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Kari Clarkson

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Pearls of wisdom: take a year off if you need it

Posted by Kari Clarkson on June 14, 2019 at 9:04 AM

I’ll admit that while my time at university was one of the best times in my life, it was quite a few years ago.

Despite being a little out-of-touch with the latest lingo and trends, I still feel like I have some timeless advice that will apply to students of any age.

As you start to think about or become deeply entrenched in your pursuit of post-secondary education, I hope some of my pearls of wisdom can help you along your journey.

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Topics: Academics, Lifestyle

Introducing our 2019-2020 Major Entrance Scholarship recipients

Posted by Kari Clarkson on June 13, 2019 at 3:29 PM

Researching the scholarships and bursaries offered by any university you’re interested in is a definite must.

At Ontario Tech, your hard work, leadership and involvement to your community can pay off through our Major Entrance Scholarships.

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Topics: Academics, Lifestyle, Finance and money

Mixing your passions with your academics

Posted by Kari Clarkson on May 14, 2019 at 9:03 AM

A major part of deciding where to attend university can be finding a way to combine your interests and passions with your academic studies.

Once you have a short (or long) list of schools you’re interested in, check out what extracurricular activities they offer, clubs, groups and varsity sports teams.

Odds are, you’ll find a way to combine one of your passions with your studies.

Just ask Forensic Psychology student Doraianna Filippo. She is a fourth year student whose passion for dance has led to her joining our university’s varsity dance team.

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Topics: Academics, Athletics

What you need to know about the changes to OSAP

Posted by Kari Clarkson on April 16, 2019 at 9:01 AM

As you know, our provincial government has announced several changes to student funding in Ontario.

With the help of Susan Allward, Director, Integrated and Financial Services, in this post we’re tackling the topic of the changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and how they’ll impact you.

The goal of this post is to help keep you informed with the right information so you can best understand what these changes mean to you moving forward.

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Topics: Finance and money

Say hello to our new brand: Ontario Tech University

Posted by Kari Clarkson on April 10, 2019 at 12:46 PM

If you’ve been on our main website recently, you may have noticed something different. If you need a quick reminder, take a look and see what we mean.

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Topics: Ontario Tech news

Attention all writers: we're looking for volunteers this summer!

Posted by Kari Clarkson on March 25, 2019 at 9:18 AM

Do you fancy yourself a writer? Aspire to be a writer? Want to get some great experience writing for Student Speak? 

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you'll be glad to hear that we're looking to hire volunteer student writers to contribute their talents over the spring and summer. Not only is this a great way to help sharpen your writing skills, it will also look great on your resume.

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Do you have what it takes to build a robot in three days?

Posted by Kari Clarkson on February 21, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Do you think you could build a robot in just three days? With the knowledge you’ll get from our Engineering programs, you can. Just ask Wayne, the robot built by our university’s Robot in Three Days (Ri3D) team, UOIT Ri3D. 

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Topics: Academics, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Check out our Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre

Posted by Kari Clarkson on January 16, 2019 at 9:04 AM

One of the questions we get from a lot of prospective students is about our gym facilities, the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC). 

If you plan on hitting the gym before or after you hit the books, here’s a rundown of what you can expect: 


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Topics: Lifestyle

Basketball will be hitting our courts next school year

Posted by Kari Clarkson on January 10, 2019 at 9:03 AM

If you’re planning to start as a Ridgeback in the 2019-2020 school year, you’ll be part of a special year for our athletics department.

This September, our university is excited to introduce women’s and men’s basketball to our group of varsity sports!

The new teams were made official last May when our university’s bid for basketball was approved by Ontario University Athletics.

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Topics: Athletics