5 Things You Missed if You Didn’t Go to the First CUSS General Meeting

The Communication Undergraduate Student Society had their first general meeting of the year on September 21st, and it was a great one! Gathered in the Canal Building for our inaugural meeting, CUSS executives took the stage (accompanied by a snazzy PowerPoint, courtesy of president Megan Damini) to give the lowdown on the upcoming year.

  1. Create! Collaborate! Connect!

Megan and Catherine, CUSS President and Vice President respectively, explained the 3 pillars of CUSS: Create, Collaborate, Connect. Here at CUSS, everything we do falls under one of the three pillars, whether that’s creating a blog post for the CUSS website, going on a field trip to the CBC, or meeting professionals in the world of communications and media.

  1. Blogging with CUSS

Erin Boyle, of the social media director team, gave us the DL on how to become a blogger for CUSS. If you’re interested, write a short blog post (200-1000 words), in any style you like. Blog posts about CUSS, communications, Carleton, and Ottawa are always appreciated, but go ahead and pitch something totally out of the box! Bloggers who write at least one post per semester will even receive a CCR credit at the end of the year!

  1. Professional Development, anyone?

While we all enjoy our days as undergraduate communications students, eventually we all graduate, and move on to bigger and better things. This year, CUSS is holding an event to help us all learn how to be a little more professional. The Professional Development Conference (date TBD), will feature workshops on important skills for the work world, an opportunity to have your headshot taken for your LinkedIn page, and much more! Keep your eyes peeled for more information in your Carleton email, and all over social media.

  1. The Mentorship Program

For the second year running, CUSS is giving every member the opportunity to be a part of the Mentorship Program. 1st and 2nd year students will be given a 3rd or 4th year mentor in the CoMS program, in order to help the younger generation flourish in the first few years of their degree. Fill out a questionnaire online, be matched with your mentor or mentee, and meet up a couple times each semester for a CCR credit, a new friend, and knowledge and advice that will last a lifetime!

  1. Become a Member, Join our Family!

If you haven’t already, make sure to become a general member of the CUSS family. Membership is $5 for the entire academic year, and gets you discounts on events and field trips, access to the newsletter, and a CCR credit. Find your year rep after class or in the tunnels to become a member today!


5 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up For the Mentorship Program

I remember being in my first year wishing I had someone to help and guide me through this new world that we call University. I had trouble adjusting to University life, which led to me become very depressed. At a point, I even considered leaving Carleton to go home because I felt that I couldn’t do it. I had given up and lost hope. That was until I met an upper year student who was studying Law at the time. She became my mentor. She was always there for me, if I needed advice or if needed help on my assignments. She became my go to. After that I noticed so many positive things were happening in my life. I began to be happy again, my grades had gone up, and in the midst of all that, I made a new friend. This is why I believe mentorship is not only important because of the various knowledge and skills that one can learn from the mentor, but it also provides one personal support which can help them with their future successes. This is why YOU should join the mentorship program.

1. Great way to get involved (You can put it on your CCR and on your resume)

2. Get to meet new people in the same program as you*** Wink wink** – Great for networking

3. Advice: It is an amazing feeling to get advice from someone who is in the same program as you (For example, this could be advice on what classes one should take or how one should deal with a specific problem)

4. Coaching: A mentor can be a great coach (They can coach you through things like organization, time management, how to write an essay, resume help)


Academic Orientation

Last Tuesday September 5, Carleton University held its annual Academic Orientation for new, incoming Ravens.

The 2021 cohort of Communication and Media Studies students were welcomed in Richcraft Hall (formerly the River Building) by faculty, staff, upper year students, and the Communication Undergraduate Student Society. Here students listened to the department discuss the program, the professors that teach there, where this program could take them, and how to get involved on campus through the student society, CUSS- all in the hopes of benefitting them in the future.

President and Vice-President, Megan Damini and Catherine Johnson spoke at the presentation about becoming a member of CUSS, joining the mentorship program, taking advantage of the blogging opportunity, and applying to become a first year representative. They are pictured below with some of the faculty and staff members, along with some new, incoming Communication and Media studies students.

“We can’t wait to see where your journey at Carleton will take you and hopefully it will lead to CUSS, a student run society for communication and media studies students. It only costs $5 and we are always looking for new members.” – Emma Fournier, CUSS Social Media Director.

CUSS’s first general meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21st at 6:30pm. This will be a chance to pay the $5 membership fee, learn more about the mentorship program and blogging opportunities, and for first year students- the chance to ask questions about the First Year Representative position.

We hope you can all attend, and good luck to everyone this school year!



April Exam Season

By: Catherine Johnson

As the semester is coming to an end, most of us have exams, papers and deadlines on our mind. Exam season can be extremely stressful, especially when you’re not taking care of yourself properly. As a student, it is easy for our emotions to take over. When our emotions take over, we forget to: eat, sleep, drink, relax and do things that make us happy. Here is a check-list of things to do each day in April to ensure a healthy mind and body this exam season! Continue reading

The 5 Stages of Applying for Summer Internships

The 5 Stages of Applying for Summer Internships

By: Julia Solimine

It’s already March, which means that soon the school year will be over and the student-filled campuses will desert themselves until the Fall. Although it’s referred to as summer break, majority of students don’t really have a ‘break’ for these four months. Many of us look for jobs throughout this time to increase our experience and build our resume. Student internships are a great option for summer jobs, as they build your experience, increase your network, motivate you, and teach you real, work-place skills you may not learn in the lecture hall. Applying for internships is nerve wrecking for most students, regardless of your GPA or previous experience. This is why I have compiled the five stages of applying for summer internships, as a way to prove to all the nervous applicants that they are not the only ones who feel this way.

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10 Fun Things to do in Ottawa with your Mentor/Mentee

10 Fun Things to do in Ottawa with your Mentor/Mentee

By: Taylor Mair

We all know the “winter blues” can get the best of us at times, but what better way to make the best out of the cold than chillin’ with your newly-acquired BFF?! Spending time with your CUSS Mentor/Mentee will not only get you closer to receiving your CCR Credit, but it will also give you a chance to explore our beautiful city and the fun activities it has to offer!

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5 things I learned from the CBC Ottawa Tour

By: Georgia Fox

I believe CBC is a prominent factor in the life of anyone living in Ottawa. Every student has listened to the radio shows or watched their news broadcasts at some point in their lives. This past week I was given the chance to participate in a tour of the CBC news station in downtown Ottawa with the Communication Undergraduate Student Society at Carleton. Here is what I learned from the experience:

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Why Get Involved in a Club or Society?


Why Get Involved in a Club or Society?

By: Erin Boyle

The first time experiencing anything different will always be nerve-racking. Starting university in a city you aren’t familiar with brings the nerves to a new extreme. As much as one thinks they are prepared for their first day of university, no one can mentally prepare you for how you’re going to feel when sitting in a lecture hall with two hundred other people wanting to pursue a career similar to you or, maybe you’re like me and you’re unsure of what you want to be when you’re older (which is even more nerve-racking). For my fellow first year students or even students in upper years, if there is one piece of advice that I could give to help the nerves disappear it would be: join a club or society.

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The Next Event to Attend: A Hackathon

The Next Event to Attend: A Hackathon

By: Sabrina Rannala

As a communications student, I am always looking for opportunities to network, learn new skills, and explore the different career paths within communications. Normally this means attending networking nights, expert panels, and other similar events – until recently. For the first time, I decided to try attending a hackathon after seeing an advertisement on Twitter. Not quite sure of what to expect I signed up, but after going I am very glad I did.

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