Looking Through Different Lenses

By Phoebe Marinakis A man walks down the street, looks at his phone, it’s 6:30pm, the bus arrives in 10 minutes, sits at the bus stop and waits for the bus to arrive, he’s on his phone, thinking about what he wants to eat later. The bus arrives, he gets on, sits down, and makes […]

The Challenge Behind Challenge Studies: The Hepatitis C Perspective

As a third year immunology student in the University of Alberta’s Specialization program I spend most of my time learning about the dozens of different bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites that plague humanity. From memorizing virulence factors to drawing out countless mechanisms of infection all night, I can now say immunology and the immune system […]

Not Your Everyday Camp Coach

July 15th, 2019 Almost fourteen years ago, I was a young girl who attended my first Green & Gold soccer summer camp at the University of Alberta. A number of my coaches at that time were Pandas’ soccer players. I still remember how much I looked up to them and wanted to be like them […]

Increasing the Reach and Impact of YoungLeaders.World

Hi all! My name is Julianna Stern and I am working at YoungLeaders.World (YL.W) as the Communications and Business Development Intern for my Stretch Experience. YL.W is a non-profit organization in Edmonton that provides leadership training to youth through local and international summits and conferences. Officially founded in 2016, YL.W is now growing rapidly and […]

Investing Responsibly

Stretch Blog: Investing Responsibly “Be your own boss.” Such statements are glamorized quite a bit in the world of business. With the stretch experience, I have received the opportunity to work independently for the first time and it made me realize “being my own boss” has been quite challenging for me, something I did not […]

Discovering Opportunities for Local Businesses

May 17th, 2019  Although only a few weeks into the summer, I have done some exciting work with my stretch experience thus far and have had the chance to do three different types of projects already. The variability that has come with my stretch experience is one thing that I have been enjoying the most. […]

Navigating the Labyrinth of Law

While a lot of us at PLLC may not be familiar with the rising cost of litigation (understandably so given our young age), more and more Canadians are having difficulties gaining equal access to justice in non-criminal matters. For the most underprivileged of us in the community, this distinction is even more daunting, especially since […]

Of Ambiguous Nature

It’s not difficult to find a beginning when you find yourself situated just before it. But, to be able to define anything that may unveil itself directly after? Unlikely. This is the space that I find myself in as I begin to grasp the first (maybe) tangible wisps of my Stretch Experience and remind myself […]

Ending the stigma around Period.

As students in North America, we have been privileged enough to experience quality education, but somehow even in a first world country like ours, we still face barriers when it comes to talking about periods. In Africa, 10% of girls will not go to school during their periods, while in India 50% of girls are […]

Stretching myself to the City of Edmonton

When I was 19 I took a semester off and traveled Southeast Asia completely and utterly alone. I was stretched, questioned everything, and saw the most breathtaking sunsets you could ever imagine. When you initially compare staying in a Buddhist Monastery to sitting at a desk all day for the summer, you’d probably think “How […]