Making the Best of a Bad Situation

Prior to starting my stretch experience, I was originally set on a completely different path. I knew that I wanted to do something involving the environment as that is what I am passionate about. When my first plan didn’t work out, I tried reaching out to a possible opportunity through my cousin’s wife in the […]

Welcome to the World of Zenkora

Hello! My name is Mel and I am a Business co-op student as well as a PLLC year 2 scholar. These past couple of months have been hectic. As a co-op student, I have secured an 8-month full time work term at the City of Edmonton from May to the end of December (#adulting #notready). […]

My Humid Stretch Experience

For my stretch experience this summer, I had the opportunity to conduct research at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based in Silver Spring, Maryland. My first thought about researching at the FDA was that I would be either working on something food or drug related. However, the scope of the FDA was […]

Is Anyone There?

Young leaders – they will become the leaders of the future. That was my first thought as I entered the PLLC as a first-year student. 8 months down the road, I am still thinking about this concept of a ‘young leader’. Is it someone who leads a successful team? How about someone who leads a […]

Interning in Berlin

My name is Graeme Splinter and I am a fifth-year neuroscience student and Peter Lougheed Leadership College Scholar. As you likely know by now, PLLC scholars complete a “Stretch experience” in the summer between years one and two of the program. When planning my stretch, all I knew was that I wanted to travel, so […]

My work on a mayoral election campaign – by Connor Vaandering

This summer I have been working on Calgary City Councillor Andre Chabot’s mayoral election campaign. Since the election is not until October I have been involved in the initial setup of campaign plans, strategy and organization. It’s a small campaign team with limited staff and limited finances, so I’ve done everything from communications and event […]

Perseid Meteor Shower Event

In addition to the Community Supported Agriculture program, one of the major components of my stretch experience was helping to organize a trip out to Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm with International Student Services. The event was held on August 13th for the Perseid meteor shower. Overall the event was successful – all 47 tickets […]

Show Me The Honey

Hello lovely people! It’s August *screams*. I definitely feel stretched (still screaming). I’ve really come to realize the power of saying “yeah, I can totally do this,” even when I have no clue what’s going on and I know that I’m going to have to do a bunch of googling later. Outward confidence, even if […]

Don’t Be Surprised. Hate Crimes Happen in Alberta.

It is all too easy to fall into the trap of believing that your friends, neighbors, neighbours’s friends, family, children, public servants, and ideological peers are above hate crimes, that they are morally superior human beings because they are generally well-liked and well-rounded individuals. Unfortunately, fantasies must come to an end. Hate crimes shock communities […]