Student Speak

Emily takes on #Converge2017 conference in Ottawa

Posted by Emily Rowsell on March 3, 2017 at 3:41 PM

I was lucky enough to represent the University of Ontario Institute of Technology last month at the Converge 2017conference presented by Universities Ontario. Before I get into the meat and potatoes of an experience I will never forget, let me sum up my adventure in a few words: inclusion, enlightenment, innovation, inspiration, and hope.

The Converge 2017 conference was a two-day event that brought together young Canadian leaders, members of parliament and academia, artists, and an overall diverse group of people to discuss what we think Canada can, and should, become in the next 50 years. I love Canada; it’s my home and I am proud to be Canadian but of course like many things in life – there is always room for improvement and those ideas for improvement in Canada are what we discussed over the course of the two-day conference!

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Selecting A business major and minor that is right for you

Posted by Michael Cassar on March 3, 2017 at 2:57 PM

Conflicted about what Bachelor of Commerce stream to specialize in? In this blog post, I'll outline my top five tips for deciding your business major or minor. Such a monumental decision needs a tremendous level of commitment, drive, vision, and career alignment. Most importantly, it's a decision that will influence your dreams and aspirations.

I fondly remember when I was a second year FBIT student in the BComm program, up late thinking about the day of major and minor selection. It was now that I had to decide what I wanted to pursue beyond graduation. My dream has and always will be to provide engagement, enthusiasm, and energy to positively inspire and uplift others in creating the best possible future they can have. In doing this, I tend to believe in the reciprocity of others to create value for themselves, by working together to provide meaningfulness to those around them. That's why Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, as well as Marketing, were the respective major and minor specializations that I chose.

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Three ways to get through your readings

Posted by Natasha Kowalskyj on January 27, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Well, here we are fellow intellectuals. January 9 began the winter semester, throwing us all back into the swing of new professors, courses and a whole slew of new readings to devour. Whether your readings are presented in the form of articles or whole textbooks, your professor has included them in the required readings for the week because they not only apply to the theme which will be covered but they are included to prompt in-class discussion about the material.

While the syllabi for five classes at once can be overwhelming to any student beginning or even those who are close to finishing their university journey (like myself), I have compiled a few ways in which you can make jumping into new content and textbooks less stressful and overwhelming. There's even a chance I may be able to have you find your readings more enjoyable!

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Top 5 tips for applying to grad school

Posted by Lokendra Ramotar on January 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM

If you’ve made the decision to continue your education by going to graduate school, and you’ve done your due diligence in finding a potential supervisor and exploring prospective institutions, then it’s time to start your application. The application process is an important one because missing documents or forms that have been filled out incorrectly could mean your application won’t be processed. It’s a scary thought when you’ve put a lot of effort into the next stage of your life, but there’s no need to panic. Having gone through two graduate studies applications, once for my master’s and then for my PhD in Mechanical Engineering, I’ve come up with the top five tips to help get you organized and ensure you have a stress-free application process.

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5 ways to combat writer's block during finals

Posted by Emily Rowsell on December 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

It's that time of year again folks - finals are here and that means you may also have final papers due! I know as well as the next student that sometimes we can get to a point where we just can't bring ourselves to write the next part of the essay. Sometimes the words won't come to your head and you sit there stuck. You know what we call that? Writer's block! But fear not, there are some solutions you can try to get back into the groove! 

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How to stay motivated at the end of the semester

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on November 30, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Motivating yourself at the end of the semester can be tough. For me, I know that my last exam is only two weeks away and then a plane will take me far, far away from school, cold weather and responsibilities and plant me on a warm beach somewhere tropical. But until then, I have deadlines and due dates that keep tapping me on the shoulder to remind me that they’re coming up faster than I can say “adios Canada”! Reminding myself that I have work to do before I can enjoy my winter break is hard, but I’ve had practice. Here are my best tips to help you motivate yourself through the last few weeks of school. 

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How to find a supervisor for graduate school

Posted by Carisa Collins on November 30, 2016 at 9:02 AM

You’ve thought about the future, listed the pros and cons, and made the decision to apply to grad school.

One of the biggest decisions to make is which supervisor(s) you would like to work with. Working with the right person can be crucial to your graduate experience. Having been through the process three times myself, I would like to share some tips that I’ve picked up on over the years.

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Topics: Academic, Graduate Studies

A world of difference: how I found my way to UOIT

Posted by Michael Cassar on November 9, 2016 at 7:28 PM

I remember it like it was yesterday, April 17, 2014, when I shared the news of my decision to transfer universities to my friends and family. What a decision it was. As I reflect back on my first year of university, it had felt like it truly gone by in flash. It was only when I made the following post on Facebook (coupled with the announcement that I had received an Offer of Admission as a transfer student to University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)), that I realized how much life experience I had gained, and how it changed me after one year of living on my own for the very first time:  

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Why you should choose the Bachelor of Education Program at UOIT

Posted by Brendan Oldman on October 26, 2016 at 9:50 AM

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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The difference between the Concurrent, Connected and Consecutive option

Posted by Talisa Haskins on July 29, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Concurrent, consecutive, connected… what does it all mean? Students who are looking to further their education and become teachers often hear about the many different options – and while you may understand them, how do you choose what is best for you?

At UOIT, there are a few different options – but they each lead to entry into the sixteen-month fast-track Bachelor of Education program. Here’s the breakdown of the three program options and what type of student they’re best for.

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