In Which I Converse With Student Entrepreneurs

 

My reaction to interviewing the folks at Semesterly: "You mean there are students who run this website?"

Me trying to figure out my life

Whenever I finish course selection, there is always a period of time where my thoughts drift to my future in terms of a career. It’s like an imposing deadline that inches closer when you least expect it, and as a humanities / social sciences student studying Political Science, Cinema Studies, and History, this deadline can appear menacing. Now, as a student in Political Science, Cinema Studies and History interested in a career with media production and photography, this deadline appears monstrous.

I’ve learned from various trips to professors’ office hours, the Career Centre, and long, thoughtful conversations with friends that succeeding after school, especially with my aspirations, that marketing yourself in today’s job industry is essential. Marketing, in my mind, automatically correlates with entrepreneurship – something I don’t have the space in my packed school schedule (curse you, 5 hour film blocks!) to learn from classes. However, when I struck up a chat with my friend Tsukasa (or Tsuki) who’s a third year Rotman student working as a student entrepreneur for the new U of T student founded course organizing program, Semesterly , I learned a lot about what it’s like to be a student entrepreneur.

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On Campus Job Hunting Season is Now Open!

a photo of a hand holding a yellow coloured iced beverage in a plastic cup with a green straw and a logo with the image of a white mermaid in the middle of a green circle

Spending my hard earned cash.

Since the age of fifteen I have always been employed. Going through high school, it allowed me to have the freedom to spend my hard earned cash on things that I wanted and not have to rely on having to convince my parents to give me money or buy me certain things. Fast forward to my university years, being employed has become even more important. The money that I earn from being employed not only allows me to experience things that Toronto offers, but also helps tremendously in covering the cost of being in school.

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Tri-Campus Travelling

As a St. George student, just exploring downtown Toronto is a grand task that has taken me 4 years of my undergraduate degree. That’s why the fact that the University of Toronto is made up for two more beautiful and fully-loaded campuses in two different cities doesn’t even cross some students’ mind. So finally, this past week, I had the pleasure of travelling to UTM and UTSC for some meetings and although I missed the comfort of home (aka Robarts 13th floor Sussex corner), I have to say the experience was thoroughly satisfying.

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UTM, Davis Building, 2nd Floor

UTM was logistically easier to go to because there’s a shuttle that goes from Hart House to UTM’s instructional centre. It’s a $6 ticket that gets you to Mississauga in a mere hour given the time of day. The campus is actually built amongst the valley of Credit River which means cleansing nature hikes between your day classes is a total possibility (Think Queen’s Park times a hundred + a body of water). The buildings are pretty much all connected to each other so imagine the blissful winters. Yet there is an actual forest right beside the campus, so imagine the serene summers.

One of the first things I saw when I entered the campus was a Starbucks so that’s a positive point for any institution. I especially love the contemporary design and the walk-through to the CCT building; the minimalist feel calls for some serious instagrammable moments. It can get pretty busy during the school year, so in my experience, the summer is the best time to really breathe the campus in. It’s really weird because once you get used to the busy-city impression of UTSG, you start to notice the little things that set UTM apart.

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UTSC on the hottest day ever

UTSC was next on my list; it took me a subway ride all the way east to Kennedy and then an express bus to campus. Luckily, I was there on a Wednesday and this meant that I got to take a look at the farmer’s market that they put on every Wednesday until October. In fact, I was actually informed of the market by someone in my meeting who brought along some Brie to snack on. While walking through the market, I was joined by a herd of people playing Pokémon Go. Surprisingly, even on the hottest year of the season, I actually saw multiple herds walking all over UTSC playing that game. I actually didn’t realize the severity of the situation until my friend stood in a line-up at the food court for 10 minutes before the group noticed and informed her that they were not in line but in the middle of a battle. Other than that, my favorite part of the school was the Rotunda; the space was naturally-lit and I could tell that was where the action happened! It’s also only a coincidence that there is a starbucks right there.

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The Farmer’s Market set up at UTSC

Despite my tourist-esque presence at the other U of T campuses, I realized that they were both very welcoming campuses in that since the buildings are newer than UTSG, they are all accessible and have a very inclusive design. I was pleasantly surprised and would definitely recommend taking some classes, especially in the summer, outside of UTSG just to get a taste of the programs that are unique to UTM and UTSC. I would love to hear about your experiences with the two campuses as a UTSG student, leave me a comment below!

Land Ahoy!: A day on Toronto Islands

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Riverdale Farm

It’s official, we are in the last half of summer. With August being two weeks away I’m certain all of us are thinking about the arrival of the fall semester. I’m also certain that many of us are recounting what we’ve done so far in the past months so as to plan accordingly for the remaining tank top days of the summer season.

For myself, the summer has been a blur of problem sets, readings, and attempts at healthy life balances. I’ve hung out with friends, had many park days and in just the past week have set out to be the very best Pokemon trainer like no one ever was. What my summer hasn’t been is a day at the beach!  Well until this past weekend when I set out to explore Toronto Islands for the first time in what can only be described as forever and a half.

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UofT Bookstore Haul

It’s that time of year again! With course selection times coming up, we are suddenly uprooted from the comforts of summer and thrown into fall semester preparation. One of the things that I have done in the past to calm my September nerves is to go crazy with Back to School shopping.

I know what you’re thinking: who even goes Back to School shopping after the 8th grade?

Answer: me :(

 

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Beating School Stress this Week…Kapow!

For those of you taking Summer courses, you know ALL TOO WELL how quickly the course materials go by and before you know it finals are here (…then again, it feels like that during the Fall/Winter courses but y’all know what I mean!). One of my favourite things to do on-campus is to hit the gym, stressed or not.

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Summer commutes and that half-eaten granola bar

So I’m taking summer classes. I love summer school because I don’t have to juggle 5 courses at the same time. The focus on one subject for two months instead of 5 in four months has always made more sense to me for some reason. This is an unpopular opinion but there are pros and cons to everything! There’s also not that many people on campus during the summer which means I always get the seat with the power outlet.

Not a lot of people want to spend the best weather to grace Toronto in months indoors but I actually end up spend more of it outdoors…waiting for my bus.

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