Student Speak

Why you should work on campus - Sarah's story

Posted by Sarah Rae on May 7, 2019 at 9:03 AM

One of the most popular questions that I have gotten from incoming students is whether it is possible to balance a part-time job and your course workload all at the same time. The answer is, yes!

You are more than capable of balancing a part-time job and your course workload, and the university gives you the opportunity to do so through becoming a work study student.

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money, working on campus

Why you should work on campus - Erin's story

Posted by Erin Campbell on April 23, 2019 at 9:07 AM

I’m sitting here on my very last day of work here in the Office of the Registrar, I’ve finished my semester and my undergraduate degree and I’m about to leave the university for good. Since this is the end of my journey in the University Works program, I’m reflecting back on my experience here and I have some thoughts I want to share.

If you're interested in, have applied to or accepted an offer at Ontario Tech, I hope to convince you that when you attend this university, you should absolutely work on-campus through our University Works program.

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Topics: Student Life, UOIT Spotlight, Finance and Money, Student Awards and Financial Aid

Summer dreaming: a guide to days worth your while

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on April 19, 2019 at 10:45 AM

Summer – yes please! As the weather becomes warmer and the grass becomes greener, you may already be planning all the fun activities and relaxation for your break. 

However, there should be a fair balance between relaxation and productivity. Summer is a time to relax and unwind. Nonetheless, it is also a time to rejuvenate.

A time spent wisely in the summer is a time truly appreciated in the later days. Learn how you can achieve both and have the best summer yet.

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Topics: Local News and Culture, Student Life, Fun Facts, Go Global, finances, Finance and Money, study abroad, international student, Volunteer, goal setting, Travel, summer

What you need to know about the changes to OSAP

Posted by Kari Clarkson on April 16, 2019 at 9:01 AM

As you know, our provincial government has announced several changes to student funding in Ontario.

With the help of Susan Allward, Director, Integrated and Financial Services, in this post we’re tackling the topic of the changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and how they’ll impact you.

The goal of this post is to help keep you informed with the right information so you can best understand what these changes mean to you moving forward.

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Topics: Finance and Money, OSAP, Student Awards and Financial Aid

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

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

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

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

Six holiday gift ideas for when you're on a budget

Posted by Disha Melwani on November 29, 2018 at 9:06 AM

As the holiday season approaches, this is the time of year where, as a future student, you'll be focused on your final projects, exams, family plans and of course holiday shopping. 

As you plan for your life as a university student, familiarizing yourself with budgeting and affordable options is important.

Shopping during the holiday season can be really tough on students, especially if you’re looking for affordable options. To help out, I came up with six different present ideas for anyone on a budget to help.

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Topics: Finance and Money