point Douglas (seen above) was made the unofficial “red light” district of Winnipeg by the police chief at the time, John McRae. In order to help clean up the city, McRae made an unofficial arrangement with the local “Madams”, and they agreed that if the madams packed up and moved their brothels to Point Douglas, the law would look the other way on their unsavory business practices. The brothels were allowed to run freely, and visitors were often met with naked women on porches. Hundreds of Winnipeggers visited Point Douglas every day and the area grew into the seedy underbelly of the city. When a sex worker, Gissele Robert, was found murdered inside a brothel, the law was forced to confront the mess that the area had become and attempt to clean up the crime that was running rampant.

Years later, Point Douglas is still one of the most impoverished areas in the city, and the intersection at Higgins and Main Street is sadly still notorious for being a place to find and solicit prostitution.

Let me know what your favorite historical sites in Winnipeg are, or leave an interesting piece of Winnipeg trivia in the comments!

5 Best Gift Ideas for Her and Him for the Holiday Season

This is my favorite holiday season – the season of food and gift giving. And by now you have probably started at least thinking about whom you will be shopping for this year. But we all know that trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list is never as easy as it sounds. I know how hard it can be to find awesome gifts for friends and family, but I will try to make it easier for you. I am sure that you are going to find the perfect holiday gift, that your friends are going to love! So… here we go, there are my picks for the 2016/2017.

The best gifts for girls

  1. Scratch Travel Map. The personalized world map can be a perfect gift for the travel lover person. It will be so much fun for her to scratch countries that she visited or just wanted to visit. Honestly, I personally have one on my wall, this map inspires me to travel more! Love it!

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  2. Victoria’s Secret pajama. What can be better in the cold Winnipeg’s winter than a warm and cozy pajama? I love pajamas, and I am sure that this gift will make her evenings more special and comfortable!
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3. Two tickets to the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre . In this holiday season Royal MTC presents the Million Dollar Quartet The theatre gift experience can be an excellent opportunity to share new emotions and spend special time with your friend. I already bought these tickets, so hope to see you there!

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4. Notebook. You almost cannot go wrong with this gift, especially if your friend is a student. Choose a pretty one, and she will carry it every day and will be thinking about you! Check this link to find the perfect notebook for her!

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5. Cozy sweatshirt. It is a nice way to show her that you care. The sweatshirt will keep her warm in the cold season, so choose her favorite colors and show her your love with this gift.

The best gifts for guys

1. Beer Cap Map . It can be a unique gift for any craft beer drinker.

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2. Book. As for me, books are always a perfect gift for everyone! My favorite one is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and I really highly recommend you to read this one! But, for the gift, choose your own favorite book. And don’t forget to include a note about why the book is meaningful for you.

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3. Tickets to the sports event. This is definitely is going to be one of the best presents for him! Check the sports events here   and chose what fits best for your friend! By the way, it is a great opportunity to spend a fun evening with your friend!

4. Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. Guys love this stuff! I have never met a man who did not love his Swiss Army Knife. No doubt, this pocket multi-tool will make him happy! This knifes have a great style, design, and the most important that Victorinox knives have an excellent quality!

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5. Scarf. What can I say… It is a classic holiday gift! Keep him warm in this winter!

I am sure, that your present is going to be special and meaningful for your friend! Enjoy the holiday time!

Love, Z.

Top Winter Coats to Survive Winter in Winnipeg: A Student’s guide to staying warm in the Great White North

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Winnipeg, or “Winterpeg”, as it is known to the locals, is one of the coldest cities in the world and if you have not grown up here, it can be quite a shock to the system. Even if you have lived through a Winnipeg winter, it never gets easier…or warmer!

As a student from another country, it can be quite difficult to imagine how cold it will get and what type of clothing you will need, to stay warm. Budget is also a consideration when deciding on your winter coat and accessories.

Typically, November is the start of colder temperatures; however, this year, the city relished in above normal temperatures that delayed the snow. December, on the other hand, has shown just how low the thermometer can go. December 21st is also the First Day of Winter! It is hard to believe, considering that we have already experienced enough snow, but hopefully, freezing temperatures will stay at bay.

Winnipeg’s winter climate is a dry cold and its Prairie location means that harsh winter winds blow down from the Arctic and across the plains. December and January are the coldest months with temperatures dipping to -25c on average but of course, you should also be prepared for snow storms that will bring an abundance of snow, ice, and temperatures that can reach as low as -36c to -40c. As intimidating as this sounds, it is possible to stay warm and enjoy the snow’s beauty and the variety of winter activities on offer.

