Finding #JoyAtUofT andThe Magic of 21 Sussex

This past Monday, I was in our Juxtaposition Global Health Magazine office at the Clubhouse (also known as 21 Sussex) for our weekly office hours. I was swamped with work, but the prospect of free pizza was enough to convince me to attend a Clubhouse meeting for all the student leaders of groups who have offices in 21 Sussex. Although I’m an active member of Juxtaposition, I had never attended one of these meetings and I didn’t know what to expect, but I got a renewed perspective on 21 Sussex, which I wanted to share with you all!

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Some of the many services at 21 Sussex!

Community Engagement using the Clubhouse

When I first became acquainted with the Juxtaposition office, it just seemed like a nice area to chill out, and a place to store our group’s assets (as a print publication, we have A LOT of magazines in our office). As I started spending more time there, it became a second home.

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Some of the many awesome things we have in our office!

After the meeting I realized it’s more than just OUR sanctuary. The clubhouse is available to the U of T community for a reason! The October open house was just one of the many ways that 21 Sussex promote community involvement and engagement.

Photo of the 21 Sussex clubhouse

Conveniently located right by Robarts!

You know how professors sometimes joke about being lonely during their office hours, since very little students actually come out? It’s a similar situation with our club’s office. The office hours are a great way to learn more about the club, what they do and how their membership works! I didn’t even know that the clubs held office hours, until I actually had to host them.

The roughly 700 clubs here at U of T can be difficult to navigate and learn about. Thankfully, ULife and UTSU have club directories, and there are countless ways to connect via social media. But, the 50 or so clubs at 21 Sussex got the privilege of office space. So maybe you want to see what Juxtaposition has in the works for the rest of the year. Or you want to find out how to go about writing for the Varsity. Or maybe you want to grab free condoms from the Sexual, Gender and Diversity office. Whatever it may be, stop by and say hi!  At the absolute least, you’ll make a new friend J.

(Did I mention our office has coffee and snacks?)

So #TryItUofT, and let me know how it goes down in the comments or on Twitter at Api_UofT!

Finding a Passion… For Fashion

Last week I attended the annual UFashion Spring Fashion show, held in co-ordination with the UClit and U of T Students for Wishes. 

The event is put on every year by the student-run organization UFashion It showcases different Toronto-based designers and stores, aiming to appeal to a variety of different styles and student budgets. 

This year’s event was held at Fiction nightclub, and proceeds benefitted the Make a Wish Foundation. Tickets to the fashion show were $10 a piece, and included entrance to Fiction after the show was over. 

two university aged girls sitting on a large leather couch in a club-like setting

Ainsley and Ashley getting ready for the show to start

Before attending the show I had never actually heard of UFashion before, so I didn’t know entirely what to expect. Creating fashionable looks that are not only locally accessible, but student-budget friendly, is difficult to say the least. Although I was excited for the experience of the show as a whole, I wasn’t holding out high hopes of seeing anything that I would “just have to have.” 

I couldn’t have been more wrong. 

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The looks were edgy, fashionable, and well put together. There wasn’t a linear catwalk, but instead models walked a path that wound throughout the entire club. The audience was sat on the large velvet couches, and the layout gave everyone a front row view. 

The stores showcased included Toronto locals such as Over The Rainbow, Feroce, Parloque, Sauvage, and Original Penguin It also however, featured an online store created by two University of Toronto students. Haakem Bajwa and Parham Chinikar created their clothing line Cabaret Vesture in the attempts to create pieces that they would wear on a daily basis.  Instead of striving to achieve a certain aesthetic or style, they let their creativity guide them into making whatever pieces are inspiring them at the time. 

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I left the fashion show having had a wonderful night, but also fuelled by a new interest in this aspect of UofT life I didn’t know existed before.  Almost at the end of my second year here, I still feel like I haven’t found something that I’m truly passionate about.  With hundreds of clubs I never expected it would be this difficult. 

However attending the UFashion event opened my eyes up to the world of UofT fashion, beauty, and style. It introduced me to an entire network of other students who share my passion for style, but who share many of the same student-related constraints. 

image via. http://ufashiontoronto.blogspot.ca/

image via. http://ufashiontoronto.blogspot.ca/

If UFashion sounds like something you want to get involved with too, check out their blog www.ufashiontoronto.blogspot.ca, or like them on Facebook here.  I’d love to get any suggestions of other beauty/fashion related clubs in the comments below, or hear your story of how you found your passion at U of T! Until next time, keep up to date with me on the other events I’m attending by following me on twitter at @Rachael_UofT.

