Student Speak

3 tips I would give my first-year self

Posted by Michael Cassar on April 11, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Dear first-year me, 

My gosh, it has been far too long since we last spoke!

There are so many wonderful new discoveries that have come into my life, all of which have given me even greater hope — hope for a better future, a better today and an even better tomorrow.

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What you don't know about the Pokéstops on campus

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on March 22, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Since Pokémon Go was officially released in Canada a few days ago, the UOIT campus has been abuzz with students and visitors scouring the grounds for all kinds of Pokémon. To give you an idea of how big this game has grown over a few short weeks, just take a look around major areas like schools, churches or businesses and you will be able to see a number of players hanging around catching Pokémon and grabbing in-game goodies from the Pokéstops. These Pokéstops tend to pop up wherever there is a public park, plaque, art installment or building, so it’s no wonder the campus has been so busy with players.

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What I would tell my first-year self: Natasha Kowalskj

Posted by Natasha Kowalskyj on February 2, 2017 at 9:24 AM

The four years spent at this university have been nothing short of a rewarding learning experience. Now, at the beginning of 2017 I am faced with the melancholy realization that I am in the last three full months of my university career, which I did not expect to feel so strongly about.

I went into university a naïve student who saw homework and readings as more of a chore than the pool of knowledge it really is, and man was I afraid to jump into it head first. Looking back on the four years I am extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to go to University, gain the knowledge and enlightenment provided to me through the forty different courses taken over years, and even being able to seize the opportunity to travel over our February reading week to different parts of Canada and the United States.

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UOIT style: what students are wearing around campus

Posted by Emily Rowsell on February 1, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Hey Student Speak readers! You might not know this but I have a passion for fashion! That being said I just had to take a look at the style scene at UOIT and bring it to you.

I visited both the downtown and north Oshawa locations to see what students are wearing to class. I talked to a bunch of students to find out what seems to be popular this season around UOIT. Hint: a lot of plaid, black pants (may that be leggings, jeans or trousers), and a lot of pops of UOIT blue.

Take a look below at some of the fashionable students I talked to and what they had to say about their look and their thoughts on fashion.

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What I would tell my first-year self: Shelly Kowalski

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on January 27, 2017 at 5:01 PM

When I graduated high school in 2008, I was your typical overachiever, excited about the prospect of going out into the world and starting my journey towards a successful career. I had a five-year plan, I had a goal, I was ready to get my degree and get a job and be successful. That’s how the story goes, right? That’s what everyone told us to do.

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Top 10 Instagram photos of the UOIT campus

Posted by Emily Rowsell on November 2, 2016 at 12:12 PM

The UOIT Campus has so much to offer and our students can't help but take a photo or two while wandering about! Here are ten amazing photos of different spots on the UOIT north campus and downtown campus as well as the beautiful surrounding nature spots!

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University Expectations vs. Reality

Posted by Reem Dabbous on November 2, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Attending university is one of the scariest, biggest and most exciting chapters in a person's life. Sometimes, however, we have expectations that don't necessarily fit the reality. To make sure you aren't surprised when you attend university, here's a list of how some expectations compare to reality and what you can do to roll with the punches. 

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4 places to take a break in downtown Oshawa

Posted by Natasha Kowalskyj on September 30, 2016 at 1:38 PM

After getting settled into UOIT and familiarizing yourself with your weekly schedule, learning the names of professors, finding out the prices of required textbooks, (there are always cheaper options for eBooks!) and coming to the realization you’ve been assigned many, many pages of readings per night... I can tell from here, that you are more than ready for a pick me up.

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Top 5 Apps for Students

Posted by Emily Rowsell on September 30, 2016 at 11:39 AM

We can’t deny the greatness of the UOIT app for supplying us students with all of our academic needs. Access to Blackboard, MyCampus, the events calendar and so much more are all in one spot, making it an incredibly useful app to download. But, what about when you need late night study food or the perfect photo editing app?

Well, today I'll introduce you to some of the most useful and user-friendly apps that you, as a student, will admire – prepare to be amazed!

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Five things you might not know about counselling at UOIT

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on September 21, 2016 at 11:03 AM

School is stressful. It’s OK to need support getting through the tough moments. As students, we’re pretty lucky that we have some great resources for mental health right here on campus.

Last year I wrote a blog post answering some questions about Student Mental Health Services that students might be too afraid to ask. In it was a lot of great information, but it’s a little bit long. Knowing how stressful the school year can be, I decided to put together a shorter post with some of the most important points from that blog.

So without further ado, here are five things you might not know about counselling with Student Mental Health Services at UOIT.

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