Student Speak

Four activities in the Durham Region to help get you in the holiday spirit

Posted by Cate McPhee on December 11, 2018 at 11:10 AM

The holiday season is my favorite time of year. Sometimes as students, it can be hard to get into the spirit of things. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most hectic time of year. Classes are coming to an end, and exams are looming. I like to balance those late night study sessions with some holiday cheer.

If you plan on studying at our university in the coming years, keep these four activities in mind if you're looking for something to do in Durham Region over the holidays.

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Topics: Student Life

7 major things to know before travelling abroad to study

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on December 10, 2018 at 10:02 AM

To take that next bold step of deciding to study abroad is an achievement in itself. As you are not just leaving the comfort of your favorite couch for some hours, you are going to an entirely new and totally different country.

Where not only will you have to adapt to the new environment and culture, you may also not find the brand of your couch in that country and that takes bravery.

Studying abroad is a great way to explore new environments and cultures while broadening your horizons and perspectives of knowledge. With all the preparations and anticipations, here are some not so obvious things you might have missed in all your excitement for the new adventures to come.

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Topics: study abroad blog, study abroad, Go Global, Academic, Fun Facts

Organizational tips for multitasking students

Posted by Kait Nienhuis on December 6, 2018 at 9:04 AM

I get it. Being a student can be tough. Juggling multiple course loads is like a full-time job in itself. Readings, assignments, lectures and exams all demand large chunks of your time.

In addition to all this, you also likely have to balance other responsibilities such as a job, relationships and the tasks of day-to-day life. It’s no wonder things can get overwhelming.

But don't let this intimidate you when thinking of applying to university. Making your education a priority is important and there are options available for part-time studies if you're feeling overwhelmed.

If you're still feeling hesitant about applying, one of the best ways to combat overload and stay on top of your growing to-do list is to embrace your inner organization guru. Allowing things to build up just sets you up for failure.

Check out these tips to help you stay organized as you begin to embark on your future as a university student.

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This just in: we have a brand new sustainability minor

Posted by Kari Clarkson on December 5, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Are you passionate about the environment and conserving it for our future? Then we have the perfect minor for you to consider.

This year, our university introduced a new Sustainability Studies minor. As we already have several sustainability initiatives happening on campus and in our community, this new minor is a perfect fit with our university.

As you continue to think about where to apply and what you want to study, consider putting sustainability on your radar.

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Topics: Academic

Feeling lost? Here’s how to pick your major

Posted by Disha Melwani on December 4, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Are you in the process of picking your major? Need some help? If yes, don’t stress. I got you!

We have all been there and it's normal to feel a bit lost and overwhelmed at first.

In today’s blog post, I will be sharing five tips that personally helped me out when I had to pick my field of study.

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Topics: Academic

University admissions requirements rundown

Posted by Kari Clarkson on December 3, 2018 at 10:10 AM

We all know that deciding where to apply to school can be stressful. On top of that, you need to ensure you meet a specific set of admissions requirements before you can even apply.

Admission requirements will vary by program, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the schools you’re interested in.

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Topics: Admissions and Recruitment

Six holiday gift ideas for when you're on a budget

Posted by Disha Melwani on November 29, 2018 at 9:06 AM

As the holiday season approaches, this is the time of year where, as a future student, you'll be focused on your final projects, exams, family plans and of course holiday shopping. 

As you plan for your life as a university student, familiarizing yourself with budgeting and affordable options is important.

Shopping during the holiday season can be really tough on students, especially if you’re looking for affordable options. To help out, I came up with six different present ideas for anyone on a budget to help.

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Topics: Finance and Money

Top volunteer opportunities for students in the GTA

Posted by Sarah Rae on November 27, 2018 at 9:04 AM

Happy November students! I hope all of you are managing to stay warm and cozy in this colder weather we are beginning to have.

As the end of the school year approaches, I’m sure a lot of you are busy finishing off assignments and studying for finals tests.

With the new year approaching, you're likely thinking more about where to apply. Something you should consider when thinking of where to go to university are the available volunteer opportunities. As such, I thought this would be a good time to bring to your attention some possible volunteer opportunities available for students in the GTA.

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Topics: Student Life, Academic, Volunteer

Have a blog post idea? Let’s hear it!

Posted by Kari Clarkson on November 23, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Have an idea for a great blog post? Is there something you’re dying to know about life as a university student? Academics? Finances or our faculties?

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How to cope with the cost of university

Posted by Cate McPhee on November 22, 2018 at 9:02 AM


Let's be clear: university does not have to put you into debt or bankruptcy. There are plenty of students who are struggling, you are not alone. Lots of people struggle financially because university is expensive. However, remember it will be so worth it in the end.

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Topics: Finance and Money, Student Life