Find Your Love

Hello friends! Reading Week has come to an end, but I hope everyone had a productive and/or fun week to catch up and/or relax!

As much as I would like to talk about my own Reading Week for this post, there are only so many words I can use to describe “Slept for 8+ hours a day, not including naps.”  For some fun Reading Week shenanigans definitely check out what Amie, Rachael and Ondiek have been up to.

The first day of Reading Week was a holiday that many people have very strong opinions about: VALENTINE’S DAY!

Picture of Api with animated hearts floating around her head

Love is in the air!

Unfortunately my Valentine’s Day plans weren’t as great as I’d hoped, so for this week’s post, I am going to switch it up and share my feelings through an open letter to my (former) Valentine:

Dear Netflix,

To be honest, I’ve never been into extravagant plans on Valentine ’s Day, but I’ve never been one to think of this holiday as a corporate, over-commercialized, capitalist holiday either. What I do like is the idea behind it. Celebrating love.

We both know that Valentine’s Day is not just about loving significant others but also about loving everyone in our lives. But, I feel like I don’t have the time to love. Because of you Netflix, I feel smothered. I feel like you’re taking over my life. I want to love other things. I want to love my studies, my student groups, and my job. I want my life back. I want to explore my own interests, not just what YOU recommend.

Picture of Netflix default user face. Green Square with 2 dots for eyes and a line for smile.

Just when I think I’m out, that face pulls me back in.

I think it’s time for us to see other people. It’s not you, it’s me.

Xoxox. Sincerely,

Api

I’m not going to go too much into my terrible relationship with Netflix. It had its flaws, but in hindsight, the relationship had a lot of great parts too. We had a good run, but it’s time to find new things to fall in love with. In my first year it was a program. Sometimes it was a job. This year, it was a conference. There’s still so much more to explore. The journey ends here for Netflix, because it was holding me back from doing what I truly wanted (like being productive), but it’s just the beginning of a whole new journey!

It’s all about finding the things that you love. Isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about? So I know I’m going to listen to Drake’s advice. Try to get out there and FIND YOUR LOVE.

Let me know what you’re finding down in the comments or on Twitter at @Api_UofT!

My Reading Week #Staycation

Happy Reading Week U of T! If you’re reading this article right now, chances are you’re one of the many students who didn’t go away for reading week. (However if you are – and you’re reading this on a beach in the warmth somewhere, I probably hate you.) 

American television shows and Tripadvisor commercials have all turned reading week into this glamorized week of freedom, where it’s mandatory to go somewhere warm, wear a slinky bikini, and drink a pina colada. 

However for most university students, this isn’t the reality – in fact, it’s not even an option. Not only are vacations expensive, but they also require an entire week of no school work; which always sounds like a good idea in theory, but ends up making your first week back a nightmare. 

The reality it, most U of T students this year will spend reading week at home. Whether you choose to pick up some extra shifts at work, take advantage of the quiet on campus, or sleep in until 2pm every day – it doesn’t make your reading week any less valid. 

That’s why this reading week, I have a full-on “Stay-cation” planned. 

Living close to campus I find it really easy to get into the slump of “home, campus, repeat.” I forget that I live in such an amazing city. During first year, Toronto itself was what made my year so enjoyable. In fact, in my Life@UofT interview, I explicitly mentioned how having a campus in the middle of the city was what I loved most about U of T. 

Somewhere between grocery shopping, laundromats, TTC rides, and paying rent, I seem to have forgotten what I loved the most about U of T – the city that it’s in!

Well forget no more, this reading week for me is all about re-kindling my long lost love for Toronto. It’s about getting out and exploring the little nooks and crannies I don’t have time to see between classes. 

For me, it’s going to look a little something like this; 

Monday: 

Brunch at School in Liberty Village. Classes may be out – but brunch is always in. 

Picture of brunch food sitting out on a school-esque table. Food includes pancakes, waffles, and eggs.

