Student Speak

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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Introducing Rilita Theodora, Student Speak Blogger

Posted by Hunter the Ridgeback on January 28, 2019 at 11:02 AM

Name: Rilita Theodora

Program of study: Communication and Digital Media Studies

Year of study: Third 

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Tips on Adjusting to university life as an international student

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on January 28, 2019 at 9:06 AM

You are here now so be prepared to live the life! But first off, congratulations and welcome– you made it to university. Some may call it the beginning of adulthood but I call it ‘the phase’–because you still get to have so much fun but in there, somewhere, there are ‘responsibilities.’ So buckle up and prepare for the new life ahead.


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Topics: Academic, Local News and Culture, Student Life, Fun Facts, Ask Hunter, Go Global, student l, finances, student spending, Finance and Money, part-time education, study abroad, international student, Travel

My First Time Ever Trying Jamaican Food

Posted by Andrew Fliegel on January 24, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Although I’d like to say that my knowledge in cultural cuisine is quite diverse, I never in my time on this planet have actually eaten Jamaican food, let alone in the Durham Region. My experience is limited to the occasional beef patty that I pop in and out of the microwave as a pre-homework snack. Thus, when it came time to review Durham Region’s offerings of Jamaican food, I naturally froze.

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Topics: Food Reviews

Four skills you'll gain by travelling solo while attending university

Posted by Disha Melwani on January 22, 2019 at 9:06 AM

At some point during our post-secondary education, many of us have thought of (or maybe already have) travelled somewhere inside or outside the country.

As you embark on your journey as a future university student, there could be multiple reasons to incorporate travelling into the picture. For example, joining our university’s exchange program, experiencing education as an international student, learning a new language or simply gaining a new experience.

In this blog, I will be pointing out four lifetime skills you will gain and reasons why you should consider travelling in your future as a university student.

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Topics: Student Life, Travel

10 Tips for Grocery Shopping as a Student

Posted by Katrina Villeneuve on January 17, 2019 at 9:04 AM

As a student you will notice two things: your budget is relatively small and your food intake is forever increasing (who knew studying could make you so hungry). 

Now, this may seem like a post-secondary issue where you are likely amounting debt, but listen up high school friends because this relates to you as well.

If you did manage to go out and get a part-time job during your school years, it likely isn’t paying as much as those A-List celebrities get. Whether you have student debt or not it is never too early to build better money management skills! 

Check out the tips below for advice on how to shop for groceries as a future post-secondary student.

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money

Check out our Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre

Posted by Kari Clarkson on January 16, 2019 at 9:04 AM

One of the questions we get from a lot of prospective students is about our gym facilities, the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC). 

If you plan on hitting the gym before or after you hit the books, here’s a rundown of what you can expect: 


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Topics: Student Life

Top four tips on making New Year's resolutions

Posted by Sarah Rae on January 15, 2019 at 9:04 AM

Happy new year students! I hope you all were able to take the time you needed to unwind and relax over the holidays, while spending quality time with your friends and family.

The new year is always a busy time for people, but more especially a busy time for students!

As a future university student, you'll come to learn that the new year is typically the time where the end of your school semester and final exams are approaching. It is also important during this time to take a moment and reflect on your past year. 

The holiday break is a great time to look back on all your successes and challenges of the previous year and to take the time to create new resolutions, or what I like to refer to them as, new goals, for the upcoming year!

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

What to look for when choosing where to study abroad

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on January 11, 2019 at 9:01 AM


Selecting a university to study at is no doubt one of the most important decisions you will have to make in your life. There are so many universities to choose from and a very long list of expectations we have for our desired location of study. As an international student the available options are almost endless.

It is very important to choose the right university because it is directly connected to your future. Your university of choice will either leave you feeling lost and unsure of what is to come or present you with great opportunities that can impact your future positively.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Go Global, part-time education, study abroad blog, study abroad, international student, Canada, Volunteer

Basketball will be hitting our courts next school year

Posted by Kari Clarkson on January 10, 2019 at 9:03 AM

If you’re planning to start as a Ridgeback in the 2019-2020 school year, you’ll be part of a special year for our athletics department.

This September, our university is excited to introduce women’s and men’s basketball to our group of varsity sports!

The new teams were made official last May when our university’s bid for basketball was approved by Ontario University Athletics.

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Topics: athletics, varsity sports