Students at the University of Toronto Answer Your Back to School Questions Pt. 1

Students at the University of Toronto Answer Your Back to School Questions Pt. 1


Hi, everyone. My name is Tony, and welcome to the U of T’s annual ASKme
Anything Facebook Live chat. And so I’m currently in my
second year finishing up my masters in public health,
and as a graduate student, I’m going to do a quick little shout out to the Graduate Conflict Resolution Center which is a great resource
for any grad students. So keep a lookout for that. And so today, we have Student Life reps from all three campuses. So we’re joined by Downtown
St. George, Scarborough, and Mississauga, and
today, we’ll be asking some common questions
that we get from students who are just starting their
first year here at U of T. And to kick things off,
we’ll get each representative to introduce themselves. I guess I’ll start. My name is Aimee. I am a fifth-year student
at the Mississauga campus. My major is psychology,
and I have a double minor in biology and linguistics. Very involved on campus. I am the senior communications
student ambassador, a student recruitment in admissions, and I’m also an EEU student ambassador with the Office of the Dean. Hello, everyone. My name is Senping, and I’m
from the Scarborough campus. I’m turning to my fourth
year this September doing environmental
geoscience specialist program. Really getting involved
on campus intensively. Yeah, I’m currently the
First Year Peer Advisor with the Department of
Student Life at Scarborough, and I am the president for the Scarborough
campus residence council with the student housing
and residence life. Hi, everyone. I’m Wilsy Choudhary from the
Downtown St. George campus. I’m entering my fourth year of study. My program is life sciences
with a double major in neuroscience and psychology. I’m also super excited to be part of the ASKme Anything program this year as a program assistant. Great, thank you so much. So we’re joined by all our
lovely guests here today. And so we’ll get started on
some of the common questions that we get, but also feel free to join us in the Facebook Live chat. You can ask us questions. We’ll actually read them. We’ll also post any
relevant links, as well, so be sure to check out for that. And so as I’m asking–
asking. Some of these common questions
each campus will chime in with their perspective. And so the first question
is “how can I find where my classes are?” And we’ll start with Scarborough. So Scarborough is a relative small campus compared to St. George. We have the map PDF version
online at utsc.utoronto.ca. And then the Admission Office
and Student Recruitment, they also provide a campus tour that a senior undergrad student,
or like a current student, will bring like a group of
people at the campus tour telling them which buildings is which, and then, tell them
where the classrooms are. And they will also show
the academic and campus, like resources on campus to the people, and it’s really great. Thank you, and Mississauga. For us, there are a couple of ways. So you can go to the main UTM
website and under contact us, there should be a link
to our wayfinding map. We also have a new app from our Centre for Student Engagement,
the UTM Engage app, and in there, there’s also a campus map that can help you navigate,
and I believe you can also pick up a physical map from
campus police or at campus with student recruitment and admissions. Great, and St. George. Well, your building locations,
you can actually get them from your timetable which is
located on your ACORN account. There are, if you notice, there might be a two letter built-in code
under each of your classes. That built-in code stands
for the name of the building, so for example, CH would
be Convocation Hall. You can actually search these codes online at map.utoronto.ca, and it’ll tell you what building it is and where it’s located and how to get there. And plus, we also have
ASKme booths located around campus with student ambassadors. They are ready to help you with
our campus maps printed out. They can help you find the
quickest way to your classes. Great, thank you so much for
that helpful information. And so now, moving to the question that everybody wants to know. What food is available on campus? And so my personal favorite is
the Hart House Gallery Grill. It’s a little more on the expensive side, but if you feel like
treating yourself out. And also, it’s a really nice
aesthetically-pleasing place, so that’s one that I really like to go to. Not all the time. But time to time if I’m like
finished an exam or something. And so if each of the campus
could tell us, you know, what’s your favorite spot to
eat at, that would be nice. And we can start off with Mississauga. It’s actually a really
exciting time on our campus because we have a new food court at the William G. Davis Building. So they’ve renovated
it, it looks super nice, and might it even say, “bougie.” Bougie. But it’s definitely affordable pricing. We have some more well-known
ones like Harvey’s, Thai Express, there’s
even a rotisserie section, but then we also have a
vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. One of my personal favorites is Fusion 8, which is a build your own
rice box, so you actually get to see your food prepared
right in front of you. Another popular student
favorite is the Blind Duck Pub which is managed by our Student’s Union. Tuesday is wings day. You won’t miss it because you’ll see a line right out the door. I think the pricing might’ve
changed, but it’s roughly around eight wings for five
bucks, so really, really good. Wow.
