Student Speak

Making friends and meeting new people

Posted by Emily Rowsell on September 19, 2017 at 9:07 AM

I know starting at a new school can be intimidating especially if you are transitioning from high school to the big university campus life; been there done that! You might be thinking, how can I make meaningful friendships in the big sea that is university? I have some tips and tricks for ya!

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Topics: Student Life

9 Tips for surviving your first year at UOIT

Posted by Sarah Rae on September 14, 2017 at 10:19 AM

I remember my first day of university like it was yesterday. I was very anxious about the change and was worried about how I was going to fit in and find my own way. While university can be quite the change from our past high school experiences, it can also be a very exciting time in our lives. The start of university is when we can begin to branch off on our own and become our authentic selves. Looking back at my first year here at UOIT, these are a few tips that I would consider helpful for incoming students:

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Social Sciences and Humanities Highlights

Posted by Erin Campbell on September 14, 2017 at 9:29 AM

Hello and welcome to my first post on the Student Speak blog! I will be your connection to the faculties at the university this year and for my first post I will be talking about my own faculty—Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). One of the advantages of attending the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is its opportunities for experiential learning and research. SSH offers lots of ways for students to get experience in their field before they even complete their undergraduate degree!

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Topics: Academic

For students, by students: SSH Student Society (Dis)Orientation Week

Posted by Hamdi Jimale on September 6, 2017 at 2:36 PM

At the Social Science and Humanities (SSH) Student Society, we seek to serve students in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. From organizing social activities, to community outreach and professional development events, our team works to enhance the campus experience of students at the downtown Oshawa location.

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Introducing: Emily Rowsell, Student Speak blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on September 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Name: Emily Rowsell

Program of study: Community Development and Policy Studies with a Minor in Communications

Year of study: 4th

Why did you choose your program?
I was originally in Communications but after taking a few community development electives, a professor of mine asked if I would want to switch programs. I loved the idea of taking part in a brand new program and having the ability to shape our courses so it seemed like the perfect fit!

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Introducing: Michael Cassar, Student Speak blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on August 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Name: Michael Cassar

Program of study: Bachelor of Commerce – Major: Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, Minor: Marketing

Year of study: 4

Why did you choose your program?
I chose my program because I wish to guide and support the betterment of people, through inspiring and creating a more accessible, positive, and welcoming workplace.

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Introducing: Sierra Haller, Student Speak blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on August 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Name: Sierra Haller

Program of study: Bachelor of Science - Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Year of study: First year

Why did you choose this program?
I chose my program mainly because of my love for chemistry. However, I also chose the program based on the variety of careers it can lead to. For example, I can branch into different fields after obtaining my degree, such as drug testing and composing, food chemistry, producing makeup, etc. There are so many options available to me with this program that I have time to really plan out the future I want.

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Introducing: Erin Campbell, Student Speak blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on August 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Name: Erin Campbell

Program of study: Forensic Psychology

Year of study: Third 

Why did you choose your program?
I actually started out in my first year at a different university in a general undeclared arts program. After attending my first psychology lecture I knew this is what I needed to do, I love it. Like pretty much everyone I want to help people, and I plan to do this through the role of a psychologist. Forensic Psychology provides the education I need to help those who have any interaction with the criminal justice system or the law. UOIT provided me with the opportunity to study this at the undergraduate level and I’m really glad I chose to come here to study this.

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Introducing: Sarah Rae, Student Speak blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on August 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Name: Sarah Rae

Program of study: My program of study is in Kinesiology (Exercise Science stream) and I am currently working towards a double minor in Biological Science and Forensic Psychology.

Year of study: I am going into my fourth year this September.

Why did you choose your program?
I chose my program because I love learning about the human body, more specifically the different processes of the body. I chose Kinesiology because I am very interested in health and ways to maintain health. I chose to do a minor in Biology because I thought it complimented my major well and allowed me to learn about the human body on a molecular level. I chose to do my double minor in Forensic Psychology because I also felt that it complimented my major, as it is important to learn about the mind just as much it is the body!

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University Expectations vs. Reality

Posted by Reem Dabbous on August 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Attending university is one of the scariest, biggest and most exciting chapters in a person's life. Sometimes, however, we have expectations that don't necessarily fit the reality. To make sure you aren't surprised when you attend university, here's a list of how some expectations compare to reality and what you can do to roll with the punches. 

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