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Ask the Expert: What Can I Expect in My First Week at University?

It's the moment you've been waiting for all summer - you've packed your essential belongings into four snug plastic-ware containers - and you're moving into residence! This is a really big step if it's the first time you've ever been away from your family, but there's lots of students in the same boat, and the university staff is there to make the transition smoother. Moving In Most s... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Budget Cents: Managing Your Money While You're Just Barely Managing to Finish Your Homework!

Starting out at university is a pretty big transition for most people. It's the first time you're away from your family home, the first time you're solely responsible for getting up and out for class, and the first time you're seriously attempting to manage your money! It was one thing to save up some cash from your part time job during high school for that new XBox 360 game, but it's a whole othe... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Campus Security

At a glance, it may not seem like New Liskeard, Ontario, and the University of Waterloo would have much in common. But the Northern Ontario mining town provided Staff Sergeant Wayne Shortt with the perfect training ground for protecting Waterloo's thousand-acre academic sprawl. Shortt, manager of police and security operations for U of W's police services, started his career as a cop in the tin... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Come from Away: Going to School in Atlantic Canada

"There's more to Canada than Ontario." That's what a Timmins, Ontario high school teacher told Victoria (Vickie) Lamb after she applied to the big universities in Canada's biggest province and got accepted to them all. Her teacher, a graduate of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, advised her to check out Atlantic Canada as well; she did, and found Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Bru... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Cyber Scams and Internet Policing

You can now find a computer in almost every household. Although they are used mostly for personal use such as researching a school project or choosing a potential vacation spot, some facets of the criminal underworld have infiltrated the Internet, using it to engage in illicit activity. With computers giving criminals access to virtually almost every household, the Internet has now become a breed... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Distance Learning - Anywhere You Go, There You Are

With the ease of internet access and the relative capacity of the average home computer, internet-based online learning is becoming a viable option for students looking to expand their academic horizons without leaving the comfort of their own pyjamas. Many universities have adopted online learning programs as a complement to their courses available on campus. Perfect for the student who i... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Educating Politics

While most of you are probably counting down the last days of school, Canadian politicians are counting down the days until the Federal Election slated for June 28th. Yes, the world of politics is now front-page news as each leader tries to convince eligible voters to vote for them. If you're turning 18 before Election Day, congratulations you will become a registered voter in Canada, able to ... > [more] Canadian Article Search


"I Keep Hearing About Fast-Tracking-What Is It?" What is a fast-track option, and why was it started? The fast-track (post-degree) option was an obvious solution to a growing problem. Graduates with perfectly good degrees from well-known universities realized that graduation does not necessarily mean a career is waiting. So were their four years wasted? Not when they can ... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Feed Your Brain

You’ve probably heard many times before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And why (although you hate to admit it) is that advice right in this case? Read on to find out why eating a healthy breakfast can kick-start your day. BREAK THE FAST You know those mornings when you sleep through the alarm, stub your toe on the bed, get shampoo in your eyes, and then put your s... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Going Greek — Is it for you?

You probably have some vague concept of fraternities and sororities. You may have seen a TV show, a movie, or read a book, depicting life in one of these time-honoured social systems. Or maybe you have a parent, or an older sibling who was “Greek” (a term for a fraternity or sorority member, since most of the group’s names are a combination of letters from the Greek alphabet). What ma... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Herbal Energizers—Are they worth the money?

Do you feel tired, or lack the mental energy to study? Have you experimented with the energizer-type products that claim to boost your energy level and mental stamina? There are more and more products available in the supermarkets, corner stores, herbal counters and pharmacies that are a combination of food supplemented with herbs or extra nutrients that claim to give your body a boost in some way... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Hindsight's 20/20

It's the first real snowfall of the winter in Montreal and I've been sitting here staring at a blank screen with the heat turned way up wondering about midterms and term papers and the impending doom of final exams. Kind of a strange time to be thinking back to the summer before all of this began. Though, it is tinged with regret, I have to admit. Regret that maybe I didn't take the opportunity... > [more] Canadian Article Search

I'm thinking about living in residence-what are my options?

