Student Speak

Blue Sky Supermarket: The Best Ethnic Grocery Store in the Durham Region

Posted by Andrew Fliegel on March 21, 2019 at 9:04 AM

As students, eating out every day for each individual meal is just not a reality. As much as we want to try all of the diverse restaurants popping up in Durham Region, we have to keep in mind how far our wallets will go to curb this appetite.

But what if there was a way to marry the idea of eating diverse cultural foods and cooking our own meals with groceries we buy ourselves? Enter ethnic grocery shopping.

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Topics: Food Reviews

10 ideas to kick start your self-care routine

Posted by Katrina Villeneuve on March 19, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As we begin the uplifting transition from winter to spring it’s the perfect time to start thinking about self-care! No matter how old you are or what stage of life you’re in, it’s always important to remember to care for your health and well being.

This is especially true for young adults entering the next stage of their education, finishing a degree or leaping into the adult world. Dive into spring by checking out these tips to jump-start your self-care routine! 

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Topics: Student Life

Five ways to relax during exam season

Posted by Cate McPhee on March 14, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As a future student, you might be hesitant about exam season and honestly, it is without a doubt one of the hardest times of the university school year.

It can be very overwhelming and it is so important to find ways that you can relax. Relaxation looks different to everyone but here are a few of my favorite ways to find some peace during this crazy season.


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Topics: Academic, Student Life

Summer employment opportunities for international students

Posted by Rilita Theodora on March 13, 2019 at 9:16 AM

You're probably going to want to do your best in your studies at university, but it’s not the only thing that employers will look for. One of the most important questions they might ask is “What can you do for us?” That’s the paradox. We should have various kinds of experience to get a job, but we need a job to get that experience. Then how can we gain the experience?

Well, our university is more than happy to assist all of us in building our career path. Other than volunteering and participating in clubs or societies on campus, we can also get paid work on campus!

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money, international student

Why you should consider completing an internship

Posted by Kait Nienhuis on March 12, 2019 at 9:08 AM

As a student, there are many opportunities to develop academically, personally and professionally. One of the most beneficial opportunities available to students is the chance to participate in a practicum program–otherwise known as a placement or internship.

I’m currently in the middle of a great internship myself so I’m here to tell you why a placement might be worth considering.

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money, Placements, Internships

All about co-ops, internships and placements

Posted by Erin Campbell on March 11, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Our university is pretty well-known for vast amount of opportunities for experiential learning. In this blog, we’re talking all about our co-op, internship and placement programs for each faculty at the university.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has over 300 industry and community partners dedicated to supporting our students in their learning. Stay tuned for faculty-specific blogs in the future, featuring real students and their experiences in the programs. Let’s get into what experiential learning is, what we offer and why it is so beneficial.

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Top five slow cooker meals for the hungry student

Posted by Sarah Rae on March 7, 2019 at 8:32 AM

Happy March, students! I hope you all are keeping warm during this very cold winter we are having. With high school graduation around the corner, you may be starting to wonder what living on your own (if you are moving away from home to attend post-secondary!) will be like.

More specifically, you may begin to wonder what you are going to eat as you no longer will have those nice home cooked meals made by your loved ones.

Another thing that may add to this challenge is if you don’t really know how to cook…or how to cook well…like in my case when I moved away from home for the first time.

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Topics: Student Life

Cork and Bean: Downtown Oshawa's Cure to Homesickness

Posted by Andrew Fliegel on March 5, 2019 at 9:07 AM

When I’m not jumping lecture to lecture ­from Monday to Thursday, you can find me comfortably sprawled out in Downtown Oshawa’s Cork and Bean. From the warmly lit interior to the smiles from every barista, it sometimes feels more like home than my own.

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Topics: Food Reviews

Why you should book an appointment with your academic advisor

Posted by Erin Campbell on February 28, 2019 at 9:03 AM

Feeling lost? Having trouble navigating your courses, future or university path? Have no fear - your academic advisors are here!

Your academic advisors in university are invaluable resources that you should absolutely take advantage of.

I’m going to tell you all the reasons why you should go visit them, and how they can help you in so many different ways when various scenarios come up throughout your university career.

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Topics: Academic, first-year

Five Reasons Why You Should Love Group Work

Posted by Rilita Theodora on February 27, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Have you ever gotten frustrated because of a group project? Most of us have. That’s why we love to work individually, get our tasks done and not worry about anyone else.

BUT, have you ever noticed that sometime in the future, like in the workplace, you will have to work with other people? Do you think it will be less frustrating than group projects at university? The answer is NO!

We are so used to working individually but we will never be able to avoid human interaction or collaboration at least in the near future. Since you're going to run into group work as a university student, why don’t we learn some reasons why we should love group work to give us some motivation now? Here we go.


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Topics: Academic