Student Speak

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

What I would tell my first-year self: Shelly Kowalski

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on January 27, 2017 at 5:01 PM

When I graduated high school in 2008, I was your typical overachiever, excited about the prospect of going out into the world and starting my journey towards a successful career. I had a five-year plan, I had a goal, I was ready to get my degree and get a job and be successful. That’s how the story goes, right? That’s what everyone told us to do.

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Topics: Student Life

Three ways to get through your readings

Posted by Natasha Kowalskyj on January 27, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Well, here we are fellow intellectuals. January 9 began the winter semester, throwing us all back into the swing of new professors, courses and a whole slew of new readings to devour. Whether your readings are presented in the form of articles or whole textbooks, your professor has included them in the required readings for the week because they not only apply to the theme which will be covered but they are included to prompt in-class discussion about the material.

While the syllabi for five classes at once can be overwhelming to any student beginning or even those who are close to finishing their university journey (like myself), I have compiled a few ways in which you can make jumping into new content and textbooks less stressful and overwhelming. There's even a chance I may be able to have you find your readings more enjoyable!

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Topics: Academic

UOIT Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Morari

Posted by Sara Stephen on January 24, 2017 at 7:46 PM

Sometimes it's tough to know what program you should choose when it comes to applying to or accepting an offer from a university. Hearing from graduates is a great way to get the low-down on what a program was like, and where that grad is now.

To give incoming students some perspective on the Faculty of Business and Information Technology and the Networking and Information Technology Security program, I sat down with Andrew Morari, an alumnus who graduated from UOIT in 2012, and who is currently working as a Senior Consultant in marketing automation technology at Mass Engines. 

I asked Andrew to tell me about his experience at UOIT and how his education impacted his career and gave him the tools for success in his field.

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Topics: UOIT Spotlight

Top 5 tips for applying to grad school

Posted by Lokendra Ramotar on January 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM

If you’ve made the decision to continue your education by going to graduate school, and you’ve done your due diligence in finding a potential supervisor and exploring prospective institutions, then it’s time to start your application. The application process is an important one because missing documents or forms that have been filled out incorrectly could mean your application won’t be processed. It’s a scary thought when you’ve put a lot of effort into the next stage of your life, but there’s no need to panic. Having gone through two graduate studies applications, once for my master’s and then for my PhD in Mechanical Engineering, I’ve come up with the top five tips to help get you organized and ensure you have a stress-free application process.

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UOIT Spotlight: Student Accessibility Services & Note-taking

Posted by Sara Stephen on December 19, 2016 at 10:13 AM

The Student Accessibility Services program at UOIT facilitates services available for students with disabilities to ensure that they have an equal opportunity at academic success as their peers. This program operates strictly under the Ontario Human Rights Code and supports students, providing appropriate academic accommodations to ensure the proper support is provided.

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The waiting game: university admissions FAQs

Posted by Rebecca Smith on December 14, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Applying to university is scary stuff, especially when you have a seemingly endless list of questions! Not to worry, here are answers to some of the questions we hear most!

When will I find out if I’m accepted?

The answer to this really depends on which program you’re applying to. You may wait a bit longer to hear about a particularly competitive program simply because the review process takes longer. However, your admissions offer could be coming any day now.

If you are among those who have already received your offer of admission, congratulations! We hope you will join the UOIT community. For those of you who are still anxiously awaiting an offer, hang tight. Decisions will continue being mailed out over the course of the next few months.

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Topics: Admissions and Recruitment

Happy Holidays from UOIT Admissions and Recruitment... and Hunter

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on December 7, 2016 at 1:45 PM

The Admissions and Recruitment team have been working hard answering your questions, visiting your schools and reviewing applications. Meanwhile, Hunter the Ridgeback has been working on this special holiday greeting. It's the perfect soundtrack for wrapping gifts, baking cookies and of course, submitting your UOIT application!

Happy holidays from all of us at UOIT!

 

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Topics: Admissions and Recruitment

Justice Burger: justice is served!

Posted by Ryan LePage on December 6, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Hello everyone! First off, let me wish all of you who are students luck as we go into the final exam period – remember that marks do not define you, stay hydrated, and remember to study! If you do find yourself in need of some protein to power the ol’ gray matter, look no further than the delicious goodness that is Justice Burger! Justice Burger is located at 77 King St. East in Oshawa. It's literally right beside Smoke’s Poutinerie for reference. If you're a student, it's across from the Regent Theatre, just further east. If you're taking transit, you would take the 401 Simcoe, and get off at King & Centre, then walk east for a couple of minutes. Soon enough, the journey will be complete, and you too can be served JUSTICE!

Justice Burger is run by a group of young entrepreneurs all under 30, who also all live in Oshawa, so they understand the value of having local goodness. In connection with this – they use only local ingredients that are always fresh, with organic produce. The burgers use Ontario beef, and they are never frozen so that they can maintain a delicious warmth all the way to your stomach. If having fresh produce and beef is not enough of a draw for you, all of the sauces used on their burgers are made in-house. But I am making my own mouth water thinking about it, so it’s about time for me to focus on the glorious food!

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Topics: Food Reviews