Student Speak

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

Four skills you'll gain by travelling solo while attending university

Posted by Disha Melwani on January 22, 2019 at 9:06 AM

At some point during our post-secondary education, many of us have thought of (or maybe already have) travelled somewhere inside or outside the country.

As you embark on your journey as a future university student, there could be multiple reasons to incorporate travelling into the picture. For example, joining our university’s exchange program, experiencing education as an international student, learning a new language or simply gaining a new experience.

In this blog, I will be pointing out four lifetime skills you will gain and reasons why you should consider travelling in your future as a university student.

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Topics: Student Life, Travel

10 Tips for Grocery Shopping as a Student

Posted by Katrina Villeneuve on January 17, 2019 at 9:04 AM

As a student you will notice two things: your budget is relatively small and your food intake is forever increasing (who knew studying could make you so hungry). 

Now, this may seem like a post-secondary issue where you are likely amounting debt, but listen up high school friends because this relates to you as well.

If you did manage to go out and get a part-time job during your school years, it likely isn’t paying as much as those A-List celebrities get. Whether you have student debt or not it is never too early to build better money management skills! 

Check out the tips below for advice on how to shop for groceries as a future post-secondary student.

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money

Check out our Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre

Posted by Kari Clarkson on January 16, 2019 at 9:04 AM

One of the questions we get from a lot of prospective students is about our gym facilities, the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC). 

If you plan on hitting the gym before or after you hit the books, here’s a rundown of what you can expect: 


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Topics: Student Life

Top four tips on making New Year's resolutions

Posted by Sarah Rae on January 15, 2019 at 9:04 AM

Happy new year students! I hope you all were able to take the time you needed to unwind and relax over the holidays, while spending quality time with your friends and family.

The new year is always a busy time for people, but more especially a busy time for students!

As a future university student, you'll come to learn that the new year is typically the time where the end of your school semester and final exams are approaching. It is also important during this time to take a moment and reflect on your past year. 

The holiday break is a great time to look back on all your successes and challenges of the previous year and to take the time to create new resolutions, or what I like to refer to them as, new goals, for the upcoming year!

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

What to look for when choosing where to study abroad

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on January 11, 2019 at 9:01 AM


Selecting a university to study at is no doubt one of the most important decisions you will have to make in your life. There are so many universities to choose from and a very long list of expectations we have for our desired location of study. As an international student the available options are almost endless.

It is very important to choose the right university because it is directly connected to your future. Your university of choice will either leave you feeling lost and unsure of what is to come or present you with great opportunities that can impact your future positively.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Go Global, part-time education, study abroad blog, study abroad, international student, Canada, Volunteer

Writing like a university student: the critical review

Posted by Kari Clarkson on December 27, 2018 at 9:13 AM

Welcome to the final piece of our writing like a university student series. Remember, as you begin your transition from a high school to university student, you (along with all of your peers) will have to adapt your learning, studying and writing skills (among others) in various ways.

You’re now familiar with the writing and editing processes, as well as making your writing formal.

It's time to switch focus—with some shared wisdom from our Student Learning Centre—onto a specific writing assignment you may come across as a student: the critical review.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, writing

Writing like a university student: the writing process

Posted by Kari Clarkson on December 18, 2018 at 9:04 AM

Over the course of your education, from kindergarten to high school, you’ve been developing your writing. From learning the difference between capitals and lower case, to the thrilling topic of grammar and spelling, writing is tied to many parts of your education.

It’s no different once you begin studying at university. It is another opportunity to help grow a skill you already have—one that will prove invaluable in your student journey.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life

Four activities in the Durham Region to help get you in the holiday spirit

Posted by Cate McPhee on December 11, 2018 at 11:10 AM

The holiday season is my favorite time of year. Sometimes as students, it can be hard to get into the spirit of things. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most hectic time of year. Classes are coming to an end, and exams are looming. I like to balance those late night study sessions with some holiday cheer.

If you plan on studying at our university in the coming years, keep these four activities in mind if you're looking for something to do in Durham Region over the holidays.

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Topics: Student Life

Top volunteer opportunities for students in the GTA

Posted by Sarah Rae on November 27, 2018 at 9:04 AM

Happy November students! I hope all of you are managing to stay warm and cozy in this colder weather we are beginning to have.

As the end of the school year approaches, I’m sure a lot of you are busy finishing off assignments and studying for finals tests.

With the new year approaching, you're likely thinking more about where to apply. Something you should consider when thinking of where to go to university are the available volunteer opportunities. As such, I thought this would be a good time to bring to your attention some possible volunteer opportunities available for students in the GTA.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Volunteer