Grace (episode 14) returns to the studio, clearly distraught, after hearing the big announcement from last week.
We hear about Jack’s college graduation ceremony as Gavin talks about optimistic graduation speeches. Should graduation speeches preach (false?) optimism to young adults or should we be giving more realistic speeches. Maybe optimistic graduation speeches set up unrealistic expectations of the world after schooling, or maybe we’re just a bunch of jaded old people… Meanwhile, Jack recounts the recent tale of his near-death experience. We talk about what our final thoughts would be under such circumstances.
Afterwards, clearly spooked by his near-death experience, Jack asks Grace if his standards of getting married by the age of 28 is realistic.
Check out Grace’s blog (and relationship advice) and Chinese novel translations at liveandlearn88 and volarenovels (check out Grace Time)!
Brandon (episode 24) returns to the podcast to confront Jack about trying to sell him overpriced concert tickets. We also hear about how he had spent the past semester studying in Edinburgh and travelling around Europe.
Jack brings in the issue of the impending minimum wage increase expected for Ontario. The plan would see Ontario’s minimum wage jump to $15 by January 1st, 2019. We talk about the pros and the cons of this decision and how this will ultimately impact us. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the unexplainable trend which is the fidget spinner. More importantly, should Gavin get one?
Afterwards, the Love Guru discusses a situation happening to his friend.
We briefly touched upon the minimum wage in Alberta. The current minimum wage over there is $12.20 (compared to $11.40 in Ontario) for general workers. The minimum wage in Alberta is expected to raise to $15 by October 1st, 2018.
Our good friend, Seb, joins us in the first double-digit episode of DIU Podcast. This week Gavin compares the schooling of Asian countries to that of the West. We discuss how culture could influence students to be more studious and tackle the stereotype of all Asians being great at math. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of how Hong Kongers are always looking down and complaining about the people from mainland China.
Afterwards, the Love Guru asks Seb for some feedback in regards to the Kao Lui Corner.
Here is the infamous Lexi tweet as published by Jack in 2013:
You’re listening to the University episode of DIU Podcast! This week Gavin brings in the issue of whether or not he should go to his university graduation ceremony. Meanwhile, Jack hijacks Gavin’s issue by bringing in the topic of how post-secondary education isn’t as cracked up as its made out to be.
One more huge shout-out to the Toronto Raptors who were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs on Friday May 27. They went further than most people expected and we’re looking forward to seeing the Raptors back in action next season!
As DIU Podcast continues to grow, the show must find ways to co-exist with the heavily PC (politically correct) world of the 21st century. Gavin brings in the topic of what types of online behaviour is acceptable. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of how laptops are a huge disturbance in classes and lectures.
Afterwards, we dive into the Kao Lui Corner where Jack talks about the ever important question of why “nice guys finish last.”
Huge thank you to Shane Saravia for designing the cool cover banner photo on this very website!
After this episode was recorded, Jack sends me this link (to CBC Radio) which supposedly referred to his “doing research” for his laptop issue (even though he didn’t bring up any of the points discussed in the CBC Radio episode).
Research has found that those who take notes on their laptops in classes are more prone to type whatever the lecturer is saying (verbatim) but not necessarily retain the information. In other words, laptop note-takers try to type everything being said, without completely thinking about it. Students who take notes with paper and pen have been found to absorb more information. Although paper note-takers jot down less notes, they are more engaged with the actual lecture.