(Image Via. http://sincerelykn.blogspot.ca/2014/08/school-restaurant.html )

Tuesday: 

Free admission to the ROM! Tuesdays are my busiest days, so I never get to take advantage of this during the semester. 

image of inside the rom in the dinosaur room where there are dinosaur skeletons up!

(image via. rom.on.ca )

Wednesday: 

Free admission to the AGO! Ditto on the Tuesday comment. 

(Image via. kentsujimoto.blogspot.com )

(Image via. kentsujimoto.blogspot.com )

Thursday: 

Book Time! Not the boring Robarts-esque books however. I plan to explore as many of these book stores as humanly possible in one day. 

Clean, crisp, modern bookstore

( Image via. http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_bookstores_in_toronto/ )

Friday: 

People watching in Kensington market. Now that I’m not one of the crazy Torontonians running around like a chicken with their head cut off – it’s nice to sit back and watch everyone else do it. Kensington is the perfect place for this. 

Two people walking through Kensington market , passing by a brightly painted building)

( Image via. www.paulkrol.net )

So U of T, that’s my #Staycation plans. Who needs a vacation when you have one of the most diverse and cultured cities in the world at your door step! So U of T, whether you’re hitting the streets like me, or lounging by the pool, have a good reading week – and I’ll see you all back on campus next week. 

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway: Winter Commutes to U of T

Back in the summer, I wrote about surviving the summer heat while being a commuter. Rachael’s covered the campus winter life hacks, but in light of the recent snowmageddon that was unleashed upon the city (possibly a mild exaggeration), I knew it was time for: The commuter’s edition of surviving the winter!

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If this majestic bird can tolerate winter, so can you.

1. Stay warm!

If I’m being honest, I’ve been that person who didn’t wear a hat because I didn’t want to mess up my cute hairdo. No one likes dealing with the bulkiness of winter clothing, especially if you’re alternating from bus to train to sidewalk during a commute. I try to look for items that keep me warm without all the bulk. Fleece-lined gloves, earmuffs, headbands, and even better insulated shoes and jackets have helped me stay warm without looking like the Michelin man (and they even keep me warm without messing up my hair!!)

2. Transit will be a mess. Accept it. Embrace it. Prepare for it.

I’ll admit, I get irrationally angry when the train gets delayed during storms, or when streetcars aren’t in service because of snow, but I know it’s impossible for transit systems to anticipate and prepare for everything that comes along with crazy winter weather. Staying updated, leaving early, dressing warmly and having a game or book as a distraction are all things that keep my spirits a little higher during delays. This handy TTC updates Twitter and the GO Mobile app have (relatively) up-to-the-minute information. I also have a tactic of leaving around times that the subway won’t have as much people. Pro-tip: Half past the hour is usually the least crowded time at the stations near campus because classes tend to finish on the hour!

3. Stay Safe!

If you’re able to, stay home! Poor visibility, slippery roads and just an overall mess of wetness make for pretty treacherous commutes already. Combine that with the generally bad traffic downtown and it creates pretty dangerous conditions. I’ve been caught driving in some pretty terrible storms and I can confirm that it’s difficult enough to see the car in front of me, let alone the people walking around them. I’ve emailed professors or TA’s and they’ve generally understood the situation, and thus the self-declared snow day was born.

Bonus: ENJOY!

It’s easy to get frustrated during cold, harsh winters, but it does have its upside. Imagine walking through the fresh snow on St George St. Possibly stepping out onto King’s College Circle and seeing the skyline blurred by the snow.

Picture of King's college circle with blurred CN tower in the background  Perhaps the upside could even be a U OF T SNOW BATTLE?

picture of students throwing snow with University College in the Background

If this isn’t a good enough reason to love winter, I don’t know what is! Picture via Life at U of T Facebook page.

So tell me U of T, how do you cope with commuting in the winter?

My Off-Campus Housing Assumptions

It was around this time last year when I was in first year, that my friends and I began thinking about where we wanted to live next year. We had all lived in residence during first year and although we loved it, we were ready for the change of living off campus. 

Looking back now, the entire process seemed daunting. What neighbourhood did we want to live in? Who would our roommates be? What was our budget? 

