Student Speak

Do you have what it takes to build a robot in three days?

Posted by Kari Clarkson on February 21, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Do you think you could build a robot in just three days? With the knowledge you’ll get from our Engineering programs, you can. Just ask Wayne, the robot built by our university’s Robot in Three Days (Ri3D) team, UOIT Ri3D. 

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

How to successfully use your reading week

Posted by Cate McPhee on February 19, 2019 at 9:02 AM

As a future university student, you might not be too familiar with reading week. It's kind of like March break, except about a month earlier. 

Reading week is so exciting and usually rolls into town right when the schoolwork load is getting heavy. Prioritizing your schedule during reading week may be more important than ever.

You might be going home for the break, sticking around school or maybe you are so lucky to be going on vacation. Either way, planning ahead of time will be very useful, especially so your break doesn't end up looking like this...

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

Student perspective: why you should consider a transfer program

Posted by Taylor Flood on February 15, 2019 at 9:03 AM

In this guest post from Digital Community writer Taylor Flood, learn about her experience as a transfer student earning both a college diploma and university degree.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Pathway Students, transfer programs

Beginner's guide to becoming a college-to-university transfer student

Posted by Disha Melwani on February 14, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Considering to pursue a university degree after college is not always an easy decision. There are many factors that have to be taken into consideration such as programs, courses, tuition fees or transfer credits.

The good news is that several universities are partnering up with colleges across the Durham Region in order to build different pathway or transfer programs.

In this blog post, I will be walking you through a few steps to explain how the college-to-university transfer program works here at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Topics: Admissions and Recruitment, Academic, Pathway Students, Continuing Education

10 best date ideas around campus

Posted by Katrina Villeneuve on February 12, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Whether you're already in university or joining the community soon, you’ll likely hear that these four years will be the best of your life!

While academic success is important, it’s also important to engage and be social during your time at university. If you do find yourself in need of some exciting date ideas during your time with us, look no further.

Here is a list of 10 great date ideas around campus!

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Topics: Student Life

Top strategies to ace multiple choice exams

Posted by Sarah Rae on February 7, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Good afternoon, students!

I hope that all of your first semester exams have wrapped up and you are well on the way to completing your FINAL year of secondary school!

Graduation is creeping up and some of you are patiently waiting for those university acceptance letters, while I’m sure you are also starting to think about the differences between university courses and high school classes.

While there are quite a few differences between these two things, one thing that remains the same is…multiple choice tests!

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Topics: Academic, first-year

The ultimate bucket list for you to complete at our university

Posted by Erin Campbell on February 5, 2019 at 9:09 AM

So you’re enrolling at our university soon? Maybe you’re already here. There are some things that are a must around our campus, to get the full Ridgeback experience.

I’m feeling sentimental, so strap in and find out what you can do to make you a local at the university after you arrive. Read my list of things that you can add and cross off your bucket list in your first year!

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Topics: Student Life, Fun Facts

Cheap parking guide for the downtown campus location

Posted by Cate McPhee on January 31, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As a future student, you probably haven't given much thought to the thrilling topic of parking. However, if you're planning on driving to a lot of your classes, you'll quickly learn that parking can be an expensive addition to your education.

That's why it's important to do research and find some deals on where to park for cheaper.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology works with the city of Oshawa to use the downtown parkade with the purchase of a parking pass. However, the parkade tends to be quite busy and can be a bit pricey.

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Topics: student spending, Finance and Money

The beginning of your journey as an international student

Posted by Rilita Theodora on January 30, 2019 at 9:04 AM

Nervous and excited. Those two words may describe your feelings as an international student when you first came to live in a new country.

That was exactly how I was feeling when I first moved here. I was excited to find new challenges, but also nervous and often thought, “Am I able to do this?” But now I can assure you: yes, you can!

Here are some tips that you can use to adapt yourself to the university life.


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Topics: international student, Travel, first-year

How to balance your responsibilities as a mature student

Posted by Kait Nienhuis on January 29, 2019 at 9:05 AM

Adulting. A term you’re probably familiar with. Adulting can mean many things: paying your bills, remembering to feed your pets and/or children, having a job, talking about the weather in social situations, cooking sensible meals and wearing sensible shoes.

Adulting doesn’t just mean responsibilities, it means managing them, or at least trying to. Taking on being a student in addition to life’s mounting responsibilities can seem like a daunting task, but with a little organization and determination it can certainly be managed.

Check out these tips on how to balance your responsibilities without sacrificing your academic performance:


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