Student Speak

Natasha Kowalskyj

Natasha is a Communication and Digital Media Studies student, ecstatic to be completing her fourth year of studies at UOIT. She is a music lover with an incurable addiction to collecting every format - especially vinyl, many of which she spins on her weekly show on Riot Radio. In her spare time Natasha also enjoys noodling on her saxophone, watching horror movies, and taking in the thriving downtown Oshawa music scene.

Recent Posts

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

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

4 places to take a break in downtown Oshawa

Posted by Natasha Kowalskyj on September 30, 2016 at 1:38 PM

After getting settled into UOIT and familiarizing yourself with your weekly schedule, learning the names of professors, finding out the prices of required textbooks, (there are always cheaper options for eBooks!) and coming to the realization you’ve been assigned many, many pages of readings per night... I can tell from here, that you are more than ready for a pick me up.

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Topics: Student Life, Fun Facts

Three ways to navigate UOIT's downtown location

Posted by Natasha Kowalskyj on August 30, 2016 at 2:52 PM

In the past decade downtown Oshawa has received quite a facelift. For the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), renovations to core buildings like 61 Charles and Regent Theatre brought both the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) and Faculty of Education (FEd) to the downtown core halfway through the university’s existence, providing a wealth of new student study and lecture space. This move also created opportunities for students to explore exciting new food and entertainment options they may not have experienced before.

Since moving downtown, UOIT’s accessibility for students coming from all across Durham (and farther!) has improved, but has also introduced a new challenge: navigating the commotion, one-way-streets and buildings of the busy downtown core.

Going into first year, I already had some experience with downtown Oshawa. Still, when I entered UOIT, I found that the course codes, locations of lectures and how to get around was confusing. So, fear not kind readers, as I will share with you the three best tips I have found over my time at UOIT to make getting to and from your downtown classes a breeze!

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Topics: Student Life