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The best way to approach your winter wardrobe is to wear thin layers that you can add on or take off. This will help you to deal with the extremes between outdoor and indoor temperatures, such as walking to school, running between classes, or travelling on a hot and stuffy bus.

The most important articles of clothing are:

  • Gloves or mittens with a fleece or fibrefill lining
  • Wool or fleece scarf
  • Wool or fleece hat (toque) – How can there not be an emoji for this?
  • Boots with a good tread to prevent slipping on ice
  • Wool or down-filled jacket or coat, preferably with a hood
  • Fur scarves or hats are also an option for warmth; however, there are ethical issues associated with the treatment of animals and the wearing of fur for fashion’s sake. Fur trim on a hood is generally accepted but there are plenty of fake fur options available.

Whether you have more dash than cash or are wanting to make a major investment, here are the best jackets and coats to buy for winter.

Budget

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Zara – $159               Asos – $96.85                     H&M – $79.99

Moderately Priced

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J.Crew – $358             Club Monaco – $459   Club Monaco -$495

Luxury

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NET-A-PORTER.COM – $3,410  Cabala’s – $950  MR PORTER.COM – $2,357

The Secret to Getting a Job After You Graduate

The online job search struggle

The old saying is true: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know!

If you are anything like me, you know that online job hunting in a new industry is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

You can’t land an interview for an entry-level position with less than five years of experience, and everyone and their grandmothers are applying for the same jobs through the same online search engines as you are.

When I first graduated from university, I was one of the only students in my Environmental Studies class that had actually managed to score a full-time, salary earning, dental-covered, and professional position within the environmental sector. Prior to that, I had applied online for at least 50 jobs in the industry without as much as an email recognizing that my resume had even been received.

So, what am I getting at?

Well, if you can’t find a job, it’s because you’re looking in the wrong places!

Good jobs aren’t advertised on job search engines

Having worked in the industry now for a few years, I have witnessed the hiring of over a dozen new staff members — none of which have been hired through an internet job posting.

Yes, we are all aware of formal job markets. A company has an opening, posts an ad on an online search engine and boom, they receive 300 applications – not only from people all over the country, but all over the world. Yep, you are competing in a global job market.

The informal job market is a little less obvious, as 80% of jobs aren’t even advertised. Through networking, you get VIP access to the informal job market that isn’t broadcasted to the entire world through job search engines. Through networking, you get your name out there and have access to these jobs before anyone else.

You’re not networking

The word networking used to send chills down my spine. I would think, “Yuck, salesman, awkward, fake, and exhausting.” A lot of my colleagues feel the same way and throw it on the back burner, chuckling, “That’s what the sales team is for!”

You need to start thinking of networking a little differently. All networking really requires is for you to socialize. You’ve been socializing your entire life – making friends and having fun. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, so don’t complicate things.

How networking really works

Picture this:

Someone you work with has disclosed to you that they are accepting another position with a different company (probably through a referral from their network, but I digress). You know there will be an open position in your department soon and you think, “My friend John would be great for this job!” You recommend John to your hiring manager and before you know it, John has a job because he is a stand-up guy!

There will most likely be a referral bonus in it for you too! A what? A referral bonus! Yes, management rewards you for saving them the process of posting a job on the internet. Here’s two-thousand dollars for saving us the hassle of hiring someone on our own.

Networking is about your ability to build relationships and it is ultimately what will distinguish you from your competition. The most efficient way to get ahead is to network.

Not only will networking give you access to the informal job market, it also provides you with other useful advantages.

Networking perks

First of all, professional advice isn’t cheap; and what’s better than access to free information? Everyone you meet knows something that you don’t. Often you will have an opportunity to network with someone older and well established in an industry. Professionals will have much more experience and knowledge of your industry than you do. CAPITALIZE ON THIS OPPORTUNITY.

Be vulnerable, show that you want to learn and that you are interested in hearing about what they have to say. You won’t be remembered for what you said, but for how you made someone feel. If you show genuine interest in the professionals career and show thanks, they will remember you as an eager young professional and respect you.

Lastly, every person you meet has the ability to introduce you to someone else in their network. Everyone is connected by just 6 degrees of separation. So, even if that someone can’t give you the job you want, they can probably introduce you to someone else who can.

