There’s no better time to grow than right now.

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As a result of the tumultuous year that we just went through on both personal and professional fronts, the importance of possessing a wide-range of transferrable soft skills cannot be stressed enough: it is fundamental.

While hard skills relate to technical knowledge, being qualities that are often teachable or measurable, such as financial, research or marketing skills, soft skills refer to personality traits that make us good at what we do, such as leadership, team work, and problem-solving skills.

What’s wonderful about the start of a new year is that it…


“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ― C. S. Lewis

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It’s been a long year for everyone, to say the least. I don’t have to get into the details.

Whether we like it or not, we’ve had to adapt our lives as human beings. A big change has occurred, and despite what many people have to say about it, life will not “go back to the way it was before” this year. …


Courtesy of Marcus Aurelius.

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I recently read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – a series of the Roman Emperor’s personal writings, compiled into 12 “books” (chapters), written between the years 170 and 180.

Even though his memoirs do not have a title (being that they were never meant to be published), Aurelius’ writing depicts his thoughts about life, the human process and ideas for self-improvement, aligned with Stoic philosophy.

What amazes me is how, although written roughly 1850 years ago, the principles outlined in Marcus Aurelius’ writings are incredibly relevant today, especially in 2020.

It is inevitable to get caught up in our own world…


A letter for unemployed and struggling arts grads.

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Photo by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash.

It’s a rough job market – to say the least, especially for new graduates. Gone are the days in which students choose to go to university “just for the sake of it” or because their previous teachers told them that by doing so, they’ll then get that “good job”.

It’s no surprise then that since the recession in 2008, there has been a major shift in promoting enrolment in STEM programs and a subsequent decline of enrolment in arts programs at universities and colleges alike.

That was not the case for me. I enrolled in an arts degree.

A few…


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

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Panorama of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy taken from the top of Castello Svevo.

Family and cultural history are two things that can be incredibly important. …


You can’t learn a language without culture.

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“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.” ― Frantz Fanon

Among many reasons as to why people fail in their language learning pursuits is that they attempt to learn a language by using artificial, traditional methods such as memorizing grammar rules or simple translation exercises (calling you out, Duo).

While such methods can “help” to a certain extent, they lack in culture, which is the driving-force of language: language and culture go hand-in-hand. …


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I haven’t “travelled the world” by any means, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have had some extended stays living in a few other cities and countries that I will never forget.

The experience that I had in each place was unique and truly transformative. Opportunities from which I learned a lot, to say the least.

As we patiently await the reopening of borders and the ability to travel and move around without fear and stress, I wanted to share five things that I learned from living abroad that were consistent to each of my experiences.

1. Expectations will, almost always, let you down.

It’s much easier said…


A few of my reflections after six long years.

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In the United States and Canada (albeit to a lesser degree in Canada) university is an investment and each year the cost to attend university continues to increase. Every year a number of students graduate from a four-year undergraduate program with a significant amount of debt which inevitably leaves a sour taste in their mouths as they prepare to make the real jump into adulthood. They’re often left questioning if their decision to attend university was really worth their time, and more importantly, their money. …


So You Want to Make a Move Abroad?

No one is born in one place to stay there.

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Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced traveller or a novice, if you picked up and moved before or if you’re still dreaming of the first time to do so, stay engaged with those thoughts.

Travel, in all forms, does wonders for your mental and physical well-being. …


3 Positive Things from Quarantine

Keep moving forward.

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Image by Claudia Soraya from Unsplash

While quarantine will persist for a bit longer, and a new type of “normal” awaits us at the end of the tunnel, it is worthwhile to reflect on the positives that quarantine has brought us despite the constant negativity that surrounds us via the media (and sometimes [often?], even people we know).

  1. Social interaction and professional growth.

I don’t have to state the endless pros and cons of which technology provides us however the wonderful level of positive social interaction and community engagement should not be understated. Compared to previous generations, it…

Matteo Talotta

🇮🇹🇨🇦 | Language/culture/meaningful travel enthusiast | Always learning | Inquiries: matteo.talotta@outlook.com

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