Student Speak

Emily Rowsell

Emily Rowsell is a third year Political Science student minoring in Communications and Digital Media Studies. She is an avid photographer and travel-lover with a knack for fashion. When not studying or working as a Web and Digital Student Assistant with Communications and Marketing, she can be found blogging for Student Speak and her own personal blog, Creative and Chaos.

Recent Posts

Your guide to the summer job hunt

Posted by Emily Rowsell on April 11, 2018 at 9:08 AM

Congratulations! You are a few months away from completing your first or another year of university here at UOIT and we could not be more proud and happy for you! Looking for something to do this summer to add to your resume or save some money for school next year? Not sure where to start looking or what to look for? Well you've come to the right place! It's never too early to start searching for a position for the summer season! Let's take a look first at what kind of options you have:

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Topics: student spending, finances, Finance and Money

5 financial lessons every student learns

Posted by Emily Rowsell on March 2, 2018 at 10:35 AM
As a student there are a lot of hard financial lessons we have to learn; from one brazen and at one point broke student (due to too much spending on clothes I did not need) to another - here are some of those lessons that you could maybe learn from!
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Topics: Finance and Money, Student Life

Deal or no deal: Your guide to grocery shopping

Posted by Emily Rowsell on January 29, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Let’s face it: students in university face many challenges as we acclimatize to living on our own. One of those major challenges, is figuring out how to effectively shop for groceries and our comfort-food items without breaking the bank. I’m about to share with you my tips for saving money and staying on budget when you are faced with high-priced but oh-so-delicious foods at the supermarket.

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Topics: Finance and Money, Student Life

New year, new budget

Posted by Emily Rowsell on January 8, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Welcome back, readers, to another year with all of us here at Student Speak! January is all about those New Year’s resolutions: going to the gym, getting more organized and trying more new things! But what about something even more practical and beneficial, like taking a look back at what you did last year and budgeting for an even more stress-free semester this year? If you read my post about managing your finances and checking yourself, you may have decided to track your spending! If that’s the case, yay! Let’s go start analyzing. If not, that’s okay too—let’s think back to last semester...

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money

A university student’s budget-friendly guide to holiday shopping

Posted by Emily Rowsell on November 29, 2017 at 4:40 PM

The snow is falling, bells are ringing and you are probably thinking: “how am I going to afford presents for every person on my Christmas list? There’s my family, my roommates, that girl who let me borrow her laptop charger last week, the associate at Tim’s who has memorized my order and starts it as soon as I get there, etc…”

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Topics: finances, Student Life

Managing your finances and checking yourself

Posted by Emily Rowsell on November 3, 2017 at 11:11 AM

We have all been there, so do not by any means panic! You’re out on your own for the first time, you’re handling all these new responsibilities and maybe don’t have the time to cook or shop for deals, and maybe you like your weekly trip to the Oshawa Centre because it’s a social outing! I get it, believe me I do! I also understand that this may be burning a hole in your pocket and like first-year me, you might need a few tips and tricks to get your spending back on track so let’s see if first-year me can help you out!

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Topics: Student Life

Everything you need to know about applying for OSAP

Posted by Emily Rowsell on October 13, 2017 at 2:59 PM

If you are a student in need or in pursuit of financial aid, then you have probably heard of OSAP! As a fourth-year veteran of the OSAP application process, I completely understand that sometimes—like most technology—applying for OSAP can get confusing, so let’s break it down a little bit!

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Topics: Student Life

Making friends and meeting new people

Posted by Emily Rowsell on September 19, 2017 at 9:07 AM

I know starting at a new school can be intimidating especially if you are transitioning from high school to the big university campus life; been there done that! You might be thinking, how can I make meaningful friendships in the big sea that is university? I have some tips and tricks for ya!

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Topics: Student Life

Top 7 Instagram photos of our campus

Posted by Emily Rowsell on August 2, 2017 at 9:52 AM

Our university campus has so much to offer and our students can't help but take a photo or two while wandering about! Here are seven amazing photos of different spots at our north and downtown campus as well as the beautiful surrounding nature spots!

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Topics: Student Life

Top 10 convocation quotes

Posted by Emily Rowsell on May 23, 2017 at 12:44 PM

With the end of another school year, comes the final exams for another batch of undergraduate and graduate students here at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology! Commemorating their amazing achievements, I present the top 10 convocation quotes as deemed by yours truly! 

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Topics: Academic