But before we said goodbye to campus housing for good, we had to take an inaugural photo

But before we said goodbye to campus housing for good, we had to take an inaugural photo

I’m happy to tell you that we did in fact find a place, and that we just recently signed our lease for next year as well – which means we probably did something right! However, leading up to actually signing our lease – the road was anything but smooth. There were fights, tears, and even a dramatic cheque ripping or two.

Going into the house hunt, I think we had a lot of false assumptions. About everything from pricing, to who we would actually want to live with. So in the hopes of helping you with your house search, here are the top 3 assumptions I had and why they were completely wrong:

Assumption #1: Everyone signs a lease before the holiday break 

I cannot being to tell you how off-base this assumption is! Despite the stories you may hear from your Laurier and McMaster friends (where housing is a lot harder to find) most U of T students sign their lease between April and August.

A photo of me and 2 of my roommates after we had officially signed our lease and moved in! (in MAY)

A photo of me and 2 of my roommates after we had officially signed our lease and moved in!

The best strategy is to check housing.utoronto.ca regularly starting now, and keep your eyes open for houses that seem to fit your requirements. We signed our lease in April and it started in May, but our friends just down the street signed theirs in August and moved in the first week of September! If you think all hope is lost because you haven’t found a house yet -don’t worry, house-hunting season has only just begun. 

Assumption #2: You choose who you want to live with, then find a house that suits you 

If I had known how impractical this was before my house search, it would have saved a lot of awkward conversations. Me and 3 other friends had all promised each other we would live together in first semester – but when it came time to actually choose a house, we realized we had a lot of practical differences. 

Although I love all of these hooligans, I don't think all of our living styles would have worked together. That's why our 10 person friend group divided between 2 houses.

Although I love all of these hooligans, I don’t think all of our living styles would have worked together. That’s why our 10 person friend group divided between 2 houses.

My suggestion would be to have in mind the “core” people you want to live with (i.e. a best friend) and then try to find a house that you love. Once you do it’s a lot easier to fill it with your other friends than to try to hold out for that perfect house for your pre-selected group. 

Assumption #3: Your rent will be pre-divided for you by room 

Unless you live in a perfect house with 4 perfectly identical rooms, it’s normal for most houses to have a rent variation between rooms. In my house, it’s almost $100. The hard part about this is that a lot of landlords will just give you the total rent cost – and leave diving it up to you. 

This can be really stressful as people decide which rooms they want, and then become defensive or argumentative over price. I suggest you determine the cost per room before anyone “claims” it, as it might change someone’s opinion. 

For example, my roommate Ainsley was willing to take the room without a window (don’t worry she still has a skylight) in exchange for having the cheapest rent in the house. 

(via. https://www.splitwise.com/calculators/rent )

(via. https://www.splitwise.com/calculators/rent )

You may find it useful to use online tools such as this one by the New York Times, or the one we used by Splitwise. They take the measurements and components of the room, and calculate a fair division. 

Overall, finding a house was a very different process than I expected it to be. I think if I was to go back and do the process over again, I would utilize Housing Services a lot more than I did. They can help you with everything from finding a roommate, to settling landlord disagreements. Check out their website or pop into their office in the Koffler Building

If you have any questions about my housing experience, leave them below. Happy House Hunting! 

b2B History Alumni Dinner – #TryitUofT

Over the last year and a half at U of T I think it’s safe to assume that I have received 1000+ emails to my school email address. While a lot of these did contain valuable information about courses, midterms, and social events, a lot of them didn’t. They were invitations to extra curricular events, newsletters, and classmates asking for lecture notes. 

So it’s no surprise that I’ve developed a bit of a bad habit of filing these emails away, out of my inbox, into a U of T folder. 

However, January was #TryItUofT month here on the Life@UofT blog – and in the spirit of trying something new I decided to open one of these emails and go along with whatever was inside. This ended up being the b2B History Mentorship Dinner. 

photo of myself with the text overlay "backpack 2 briefcase" - on the left hand side is a picture of me dressed as a student holding a backpack, while on the right hand side is a picture of me looking more professional

b2B, or backpack to Briefcase, is a program here at U of T that aims to help U of T students bridge the connection between their education and their future profession.  The program hosts a variety of events such as panels, workshops, and alumni events such as the one I attended. 

dinner table in an old room, dressed with white table clothes and dinner setting. There are both older adults and younger students sitting at the table engaged in discussion

The b2B History Mentorship Dinner was designed to connect students at U of T currently studying history, with alumni in a variety of different professions. The aim was to show how versatile a degree such as history can actually be. The alumni that attended ranged in profession from an Investment Banker at RBC, to a professor here at U of T. 

