Hey Chelsea — How Do You Google?

Chelsea Arsenault is a third-year PhD student studying Counselling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology. She is also a TA for the course EDPY 304 - Adolescent Development and Learning. Her research is focused on hope, specifically on youths’ experience of hope as they transition out of residential care and into adult life.

Take a few minutes to see how G Suite shapes her life.

Q: What does an average workday look like for you?

A: It varies quite a bit depending on the day. It’s mostly coursework, working on research, and doing TA work, which involves preparing for classes, talking to students, and answering emails.

Q: How do you use Google in your role?

A: My work as a TA has really exposed me to a lot of the different Google platforms. For example, we’re using Google Sites for one of the projects that our students are doing right now. We also use Google Forms as a learning method for the students, where each week they fill out a quick survey about the course material they’re learning, then we compile those results and show the class what everyone is thinking or how they’re feeling about that material for the week.

Q: What is your favourite feature in G Suite?

A: The collaboration feature is a big one. I’ve depended on that in a lot of different ways, like if I’m working on a research project with a supervisor and I want to get on-time feedback and quick edits. But it’s also helpful in coursework. If there’s a group project to work on, then everyone can update their work in real time and see what’s going on.

Q: If you were a Google app, which one would you be and why?

A: I’d have to go with Gmail, because it’s very user friendly but also very organized and a good way to keep track of everything. I like to think of myself as someone who’s very organized and has things listed out very clearly so I know what needs to be done.

Q: When you first started using G Suite, what surprised you over other applications?

A: The variety of things you can do with it and the various aspects of G Suite. I wasn’t aware you could make your own Google Site or create a Google Form, so I like the variety of things you can do and the fact that it’s so user friendly. It doesn’t take a lot of playing around until you can figure out how to use it.

Q: If you were introducing someone to G Suite for the first time, what tips would you give them?

A: Just explore and play with it a little bit, because sometimes it can be kind of intimidating when you see all these different types of applications. You might think it’ll be too confusing or that you won’t be able to use an app because it’s for people who are tech savvy. But once you open these apps up and look around a little bit, you realize that it’s not that complicated to use and anyone can use it.

Q: What is one final thing you want people to know about G Suite?

A: Give it a shot. You can apply it to your work in ways you might not have realized initially, and it can make your work a lot more effective and efficient. It’s a great way to collaborate with colleagues.

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Posted by Sheena Moore