I'm thinking about living in residence-what are my options? What are the advantages of living in residence? There are many obvious advantages. You are on campus, close to all the facilities-library, gymnasium and fitness centre, food services, your classes and recreation facilities. However, the most important advantage is the residence community-living with other student... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Is it Better to Move Away to School or to Stay in My Hometown?

Many students fall in love with going to an out-of-town school. Move to a new place, meet new people and gain independence — it sounds great. All too soon these students learn one of life’s great lessons: making daily, life-changing choices can be very stressful. Those students who best handle the anxiety that comes with independence use a proven strategy to arrive at good personal decisions. ... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Letter to My Little Sister: the University Frosh

Dear Amanda, Is my baby sister really leaving home for university? Are you really almost nineteen? Where did the time go? Well, I guess now's the time for me to try and offer some advice. I only started university once so I can't claim to be an expert, but there are a few things I would do differently if I had it to do over, and a few things I would do again. (I'm not talking about study... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Liberal Arts: Train your brain!

Liberal Arts: Train your brain! Philosophy, literature, history, art, sociology or music - are you interested in studying one of these subjects, but you don't dare to admit to your parents and friends that an undergraduate liberal arts degree is what you really want to achieve after finishing high school? Are the myths and prejudices surrounding liberal arts deterring you from going in ... > [more] Canadian Article Search

New Science: Bioinformatics

Biology without a test tube? That's a premise of one of the hottest emerging sciences-bioinformatics. It's so new in fact, that you won't find its definition listed in your Webster's. So what exactly is bioinformatics? "Actually, bioinformaticists still debate on what a good definition is!" says Dr. Fiona Brinkman, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, S... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Pop Quiz - Is Residence For You?

Living in residence can be a great experience for some students, one that creates wonderful life-long memories. For others, residence life can be a nightmare! Community living can be challenging, since you have to be willing to compromise and adjust your lifestyle to your new living situation. Take this quiz to see how suited you are for life in the dorms. 1. When packing to go to scho... > [more] Canadian Article Search


When I applied and later registered for university, I felt like I needed to take a course just to figure out how to fill in all the paperwork! I mean, what the heck is a TOEFL – and do I have one? Now I have a rather unique opportunity to help take the stress out of signing up for school for you, gentle readers. TOEFL If your first language is one other than English, you ... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Sifting Through History

You are a first year university student leafing through the arts course calendar. Nothing is grabbing your attention. Should you be a journalist or a psychologist? An economist or a sociologist? Then something catches your eye. Archaeologist, hmmm? Sounds interesting. Sounds exciting. Sounds cool… at least compared to everything else. Archaeologists hold a special place amongst their arts and ... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Study Abroad for the Canadian Student

Studying abroad can be the experience of a lifetime. It gives students the opportunity to discover the world for themselves — to experience a new culture and a new language, and to develop valuable life skills along the way. Studying abroad instills maturity, independence and confidence, and teaches students to view the world in a new way. And let's face it - it's an experience that looks fantasti... > [more] Canadian Article Search

University Faculty

The teaching lingo at a post-secondary level can be a bit like learning a new language. Titles and positions at times can seem a bit, well to be honest, made-up. Have you ever heard the term acting chair? Well it's not someone pretending to be a chair but rather someone who is representing someone else, second-in-command. Anyway, here are a few more terms that you will be sure to hear at some poin... > [more] Canadian Article Search

What Not to do to Your Professor

Making the change from high school to university can be challenging at first, but with a few pointers on what not to do, you can be on your prof's favourite student list faster than you can say mid-term! What Not to do to Your Professor! Have some class in class! Please don't arrive late to class and make a scene shuffling papers and wrestling out of your... > [more] Canadian Article Search

Where Geek Meets Greek

Peter Wills is a part-time student in the University of Toronto’s cognitive science program. And when he's not attending 15 or so hours of class a week, and not refuelling his brain cells with a quick injection of Tim Horton's coffee, he spends most waking hours plopped in front of his computer. Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field — meaning that it involves both arts courses (... > [more] Canadian Article Search
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