Stop wasting your time

Yes, online job search engines are a great starting point to finding the requirements needed to get a job. But, they certainly are not the most efficient or effective way to actually get a job.

So stop wasting your time behind your computer. Get out there and start socializing, and have fun like your future job depends on it.

By: Ask Tech Girl

Top 3 Reasons PACE Students Should Join IABC Manitoba

Why are we all here at PACE?

To get an education? To better ourselves? Sure. But let’s be honest, it’s to get that job!

While PACE offers great programs of applied education, the job market is tough, and students need to do all they can to set themselves apart from the competition. I am a student in the PR & Marketing program primarily because my previous degree did not offer me a job opportunity. I’ll admit, that outcome isn’t exactly shocking considering I only have a Bachelor of Arts; however, it was also the result of my lack of preparation for the job market.

So how do you expand your potential after graduation? If you follow my lead, you join a professional association and participate actively during your time as a student. As the title of this post suggests, there is no better association in Winnipeg than the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

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What the heck is IABC Manitoba? The association is a Manitoba Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. As an association, IABC is a resource for professional communication tools and global connections. Members are exposed to the newest communication trends and professional development.

“Whether you want to take your career to the next level, connect with your peers, build your client base or access professional development opportunities, IABC Manitoba is a great place to start and grow.” – IABC MB 

Now, I should probably put it out there that I am a Student Liaison board member for IABC Manitoba. But before you discredit my promotion of IABC, hear me out.

Public Relations students at PACE will automatically gain membership as of January 2017. 

 Let me tell you the top 3 reasons PACE students should join IABC Manitoba:

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  1. Networking

IABC hosts monthly networking mixers. Manitoba has a relatively small job market, and you know what they say, it’s not what you know – it’s who you know! [Side note: we all know that PACE  Public Relations students will be experts in their respective fields – But a little extra boost never hurt anyone!]

The more exposure you have to professional industry members before graduation, the better. With an IABC membership, you have access not only to the Manitoba membership base but the entire span of global chapters as well.

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A Group of PACE students at an IABC mixer. Source: IABC MB Instagram
Members of IABC MB work in a wide array of professional fields, including:

  • Public and media relations
  • Government Relations
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Human Resources
  • And many more…!

In addition, IABC members are present in a wide variety of Manitoba’s most influential organizations, including:

  • Assiniboine Credit Union
  • Boeing
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Canola Council of Canada
  • College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
  • Great-West Life
  • Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
  • Manitoba Public Insurance
  • Royal Bank of Canada

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Does “networking” sound daunting to you? Yeah… I’ll admit, I don’t love it either. But it is something that you will have to do to truly be successful in your career. Industry professionals are important connections to make while you are a student.

If you haven’t bought into the idea yet, I challenge anyone reading this to google “essential career skills”, or anything along those lines… I guarantee that you will find communication and networking skills on that list. So, let’s all accept that the dreaded “small-talk” is a fact of life; IABC will give you a platform to network in an extremely supportive environment.

Check out the website for upcoming networking events where you can meet the IABC MB executive council in person. The next event, the Holly Jolly Holiday Mixer, will be taking place on December 14. Click HERE to sign up.

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2. Professional Development

The Manitoba chapter of IABC holds monthly professional development events. These events are open for non-members as well, and are an excellent chance to see what IABC can really offer (ahem… more networking!). PD events usually take place downtown over the lunch hour – which is super accessible for Public Relations students. Upcoming events will include coverage of topics such as strategic leadership and best research practices.

In addition to these monthly events, members receive access to the online IABC academy. This platform offers webinars and online workshops to help you stay current on topics that are essential for professional and personal growth.

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3. Jobs Postings

What was the point of all this again? Oh yeah – JOBS

Members of IABC get exclusive access to the IABC job centre. There is both a local and an international posting page. As a member you can use these to your advantage and discover your next, or first, career opportunity through IABC MB.

For PR and Communications students, your membership is automatically activated for January 2017. Not in PR? Many events are open for a small fee if you want to attend without a full membership. 

The benefits of an IABC membership are pretty clear. I hope that Public Relations students will take advantage of their access to this professional association. We can all boost our networking skills and propel our careers.

Take the time out of your busy schedule to get involved – it’s worth it, I promise!

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  • Attend IABC networking events
  • Sign up to attend Professional Development events
  • Follow IABC on Social Media:

Check out the IABC website for more information.

