Student Speak

The journey, challenges and discoveries of an international student

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on November 14, 2018 at 11:49 AM


One of my academic goals has been to have the opportunity to study abroad and here I am living my goal. I am currently a second-year student in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Life in Canada has been amazing and has taught me numerous lessons like in the winter, wear heavily warm clothes. Also, self independence can be hard but overall has been a really fun and remarkable experience.

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Topics: Go Global, study abroad, international student, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Academic, Student Life, Canada, study abroad blog

The major differences between high school classes and university lectures

Posted by Katrina Villeneuve on November 13, 2018 at 9:08 AM

High school is four years of the same routine day in and day out, pretty much the extension of what we've done since grade one. We've become so accustomed to the routine that suddenly walking into your first university lecture can really be a shock to the system.

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Three reasons why you can’t miss our Fall Open House

Posted by Kari Clarkson on November 12, 2018 at 3:19 PM

As you consider which university is going to be the place you’re going to call home for the next few years, you need to make time to see it in person (just ask our blogger Erin about making a campus visit). 

Since our university is likely in your top picks for post-secondary, it’s your lucky day! Our Fall Open House is coming up this Saturday, November 17. It’s the perfect chance to see our campus and learn more about the programs you’re interested in. 

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Topics: Student Life

Memes you need to see if you're going to be a university student

Posted by Erin Campbell on November 8, 2018 at 9:04 AM

These are all going to be appropriate, wholesome school memes expressing things that you will become all too familiar with at university.

Sometimes being a university student is a struggle, and it can be challenging to balance all of the things you have going on in your life while navigating through your journey of higher education.

Right now is a stressful time of year so I hope these memes make you laugh a little. Take care of yourselves during this hectic time! Alright, let's get into it. 

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Topics: Student Life

Beginner's Guide to Choosing a University

Posted by Erin Campbell on November 6, 2018 at 9:02 AM

University applications are right around the corner. I’m here to give you a guide to choosing the right university for you before you send them out.

I initially chose a school that wasn’t a great fit for my undergraduate degree and I did this because I wasn’t looking for the right things. Read on and learn from my mistakes!

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Topics: Admissions and Recruitment

Why I stayed at our university for graduate studies

Posted by Sarah Habibi on November 2, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Choosing a university for graduate studies can be a difficult decision. There are so many factors you need to think about before committing to both the research project and the institution.

For me, it wasn’t an easy decision, and it was for the following reasons I chose to stay at our university for graduate studies after completing my undergraduate and Bachelor of Education degrees here.

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Topics: Graduate Studies

Best hangout spots on campus you don’t know about

Posted by Cate McPhee on November 1, 2018 at 9:01 AM

When you move away from home or you're commuting to school, it's essential to find spots that you're able to hangout, relax or study.

At the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology, there are many cool spots both inside and out.

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Topics: Student Life

Introducing Cate McPhee, Student Speak Blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on October 31, 2018 at 1:24 PM

Name: Cate McPhee

Program of study: Communication and Digital Media studies

Year of study: Fourth year 

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Top five Greek restaurants in the Durham Region

Posted by Andrew Fliegel on October 30, 2018 at 9:05 AM

It wouldn't be too farfetched to say that all Canadians love some well-made traditional Greek food. Piping hot chicken souvlaki that melts in your mouth, warm olive-oiled rice and a crisp green salad topped with creamy feta cheese — there is nothing quite as satisfying!

Or maybe you're into a simple sauced up gyro on a pita stuffed with french fries that can be promptly delivered straight to your door. Whatever the case, a Greek fix is always a must and the Durham Region has no shortage of joints to choose from. 

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Topics: Food Reviews

Financing Your Education Information Night

Posted by Candice Krull on October 29, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Hello everyone! My name is Candice. Even though I now work in the Office of the Registrar after completing my degree here at the university, I still remember feeling overwhelmed and more than a little lost when I saw my total tuition costs for year one. I always knew that university was going to be expensive, but seeing that number staring me in the face made it real.

“Where am I going to find $10,000 for tuition? And then there’s books, and supplies, and I’m sure I’ll need some spending money too. Can I handle a part time job as well as transitioning to university?” These were just a few of the many thoughts running through my mind.

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Topics: Finance and Money