Student Speak

Michael Cassar

Michael Cassar is a third year FBIT student pursuing his Bachelor’s of Commerce Honours Degree at UOIT. He is majoring in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, while also minoring in Marketing. He is very passionate about writing, poetry and telling stories. He hopes that his personal, professional, and student life experiences will help his readers find new discoveries about UOIT and bring a smile or laugh to help better your day!

Recent Posts

UOIT Spotlight: Campus Health Centre

Posted by Michael Cassar on February 5, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Whether it is battling through the cold and flu season, discovering a new way to support that nutritional New Year’s resolution, or getting through muscle aches, pains and strains, staying healthy during the school year is paramount to achieving your academic success! 

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Topics: Student Life, UOIT Spotlight

UOIT Spotlight: Student Awards and Financial Aid

Posted by Michael Cassar on November 29, 2017 at 1:52 PM

As November is Financial Literacy Month, I am proud to shine the Student Speak blog spotlight on the very valuable services offered by our very own Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

UOIT Spotlight: Student Mental Health Services

Posted by Michael Cassar on October 26, 2017 at 2:43 PM

American professor and mindfulness expert Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn once wonderfully stated: "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

One valuable lesson that has helped me learn to surf the ‘waves’ of stress and fear in my life has been my fundamental belief to never stop learning.

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Topics: Student Life

UOIT Spotlight: Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Posted by Michael Cassar on September 28, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Accessibility, when defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, can be described as “the capability of being understood or appreciated.” American businesswoman and advocate for persons with disabilities Debra Ruh once said that “accessibility allows us to tap into everyone’s potential.” Putting both of those statements together, relative to being a university student, reveals that when someone is being understood and appreciated for what they can contribute, they can tap into their full potential.

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Topics: Student Life

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

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

A world of difference: how I found my way to UOIT

Posted by Michael Cassar on November 9, 2016 at 7:28 PM

I remember it like it was yesterday, April 17, 2014, when I shared the news of my decision to transfer universities to my friends and family. What a decision it was. As I reflect back on my first year of university, it had felt like it truly gone by in flash. It was only when I made the following post on Facebook (coupled with the announcement that I had received an Offer of Admission as a transfer student to University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)), that I realized how much life experience I had gained, and how it changed me after one year of living on my own for the very first time:  

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Topics: Academic

UOIT Spotlight: Anne Coulby

Posted by Michael Cassar on November 9, 2016 at 7:09 PM

"Connecting students to the careers of their dreams; one appointment, one workshop, and one career centre event at a time."

In case you're wondering where such an amazing mission statement would come from, look no further than an inspirational leader on UOIT's campus, the one, the only, Anne Coulby!

Anne is the Internship and Co-op Coordinator at the UOIT Career Centre for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (FEAS), and the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS). She is someone who I have seen and worked with firsthand, who lives by that mission statement. She works incredibly hard each and every day to support, assist, and prepare many UOIT students for the careers of their dreams.

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Topics: UOIT Spotlight