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Halloween at PACE

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What is Halloween? Halloween to me is more than just dressing up in a costume. Halloween to me is about a gathering of friends and family. A gathering of ghosts, witches, vampires, various monsters, superheroes, and idols, strangers that didn’t know each other “cheering (a clashing of cups)” while enjoying each other’s company. On Friday, October 28, 2016, The University of Winnipeg, PACE program offered a celebration of Halloween at Garbonzo’s restaurant at the AnX Building, 471 Balmoral St, Winnipeg, MB. A collection of students from Project Management, Public Relations, and Human Resource got together in celebration. Pace offered the following activities such as:

  • The Costume Competition
  • A complimentary dinner
  • Face painting
  • An engaging photo booth

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As you walk into Garbonzos restaurant, you see the culture of Halloween. A lot of people dressed in various costumes, with energetic people. People smiling and interacting with each other. Students from different programs at PACE. Students that would at most, see each other in the hallways, are now interacting conversing with each other.  The different conglomerates of pace was represented by a representative, introducing and encouraging socialization between the different classes.

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PACE is a place of creativity; PACE Halloween would be no different. PACE offered prizes for the most creativity costume. Numerous people were involved in the costume competition. Many of competitors in the competition invested a lot of time with their costumes. There were three judges from the PACE administration office. Competitors had their game faces on; ghosts were scaring judges, villains laughing villainously, superheroes running around, witches seducing the judges, and clowns rolling around. The competitors wanted to win – they wanted to get those GIFT CARDS!

How to win? The person with the best costume didn’t necessarily win. The person who won was the one who did the following:

  • Bring a lot of people
  • Being hilarious
  • Hyped up the crowd
  • Had a gimmick

As the audience screamed and laughed, while the performers foolishly kept in character. You see grown men and women rolling around, jumping up and down, laughing, and acting flirtatious. The competitors put everything on the line, and the best person won.

Thing to do for Halloween

PACE Halloween is a great place to start off your night. It’s a great place to know what’s happening, where to go, and making your social group bigger. Pace kindly offered a free appetizer dinner so that you can chat over food. The dinner included different kinds of wings and pizza, vegetarian nachos, bread stick, and salad. It was nice to see everyone “breaking bread” with everyone. PAXCEPeople that I would see in the hallways every day are my acquaintances now. My hand is going to be really tired at the end of the day, from all the high fives and handshakes. People that I would see in the hallways every day, are my acquaintances now. My hand is going to be really tired at the end of the day, from all the high fives and handshakes. PACE is a collection of cultures, a true definition of Canada. PACE has students from India, Canada, Philippines, Ukraine, Jamaica, E.T.C, at the event. People that would normally not interact, were laughing and talking. People were conversing on what other Halloween events are being offered. PACE Halloween, is a great place to meet new people and how to plan the rest of your night.

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For those who did not have any costume – NEED NOT WORRY! Pace kindly offered a face painting station, free of charge. So people who could not or forgot to bring a costume, were able to participate in the festivities. The face painting station was positioned beautifully, right in front of the restaurant. Having it positioned there was brilliant, everyone saw the station

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During the Halloween party, there were many activities that would boost socialization. By increasing socialization, it increased focus on what to do after.  The photo booth offered more than just different types of props that could heighten your costume. The photo booth offered students of PACE a place to network.  Posing and strutting their stuff. Pace presented students with different interactive tools like colored wigs, masks, and swords. The decoration at the photo booth was amazing having everything that reminded me of Halloween; pictures of pumpkins, ghost witches, and skeletons. Pace Halloween was a great place to network and to know what to do after

Trick-or-Treating

My first thought about this PACE Halloween party was if the people who invited me to this event “tricking” me or are they “treating” me. Are they tricking me? Are they just wanting people to go, just to fill the seats?  Are they treating me? Is this even going to be a good time?

Going to the Pace event has changed my opinion on events hosted by PACE. I really enjoyed the time I had at the PACE Halloween party get together. I have made some friends from the different classes and networked well. People that I would see in the hallways every day, are my acquaintances now. My hand is going to be really tired at the end of the day, from all the high fives and handshakes. All-in-All, the PACE Halloween, benefited me in so many ways and would encourage everyone to go to the next PACE-hosted event.

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Thanks for reading. Cheers!

Written by,

Michael Enano, PACE Public Relations, Marketing and Strategic Communications Student.