Student Speak

A university student’s budget-friendly guide to holiday shopping

Posted by Emily Rowsell on November 29, 2017 at 4:40 PM

The snow is falling, bells are ringing and you are probably thinking: “how am I going to afford presents for every person on my Christmas list? There’s my family, my roommates, that girl who let me borrow her laptop charger last week, the associate at Tim’s who has memorized my order and starts it as soon as I get there, etc…”

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Topics: Student Life, finances

Faculty of Business and Information Technology Highlights

Posted by Erin Campbell on November 29, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Hey everyone, take a break from studying and read all about what has been going on in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT)! 

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Topics: Academic

UOIT Spotlight: Student Awards and Financial Aid

Posted by Michael Cassar on November 29, 2017 at 1:52 PM

As November is Financial Literacy Month, I am proud to shine the Student Speak blog spotlight on the very valuable services offered by our very own Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

Our weekly draw winners!

Posted by Natalie Hunte on November 24, 2017 at 9:49 AM

Our university's Recruitment team has been so busy on the road visiting high schools and chatting with future Ridgebacks! If you filled out an information card at one of our visits, you were automatically entered into our weekly draw to win a $100 gift card.

We will draw a new winner every Friday. Our lucky winners will be contacted by email with more details, so if you filled out an information card, keep an eye on your email inbox! You will have one week to contact me to claim your prize.

Read on for our lucky winners! Check back here every Friday when we announce a new winner.

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Topics: Admissions and Recruitment

How to create a solid study plan this exam season

Posted by Sarah Rae on November 23, 2017 at 9:10 AM

As the semester is winding down, some of you maybe be experiencing more stress than usual due to final assignments, presentations, labs or exams. While this can be a tiring time, there are many things you can do in preparation for final exams to reduce stress levels. One thing that I have found extremely helpful over the past few years is to create a solid study plan. I have found that the construction of a study plan has cut down the bulk of my stress and has allowed me to perform better on exams than when I haven't implemented a plan. They say that organization is half the battle in university, so what better way to get organized than a study plan!

If you are thinking you would like to experience the benefits a study plan can provide you with this exam season, please consider the following things while creating your masterpiece!

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Topics: Academic

Managing your finances and checking yourself

Posted by Emily Rowsell on November 3, 2017 at 11:11 AM

We have all been there, so do not by any means panic! You’re out on your own for the first time, you’re handling all these new responsibilities and maybe don’t have the time to cook or shop for deals, and maybe you like your weekly trip to the Oshawa Centre because it’s a social outing! I get it, believe me I do! I also understand that this may be burning a hole in your pocket and like first-year me, you might need a few tips and tricks to get your spending back on track so let’s see if first-year me can help you out!

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Topics: Student Life

Top 5 places to get pizza around UOIT

Posted by Sierra Haller on November 2, 2017 at 2:43 PM

I went to various pizza joints near the university, in search of the best places to go for a slice of pizza. A student-friendly budget was kept in mind throughout this journey. I stuck to the basics and ordered simple pepperoni pizza for comparison. Most of the pizza places are in a 30-minute walk range from the north campus location.

Starting from fifth best, to the top pizzeria around, read along to discover where you will find yourself wanting to stop the next time you crave pizza.

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Topics: Food Reviews

Student Speak Spotlight: It's All Gravy Poutinerie

Posted by Ryan LePage on October 31, 2017 at 10:47 AM


Hello, Student Speak readers! Another year of enjoying delicious local food begins! While the blog on Big Boy’s Burrito was to be my last—I could not give up the desire to blog, so I have returned for four more. This spotlight focuses on a new poutinerie that has opened up across the street from the north Oshawa location, called It’s All Gravy Poutinerie. Located at 53 Conlin Road East, in the plaza with Campus Corners, beside the RBC. If you want to find this fine family-owned establishment, it is as easy as getting to the north location, and then walking across the street!

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Topics: Student Life

Why you should choose the Bachelor of Education Program at UOIT

Posted by Brendan Oldman on October 27, 2017 at 2:42 PM

It teaches you to think ahead of the curve!

When you are entering the profession of teaching, you want to know you are getting a current and well-developed education. The classroom has changed quite a bit over the past 10 years, and I can say firsthand that I am amazed at what kids are doing in the schools today.

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Topics: Academic

UOIT Spotlight: Student Mental Health Services

Posted by Michael Cassar on October 26, 2017 at 2:43 PM

American professor and mindfulness expert Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn once wonderfully stated: "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

One valuable lesson that has helped me learn to surf the ‘waves’ of stress and fear in my life has been my fundamental belief to never stop learning.

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Topics: Student Life