Student Speak

3 tips I would give my first-year self

Posted by Michael Cassar on April 11, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Dear first-year me, 

My gosh, it has been far too long since we last spoke!

There are so many wonderful new discoveries that have come into my life, all of which have given me even greater hope — hope for a better future, a better today and an even better tomorrow.

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Topics: Student Life

SPOTLIGHT: Cosy's Diner

Posted by Ryan LePage on April 10, 2017 at 2:52 PM

The second last blog! Given the timing, I wanted to wish all of you reading luck on your final exams, and remember that a mark does not define you. This time we are spotlighting a restaurant that is relatively new – Cosy’s Diner! They celebrated their one-year anniversary on March 6. Nestled in the Rossland & Stevenson plaza, Cosy's is a Denny’s-style family-owned restaurant located at 500 Rossland Road West, Oshawa, ON. Being located close to both Paul Dwyer Catholic High School & R.S. McLaughlin CVI, and having a Durham Region Transit bus stop right out front, it is very student-friendly. From campus, jump on the 916 bus with your student card, and arrive in 15 minutes!

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Topics: Food Reviews

What you don't know about the Pokéstops on campus

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on March 22, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Since Pokémon Go was officially released in Canada a few days ago, the UOIT campus has been abuzz with students and visitors scouring the grounds for all kinds of Pokémon. To give you an idea of how big this game has grown over a few short weeks, just take a look around major areas like schools, churches or businesses and you will be able to see a number of players hanging around catching Pokémon and grabbing in-game goodies from the Pokéstops. These Pokéstops tend to pop up wherever there is a public park, plaque, art installment or building, so it’s no wonder the campus has been so busy with players.

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Topics: Student Life

Charley Ronick's Pub & Restaurant Food Review

Posted by Ryan LePage on March 7, 2017 at 3:03 PM

I know that some time has passed since the last blog, unfortunately, my responsibilities as a graduate student took over for a period of time – but here we are back in action! Charley Ronick's is a pub and restaurant located at 3050 Garden Street East, in Whitby. It is located in the plaza at the northwest corner of Rossland and Garden, with Shoppers Drug Mart and No Frills.

First of all, let me just say that this place has some delicious food! Initially, I was not planning to actually blog about Charley Ronick's, but the food was so good that I knew that the world needed to be made more aware of a delicious spot located right in north Whitby! For those who watch sports, they have TVs everywhere, including the booths. Each booth has a TV built right into the wall! Combined with deals on wings and other items, and you can imagine its popularity for sporting events.

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Topics: Food Reviews

UOIT Spotlight: Khalidah Abubaker & FSSH Practicum

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on March 6, 2017 at 10:05 PM

Most UOIT programs have an internship, placement or practicum option for students to receive real-life, experiential learning experiences. In the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, students are able to apply for the practicum program at the end of their third year of study to potentially join the practicum class in their fourth year. Practicum allows SSH students the opportunity to work with a non-profit, community-based organization for one semester. This gives students hands-on experience, as well as something they can put on their resume before they complete their degree and venture out into the workforce.

I spoke to a Khalidah Abubaker, a fourth-year Communications and Digital Media Studies student about her experience with the practicum program, and how she feels it will help her in her future career.

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Topics: UOIT Spotlight

Emily takes on #Converge2017 conference in Ottawa

Posted by Emily Rowsell on March 3, 2017 at 3:41 PM

I was lucky enough to represent the University of Ontario Institute of Technology last month at the Converge 2017conference presented by Universities Ontario. Before I get into the meat and potatoes of an experience I will never forget, let me sum up my adventure in a few words: inclusion, enlightenment, innovation, inspiration, and hope.

The Converge 2017 conference was a two-day event that brought together young Canadian leaders, members of parliament and academia, artists, and an overall diverse group of people to discuss what we think Canada can, and should, become in the next 50 years. I love Canada; it’s my home and I am proud to be Canadian but of course like many things in life – there is always room for improvement and those ideas for improvement in Canada are what we discussed over the course of the two-day conference!

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Topics: Academic

Selecting A business major and minor that is right for you

Posted by Michael Cassar on March 3, 2017 at 2:57 PM

Conflicted about what Bachelor of Commerce stream to specialize in? In this blog post, I'll outline my top five tips for deciding your business major or minor. Such a monumental decision needs a tremendous level of commitment, drive, vision, and career alignment. Most importantly, it's a decision that will influence your dreams and aspirations.

I fondly remember when I was a second year FBIT student in the BComm program, up late thinking about the day of major and minor selection. It was now that I had to decide what I wanted to pursue beyond graduation. My dream has and always will be to provide engagement, enthusiasm, and energy to positively inspire and uplift others in creating the best possible future they can have. In doing this, I tend to believe in the reciprocity of others to create value for themselves, by working together to provide meaningfulness to those around them. That's why Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, as well as Marketing, were the respective major and minor specializations that I chose.

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Topics: Academic

Hunter's Open House training manual

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on February 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Hi everyone! My tail is wagging with excitement for UOIT Open House! The recruitment team said I could come... but only if I pass my Open House training first. I may have been around for a few years but I can still learn some new tricks. Here's what I've been working on:

  • Come... to Open House! Register on the Open House website!


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Topics: Admissions and Recruitment

What I would tell my first-year self: Natasha Kowalskj

Posted by Natasha Kowalskyj on February 2, 2017 at 9:24 AM

The four years spent at this university have been nothing short of a rewarding learning experience. Now, at the beginning of 2017 I am faced with the melancholy realization that I am in the last three full months of my university career, which I did not expect to feel so strongly about.

I went into university a naïve student who saw homework and readings as more of a chore than the pool of knowledge it really is, and man was I afraid to jump into it head first. Looking back on the four years I am extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to go to University, gain the knowledge and enlightenment provided to me through the forty different courses taken over years, and even being able to seize the opportunity to travel over our February reading week to different parts of Canada and the United States.

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Topics: Student Life

UOIT style: what students are wearing around campus

Posted by Emily Rowsell on February 1, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Hey Student Speak readers! You might not know this but I have a passion for fashion! That being said I just had to take a look at the style scene at UOIT and bring it to you.

I visited both the downtown and north Oshawa locations to see what students are wearing to class. I talked to a bunch of students to find out what seems to be popular this season around UOIT. Hint: a lot of plaid, black pants (may that be leggings, jeans or trousers), and a lot of pops of UOIT blue.

Take a look below at some of the fashionable students I talked to and what they had to say about their look and their thoughts on fashion.

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Topics: Student Life