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Andrea Brown

Andrea is UOIT's Content Marketing Coordinator. She was part of the first class at UOIT, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree in 2007. Andrea also holds a Master of Professional Communication degree from Ryerson University. She loves Zumba, Friends (both the real and TV variety) and chai lattes.

Recent Posts

The truth about free tuition in Ontario

Posted by Andrea Brown on July 18, 2017 at 1:33 PM

In February 2016, the Ontario government presented their budget which included a pledge to offer free tuition to students from low-income families. These changes will take effect starting this upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

So what does this mean exactly? Are future students getting more advantages than current ones? What happens to student loans?


Read on as our Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) team takes you through the facts of free tuition.

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Topics: Student Life

Three minutes to make your mark

Posted by Andrea Brown on May 23, 2017 at 2:53 PM

What kinds of topics get you really excited to the point that you can't stop talking about them? Maybe it's Game of Thrones, all the destinations you want to visit someday, the Lord of the Rings books, or all the places you've chased down Pokémon.

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Topics: Graduate Studies

UOIT grads - where are they now?

Posted by Andrea Brown on April 14, 2016 at 3:29 PM

“UOIT is where students break boundaries and do things they never thought possible. Students have access to great professors who motivate and share their professional experiences, and accomplished mentors and colleagues who push students to achieve greatness. I played varsity sports as a member of the UOIT Ridgebacks men’s soccer team. I had the privilege of studying abroad on exchange in Europe for a semester; this experience will always be one of the best of my life.”

Nik Pandikiu
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), class of 2014
Accountant, CAA South Central Ontario, Thornhill, Ontario

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Topics: UOIT Spotlight

Celebrating UOIT's Class of 2015 with Ellen and Frozen

Posted by Andrea Brown on May 1, 2015 at 10:25 AM

And just like that, it's May 1. Another winter term has come to a close and we're looking forward to Convocation in just over a month. A big congratulations to our class of 2015!

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Topics: Faculty of Health Sciences, UOIT Spotlight, Faculty of Education

What to expect in residence

Posted by Andrea Brown on April 23, 2015 at 3:32 PM

Hard to believe but another school year at UOIT is coming to a close and students are packing up and moving out of residence. Before you know it, our Class of 2019 will be moving in and making it home!

You probably have plenty of questions about residence life. To provide the answers you need, we're pulling out our most popular vlog ever - Andrew's tour of South Village Residence.

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Topics: Student Life

Local Cuisine Spotlight: aZian

Posted by Andrea Brown on April 22, 2015 at 11:43 AM

We've all been there. You're sitting in class and your stomach audibly growls. Your thoughts wander from the lecture material to lunch plans. But where can you satisfy your craving for a delicious meal at a student-friendly price?

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Topics: Food Reviews

Target, we hardly knew you

Posted by Andrea Brown on January 19, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Last week the news broke that Target is calling it a day in Canada. The only evidence of their presence will be large, empty retail spaces with a dark bull’s-eye sign outside.

The Canadian launch was widely known to be a disaster. Shelves were empty and the communication of the brand lacking. The prices left much to be desired. As if it wasn’t bad enough, a debit and credit card breach closely followed.

The Target I frequented dodged the lack of stock issue since they opened weeks after the initial stores. I quickly became a huge fan. (In fact, on the day of the announcement, my entire outfit was from Target.) Clearly I was the minority… and that makes sense. I am not the target customer (pun completely intended). I’m single and have no kids. I have time to browse the aisles and admire the new necklaces, Hunter-style rain boots and hidden gems in the clothing department. I have no need for mega-discounted-extra-strong laundry detergent for my meager loads of laundry. I have the time to pull out my price comparison app at the checkout and have every single item price matched. I don’t care if I need to stop at an additional store on the way home for groceries.

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Topics: Local News and Culture

Offers of admission have begun!

Posted by Andrea Brown on December 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Congratulations to our applicants who received an early gift in the form of an offer of admission to UOIT! We're not even into 2015 yet but some offer packages have already hit the mail. We encourage our high school applicants to apply well before the January 14 deadline - the faster you submit your application, the faster you may hear a response!

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Topics: Admissions and Recruitment

UOIT research receives more well-deserved recognition

Posted by Andrea Brown on December 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

I've been at UOIT since the beginning. I was part of the first class that came to UOIT in fall 2003. UOIT was much different then - for example, the Polonsky Commons looked like this:

And while our campus has grown across two locations (and added some grass!) and our student body has surpassed 10,000 students, some things haven't changed. One of those is our commitment to research excellence.

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Topics: Academic, Local News and Culture

UOIT graduate story: My degree opened up diverse opportunities

Posted by Andrea Brown on November 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Meet Nigel Heels, a UOIT graduate who holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Criminology and Justice (2008). Nigel is employed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). Thanks to UOIT Alumni for sharing Nigel's story!

It's interesting to see where the Criminology and Justice program at UOIT can take you.

For Nigel, it's been a fascinating journey. Following graduation he joined the OPP and was posted to the Bruce Peninsula detachment. Within only three years he assumed positions as school resource officer, media relations officer, auxiliary liaison officer and lead for the area's Ontario Sex Offender Registry.

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Topics: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Spotlight