Yeah. That’s pretty nice.
That’s really nice. All right. I was just going to
say that’s really good. I’m sorry, it’s kind of making me hungry. Thank you for sharing. So we will get right back to you Wilsie, and then, so I was going to
ask what about Scarborough? So Scarborough, on campus, we have a place called the Marketplace. We have a lot of different
food like Chinese food, pizza, Mexican flavors, and
the most exciting thing that we have a Booster Juice inside. In terms of other places
to eat, student center would be a better option, it
would not be a better option, it’s like another choice. We have Hero Burger and Subway, KFC.
Mmmm. Yeah, the Hero Burger is really good. I know. We’re getting hungry. And we have Rex’s Den managed by the Scarborough campus Student Union. And the most exciting this
is that we have a Chatime, which is right beside it, so if you want to grab a like a bubble
tea before going to class, that’s the best place to go. Wow. I love bubble tea. So Wilsie from St. George. Well, on campus, we have over 30 locations where you can purchase
everything from like a full meal to like a quick snack or coffee. We keep a website that’s updated daily with the different dining hall and the retail location menus. We also have a lot of
off-campus food locations, just like minutes away from campus, which is super convenient. Trust me. And we also have U of T
Life– U of T Life bloggers. No, by the way, our
Life @ U of T bloggers. Yeah.
I’m getting it mixed up. They’re always talking
about food on campus. There is a blogger, Olive, who has a blog on severe allergies, so
you can check that out. The link will be in our comments. Yeah, and one of my favorite
food places on campus is, actually, the Brown Food Truck. I think a lot of you may
be familiar with that. It’s very affordable, wink, wink. Very subtle. Well, yeah. Amazing, thank you so much
for sharing those food places. And if any of you are watching right now, and you have a favorite
food place on campus, let us know in the comments, as well. We’re always looking for a
good place to eat some food. Keep our bodies nourished. And so our next question
will be what can I do if I need help managing course load? And so we’ll actually start with Wilsie first from St. George. Well, first off, I’d like to say that it’s definitely
normal to feel overwhelmed and nervous at any point during the year. Don’t think that you’re the only one. Adding to that, you can always
visit a learning strategist that are located at the
Academic Success Center, and you can also find them at
your college or your faculty. They can help you manage your
deadlines, your schedules, and plus, they’ll help you sort of manage, not only your academic sort of life, but also your co-curricular activities and your well-being goals, which is super important, as well. We also have an assignment
calculator online which is a step-by-step sort of schedule to help meet your deadlines. Thank you, and then
Senping from Scarborough. So the academic career– academic, AACC, Academic Career and Learning
Center is like a place for students to go, drop
by if they have challenges from their academic programs. The Academic Learning Career Center, they have this drop-in hours, and also you can do
appointment individually with the learning strategist. So a good program that they do annually is called Get Started. It’s like a academic
orientation to help students choose their courses,
manage their course load, and then, do like series
of academic program kind of training, that stuff. It’s really helpful. And everyday, they have
this kind of certain hours to have like drop-in hours for
academic counseling, those– Yeah, it’s really good. Thanks for sharing that. And Amy from Mississauga. For us, in terms of
scheduling, I mean, for me, personally, I like having
a physical planner. And it could be anything from your agenda to the calendar app on your phone. But we actually have a UTM Time Tracker. There should be a link in the comments. And you can start adding your classes. If you’re involved on campus, and work, and it just lays it out nicely, so that you can plan ahead for your week. We also have workshops and
one-on-one appointments at the Academic Skills
Center, so if you ever need some time management
tips, and as Wilsie said, you know, coming into university, especially in your first
time, it can be overwhelming, and it’s definitely okay, and
encouraged, to ask for help of how to manage your
responsibilities and your commitments. So a combination of using
this app and meeting with our advisors is
definitely recommended. Yeah, thank you so for all of you for sharing that information. And I think, yeah, just to reiterate, university it’s like a
