Student Speak

Ways to stay happy and healthy this flu season

Posted by Sarah Rae on March 26, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Good afternoon students! I hope you are doing well and keeping healthy as this semester comes to a close. It is crazy to think that some of you may be just finishing up your very first year here, while for some of you it may be your very last! Or, you may even be in between! Whatever stage you're in, remember how important it is to take care of yourself during times of high stress, especially during flu season! I know that life can get extremely busy during this time of year, so that is why I am here to give you a few tips on how to keep healthy and keep your body running at optimal levels. So, without further ado, I bring to you my very last blog post of the semester (not to worry though—I will be back next year!)

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Topics: Student Life

Spotlight: Mama D's Jamaican Cuisine

Posted by Ryan LePage on March 16, 2018 at 9:13 AM

Well my Student Speak readers, this is my last blog for the year (and likely ever!) so to all who read the blog and/or tried the food at the various “student reviewed and approved” locations across Oshawa and the rest of Durham, thank-you! The feature this month is a focus on the food of the islands, as we enter the delight that is Mama D’s Jamaican Cuisine. Mama D’s is located at 1128 Simcoe St. N., conveniently less than a minute from the bus stop, in the plaza besides Little Caesars pizza. It is more North on Simcoe, relatively close to Taunton Rd. Access for students is easy! Take the 401 Simcoe bus, from either the downtown or north campus, and get off the bus near the plaza, and bam, all the Jamaican food you could want awaits!

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Topics: Student Life, UOIT Spotlight

Discover the power of nutrition this March!

Posted by Jacqueline Brown on March 6, 2018 at 3:48 PM

Happy Nutrition Month UOIT students! Guest blogger Jacqueline Brown, a master's student here at the university, brings some information to the blog about Nutrition Month and how you can get involved! 

This March, Dietitians of Canada is launching a Nutrition Month campaign to help you unlock the potential of food! During each week of Nutrition Month, the UOIT Arcand Nutrition Lab will support this healthy eating strategy by sharing recipes, ideas and tips to help you incorporate healthy nutrition practices into your daily life. The Arcand Nutrition Lab is run by Dr. JoAnne Arcand, a registered dietitian, researcher, and professor at UOIT. The lab conducts clinical and population health research to identify nutritional barriers for chronic disease development and creates and tests interventions that can help reduce these risks. All of her master's and practicum students have a passion for making healthy eating more accessible and enjoyable, while educating others about how they can use nutrition to both prevent and heal from common chronic illnesses.

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Topics: Student Life

5 financial lessons every student learns

Posted by Emily Rowsell on March 2, 2018 at 10:35 AM
As a student there are a lot of hard financial lessons we have to learn; from one brazen and at one point broke student (due to too much spending on clothes I did not need) to another - here are some of those lessons that you could maybe learn from!

1. Buying in Bulk is not Always Cheaper

I know it seems like a perfect idea to purchase more than you need because there is a deal going on, but if you aren’t going to need four packs of bacon before they would realistically expire in your fridge, should you buy four to save three dollars? No, unless you have a deep freezer to keep them in!

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money

Places to visit when you need a break from studying

Posted by Sarah Rae on March 2, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Welcome back from your well-deserved reading week students! I hope you all had a relaxing break and were able to get done (some) studying as well! So now that you’re back in Oshawa (or still in Oshawa for those who never left) you may be wondering if there’s anything else exciting to do when you’re looking to take a break from your studies. If this is of interest to you, then please read on!

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Topics: Student Life

UOIT Spotlight: Campus Health Centre

Posted by Michael Cassar on February 5, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Whether it is battling through the cold and flu season, discovering a new way to support that nutritional New Year’s resolution, or getting through muscle aches, pains and strains, staying healthy during the school year is paramount to achieving your academic success! 

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Topics: Student Life, UOIT Spotlight

Deal or no deal: Your guide to grocery shopping

Posted by Emily Rowsell on January 29, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Let’s face it: students in university face many challenges as we acclimatize to living on our own. One of those major challenges, is figuring out how to effectively shop for groceries and our comfort-food items without breaking the bank. I’m about to share with you my tips for saving money and staying on budget when you are faced with high-priced but oh-so-delicious foods at the supermarket.

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money

Getting back into the swing of things

Posted by Sarah Rae on January 16, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Welcome back! I hope you all had a well-deserved, relaxing break. It's a new year full of many new opportunities and experiences for you to take full advantage of. The start of a new year, as well as a new semester, is a very exciting time and the perfect time to start fresh. Personally, my favourite thing about starting a new semester is getting those new, crisp notebooks! While going back to school is an exciting time, it can also be a challenge to get back into that 'school mindset' and regain certain levels of motivation towards your academic life. Here are some tips and tricks that I have found help me get back into the swing of things after time off:

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

New year, new budget

Posted by Emily Rowsell on January 8, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Welcome back, readers, to another year with all of us here at Student Speak! January is all about those New Year’s resolutions: going to the gym, getting more organized and trying more new things! But what about something even more practical and beneficial, like taking a look back at what you did last year and budgeting for an even more stress-free semester this year? If you read my post about managing your finances and checking yourself, you may have decided to track your spending! If that’s the case, yay! Let’s go start analyzing. If not, that’s okay too—let’s think back to last semester...

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money

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