Student Speak

Five things you might not know about counselling at UOIT

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on September 21, 2016 at 11:03 AM

School is stressful. It’s OK to need support getting through the tough moments. As students, we’re pretty lucky that we have some great resources for mental health right here on campus.

Last year I wrote a blog post answering some questions about Student Mental Health Services that students might be too afraid to ask. In it was a lot of great information, but it’s a little bit long. Knowing how stressful the school year can be, I decided to put together a shorter post with some of the most important points from that blog.

So without further ado, here are five things you might not know about counselling with Student Mental Health Services at UOIT.

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Topics: Student Life

Four great sushi spots near UOIT!

Posted by Ryan LePage on September 14, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Hello, everyone! I am back for another year of reviewing delicious local restaurants and shops around Durham Region to find you the best meals and deals! Last year I reviewed everything from poutine and burgers to burritos and more. The first blog of this year is about a very popular, somewhat healthier food choice – sushi! I went to four different sushi restaurants so that I could provide only the finest of feedback on the quality of sushi in the area.  Without further ado, here's what I found!

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Topics: Food Reviews

Introducing... Natasha Kowalskyj, Student Speak blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on August 31, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Name: Natasha Kowalskyj

Program of study: Communication and Digital Media Studies  

Year of study: Fourth

Why did you choose your program? I felt inclined to know more about the world surrounding us, how corporations relay messages to us, and the latent hold that social media has over us. Pretty fascinating topics for classes!

What do you want to do after you graduate? I hope to still be involved in radio broadcasting, whether behind the scenes or on the mic. Broadcasting in college seems like a logical next step for me!

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Topics: Student Life

Three ways to navigate UOIT's downtown location

Posted by Natasha Kowalskyj on August 30, 2016 at 2:52 PM

In the past decade downtown Oshawa has received quite a facelift. For the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), renovations to core buildings like 61 Charles and Regent Theatre brought both the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) and Faculty of Education (FEd) to the downtown core halfway through the university’s existence, providing a wealth of new student study and lecture space. This move also created opportunities for students to explore exciting new food and entertainment options they may not have experienced before.

Since moving downtown, UOIT’s accessibility for students coming from all across Durham (and farther!) has improved, but has also introduced a new challenge: navigating the commotion, one-way-streets and buildings of the busy downtown core.

Going into first year, I already had some experience with downtown Oshawa. Still, when I entered UOIT, I found that the course codes, locations of lectures and how to get around was confusing. So, fear not kind readers, as I will share with you the three best tips I have found over my time at UOIT to make getting to and from your downtown classes a breeze!

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Topics: Student Life

Introducing... Michael Cassar, Student Speak blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on August 24, 2016 at 8:50 AM

Name: Michael Cassar

Program of study: FBIT - Commerce

Year of study: Third

Why did you choose your program?

I chose my program because I dream to help better the world through the field of organizational behaviour and human resources by advocating and communicating the positive and marketable values of ethical and responsive organization to the needs of potential employers, business partners, governments and civil society.

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Introducing... Emily Rowsell, Student Speak blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on August 23, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Name: Emily Rowsell

Program of study: Political Science with a minor in Communications and Digital Media Studies

Year of study: Third

Why did you choose your program? I was originally in Communications and Digital Media Studies and one of the professors in the Political Science program mentioned that I could switch programs if I wanted, since I had received As in three of the core Political Science classes my first year. I was told it was a competitive program with opportunities for students to be pioneers in shaping the course of the program, so I decided to make the change!

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Topics: Student Life

6 things to expect on residence move-in day

Posted by Talisa Haskins on August 23, 2016 at 9:13 AM

Moving to residence can be scary and anxiety-inducing. You have to deal with the stress of packing, figuring out what to bring and what to leave behind, and not knowing what to expect when you’re dropped off at the front doors of your res building. But moving can be fun too! To reduce some of your stress, I’ve put together a short list of experiences to expect on that first day of move-in, so that you’re relaxed and better prepared to have a good time.

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7 myths about university debunked

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on August 5, 2016 at 3:59 PM

It’s typical for high school students who are going into university to hear advice and stories from friends and family about their time in post-secondary education. Some of this advice can definitely be sound, but other words of wisdom might be a bit exaggerated. It’s hard to know what’s true and what isn’t, and as a first-year student, being prepared is something you probably worry about.

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5 ways to survive an 8 a.m. lecture

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on August 5, 2016 at 3:58 PM

There’s nothing like the start of a new semester to really make you feel inspired and empowered. I know that when I begin a class I have all these expectations for myself – attend every class, participate, get an A+ and maybe even write an amazing paper. What I don’t think about is how I can do all of that as a walking zombie – because unfortunately, as I have learned throughout my studies, 8 a.m. classes do exist and they can be tough to get through for night owls like myself. Luckily, I have found some really great ways to survive the dreaded early morning lecture, so I’m not too worried about not meeting my own academic expectations.

Here are my top five tips for students who might need the extra help getting through an 8 a.m. class!

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The difference between the Concurrent, Connected and Consecutive option

Posted by Talisa Haskins on July 29, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Concurrent, consecutive, connected… what does it all mean? Students who are looking to further their education and become teachers often hear about the many different options – and while you may understand them, how do you choose what is best for you?

At UOIT, there are a few different options – but they each lead to entry into the sixteen-month fast-track Bachelor of Education program. Here’s the breakdown of the three program options and what type of student they’re best for.

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Topics: Academic