Student Speak

10 ideas to kick start your self-care routine

Posted by Katrina Villeneuve on March 19, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As we begin the uplifting transition from winter to spring it’s the perfect time to start thinking about self-care! No matter how old you are or what stage of life you’re in, it’s always important to remember to care for your health and well being.

This is especially true for young adults entering the next stage of their education, finishing a degree or leaping into the adult world. Dive into spring by checking out these tips to jump-start your self-care routine! 

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Topics: Student Life

Five ways to relax during exam season

Posted by Cate McPhee on March 14, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As a future student, you might be hesitant about exam season and honestly, it is without a doubt one of the hardest times of the university school year.

It can be very overwhelming and it is so important to find ways that you can relax. Relaxation looks different to everyone but here are a few of my favorite ways to find some peace during this crazy season.


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Topics: Academic, Student Life

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

Top five slow cooker meals for the hungry student

Posted by Sarah Rae on March 7, 2019 at 8:32 AM

Happy March, students! I hope you all are keeping warm during this very cold winter we are having. With high school graduation around the corner, you may be starting to wonder what living on your own (if you are moving away from home to attend post-secondary!) will be like.

More specifically, you may begin to wonder what you are going to eat as you no longer will have those nice home cooked meals made by your loved ones.

Another thing that may add to this challenge is if you don’t really know how to cook…or how to cook well…like in my case when I moved away from home for the first time.

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Topics: Student Life

Mature student support at our university

Posted by Kait Nienhuis on February 26, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Making the decision to return to school as a mature student can come with its own set of challenges, however it’s important to know the support that’s available through the university to help mature students be successful in their educational endeavours.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Pathway Student, Continuing Education

How to successfully use your reading week

Posted by Cate McPhee on February 19, 2019 at 9:02 AM

As a future university student, you might not be too familiar with reading week. It's kind of like March break, except about a month earlier. 

Reading week is so exciting and usually rolls into town right when the schoolwork load is getting heavy. Prioritizing your schedule during reading week may be more important than ever.

You might be going home for the break, sticking around school or maybe you are so lucky to be going on vacation. Either way, planning ahead of time will be very useful, especially so your break doesn't end up looking like this...

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

Student perspective: why you should consider a transfer program

Posted by Taylor Flood on February 15, 2019 at 9:03 AM

In this guest post from Digital Community writer Taylor Flood, learn about her experience as a transfer student earning both a college diploma and university degree.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Pathway Students, transfer programs

10 best date ideas around campus

Posted by Katrina Villeneuve on February 12, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Whether you're already in university or joining the community soon, you’ll likely hear that these four years will be the best of your life!

While academic success is important, it’s also important to engage and be social during your time at university. If you do find yourself in need of some exciting date ideas during your time with us, look no further.

Here is a list of 10 great date ideas around campus!

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Topics: Student Life

The ultimate bucket list for you to complete at our university

Posted by Erin Campbell on February 5, 2019 at 9:09 AM

So you’re enrolling at our university soon? Maybe you’re already here. There are some things that are a must around our campus, to get the full Ridgeback experience.

I’m feeling sentimental, so strap in and find out what you can do to make you a local at the university after you arrive. Read my list of things that you can add and cross off your bucket list in your first year!

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Topics: Student Life, Fun Facts