really exciting time, but it’s also can be really challenging. And I know that we’re
providing all this information, and it can be overwhelming, so it’s nice to just even have these links
through the comments section, and you can save it for
later, and if there’s any time where some challenges may
come up, just so you know what kind of resources are
available to access later on. And so with that said, the next– moving onto the next question. What if I’m the first person in my family to attend university in Canada. Are there any resources to help me? We’ll start with Mississauga. So with us, at our Center
for Student Engagement, we have the LAUNCH Program, and it’s kind of like a mentorship program that is led by our upper-year students to our first year new UTM students. Really there’s the first gen, so it’s for first generation students
that are entering university to sign up for these classes,
so you can go on ACORN and look up these LAUNCH courses. Great, and then what about
the Downtown Toronto campus? We have our First in the
Family Peer Mentor Program. It’s really great. When you participate in this
inclusive leadership, academic, and social program, you gain access to all these different
events, resources, support, and just like a really,
really friendly community. It’s a great program. Apart from that, we also have the Access and Inclusion Peer
Program where you can talk to a navigator mentor one on one, so that’s really great as well. Thank you, and then Scarborough. So as the First Year Peer Advisor with the Department of
Student Life at Scarborough, we have this really good
first year experience program. So all incoming first year
students will be connected with a dedicated first year peer advisor from April to September, so
it’s like a full year length. Each peer advisor will
support students based on their last name, and
they will send out biweekly or weekly emails to kind of
refer students to some resources on campus like academic
resources, campus life resources, and they also are going to
holding those first year cafes, that instant chat session,
for students who just come by and chat about like daily
student academic life. And then we have this first year socials to also give them a chance to meet up with their peer advisors. Amazing, thank you so much. And I think, like, even myself, as a first generation
student, it’s nice to know that there are different
resources and academic support, but also like social support
’cause sometimes it’s nice to just feel connected to a community. And so, thanks for sharing that. And so the next question that we have is what are some supports that are available for students with disabilities? And so we’ll begin with the
Downtown Toronto campus. Well, if you have a concern
related to accessibility, you should contact the
Accessibility Services. The link will be in the comments. Also, I advise you to look
into peer programs like, again, the Access and Inclusion Peer Program where you can get a navigation mentor and get that sort of
mentorship one on one. Great, and then Mississauga. I think, one thing to discuss, also, about accessibility is that it could be permanent or temporary. And so at UTM, we have
our Accessibility Services that assist students with
academic accommodations and other services whether that be physical, mental, or learning. The first step is to making an appointment with an intake advisor, and from then on, you can have an open
discussion of what, you know, accommodations you might need, and how they can provide
you support on that. Thanks, and then Scarborough. So the UTSC Accessibility Service Office provides supports to students
who have disabilities. What they need to do is they
can either call the office, or email the office to kind
of make an arrangement. They can also drop by to the front desk because the front desk will
probably give them, like, a more specific counselor
to kind of consult. Everything’s confidential,
without the students written consent, and they also
have this note-taking program that they get volunteer
note-takers to go to class, make announcement, to get more note-takers for this certain class to help them get through this learning curve. Thank you, and I also read a little bit about the trail that’s on
the Scarborough campus, and I was wondering if you
could tell the audience a little bit more about that. So we just go a new trail on the campus near the Humanities Wing, and
in between the Humanities Wing and the Science Wing, so
it’s a 500 meters long trail that connects the main
campus to the valley, and the house. And they just got built,
and they just opened, and it’s really beautiful,
especially in fall you can see those like colorful leaves.
