Student Speak

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: Student Life, Academic

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: finances, Student Life

UOIT Spotlight: Student Awards and Financial Aid

Posted by Michael Cassar on November 29, 2017 at 1:52 PM

As November is Financial Literacy Month, I am proud to shine the Student Speak blog spotlight on the very valuable services offered by our very own Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

Managing your finances and checking yourself

Posted by Emily Rowsell on November 3, 2017 at 11:11 AM

We have all been there, so do not by any means panic! You’re out on your own for the first time, you’re handling all these new responsibilities and maybe don’t have the time to cook or shop for deals, and maybe you like your weekly trip to the Oshawa Centre because it’s a social outing! I get it, believe me I do! I also understand that this may be burning a hole in your pocket and like first-year me, you might need a few tips and tricks to get your spending back on track so let’s see if first-year me can help you out!

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Topics: Student Life

Student Speak Spotlight: It's All Gravy Poutinerie

Posted by Ryan LePage on October 31, 2017 at 10:47 AM

 

Hello, Student Speak readers! Another year of enjoying delicious local food begins! While the blog on Big Boy’s Burrito was to be my last—I could not give up the desire to blog, so I have returned for four more. This spotlight focuses on a new poutinerie that has opened up across the street from the north Oshawa location, called It’s All Gravy Poutinerie. Located at 53 Conlin Road East, in the plaza with Campus Corners, beside the RBC. If you want to find this fine family-owned establishment, it is as easy as getting to the north location, and then walking across the street!

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Topics: Student Life

UOIT Spotlight: Student Mental Health Services

Posted by Michael Cassar on October 26, 2017 at 2:43 PM

American professor and mindfulness expert Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn once wonderfully stated: "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

One valuable lesson that has helped me learn to surf the ‘waves’ of stress and fear in my life has been my fundamental belief to never stop learning.

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Topics: Student Life

Living with roommates 101

Posted by Sarah Rae on October 24, 2017 at 9:39 AM

For this blog post, I will be writing about a topic that isn’t necessarily focused on school directly, but still may be a huge part of your experience here at university—roommates! Here’s a few tips and tricks on how to get the best experience out of living with roommates!

Roommates can potentially be friends or sometimes people that you may not even know at the start. Either way, having roommates can be one of the best experiences of your university career or, well… possibly the worst. So, without further ado, here are some tips and tricks that will make your experience with roommates a pleasant one!

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Topics: Student Life

Everything you need to know about applying for OSAP

Posted by Emily Rowsell on October 13, 2017 at 2:59 PM

If you are a student in need or in pursuit of financial aid, then you have probably heard of OSAP! As a fourth-year veteran of the OSAP application process, I completely understand that sometimes—like most technology—applying for OSAP can get confusing, so let’s break it down a little bit!

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Topics: Student Life

UOIT Spotlight: Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Posted by Michael Cassar on September 28, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Accessibility, when defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, can be described as “the capability of being understood or appreciated.” American businesswoman and advocate for persons with disabilities Debra Ruh once said that “accessibility allows us to tap into everyone’s potential.” Putting both of those statements together, relative to being a university student, reveals that when someone is being understood and appreciated for what they can contribute, they can tap into their full potential.

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Topics: Student Life