Student Speak

Sara Stephen

Sara Stephen is a third year Communication and Digital Media Studies student at UOIT with a minor in Community Development and Policy Studies. Her hobbies include hockey, Netflix, reading, writing and shopping. Sara is the UOIT Spotlight blogger and is looking forward to showcasing the amazing faculty, staff and students of the UOIT campus.

Recent Posts

UOIT Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Morari

Posted by Sara Stephen on January 24, 2017 at 7:46 PM

Sometimes it's tough to know what program you should choose when it comes to applying to or accepting an offer from a university. Hearing from graduates is a great way to get the low-down on what a program was like, and where that grad is now.

To give incoming students some perspective on the Faculty of Business and Information Technology and the Networking and Information Technology Security program, I sat down with Andrew Morari, an alumnus who graduated from UOIT in 2012, and who is currently working as a Senior Consultant in marketing automation technology at Mass Engines. 

I asked Andrew to tell me about his experience at UOIT and how his education impacted his career and gave him the tools for success in his field.

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UOIT Spotlight: Student Accessibility Services & Note-taking

Posted by Sara Stephen on December 19, 2016 at 10:13 AM

The Student Accessibility Services program at UOIT facilitates services available for students with disabilities to ensure that they have an equal opportunity at academic success as their peers. This program operates strictly under the Ontario Human Rights Code and supports students, providing appropriate academic accommodations to ensure the proper support is provided.

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UOIT Spotlight: Emily Rowsell

Posted by Sara Stephen on November 23, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Emily Rowsell is a third year student pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Communication and Digital Media Studies. I asked Emily what she loved about UOIT and she talked about how she took her passion for art, photography and fashion to apply to her Political Science integrating project. Here's what she had to say:

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UOIT Spotlight: Deborah Saucier, Provost

Posted by Sara Stephen on October 26, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Dr. Deborah Saucier has been the Provost and Vice-President, Academic since 2011. The Provost is an essential member of the senior staff here at UOIT, responsible for any institutional planning and administration – and even serving as the Acting President, in his absence. The primary responsibility for the Provost is to create a positive environment and to maintain the atmosphere that makes UOIT so exceptional.

Dr. Saucier has had the past five years to take her experience and knowledge and apply it to the growth and success of UOIT. The passion for making UOIT great radiated during our interview, especially when I inquired about why she relocated from Alberta to join the UOIT team.

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UOIT Spotlight: President Tim McTiernan

Posted by Sara Stephen on September 30, 2016 at 3:48 PM

Ever wonder what kind of advice the President of UOIT would give to first-year students? I got the chance to ask, and here is what President Tim McTiernan had to say.

“Don’t panic. Keep on top of your assignments, and ask for help if you think you need help. People are there waiting to lend you a hand."

Dr. Tim McTiernan is from Kilkenny, Ireland where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy at Trinity College, followed by a Master of Arts degree and PhD in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He has an impressive resumé filled with experience many academics dream of, such as obtaining credentials from both Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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UOIT Spotlight: UOIT Mental Health Student Advisory Committee

Posted by Sara Stephen on April 27, 2016 at 11:20 AM

This past year an innovative student-based committee worked alongside some of UOIT's Mental Health administrators and counselors to create a positive, all-encompassing plan of action to improve mental health services on campus. The students and administration worked together to begin the pathway to a more mentally sound, accepting and aware campus. 

This is what some of the students had to say about their experience on the committee, their passion for generating mental health awareness and their knowledge.

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UOIT Spotlight Snapshot: Sara Stephen, blogger

Posted by Sara Stephen on April 27, 2016 at 8:51 AM

"This past year I've had the pleasure of being the Student Speak UOIT Spotlight blogger. This opportunity has been amazing and such an honour. I've met some amazing people, made new friends and gained an array of tools and skills that are transferable into my academic career and future. I've learned so many amazing things not only about the people I've interviewed but about UOIT as a campus and community. I've gained so much pride in this institution throughout this experience, and especially from those that I work with. UOIT is filled with so many motivated students and caring faculty, it's young and innovative and truly amazing. I couldn't imagine doing my BA elsewhere.

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Oshawa Centre expansion: why we’re excited and you should be too!

Posted by Sara Stephen on March 31, 2016 at 4:41 PM

As you may or may not know, the Oshawa Centre (OC) has been working away at bringing a new and improved shopping centre to the public over the past little while. Recently, I had the pleasure of talking to Charly Wellings-Gray, the Assistant Marketing Director for the Oshawa Centre and UOIT Commerce graduate, on the recent expansion and why Oshawa residents should be excited. 

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UOIT Spotlight: Steven Luces

Posted by Sara Stephen on March 18, 2016 at 9:21 AM

"After two years attending another university for business commerce, I realized that I wanted a change and to pursue a degree that would complement my creativity and uncertainty of what my future holds. A Communication and Digital Media Studies degree allows me to explore a broad range of opportunities across all 16 sectors of the creative industries.

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UOIT Spotlight: Theeben Jegatheesan

Posted by Sara Stephen on March 10, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Theeben Jegatheesan graduated from UOIT with a Bachelors (Honours) Degree in Criminology and Justice and is now an academic advisor for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at UOIT, providing positive services to help students navigate their way through their academic careers.

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