Wow. And then the grass, the
valley, it’s really nice. That sounds really nice. Thank you. And so– oh, okay, we do have
some time for more questions before we wrap up, and so if
you have any other questions, definitely feel free to, like, ask them in the comments section,
and we’ll go through them. And so the next question
that we have is what can I do to find out more about how
to get involved on campus. So we’ll start with Mississauga. So we have a new app from our Center for Student Engagement
called the UTM Engage app. And it’s really cool because
they’ve integrated a lot of our clubs and academic
societies on campus, so as early as the events
happening this week, actually, you can see it on the dashboard. If you are looking for a
particular club, you can join, or kind of subscribe, to their page, and you would be getting
push notifications. What’s been really cool about the Center for Student Engagement
is that on Instagram they do their Top Five Picks,
and so if there’s any events that are happening on campus,
they would advertise that, the location, everything
that you would need. So if that particular week you’re feeling, “oh, I have less workload to do. “I want to go to an event, meet
new people, go to a social,” they have it all laid our for you, and there’s definitely
something for everyone ’cause it ranges from
health, wellness, as well as to socials, or something
that’s more like small group and intimate gatherings. Great, thank you, Amy. And so the next question’s
for Scarborough. How can I get involved
outside of the classroom? So the Department of Student Life at University of Toronto
Scarborough is an office that dedicated to enhance
the student experience outside your classroom. So I will, here, I will
really suggest students to go to the events that hosted by the First Year Experience Program and the first year learning community. We also have this daily
booths in September, right now, in the Bladen Wing, BV hallway, each program has a certain
amount of work site students, and they’re also ambassador
to their portfolio and the related programs,
so feel free to drop by between 11:00 to 3:00
everyday, from Monday to Friday in September, and they will
give you a lot of details of how to get involved in each program, and generally, the volunteer program. Great, thank you. And just a reminder, like,
of course, the links will be available in the comments
section, including the app that Amy was talking about earlier. And so a question for
Downtown St. George campus. Can I get a job? Yes. Of course, you can.
Yay . We have a job board on CLNx,
which is clnx.utoronto.ca. You can visit the work study
job board on there and look at all the different applications
and positions available. There’s every– I think there’s– There’s quite a lot of
positions, so you can definitely find something that’s to your match. Apart from that, CLNx also has a volunteer sort of job board, volunteer board, where you can find volunteer positions and other on campus casual positions. So it’s great, definitely check that out. The deadline for work
studies is coming up. It’s September 27, so get on that. Apart from that, if you do
want to work in a certain area on campus, you can visit their website. For example, the libraries or
the Kinesiology Department, they always have hirings
available on their website, so you can apply through there as well. Amazing, thank you so much. And so now, it’s the part where we go to the questions we received
from Instagram, so– And I think, if we get questions
from the comments section, we will– someone will tell us. So as we’re going through these questions, feel free to chime in. And so the first one that we received is what are the best cafes, libraries, spots at U of T to study. Okay, I’m going to go first. I’m going to go first this time because the U of T Scarborough
Library is just kind of right diagonal to the Tim Horton’s. Ohhh.
Which is really convenient for students when it’s, like–
That’s pretty convenient. Final exams are approaching,
so the library will open 24 hours during
the final exam periods. That’s good to know. And then they can just
need to be, feel pumped and can just get out of
the library, grab a coffee at the and that was super great. Get that sugar flowing. Yeah. Similar to OSNR Library, we have Starbucks which is my second home. I’m there so often that some
of the baristas know my order. You just kind of have
to like wave at them . It’s really nice being a regular. But what is nice is it’s
right next to the library, so if you want to take
like a quick study break, you can just step out, get
your coffee or tea fix, and then, go back to your study spot. Or you can study at Starbucks. I do that because I
actually like the noise. It keeps me awake. Keeps me in check, and our
cafe is surrounded by glass, so that, you know, during
the fall, it’s really nice to see all the fall foliage,
and then, when it’s winter, you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee while watching the snow fall,
and you’re not, you know, freezing outside, so
it’s nice and relaxing. One of– well, actually,
I have two favorite spots. The first is Knox College,
which I’m sure a lot of you might be familiar with. It’s super pretty. It’s very Harry Potteresque. There is a library there
for you to study in. There’s also like a sort
of outside patio area on both sides, and it’s super pretty. You just have to visit it, like,
I can’t even do it justice. The second one is,
actually, Gerstein Library. I really love it because
there’s a lot of independent, quiet studying that can happen there, and that’s really helpful
when you’re just doing– you’re not work– well,
I mean, there are places in the Gerstein, like the
downstairs especially, where you can work, like study, in groups, like with study groups
or anything like that. But there also individual study places. Yeah, if you want to sort of
do like a whole day of studying or like exam prep or anything,
it’s super, super useful. Yeah, great, thank you for sharing that. My personal favorite is
the Hart House Library. I know I already said Hart House already . I’m always there. It’s a very– I don’t know,
