Wow, this semester has flown by! I turned around twice and *poof*, February is almost over. University years are the fastest and wildest, after all.
What university students do is not easy. We have all taken some blows to make it through. That being said, I know from my experience that there is a tremendous amount of hope on this campus.
I always say it starts with your own balance. Work hard on your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual self and you’ll find your university work will flourish, as well as your personal and extra-curricular life.
I’m in my third year, so I’m already starting to look at my next steps. This search reminds me of the big journey towards university which began in my late high school years. Those were crazy times! The decisions high-schoolers have to make are so big, and yet they are so young.
Choose the programs which best fulfill your passions! I could not work as hard as I do to fight for every single mark if I did not have an infallible connection to my interest areas. What I do is a part of me, and what you do should be a part of you too!
U of T also has a Transitional Year Program for university applicants who don’t have the full high school requirements and an Academic Bridging Program for applicants over 20 years of age. Miizwe Biik also offers a high school-level diploma program to help applicants get their GED!
The next key piece of the puzzle is the community you connect with. Always remember, you are not alone. First Nations House is a great place to start and from there I guarantee you will make many new friends, get academic support and connect with other Indigenous organizations on campus (ABS, IEN, SAGE, NSA, ALSA, UTSCISA to name a few) and beyond! There’s also a ton of excellent events put on by these groups year-round, so keep your eyes open!
FNH is even sending 2 Indigenous students for an exchange program atthe International Institute for Sustainable Studies in Belize this year!
I must also share a little secret which has helped me greatly. Here’s my special healthy, quick, and cheap recipe for rye biscuits whenever a tasty boost is needed!
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup rye flour
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp half-and-half cream
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
- Grease a regular casserole or baking sheet
- In large bowl, whisk dry ingredients together
- Cut butter into dry mix and use whisk to mash and mix butter until it resembles coarse crumbs
- In separate bowl, mix egg and cream
- Pour egg mixture into dry mixture and mix with fork just until all dry ingredients are moistened
- Split the batter into 4 equal blobs, place in casserole or on baking sheet
- Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown