10 Things Which Really Grind My Gears at York University

As a third year student in my university, there are things which I, and many of the others which attend this school just can’t help but notice. Some of these things may or may not have anything in common with other universities across Canada. Here is my list in no particular order on the things which really make York a special place. For better or for worse.

 

10. Strikes:

It’s no secret to anyone living in Ontario that York University is well known for its imperative to strike. Since the first one in 1997, the University has strived to beat its own record both in duration of the strikes and for how often. If anyone has attended this school within the last 20 years, they will likely have had to work around this issue at some point in their education. What’s going on York?

 

9. Expensive Food:

This is probably the most common theme among all Universities, and its one which really needs to stop. Even the food coming from fast food franchise restaurants is expensive! What’s the deal Pizza Pizza? I can’t buy a medium pizza for $5 bucks because I’m on campus? One Mcdonald’s on campus would solve this problem overnight. We need some capitalism I say. Until then everyone is better off bringing their peanut butter and jam sandwich everyday like I do. Save you money for booze. 

 

8. Revealing Required Textbooks Too Late Leading up to the Semester Start Date:

This is something which I have become acutely aware of since the most recent strike. Apparently York thought it would be a good idea to not list the textbooks required for the course until less than 2 weeks to the start date. I can’t find better prices with that kind of timeframe! You might get lucky on Amazon to find a local seller but don’t count on it. If your buying textbooks online like I do then you’ll need a minimum of 2 weeks if it’s coming from another country or continent. In University its more than just choosing the classes which interest you or the ones you need for your program; textbooks costs can vary greatly from course to course and for one need to know what I’m getting myself into before it’s too late to switch.

 

7. Security Problems:

This is another issue which all students at York are aware of. It’s seems at least once per month that I get an email saying how there’s either been a sexual assault or a robbery concerning a student on or off campus. I’m not saying that security causes crime, but more should be done about it. It is especially unhelpful that the email never says anything about the assailants appearance. For some reason, it seems that the school doesn’t care to find these people; otherwise they might be inclined to let us know specific details about these people. Like what they look like! I don’t care what colour their jeans were at the time or what kind of hat they had. I’m pretty sure they won’t be wearing those things for the rest of their lives. Until things change I guess the only solution would be to be on the lookout for any male of any height (and any ethnic background) wearing blue jeans. Doesn’t that just make you feel so much safer?

 

6. Classes which are packed to the Brim:

This one really annoys the hell out of me. And I have a lot of hell. I really don’t want to be sitting 2 inches away from people I don’t know and don’t care to know. I cant be the only one feeling this way. What was the plan when designing seating arrangements York? To let everyone know I need to go to the washroom by saying excuse me, so sorry to 90 people on my way out?! Someone share my pain please so I don’t appear insane. Your only hope is to sit next to the door if you can’t manage to sit absolutely still and quiet for 2 hours or so. But even then, the door will manage to break off the hinges the moment YOU touch it on the way out.

 

5. York’s Degree Progress Report:

 

This is a very handy tool we have at the school which not only tracks each of your classes as you progress towards your degree but also advises you on which courses you need to take. This is for the busybody, who in a moment of last minute planning may or may not choose the wrong class. There is a way for them to be guided throughout their program. My concern is for those people who are double majors; what do we do? We are left pissing in the wind. I’ve found out the hard way that as a double major you have very little room to choose any class which is not part of one of your majors. To this day I still get this message when I sign into York’s server:

 

I’ve been “staying tuned” for a good couple of years now. This is longest midseason break I’ve ever heard of!

 

4) Frosh Week: I know most people probably have great things to say about this but I’m pretty sure the money you spend on Frosh week could be put to better use. Who really needs to spend so much on memories with random people you are likely to never see again. I say either save your money or blow it with people you actually know and care about.

3) The Extra Large Campus: If you’re new to York or planning to attend, you might need to bring some comfortable shoes for your first week. This is especially true if you’re taking the bus. Unless all of your classes are in the Ross building or the Curtis Lecture Hall, you will find yourself embarking on more journeys than you care for. York University is not one big building but rather a series of smaller buildings each containing classrooms. Be prepared to know where everything is before you agree to study here. It hasn’t been easy.

 

2) YFS: This is the York Federation of Students which represents student interests at school. Collectively it is a union. As beautiful as that sounds, you should keep in mind that they charge you every September for the coming year for the student healthcare plan. They do this without telling you by the way, and no notice as to how you can get out of it. If you have existing healthcare under your parents’ plan for instance you don’t need an additional plan that the YFS provides and can therefore get your money back. You will have to opt out of the current YFS plan though on their website with proof that you have coverage somewhere else. There just must be an easier way.

 

1)Moodle: This is York’s very own website for students to see everything your professors feel you need to know and or where you submit essays/write quizzes. The only problem is that no one tells you how to use it! I remember in first year hearing talks about this “Moodle” like it was something sacred at York and I felt like I was out of the loop… Until an assignment was due and I had to figure things out on my own. It’s great to figure things out on your own when you want tom but when you have things to worry about, the last thing on your mind is making time to tinker around with the school website so you don’t fail/miss a deadline by accident.