I think it’s just, like, a very artistic, sort of
gives me artistic vibes, and if you’ve ever like wondered about studying at a castle fantasy, then Hart House is for you. Especially the courtyard, so
that’s my person favorite. And so the next question that we have is what are some tips to balance academics, extracurricular activities,
and other personal interest ’cause there’s a lot of
opportunities, which is great, but also, the importance of
setting boundaries as well, so. I’ll go first. Well, personally, what I
like to do is I really like those dry erase calendars that you can get from the bookstore or
any other place, really, the really big ones because what I do is I sort of write down all
my deadlines or anything that’s coming up for that
week or for that month. So when you have it laid
out in front of you– like, I’m just a very visual person. I know that I have space here
or space here to do something, so that’s really, really helpful for me, and it is something that
I advise you to try out. Other than that, like I
said before, we have CLNx, so keep an eye on that because there are always positions available there. And one last thing that I’d
say is join study groups because they’re really
amazing, not only do you get to make friends and meet people
and actually study together, you’re sort of like going
with the flow of the class. It keeps you from falling
behind, also making friends, but like you’re also making connections. You might meet someone
that’s doing something that you’re interested in,
and it’s just really useful. Great, thank you. I totally agree with the dry erase boards ’cause for me, I have that and my planner. ‘Cause sometimes, I think, one of the biggest fears is like forgetting. You’re having that nightmare
of like going to class, and you’re like, “okay, go
ahead and pass your essays,” and you’re like, “what essay?” But it keeps– anything
from a physical planner to the calendar app on your phone, I know when I have something
big coming up like an essay or a midterm, I set an alarm. And that’s not to scare
you that like, “study,” but it’s just to keep you in check of what responsibilities you may have. If you’re involved on
campus, like for clubs, if you’re tabling, or if you have work, adding your shifts into a
calendar is really nice, so it helps you plan out. Another tip I would give
is planning for self-care, which is very important
’cause we can get caught up with all these responsibilities and wanting to be involved on campus, and sometimes self-care goes last. I mean, want to sound
like that person, too, so I would block off–
like Fridays are usually my self-care day, so if it’s
like a certain time on Friday, it’s like meeting a friend for
coffee and just catching up, or maybe you just want to read for fun. Remember those . Just like cozying up at a
nice place, maybe on campus or off campus if you’d like,
and just enjoying some time and taking a break from all
these school responsibilities. So the Academic Advising
Career Center, AACC in short, where it’s– they have
these kind of long sheets of planner available all
the time that it’s sort of physically manipulating
all your schedules is that you put all your
commitments on the sheet, and then find available times that you can sit down, do your work. It’s really visually beneficial
because you can actually see how much time you have each day to sit down and do your work. And another thing I would mention is that if you are international
students, the Education and Transition Advisor at the
International Student Center will be really helpful if
you have academic challenges, learning difficulties,
they’re always there to help. Just go to the Highland
Hall, fourth floor, to book appointment with them. It’s very beneficial. Yeah, thank you for
sharing all those insights, and I think it’s really
important that as we’re going through these different
strategies, you’ll find things that’ll work for you, and in terms of reaching your learning
goals, but also ways that help us just to be really
honest about our capacity and whether we are operating
from a full capacity or a limited capacity. And I liked what you
said, Amy, about self-care and really prioritizing that, and I think that is really important
so that we’re able to know what our needs
are and not burn out. And so, with that, I have another question that’s kind of related to that. What are some resources
available to U of T students to help deal with stress and
anxiety, and what are some of the help services, or
just like general support, for students that they can access, just to help promote mental
health and well being. I’ll go first on this one. With our Health and
Counseling Center, HCC, there’s actually some group,
kind of like therapy sessions, and I really think that it’s
cool that it’s kind of themed. There’s one on self-love. There’s one about
managing responsibilities. And they give you a quick
snapshot on their website of what those groups are to
see which one fits you better, or if you prefer a
personal one on one session with a counselor, that’s
also available for you. At UTM, we’re really blessed
with lots of green spaces, so an initiative they’ve just started are the wellness routes, and
the wellness routes are hosted by our Health and Counseling Center, as well as our athletics, and it’s themed. There was one about doing yoga, so it’s kind of like half yoga and walking around. There was even a
photography one during fall. I know there was one with
the Department of Biology. They did like a nature
walk, and they tell you all about the trees that are there. There was bird watching. So it’s all these
opportunities that you may have not necessarily had
an opportunity to try out if you didn’t have easy access to them, so I thought that that was really cool. And it’s the same schedule, so you can go on the UTM Athletics website
to see the full schedule and kind of plan it out when you would be available to attend those. Thank you. So UT Scarborough
Department of Student Life, we have this annual exemption
every time in December. I think it was really a helpful in like events to help students de stress because we have those cute animals. Yeah.
Therapy dogs. Yeah.
You guys enjoy that. Another office I want
to mention is the Health and Wellness Center located
in the Student Center at UTSC. So they have daily drop
in sessions for personal, one on one counseling, and
you can also book appointments throughout the front desk. For students who live on
res at U of T Scarborough, they have a counselor on res as well, and they can book appointment
through an online web, and also that counselor in res, she has drop in hours every single week. So it’s really helpful to
just come there and just talk. Thank you. We actually also have a Health
and Wellness Center here, located in 214 College Street, which is the Koffler
Student Services Center. They do have drop ins, and
they also take appointments. They have all sorts of professionals there including psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritional professionals, therapists. There’s just a lot for them to offer you, so you should definitely check that out. Apart from that, we also
have the Multi-Faith Centre if you want to try out any meditation or yoga or anything like that. You can always check out
their website for any clubs or classes or anything
that’s happening there. Apart from that, I’ve already mentioned about our Learning
Strategists that are here at the Academic Success Center or within your college or faculty. They can really help you
sort of manage your time and manage your deadlines, sort
of like help you de stress. And one last thing I’d say
is, like Amy said before, I would really recommend getting together with a friend every once in a while or just doing like a
group hang out session. Just like de stress because everyone’s on the same boat whether
you know it or not. You might think that you’re
the only one, but you’re not. There’s a whole group, there’s everyone out there is in the same boat as you. They feel the same way. You just need to reach
out, and you’re definitely going to have a lot of
hands trying to help you. It’s great. Yeah, thanks for sharing that. I think it is really important
that while we’re talking about all these different
resources and support that people can access
that, and an important part of self-care is community care. It is really important to be
able to know how we can ask for what we need to feel cared for. And so with that, what are some– wait, before I go into more questions, maybe I’ll do a little pause and see if Hailey has any questions
for us from the audience. We do have questions. We do. And maybe repeat them in
case they can’t hear me mousey.
Okay. I will repeat.
Thank you. Can you please tell us a
little bit about the libraries? I know you have some fun facts, also. So we did get a question about that. So it’s a question about more details about the libraries. I think Amy, actually, was telling us about stuff
Actually a funny comment. Campus tour guide over here. Did you know that UT is the
third largest library system in North America next to Harvard and Yale, so in total we have 44 libraries
across the three campuses. One is Mississauga, one in Scarborough, and 42 at the St. George campus. So there’s lots of places for everybody to get cozy, study, and get productive. And I guess, I would ask, I
have my personal favorites at the St. George campus
or at Scarborough, what would be yours? But for me, it would be
the E J Pratt Library at the St. George campus. We only have one in Mississauga, so it’s hard to pick favorites, but we do have a shuttle
bus, and when I come and visit the St. George
campus, or this year, when I have classes, I like
going to the E J Pratt Library because that’s where one of
my favorite movies were filmed which was “The Prince and Me,” so– Oh, that’s so cute.