The dinner was held at the beautiful Faculty Club here on campus, and the alumni were dispersed evenly throughout the students. As the night and meal went on, the alumni were encouraged to change seats and interact with as many of the students as possible. By the end of the night, I had spoken with almost everyone in the room. 

photo of me and another female student standing in front of a b2B poster

I met a lot of great alumni, and even made some friends along the way

Going into the event I didn’t know what I wanted out of the experience.  I knew it was a great opportunity to network – but I was unsure about how willing the alumni would be to connect with a mere second year. However, this was far from the case. 

The alumni engaged each and every student genuinely, giving pieces of advice and sharing their own stories. I received business cards and was encouraged to send Linked-In invitations to maintain contact after the dinner was over.

an female alumni addressing the table

The atmosphere of the dinner made me feel immediately comfortable, and the ratio of alumni to students was almost 1 on 1, meaning there was no competing for attention. Most of the alumni in attendance were aware of who they had already talked to, and took it upon themselves to ensure they had spoken with every student in the room. 

Photo of a cream dessert in a white bowl with a fruit garnish

Let me also add that the food was delicious! I ate the rest of the meal too fast to get a picture, but this delicious looking dessert pretty much sums it up!

Overall the experience was more than I could have even hoped for it to be. The food was delicious, the conversations were genuine – and more than anything I left the dinner with a sense of hope and reassurance. It was so refreshing to feel as if these people, who had only met you hours earlier, had a sense of confidence in you. They acknowledged your struggles, and yet didn’t allow them to validate your fear of failure. They had all been there before, and they had made it through. 

a student addressing the table of alumni and other students

I would strongly encourage anyone who is debating going to a b2B event to do it. While you may swear that it won’t be valuable to you, you might be surprised by what you get out of it. For more information on the b2B program check out this webpage, or just loosen up on your email filing!

Let’s Talk: Mental Health and Accessibility Services 

So I am going to be honest- things have been quite rough for me lately. As someone who was diagnosed with anxiety and depression several years ago, I am used to managing my mood with medication. However, sometimes medication isn’t enough.

I am getting increasingly anxious in my seminar classes and I am still trying to catch up with deferred assignments from last semester. My meetings this week went poorly and my initiatives at my college have run amok.

So, under the strong advisement of my doctor, I have decided to sign-up for Accessibility Services.

A picture of rice, stemmed broccoli, and a lot of cheese.

Feel sad? Here is my comfort food. :D

Beyond their wonderful volunteer note-taking program, Accessibility Services provides all sorts of academic accommodations for students. These accommodations are available not just for mental health issues, but also for concussions, learning disabilities, mobility issues, low vision, and hard of hearing. For students with disabilities or are differently abled, this service can potentially bridge the gap between inaccessibility and success.

So why did I not sign up earlier? Well, there are several reasons, but they can all easily be boiled down to pride. I didn’t want to admit that I needed help, or essentially what I considered a “middle-man” between my professor and I. I also did not want my professors to be aware of my mental health troubles. And I certainly did not want to deal with the associated stigma.

Me smiling at the camera.

:D

Yet, in the end, this “high-ground” only exacerbated my own sense of stigma.  Furthermore, by not getting help earlier my depression worsened because I was trying, and failing, to keep up with my workload and neurotypical peers. In fact my friends suggested to me numerous times to sign up for Accessibility Services but did I listen? Nope. I continually shunned their advice because of my pride.

The reality is that Accessibility Services actually attempts to create an equitable ground for all students. So what if I may not be like my able-minded peers – that is okay. What is not okay is for me to push myself to finish my assignments to the point where it is negatively affecting my health and wellbeing.

Alongside Accessibility Services, I have also promised myself to go to Peers are Here, a non-judgmental, drop-in space organized by students, for students where you can connect with fellow peers, share experiences, and learn wellness strategies. For undergraduate students, it takes place on Thursdays from 5 to 6pm at the Medical Sciences Building in Room 3227. You can find out more information here.