 

PART 1: Learn How to Memorize – Top 6 Memorization Techniques

This piece is PART 1 of the series ‘Life with with Practical Psychology’. Those who enjoyed reading this article are encouraged to read on:

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PART 3: How to Improve Group Dynamics & Group Decision Making

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Without further ado…

Memory is the brains way of integrating sensory-motor information into a symbolic representation that allows prediction of future occurrences. This is the evolutionary basis for memory. When trying to commit information to memory, it is important to engage with the material in a fashion that complements how your brain naturally performs this task.

The world is not a two dimensional plane. The brain evolved to remember material that is living, active, colourful, vivid, and engaging. It is no wonder so many people find such a hard time trying to remember the names and sequence of complicated processes that are described abstractly in a book: there is no life to it!

To make the task of learning simpler and more interesting, there are memorization techniques that can be employed. Arguably, the most effective and time-tested technique is the Roman Room (many rooms become a Memory Palace when practised regularly). The idea is very simple, yet powerful. This is the sort of exercise that you need to experience to appreciate. The first five techniques will be what the Roman Room is built on. Master them all and you will be surprised at the results.

1. Connect & Link (The Link Method)

As the name suggests, this memorization technique involves creating associations between items in a list and assigning images to each connection to help you memorize better. For instance, your accounting exam is tomorrow and you need to memorize which items fall under the Current Asset section of a balance sheet (Cash, Inventories, Accounts receivable, Prepaid expenses).

You can create associations as below:

  • I currently don’t have any cash to buy any inventory
  • To buy the inventory, I shall collect my accounts receivable that my friends owe me
  • If I collect the accounts receivable, it should be enough because I already have prepaid expenses from last year to count towards the purchase

2. Make a Story (The Story Method)

This approach is really similar to the Link Method. While you create a bunch of different images between each two items using the Link Method, you combine everything into one big picture with the Story Method. This technique helps you memorize the sequence of the images and hence the order of the items. Using the accounting example, it would look like this:

I currently don’t have any cash to buy any inventory. Maybe I should collect my accounts receivable that my friends owe me. After I get my money back, it should be enough because I already have prepaid expenses from last year to count towards the purchase.

3. Associate Objects with Familiar Locations (The Loci Method)

You can use this memorization method by associating terms or list items with familiar locations. Let’s say, for your Greek myth exam, you have to memorize a list of symbols of each of the Olympian deities. Take Aphrodite’s symbols/characteristics for example: Eros/winged cupid, myrrh tree, apple tree, and goose.

First, pick a place that you’re very familiar with, say your house. Imagine that you walk into your front yard, and find a winged cupid sitting perched on top of a ginormous myrrh tree. As you enter the house and into the kitchen, you see a five-feet-tall goose devouring your dinner leftovers from the fridge. Aghast, you run out of the kitchen into the living room, only to find that an apple tree is planted in the middle of it, and apples strewn all over your couch.

Get the idea right? Make these images as absurd, comical, sensory (e.g. can incorporate sounds, smells, tastes), and vivid as possible for best results. This is a centuries-old method started by ancient Romans and is still used today by many World Memory Champions.

4. Peg Objects to a Number (The Peg System)

This is useful system for memorizing lists in a particular order. There are two steps:

Step 1 requires you to memorize words that are easy to associate with numbers (e.g. 1 to 5). You can use words that rhyme with the number, or shapes that resemble the number. For example:

  1. Sun or Bun
  2. Zoo
  3. Free
  4. More
  5. Hive

Once this peglist is memorized, you can now associate the words with the list of objects you need to memorize. For example, you need to memorize the five successive stages of history as identified by Marx and Engel: Primitive Communism, Slave Society, Feudalism, Capitalism, and Socialism.

  1. In the primitive times only a little after the sun was created, people shared their buns (food) in a communal setting.
  2. Slaves were treated worse than animals in the zoo
  3. It was not free to become a feudal lord. The price was to own some land.
  4. Those capitalist pigs want more and more money!
  5. Bees are social insects, so they live together in a hive.

If you need to know what the fourth stage on the list was, all you need to remember is more, and then you’ll remember capitalism. Another advantage to this memorization technique is that once you memorize the peglist, you can use it repeatedly for other lists.

5. Draw a Mind Map

For memorizing any structured concepts or information, mind maps work well by laying out the structure and making the flow of information more clear. If you are struggling to memorizing the whole decision making process in the correct order for the short answer section on your upcoming psychology exam, or anything similar, you should try out this method!

6. The Roman Room (Memory Palace)

“When this memorization technique is practiced to maturity, this process becomes natural. It is difficult to overstate how this technique can improve your memory.”

Now that you have been introduced to some basic techniques to help you remember things, it’s time to put it all together. Let’s make a comparison before we begin. Try remembering the following words in order:

Textbook, shoulder, computer, picture frame, refrigerator, molecule, pen, cloud, telephone, cat

Do your best. It is not an easy task, particularly because there are no obvious associations to make between the words to help recall, let alone ordered recall.

Now, the Roman Room is a technique that could be applied to a list of words like this, or any information once you get well practiced at creating visual depictions of abstract words. The technique goes like this: bring to mind a room that you are very familiar with. This can be anything from your current bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, anything that you are very familiar with and therefore comes to your mind in a detailed depiction.

As you walk into the room, the corner over your left shoulder is number 1. Then, moving clockwise round the room, the next wall is number 2. The next corner is number 3. And so on, so that the corner that is number 5 is opposite of the corner that is number 1, and the wall that is number 2 is opposite the wall that is number 6.

room

The Roman Room

There are 8 numbers so far: there are 4 corners and 4 walls in a typical room. In addition to these 8 distinguished locations, number 9 will be the floor and number 10 will be the ceiling.

It is important that these enumerated locations become automatically identifiable. To practice, take ten pieces of paper, numbered 1 through 10, and draw them at random. When you draw a number, identify that location in your mental room as quickly as possible. So, for example, if you drew the number 4, you should see the wall immediately across from the door (since location 1 is the corner behind your left shoulder, location 2 is the wall to your left, and location 3 is the next corner moving clockwise). When you identify this location, think about all that is in that location usually. This may be where you store some of your books and one of the walls your bed touches, as is the case in my bedroom. This number-drawing exercise is important for two reasons: it important that you are able to quickly identify what corners, walls, ceiling and floor corresponds to which number in the numerical sequence, and revisiting your mental room is helpful for giving your mental representation of your room more life.

Next, with your room clearly drawn out in your mind, we can use the room to help commit information to memory. An excellent method is by incorporating into the room objects that are symbolically representative of the information you want to remember. The list I provided earlier is easy to use because they are all objects: you can place a textbook in the location number 1 (which is behind the door in my room, so I imagine it as a door-stop), lean on location number 2 with your shoulder (because it is the wall on your left-hand side), and so on.

What is important is that you SEA to see. That is, incorporate Senses, Emotions, and Action into your memory. For example, placing the textbook as a door-stop, I imagine seeing and feeling the textbook, feeling my frustration that the door handle has been making holes in my wall, and imagine myself choosing the book and putting it in place.

This level of engagement with memories takes time, but it makes their recall more efficient and reliable because you have created a mental environment that allows for greater integration of memory. So, in the end, you will save time.

Some rooms you can use as temporary storage: remembering a phone number, grocery list, etc. Other rooms you can use for permanent storage: important life lessons you have learned or other useful information that you may want to call on later.

As you become better at using this technique, you can incorporate more and more rooms. By connecting the rooms in a memorable order, such as story, you expand the amount of information you can consolidate using this technique (ex. bedroom, bathroom, living room, mom’s bedroom, and so on). Each new room continues the count, using the same over the left shoulder, clockwise routine: 1, 10, 11, 20, 21, 30, etc. So, not only can you remember information, you can remember the information sequentially.

When this technique is practiced to maturity, this process becomes natural. It is difficult to overstate how this technique can improve your memory.

Some of these techniques may work for you, and some may not. Next time you have to regurgitate a textbook for an exam, try these out! Stay tuned for more helpful study tips from .

By the way, 95% of university students improved their grades after using OneClass for course notes and study contents. Click here to study smarter

Scott Hagwood (2006), Memory Power, New York: Free Press – the ideas are derived from this book and are not the intellectual property of the author.

10 Fun Facts About York University

1. YorkU owns part of a rainforest in Costa Rica called Las Nubes (The Clouds).

2. YorkU brews its own brand of “Las Nubes” coffee. 

3. York’s Latin motto “Tentanada via” means “The way must be tried”.

4. YorkU is home to Canada’s only Space Engineering program.

5. York’s Psychology program is the largest in North America.

6. York University’s law school has continuously been ranked among the top schools in Canada and the world.

7. Rachel McAdams is a notable alumnus of York. 

8. The Schulich School of business is ranked first among Canadian business schools.

9. YorkU is the 2nd largest university in Canada.

10. Over 6000 cups of coffee are sold on  York’s campus each day. 

 

 

 

15 Weirdest York University Traditions

Aside from being able to hold a fork, there are a few things that York students have in common and know to be true. While you may have heard about our successful engineering programme and our huge student population, here are some things that Yorkies consider normal and dare I say it, traditional.

1. Bingeing at Popeye’s

The Popeye’s in York Lanes is the crown jewel of York’s dining options, and the comforting fried chicken that pours out of the place is exactly what dishevelled Yorkies crave for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Of course, the more experienced student will know to get the Manager’s Special, but it has become quite natural and expected to spend most of your meal plan on Combo no.5 and an extra biscuit. There are no friendships like the friendships built waiting in line at that little grease box. Bonus tradition: trying to get your cajun fries out of the paper bag without your professor noticing, mid-Marx rant.

2. Karl Marx getting mentioned in every lecture, regardless of course.

It made sense talking about Karl Marx in my first year communications class. It even made sense mentioning him in the economics portion of my humanities courses. In my natural science course, I was like, “oh hey Marx, you again eh?”. In my technology course, I had to ask, “really, Marx? You’re back?”, and by the time I had finished my sports history course I was convinced that my life’s mission would be to complete a class at York without talking about my old pal Karl. Lo and behold, this has proven to be impossible so far- a fate shared with all of my fellow Yorkies.

3. DJ Rexall

Incoming York students will never have the pleasure of experiencing DJ Rexall and his booming voice during exams in the Rexall Center. But until 2015, Yorkies have had exam regulations engrained in their heads by the campus-famous exam proctor. Many students now speculate he is due to release a mixtape, perhaps featuring tracks titled “Take Off Your Hat” and “Cellphones Off!”. DJ Rexall’s retirement from his throne this past school year has broken many young hearts and has left many Yorkies wondering, “can I even get through exams anymore?”.

4. Waiting for your prof to figure out the classroom technology.

Some lectures are scheduled with a 15-20 minute grace period, given that it takes that long for most professors and TA’s to figure out that the projector must be turned on. Nonetheless, York students know to appreciate this window of time: grab that Timmie’s double double, race to Popeye’s for the third time that day, or actually talk to classmates without the fear of missing some crucial exam info. Luckily we know to get the pens out once the IT guy walks into class, fixing the problem by pressing “Power”.

5. Shaking your head wondering why Tim Horton’s only takes cash.

Another phenomenon incoming students will never know is the pain felt due to the fact that all Tim Horton’s on the Keele campus only accept cash or YUcard. Let’s be honest, nobody around here walks around with wads of cash in our wallets (we know better!), so what ends up happening is thousands of long faces passing by, smelling the French Vanilla, and accepting defeat. No matter how many times we say we’ll bring cash, we York students know our OSAP- heavy consciences will stop us. And if we ever do find $3 in our pockets, it’ll be the best day of the school year. PSA for freshmen: at least one of the locations will be accepting debit starting this fall.

6. Schulich students wearing suits to class.

While all of us Kine and PoliSci students slump to class in our Roots sweats, Schulich students are committed to showing us up not only with their Facebook profile pictures (y’know, arms crossed leaning on the Schulich walkway), but also by wearing finely pressed business suits to class every day. It’s an enigma unlike any other, whose answer is perhaps only uncovered in a strategic management course. Dear Schulich students: why? Did some of us miss out on an acceptance from this prestigious business school based on our lack of exemplary suits? Us regular York folk will never know.

7. Living at Scott Library…

We’re all guilty of buying four packs of Twizzlers, hauling all our textbooks over and melting into one of the chairs in Scott Library’s “Quiet Zones”. Though that name should be taken with a pinch of salt, Scott is our home away from home. Sometimes leaving it feels unnatural and painful. Finding a seat, however, is an ordeal of its own, much like trying to find a parking spot on campus for which there is no fee. That said, when a York student finds a seat of any sort within the coveted Scott Library, this student abandons all public etiquette: expect to see shoes  kicked off, full meals spread out, and even peers fast asleep.

8. … But avoiding the fifth floor

Now for some, the aforementioned luxuries are quite enough for a university library. Mind you, these activities are strictly carried out on the first four floors! The fifth floor of Scott Library comes with a rather raunchy stigma and even more scandalous rumours, so it is recommended that those who intend to be academically productive avoid it. However, those with more risqué endeavours in mind probably have a few stories they could tell you about that fifth floor. NB: Some unknowing York students accidentally ventured to the fifth floor while searching for a place to sit- they then realized how important it is to be aware of York’s secrets.

9. Strikes.

A rather touchy subject for any York student whose been trying to complete their studies in the past five years, strikes are referred to as either “vacations” or “hell”. While the causes of the past few strikes have been avidly supported by students, it is the academic outcome and the impact on our GPAs that we really care about. Traditionally, strikes can have one of the following effects on courses: final exams get cancelled, students rejoice; final exams are modified, students rejoice; final exams continue as planned, students wonder what the point of the strike was; the course is cancelled and the credits are not earned, York students feel Yorked. Bonus tradition: all the Excalibur strike headlines.

10. Discovering the Glendon campus

For most York students, thinking about the Glendon campus is similar to thinking about Atlantis or life on Mars: confused, skeptical and almost ignorant. Does it exist, or is it an old tale meant to pique the interest of outsiders? Well, approximately 35 minutes away via YorkU Shuttle, the Glendon Campus stands pretty and quaint, bathed in sunlight (weather permitting) and emitting French prose. Most York students will only ever have classes at the larger Keele campus, so they will forever be left wondering about what Glendon really offers. Courses can be taken at Glendon by all York students, and is quite beautiful in the Fall.

11. “Spotted at YorkU”

This Facebook page is essentially the personals ad of York University. Students send in confessions of love or frustration, which then get posted anonymously to the page. With over 10000 followers as of this month, Spotted has helped YorkU students share a laugh and build a community since its inception a few years ago. Spotted is also an excellent source for either a)boosting your ego if you’ve been spotted, b) writing a creepy message to that cute girl in your psych class, or c) learning to keep a low profile because someone WILL spot you.

12. YorkU Security Bulletins no longer surprise us.

It’s not that York students don’t take security warnings seriously, but when our inbox is hit with about 4 of these emails a month, we learn to finish what we were doing before opening them. YorkU has a pretty shady stigma in terms of security issues, but what outsiders do not realize is that many of these include someone running across campus screaming with inappropriately few articles of clothing on- an understandable reaction to exams, for example. Yorkies know that it’s good to stay informed, but panicking is rarely necessary.

13. The Berries and Blooms Diet

Eating Popeye’s every day can leave a Yorkie feeling sluggish, so every now and then, we decide to post an Instagram picture of our Berries and Blooms broccoli salad and caption it “New me”. We like to think we’ll stick by this diet of fresh fruit, veggie mixes and pressed juices but York students are far too weak in the knees for a cajun sandwich. That’s why we have so much respect for our fellow peers who eat at Berries every day, and never ‘accidentally’ take a wrong turn and head to the Hero Burger next door.

14. Freshmen photoshoots by the fountain.

University is an exciting part of life, where you learn new things, are encouraged to challenge the normal standards of thinking, and find out more about yourself. But when your university has a huge front lawn with a photogenic fountain, the cameras come out and the hashtags fly. Freshmen are especially guilty of this, treating school like a fashion show and re-enacting poses seen on America’s Next Top Model featuring the fountain. The older students usually don’t mind, as long as we aren’t asked to be your photographers. Besides, this will all be over once the first wave of midterms hits.

15. Getting Yorked.

If a student goes to York and doesn’t get Yorked, did they ever really go to York? No. Getting Yorked is a hard concept to explain, and many don’t believe in this curse until it happens to them. Think about it this way: “yorked” is the polite way of putting it. Example: you slave away on all your assignments, actually do all of your readings (ok, you skimmed the first 7 pages), submit your essays on time and participate in tutorial! You feel nervous before the exam, but leave feeling satisfied, like maybe you didn’t waste your money on all those energy drinks. You cringe a bit thinking about how much you brown nosed this semester, but man it will be worth it. Look! Grades are posted! It’s a …. C+?? You’ve been Yorked. Other examples of getting Yorked include not being allowed to register into a required course, strikes ending badly and getting a parking ticket during class.

10 Things Which Really Grind My Gears at York University

As a third year student in my university, there are things which I, and many of the others which attend this school just can’t help but notice. Some of these things may or may not have anything in common with other universities across Canada. Here is my list in no particular order on the things which really make York a special place. For better or for worse.

 

10. Strikes:

It’s no secret to anyone living in Ontario that York University is well known for its imperative to strike. Since the first one in 1997, the University has strived to beat its own record both in duration of the strikes and for how often. If anyone has attended this school within the last 20 years, they will likely have had to work around this issue at some point in their education. What’s going on York?

 

9. Expensive Food:

This is probably the most common theme among all Universities, and its one which really needs to stop. Even the food coming from fast food franchise restaurants is expensive! What’s the deal Pizza Pizza? I can’t buy a medium pizza for $5 bucks because I’m on campus? One Mcdonald’s on campus would solve this problem overnight. We need some capitalism I say. Until then everyone is better off bringing their peanut butter and jam sandwich everyday like I do. Save you money for booze. 

 

8. Revealing Required Textbooks Too Late Leading up to the Semester Start Date:

This is something which I have become acutely aware of since the most recent strike. Apparently York thought it would be a good idea to not list the textbooks required for the course until less than 2 weeks to the start date. I can’t find better prices with that kind of timeframe! You might get lucky on Amazon to find a local seller but don’t count on it. If your buying textbooks online like I do then you’ll need a minimum of 2 weeks if it’s coming from another country or continent. In University its more than just choosing the classes which interest you or the ones you need for your program; textbooks costs can vary greatly from course to course and for one need to know what I’m getting myself into before it’s too late to switch.

 

7. Security Problems:

This is another issue which all students at York are aware of. It’s seems at least once per month that I get an email saying how there’s either been a sexual assault or a robbery concerning a student on or off campus. I’m not saying that security causes crime, but more should be done about it. It is especially unhelpful that the email never says anything about the assailants appearance. For some reason, it seems that the school doesn’t care to find these people; otherwise they might be inclined to let us know specific details about these people. Like what they look like! I don’t care what colour their jeans were at the time or what kind of hat they had. I’m pretty sure they won’t be wearing those things for the rest of their lives. Until things change I guess the only solution would be to be on the lookout for any male of any height (and any ethnic background) wearing blue jeans. Doesn’t that just make you feel so much safer?

 

6. Classes which are packed to the Brim:

This one really annoys the hell out of me. And I have a lot of hell. I really don’t want to be sitting 2 inches away from people I don’t know and don’t care to know. I cant be the only one feeling this way. What was the plan when designing seating arrangements York? To let everyone know I need to go to the washroom by saying excuse me, so sorry to 90 people on my way out?! Someone share my pain please so I don’t appear insane. Your only hope is to sit next to the door if you can’t manage to sit absolutely still and quiet for 2 hours or so. But even then, the door will manage to break off the hinges the moment YOU touch it on the way out.

 

5. York’s Degree Progress Report:

 

This is a very handy tool we have at the school which not only tracks each of your classes as you progress towards your degree but also advises you on which courses you need to take. This is for the busybody, who in a moment of last minute planning may or may not choose the wrong class. There is a way for them to be guided throughout their program. My concern is for those people who are double majors; what do we do? We are left pissing in the wind. I’ve found out the hard way that as a double major you have very little room to choose any class which is not part of one of your majors. To this day I still get this message when I sign into York’s server:

 

I’ve been “staying tuned” for a good couple of years now. This is longest midseason break I’ve ever heard of!

 

4) Frosh Week: I know most people probably have great things to say about this but I’m pretty sure the money you spend on Frosh week could be put to better use. Who really needs to spend so much on memories with random people you are likely to never see again. I say either save your money or blow it with people you actually know and care about.

3) The Extra Large Campus: If you’re new to York or planning to attend, you might need to bring some comfortable shoes for your first week. This is especially true if you’re taking the bus. Unless all of your classes are in the Ross building or the Curtis Lecture Hall, you will find yourself embarking on more journeys than you care for. York University is not one big building but rather a series of smaller buildings each containing classrooms. Be prepared to know where everything is before you agree to study here. It hasn’t been easy.

 

2) YFS: This is the York Federation of Students which represents student interests at school. Collectively it is a union. As beautiful as that sounds, you should keep in mind that they charge you every September for the coming year for the student healthcare plan. They do this without telling you by the way, and no notice as to how you can get out of it. If you have existing healthcare under your parents’ plan for instance you don’t need an additional plan that the YFS provides and can therefore get your money back. You will have to opt out of the current YFS plan though on their website with proof that you have coverage somewhere else. There just must be an easier way.

 

1)Moodle: This is York’s very own website for students to see everything your professors feel you need to know and or where you submit essays/write quizzes. The only problem is that no one tells you how to use it! I remember in first year hearing talks about this “Moodle” like it was something sacred at York and I felt like I was out of the loop… Until an assignment was due and I had to figure things out on my own. It’s great to figure things out on your own when you want tom but when you have things to worry about, the last thing on your mind is making time to tinker around with the school website so you don’t fail/miss a deadline by accident.

 

10 of the Coolest Courses at York University

Students are required to take their major courses at York University, which most of the time are uninteresting. Due to this, many students do not enjoy their courses and often complain about them. The only times students could take cool classes is for their electives. So, I’ve compiled a list of courses that you could take for your electives. Here are 10 of the Coolest Classes at York University!

1. WRIT1004 – Research for Professional Writers by Dr. Stephanie Bell

Do you fancy writing and researching, like a true journalist? If so, then this course is just for you! Research for Professional Writing allows students to create a podcast episode. Dr. Bell —a great professor for the job— teaches students how to use free and easy-to-download softwares to use to create a podcast. I’ve never actually had a course where I had hands-on experience to help me with my dream job, until now. Among other things, you really learn how to interview and deal with people, and include research in a professional writing and not in academic discourse that we are all used to.

 

2. NATS1745 – History of Astronomy by Dr. Robin Kingsburgh

If you like anything about the space, and has always found it interesting, then you’ll really like this course. You’ll learn about man-made contraptions used to record the Earth and the Moon’s rotations like the Stonehenge. There’s no tutorial for this class, however, so getting a one-on-one with the professor may be difficult, but it’s still such a cool class.

 

3. HUMA1825 – Law and Morality in Literature and Culture by Dr. Roger S. Fisher

As Thomas Jefferson once said, “if a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so,” and this quote is the epitome of this class. You get to study and examine law cases in literature and how law has affected those characters, just like a law case. There are a lot of books to read, but they’re all very interesting. Plus you get to incorporate law, philosophy, and insights into your essays, making your essays uniquely yours. Now, who doesn’t like a course that makes you think twice about society and our law system?!

 

4. WRIT1003 – Professional Writing: An Introduction by Dr. Andrea McKenzie

This course will teach you how to write and explore different writing formats. This is the course where I learnt which style I am strongest at, and which ones I’m not. It will definitely help you think outside the box, and ultimately strengthen your writing. The required reading is light, yet motivational due to few of the pieces written by Joan Didion, George Orwell, and Terry Tempest Williams. Dr. McKenzie and her teaching staff will inspire you to write the most riveting pieces you’d ever imagine.

 

5. ADMS2400 – Introduction to Organizational Behaviour by Dr. Julia Richardson

This course will teach you how to solve the business cases step by step, and how a business/organization is structured or made up of. Really, you’ll learn the bits and pieces of how an organization works. Dr. Richardson will help you out after classes with the thing you do not understand.

 

6. ADMS3210 – Consumer Behaviour by Dr. Jodi Wheelan

This course is a business course but it hints psychology quite a lot. It’s basically about learning the mindset of a consumer: why they buy, and how they think, the atmosphere of a store and how that influences the consumer’s behaviours and psyche in buying a product. This course may help you figure out why you always seem to buy that pug sweater every time you walk into Forever21.

 

7. PRWR2007 – Rhetoric: Strategy and Application by Dr. Sharon Winstanley

This is a [email protected] course for the Professional Writing program. Dr. Winstanley has created the course really cool and interactive not only by the way she teaches it —through her great speaking voice which she uses well especially when she’s emphasizing something— but also through her writing exercises. She tells her class that she does not believe in only one academic form of writing— which is what we often use in English— but creativity also needs to be conveyed in creative writing. So, the writing exercises or ‘essays’ that she wants her students to do are creative like letter-writing, short stories, and point-of-view writing. You also get to do short assignments that are worth 5% that could help boost your mark up.

 

8. HUMA1780 – Stories In Diverse Media by Dr. Sharon Davidson

If you like films and literature, then this course is for you! The reading is fairly okay with a few short stories, a Shakespearean play, and a few novels to read that explores the way these mediums affect the way they are conveyed to their audiences. You get to examine music, plays, novels, films, and art. For example, you get to watch movies in class and learn the different film techniques used!

 

9. HREQ1930 – Health and Equity by Dr. Merle Jacobs

You get to learn how unjust and oppressive the health system really is towards nurses, especially racialized nurses. It’s curious to think that many people think that Canada is not a racist or discriminant country, when in reality, many immigrants and marginalized people still faces such cruelty. Due to racism, a lot of people suffer with health issues. In this course, Dr. Jacobs will teach you all about the unjust health system Canada has today.

 

10. WRIT2003 – Genre for Professional Writers by Dr. John Spencer

You get to figure out why there are genres in literature and how it they were created. You also get t learn the new age genres that were created due to technology and the digital age. It’s a combination of psychology, creative writing and literature all together. Dr. Spencer also makes lectures informative but also fun because of his humour. He will also help you whenever you need help understanding the theories.

10 Reasons Not to Attend the York University

1. There`s so much to do here.

It sucks, from a fully equipped gym and Olympic pool for only 15$s a year to student clubs, a fully furnished food court/ mini mall and student center where you can sit with people you won`t have any time for yourself.

 

2. Constantly building upon and updating infrastructure.

Who wants the latest toys from 3D printers to new student centers where commuters can come and chill? Updates are for iOS 10 and Snapchat so we can get those new puppy filters.

 

3. Why come to a place that has its own subway station (under construction)?

We`d rather change buses and then take a train to go downtown or anywhere else, it`s not like students enjoy being connected.

 

4. If you`re worried about your grade who cares?

It`s not like the library is open 24 hours during exam time, rents out MacBooks and iPads and is like a Harry Potter tent? Wait…

 

5. We have a student escort service to walk you to your residence on request.

Why would you want to do that when you can walk alone? Its not like we get lonely or feel scared walking from one building to another between 10pm to 2am.

 

6. Helping to reduce plastic consumption.

Hey! Lets not sell plastic water bottles on campus anymore and set up water dispensing stations like frigging everywhere so you don`t dehydrate. How inconsiderate! We can`t buy water bottles on campus and throw them away anymore.

 

7. Nowhere to stay.

There are just 8 residences on campus and they only house 250 students on average in each one. Why should I walk like two hundred meters north of campus where I can get a lease for 8 months in a townhouse that`s right next to campus?!

 

8. Specific colleges for specific faculties.

Who cares if the university feels like this will help the students network with future colleagues? It`s so hard to find friends from other faculties on a closed campus with 55,000 students on it. 

 

9. It`s on the outskirts of Toronto.

Why should students want to be secluded from the hustle and bustle of a big city while they study to get their degree all the good clubs are downtown!

 

10. Security for students all over campus.

How do we students go running around doing university stuff while there are people who`ll be there to keep us safe and tell us to be responsible? This sucks even though they are mostly always understanding.

 

 

10 of the Easiest Classes at York University

A question that every student asks during their time at any university: What are the easiest classes that I can take at York University? May this be to boost one’s GPA, lighten up their course-load, fulfill their casual interest in a field, or just to get some easy credits. Here are 10 of the easiest classes a York University!

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1. THEA 1520 – Acting for Non-Majors

This course is a fabulous introduction for students of any majors except theatre majors. Not only is this the perfect course for people who love acting and are passionate about it but also for those who just want to get a taste of what acting is all about and have no prior experience at all. This course introduces students to a variety of concepts such as communication skills, the flow of breathing, voice work, exploring monologues, skits, journal writing, drama, and improvisations.

2. ADMS 1000 – Administrative Studies 

This introductory course is well-known for its useful business content and not-too-much-effort-required. Even if you’re not a business major, this course will teach you introductory material that can be applied in your everyday life. It’s pretty straightforward and teaches you how businesses operate, how to manage people, consumer behavior, marketing, etc. Plus, the course is taught by doing super interesting business cases weekly.

3. NATS 1880 – Life Beyond Earth

Ever dreamt about exploring space and the magnificent universes? Or, literally cried while watching Interstellar and got inspired to be on a mission to explore Mars? Perhaps, just wanted to study UFO and aliens? Well, wait no longer. This course will definitely satisfy your wonderment of what life would be like living on a different planet. This course will explore various factors that would be required for life to exist beyond Earth and other life that already exists outside.

4. DANC 1500 – Dance for Non-Majors 

We all know how boring and stressful long lectures can get. Why not get physical and move your body a bit? Introducing dancing for non-majors! A course that allows you to have fun while also applying different dance techniques and movement theories. Doesn’t matter if you’ve already mastered Chandler’s signature dance, this class is all about feeling that beat and letting your body relax and enter a state of euphoria.

5. MUSI 1085 – Guitar for Non-majors

Another course designed for non-majors that you can take to learn a hobby or a passion. Here’s your chance to finally learn an instrument that you’ve always wanted to master. This course will introduce you to basic string techniques, guitar chords, strumming, etc. You can also take this course for other instruments such as classical strings, flute, and piano.

6. GEOG 1000 – World Geography

This Geography course will introduce you to examining the world both geographically and critically. It will focus on current pressing issues such as globalization, climate change, migration, inequality, and tourism while also testing you on countries and continents, mapping skills, etc.

7. PSYC 1010 – Introduction to Psychology 

A super interesting introductory psychology well-renowned at York usually taught by professor Rebecca Jubis. Professor Jubis is known to be very animated by implementing real-life examples into the course. This course introduces you to the study of the human brain. Some of the topics include behavior, learning, perception, motivation, cognition, personality, etc. If you always wanted to know how the brain works and/or look at the world from someone else’s perspective, this course is for you.

8. NATS 1560 – Understanding Food

If you wanted a course that teaches you about everything related to food. This course looks at what food is, where it comes from, how it’s produced, human nutrition, health, etc. Some interesting topics include modern food production, organic food, genetically modified food, farming, and agriculture.

9. ECON 1530 – Introductory Mathematical Economics I 

If you don’t mind a little bit of high-school math here and there and want to learn more about economics, this course will definitely suit your needs. This course analyses economics using simple linear functions. It introduces you to relations between quantity demanded and price, supply and price, supply and demand, revenue, using mathematical and economic techniques.

10. NATS 1540 – Theories of Dinosaur Extinction 

Have you ever wondered how dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the Earth? Want to know if what you learned in Jurassic Park is true? This exciting course will answer all questions and fulfill your curiosity. After recently taking this course, I can say that this course blends in easiness and interesting material really well. You will learn about everything related to dinosaurs, their anatomy, geological time, extinction events, and even rocks!

Time to make choose your classes wisely and get kickass grades. Before you go, grab a copy of our free ebook on how to build effective relationships with your professors for better grades and career guidance.

10 of the Best Rated Courses at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University attracts students from across the world. Students at Santa Clara University can take a variety of courses during their time at college. Some of these courses are hard while some are much easier. Here is a list of the come the best-rated courses by former Santa Clara University students:

1. CHEM 11H – General Chemistry I

 

2. MATH 11 – Calculus & Analytical Geometry I

 

3. ECON 1 – Principles of Microeconomics

 

4. ANTH 1 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology

 

5. CENG 115 – Civil Engineering Materials

 

6. CSCI 10 – Introduction to Computer Science

 

7. HIST 100 – Historical Interpretation 

 

8. MKTG 165 – Multi-Channel Retail Marketing

 

9. MUSC 103 – Music History III: Romantic

 

10. PHYS 34 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers IV

 

15 celebrities that may have gone (or still go) to your University

 

When people think celebrities, they normally don’t expect them to have gone to university. But you’d be surprised as to how many have attended a university or college, many being an Ivy League school! Here’s our top 15 favourite picks from the list:  

1. Emma Watson – Brown University, Providence, RI

emma-watson You know her for: Harry Potter series, Perks Of Being A Wallflower, This Is The End  

2. Elon Musk – Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

elon_musk You know him for: co-founder of PayPal & Tesla Motors  

3. Rachel McAdams – York University, Toronto, ON

120123b_rachel_mcadams You know her for: Mean Girls, The Notebook, The Vow  

4. Sandra Oh – National Theatre School, Montreal, QC

Grey-s-Anatomy-Promotional-Photoshoots-sandra-oh-8978601-1500-2002 You know her for: Grey’s Anatomy  

5. Will Arnett – Concordia University, Montreal, QC

will_arnett You know him for: Arrested Development, Up All Night, 30 Rock  

6. Nina Dobrev – Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

-d-nina-dobrev-29069813-2048-1536 You know her for: The Vampire Diaries, Degrassi, Perks Of Being A Wallflower  

7. Ryan Reynolds – Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond, BC

Ryan-Reynolds-ryan-reynolds-7107788-1024-768 You know him for: Green Lantern, The Proposal  

8. Natalie Portman – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2011NataliePortmanPA211211 You know her for: V For Vendetta, Black Swan, Garden State  

9. Vin Diesel – Hunter College, Manhattan, NY

Vin-Diesel You know him for: The Fast & Furious series, Saving Private Ryan  

10. John Krasinski – Brown University, Providence, RI

john-krasinski You know him for: The Office, Away We Go  

11. Conan O’Brien – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Conan OBrien You know him for: Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Conan  

12. John Legend – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

JohnLegend_Exterior You know him for: 9-time Grammy awarded singer, John Legend & The Roots  

13. Matt Damon – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Matt-Damon-matt-damon-9040434-1024-768 You know him for: The Bourne series, Saving Private Ryan, Ocean’s trilogy  

14. Rashida Jones – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations You know her for: Parks And Recreation, Celest And Jesse Forever, The Social Network  

15. Elizabeth Banks – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Elizabeth_Banks1 You know her for: Zack And Miri Make A Porno, The Hunger Games   Did any of these celebrities on the list surprise you? If so, which one surprised you the most’