That’s nice. It’s like, “what isn’t filmed at U of T?” It’s true. One of my favorite shows, “Suits,” was also filmed at U of T. It was great. But talking about– going
back to the libraries, I’ve already mentioned Gerstein which is near King’s College Circle. I’m not too sure about the exact address, but it should be in the comments. We also have Robarts
which is super popular. It’s one of the biggest
that we have on campus. It has 14 floors, and
it is available, yeah, the timings will be
available to you as well . Apart from that, we have a library in Hart House, as Tony already mentioned. We have libraries across
all the different faculties as well, so yeah, there’s a lot of different places to study. So as, what Amy said,
Scarborough only has one library. So the library is really interesting is that we have a 3D printing
place inside the library. Oh, that’s cool. So for those who are really interested in 3D printing and
technology, you can drop by. They will do like a tutorial
before you get started, and the library has two floors,
and we have a lot of books in the library. We also have group study
spaces in the library, but they have to be
booked throughout internet in two weeks . Amazing, so you all know me,
I’m obviously going to talk about the Hart House Library, again. So if you’re interested in
joining a library committee, the Hart House has one. There’s also zines that
you can read there. I don’t know if you all know about zines, but they’re pretty like popular nowadays. I make zines. Anyways. And also, I thing I do want to bring up is meet your librarians. They’re super, super helpful
and sweet, and they know so much about navigating
the different libraries, structures like in terms of–
especially when you want to do, learn how to do research
or using the databases, the librarians are there to support and– Did I say they’re sweet? Yeah, they’re really sweet. Yeah, just to add to that
comment, our librarians do actually help you with
your papers and stuff, too, in that they help you find
articles and with their research and all that because, you
know, they’ve been here for a while, and they
know how to navigate, so they’re really there to help you with– yeah, so you should definitely
take advantage of that. Yeah, just also add on your
point is at Scarborough, each program, they have
a dedicated librarian, and they’re kind of the liaison between you and your research paper. So I have– so from my
personal experience, one time I had a paper, and
I don’t know how to start, I just visit the librarian
for environmental science, and she kind of brought the way the research resources
on the library website and the sites I should visit for my paper. And then, the services
that library also provides, for example, citation services. Yes. Course reserve, and so much more. I might be going off a
tangent here, but just on the research papers, we
also have writing centers that are super helpful in
writing your research essay, papers, labs, all that
kind of stuff, it’s great. That wasn’t off a tangent. That was useful. That was like– it was not a library, but still a really good resource. Oh, before I forget, just in case, Amy, if you wanted to say anything, you could. Or I go back to Hailey. No, I think what’s really cool about, as a tri-campus system,
is that all these services are very similar across
the three campuses, and that we do have full
access to them ’cause for us, the moment you enter the library, the first thing you see
is research and reference. And the one important
thing is, too, it’s okay to ask for help because
when I was a first year, I honestly did not know. I was like, “what are academic articles?” It was like– and I was like, “I have “to write a paper and support with it.” Like, “what?” So going in with our librarians
and structure librarians, they do have ones that do
specialize in particular faculty, so as somebody mentioned,
it’s very important to get to know them as they will
be such great resource for you throughout your
academic years at U of T. Thank you, Amy. All right.
Hailey? We got a few questions about textbooks. People want to know how to
get them, any tips on them? We also put a link in
the comments to a blog on Life at U of T on textbooks,
so that’s in the comments– Okay, so we got some
questions about textbooks. We also provided a link to a
blog in the comment section, and I guess I’ll open it up
in terms of helpful tips, strategies, in terms of like how to go about textbooks for courses. Well, at St. George, we– well, obviously, the textbook store ,
like, I mean, obvious, but– Apart from that, we
also have www.tusbe.com. I’m not sure if too many
people are familiar with it, but that’s where students
do post their textbooks, so you may see ads there for
people who have their textbooks on sale, so you can get
in contact with them and maybe buy it at a discounted price. So yeah, we used to have a
discounted textbook store, but unfortunately that is– this location is closed, so yeah, wanted to let the older students
know about that, too. I think it’s important
to do your research. You don’t have to purchase your textbook before your first lecture,
unless your professor notifies you ahead of
time, so it gives you a lot of time in the first
week of classes to look, whether buying new or
buying used, because then, I feel some students feel, you have to buy everything brand
new, or buying brand new is so much more expensive,
therefore I should avoid it. But for me, I made a spreadsheet. I compared Amazon prices with prices. You have to be a smart shopper. And sometimes, buying brand
new is actually so much cheaper because our bookstore has
packages, so as a bio student, we had the supplementary
materials plus the lab coat. In chemistry, you can get
a package of lab coats and goggles, so sometimes,
buying them as a package is cheaper than breaking
them down and buying a mix of new and used, so try to do
your research ahead of time. Our bookstore offers buying new
and used, as well as rental, and I think this is the
same for all campuses, so you can kind of compare. It’s nice that, right at
the shelf, they’ll put–

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