Student Speak

UOIT Life Hacks 101

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on August 2, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Universities are huge. There are thousands of students, hundreds of classrooms and so many little things that past students have learned. These could be things you may not have even noticed but wish you had sooner. Being a self-professed professional student who has spent a lot of time on UOIT's campus, I know a thing or two about a thing or two.  

Here are six UOIT life hacks that I’ve discovered over my years on campus. You’re probably going to want to stop what you’re doing to read about them.

1. FREE MASSAGES

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Top 10 Instagram photos of the UOIT campus

Posted by Emily Rowsell on August 2, 2017 at 9:52 AM

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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Attention all foodies: Student Speak wants you!

Posted by Natalie Hunte on July 20, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Are you passionate about food, writing, or writing about food? Student Speak is on the hunt for a food blogger for the 2017-2018 academic year! If you’re the go-to friend for food and restaurant suggestions, then we have just the job for you as Student Speak’s official foodie.

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The truth about free tuition in Ontario

Posted by Andrea Brown on July 18, 2017 at 1:33 PM

In February 2016, the Ontario government presented their budget which included a pledge to offer free tuition to students from low-income families. These changes will take effect starting this upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

So what does this mean exactly? Are future students getting more advantages than current ones? What happens to student loans?
Read on as our Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) team takes you through the facts of free tuition.

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5 Ways to Spend your First Summer Paycheque

Posted by Candice Krull on June 7, 2017 at 11:18 AM

The majority of students who work during the school year do so on a part-time basis while also attending class. When summer finally rolls around it’s always exciting when you get your first paycheque with all those full-time hours worked. It’s easy to go crazy and want to blow it all right away. But before you do, take a look at these five tips on how to spend your first summer paycheque!

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5 reasons why you should accept your offer to UOIT

Posted by Sara Stephen on May 17, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Have you been offered admission to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology but are unsure what the institution has to offer aside from its academics? Here’s why you should accept and attend UOIT for your education.

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Before coming to UOIT...

Posted by Sara Stephen on April 24, 2017 at 11:58 AM

I applied to university on the very last day you could apply. I was in the middle of gym class during my semester victory lap in high school. I had just turned 18 and the majority of my friends had already completed their first semester of university or college. I’ll never forget walking into my advisor’s office and being super unprepared to apply; we had to call my mom and get her credit card number to pay for my application.

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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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