Student Speak

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

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

Six Ontario Tech University Life Hacks

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on August 2, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Universities are huge. There are thousands of students, hundreds of classrooms and so many little things that past students have learned. These could be things you may not have even noticed but wish you had sooner.

Being a self-professed professional student who has spent a lot of time on campus, I know a thing or two about a thing or two.  

Here are six university life hacks that I’ve discovered over my years on campus. You’re probably going to want to stop what you’re doing to read about them.


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Topics: Local News and Culture, Student Life

Stunning parks and trails in your own backyard

Posted by Brittani Van Dusen on July 19, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Soak up the summer sun right here in the Durham Region, at one of these natural wonders!

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Topics: Local News and Culture

5 things to do this summer in the Durham Region

Posted by Talisa Haskins on June 13, 2017 at 10:58 AM

There's nothing better than being on summer break. No homework, no exams and no more getting up early for an 8 a.m. class... unless, of course, you work full time or are taking summer courses. Either way, summer can still be a fun and exciting time, but often we're so used to hibernating all year that we tend to forget there's a world outside!

If you're like me and forget to enjoy the summer for the very short time that it's here, then take a look at my list of five things to do around the Durham Region before you're back at school in September. 

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Topics: Local News and Culture

Six ways to embrace winter this year

Posted by Brittani Van Dusen on December 8, 2015 at 10:17 AM

If winter's not here yet, it’s definitely coming. What better way to embrace the cold than experience some of Canada’s most sought out activities? Keep an eye out for the snow, and stay tuned for opening dates.


For those of you who didn’t already know, at the Campus Ice Centre students can skate for free! Weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. (with some exceptions) are dedicated to leisure skate. If you would like to bring a friend with you, it’s only $2 . If you’re looking to get involved, you can also check out the Ice Centre for shinny dates and times.

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Topics: Local News and Culture

Exploring December holidays

Posted by Brittani Van Dusen on December 4, 2015 at 10:26 AM

‘Tis the season, of diverse and exciting multicultural holidays! December can get a little hectic, even aside from having end-of-semester exams, many of us are visiting with friends and family or simply melting on the couch.

At UOIT , we have a rich community of diversity that should be acknowledged and shared. Although I may not be able to cover all the celebrations taking place at this time of year, taking the time to learn about one or two that are unfamiliar to you will positively impact the cultural awareness in our community.

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Topics: Local News and Culture

Six ways Durham Region is expanding for the better

Posted by Brittani Van Dusen on November 10, 2015 at 10:21 AM

If you live, work or go to school in Durham Region, you’re in the middle of witnessing a massive socio-economic change. Some of you may have noticed major construction and re-construction sites in some of Oshawa’s busiest spots. This is because the city is on the radar of eager investors and developers. The Toronto Star acknowledged its growth a couple years ago calling Oshawa the ‘GTA’s final frontier for development’. Since then, we have seen new bustling businesses appear like Smoke’s Poutinerie, Core21 and the Spark Centre. Not to forget the growth of existing businesses like the General Motors Centre, the Ontario Court of Justice, Lakeridge Health and Ontario Power Generation.

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Topics: Local News and Culture

Feeling Thankful?

Posted by Brittani Van Dusen on October 12, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Many of us spent this past weekend with friends and family, celebrating the preceding year of accomplishments, milestones, adventures and relationships. It’s an opportunity to appreciate the small things that keep us moving each day, the things that protect, nourish, motivate and comfort us. 

For myself, I know that most days the things that are most important are taken for granted. It’s not every day I look up at my roof and think how grateful I am to be sheltered, tell my family how much they mean to me and how thankful I am that they are in good health. I certainly have not expressed to my kittens how much I enjoy their companionship. In passing, these are things that seem normal and not a privilege. But to others, they may seem unimaginable.

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Topics: Local News and Culture

October is all about the arts: 5 events you won't want to miss

Posted by Brittani Van Dusen on September 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Autumn is here… the leaves are turning warm colours, vegetables are in season, and there’s never too little time to bake. Here are a list of five festivals happening both here at UOIT and DC, and in our community. Take a look at where you can get you can satisfy your taste buds, soak up artistic and vintage treasures, and most of all enjoy what your neighbourhood has to offer.

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Topics: Local News and Culture