Student Speak

Shelly Kowalski

Shelly is the General Editor of the Student Speak blog and is a fourth-year Communication and Digital Media Studies student. Shelly is a part-time lifestyle and travel photographer who also freelances with Discovery Channel. When not working or in class, you can find her binge-watching the latest shows on Netflix or finding new ways to make baked Brie.

Recent Posts

What I would tell my first-year self: Shelly Kowalski

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on January 27, 2017 at 5:01 PM

When I graduated high school in 2008, I was your typical overachiever, excited about the prospect of going out into the world and starting my journey towards a successful career. I had a five-year plan, I had a goal, I was ready to get my degree and get a job and be successful. That’s how the story goes, right? That’s what everyone told us to do.

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Topics: Student Life

How to stay motivated at the end of the semester

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on November 30, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Motivating yourself at the end of the semester can be tough. For me, I know that my last exam is only two weeks away and then a plane will take me far, far away from school, cold weather and responsibilities and plant me on a warm beach somewhere tropical. But until then, I have deadlines and due dates that keep tapping me on the shoulder to remind me that they’re coming up faster than I can say “adios Canada”! Reminding myself that I have work to do before I can enjoy my winter break is hard, but I’ve had practice. Here are my best tips to help you motivate yourself through the last few weeks of school. 

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Topics: Academic

Video of the week: The Periodic Table Song

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on October 5, 2016 at 11:52 AM

GMemorizing important information is not an easy task, but knowing how to do it efficiently is a great skill to have. One of the easiest ways I find I remember things is when I put them in a song. But for someone not so musically inclined like myself, creating a song that I will remember is difficult. Luckily there are amazing YouTubers out there, like AsapSCIENCE, who do it for me. 

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Topics: Video of the Week

Video of the week: AsapSCIENCE sings Science Wars

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on October 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Thinking about applying to a program in the Faculty of Science but not sure which program is for you? This week, let AsapSCIENCE help you decide with our video of the week and their Science Wars song. 

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Topics: Video of the Week

Video of the week: Mental Floss explains Emojis

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on October 5, 2016 at 10:27 AM

How often do you use emojis every day? Do you punctuate your sentences with the winking emoji or the dancing lady in the red dress? How do you convey emotion with tiny little pictures instead of words? Most of us use emojis in our daily digital life. For example, I'm a big fan of the cat with heart eyes emoji. I feel it really gets my point across. But emojis have a unique history, and affects our communication and even relationships (something you'll learn in our Communication & Digital Media Studies program!).

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Topics: Video of the Week

Five things you might not know about counselling at UOIT

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on September 21, 2016 at 11:03 AM

School is stressful. It’s OK to need support getting through the tough moments. As students, we’re pretty lucky that we have some great resources for mental health right here on campus.

Last year I wrote a blog post answering some questions about Student Mental Health Services that students might be too afraid to ask. In it was a lot of great information, but it’s a little bit long. Knowing how stressful the school year can be, I decided to put together a shorter post with some of the most important points from that blog.

So without further ado, here are five things you might not know about counselling with Student Mental Health Services at UOIT.

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Topics: Student Life

7 myths about university debunked

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on August 5, 2016 at 3:59 PM

It’s typical for high school students who are going into university to hear advice and stories from friends and family about their time in post-secondary education. Some of this advice can definitely be sound, but other words of wisdom might be a bit exaggerated. It’s hard to know what’s true and what isn’t, and as a first-year student, being prepared is something you probably worry about.

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Topics: Student Life

5 ways to survive an 8 a.m. lecture

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on August 5, 2016 at 3:58 PM

There’s nothing like the start of a new semester to really make you feel inspired and empowered. I know that when I begin a class I have all these expectations for myself – attend every class, participate, get an A+ and maybe even write an amazing paper. What I don’t think about is how I can do all of that as a walking zombie – because unfortunately, as I have learned throughout my studies, 8 a.m. classes do exist and they can be tough to get through for night owls like myself. Luckily, I have found some really great ways to survive the dreaded early morning lecture, so I’m not too worried about not meeting my own academic expectations.

Here are my top five tips for students who might need the extra help getting through an 8 a.m. class!

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Topics: Student Life

What you don't know about the Pokéstops on campus

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on July 20, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Since Pokémon Go was officially released in Canada a few days ago, the UOIT campus has been abuzz with students and visitors scouring the grounds for all kinds of Pokémon. To give you an idea of how big this game has grown over a few short weeks, just take a look around major areas like schools, churches or businesses and you will be able to see a number of players hanging around catching Pokémon and grabbing in-game goodies from the Pokéstops. These Pokéstops tend to pop up wherever there is a public park, plaque, art installment or building, so it’s no wonder the campus has been so busy with players.

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Topics: Student Life

5 reasons to get involved at university

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on July 15, 2016 at 3:36 PM

When you go to university, sometimes getting involved is the last thing on your mind. Between picking classes (and finding them!), arranging residence if you're moving away, figuring out how to write a university paper and keeping your grades up, it can be difficult to imagine splitting your focus yet another way. But getting involved can actually be a really positive thing for your undergrad experience, and actually, benefits students in a lot of ways.

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Topics: Student Life