And so, to coincide with the Let’s Talk campaign, I have decided to be more open about my limitations. I have also decided to use a multi-pronged approach for my wellbeing by utilizing CAPS, my college’s registrar, Peers are Here, and Accessibility Services.  I hope that come the end of the year, my proactive steps will lead to my greater well being and academic success.

Lots of love,

Haley

 

 

A Night at the (UofT) Theatre

I can’t count the amount of times that I’ve walked by a poster advertising a new play on campus, and said “oh, I’m going to go to that!”  If you’ve followed my blog posts for a while now, this won’t come as much of a surprise to you; I am the queen of  wanting to get involved in something, and then never actually doing it. 

So this week when my friend invited me to come and see her in the Trinity College Dramatic Society’s performance of the Twelve Angry Jurors – I knew I had to stick to my promise. 

I decided to take this as an excuse to have a night out, a “night at the theatre” so to say.  It’s only three weeks into the semester and I already feel as if I’m clocking more hours at Robarts than in my own bedroom.  I figured this was the perfect excuse to take a well deserved break. 

A picture of me at a table at Gabbie's bar with a plate of delicious food in front of me

We started our night up on Bloor at Gabby’s Bar & Girl to grab a quick bite before the performance, which started at 8pm.  Pulled pork and fries may not be the classiest of pre-theatre meals, but hey – I’m on a student budget here (and it was delicious).

a picture of my delicious food - a pulled pork sandwich and fries

We got to the theatre early to purchase tickets from the door and get our seats in the George Ignatieff Theatre. The stage itself was small, but the theatre filled up quickly with family members and friends of the performers, and a couple campus reporters as well. 

a picture of my theatre program and ticket. The program reads "TCDS presents the twelve angry jurors, with a picture of a screaming head in which the eyes are covered by the numbers 1-12

When the play began I was immediately captivated. I hadn’t done much research about the play before hand, but the general synopsis involves a group of Jurors arguing over the innocence of a man accused of killing his father. 

The entire play takes place on the same set, with no more than 13 characters on stage at one time.  It was intense and dramatic, with the perfect amount of comic relief.  The characters delve into topics such as immigration, racism, prejudice, and the idea of “reasonable doubt”.  Although you never see the accused man, or any characters other than the jurors and a security guard, through the discussion you feel as if you have an clear picture of the entire trial. 

a picture of the performance happening on stage. The 12 characters are sitting in chairs around a large table - on character is standing up addressing the group.

The actors themselves portrayed their characters skillfully, shedding tears at some points and genuine smiles at others. Although the play itself was only an hour, when it was over I felt as if I had known these characters all my life. 

the actors in the play lined up for the final curtain call

When the play was over we waited in the lobby to see our friend, then walked home discussing everything we had just seen.  The best part of seeing a play, movie, or any theatre production, is the ability it has to take you away.  For a given amount of time it transports you into another storyline where the problems of your world don’t seem to matter anymore. 

So I’ve ticked something off my campus bucket list, and managed to find a new favourite past-time in the process.  I would love to hear your experiences with campus productions, including any plays that I have to see. Leave them in the comments below, or send them to me on twitter at @Rachael_UofT. 

If you’ve never seen a play on campus, I would highly recommend it! With numerous on-campus productions happening every year, there’s sure to be a play that interests everyone, and a ticket price to match your budget.  

A Beginners Guide to (almost, kind of) Surviving Statistics

Throughout all the trials and tribulations of university, whether it be cramming for 5 midterms in one week, or starting a 3000 word essay the night before, there is only one thing that actually, genuinely terrifies me:

Statistics. 

picture of Api with a face palm

Stats = eternal face palm :(

Unfortunately, the introductory statistics courses are required for my major. Of all my courses, it’s the one lecture that I don’t find interesting and engaging. To me, it’s like statistics has become the lone MySpace page in a sea of artfully crafted Facebook profiles.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve always found understanding statistics difficult. Maybe it all the “analysis” or whatever that’s involved, but my brain does not work that way. In the summer, I managed to get through the first introductory statistics course here at U of T (STA220, PSY201 or their equivalents) but I had a very specific system that made getting through the course a little bit easier.

I thought I would be done with statistics, but my best friend the Course Calendar kindly informed me that I still needed another half credit.

Api looking disconcerted

Statistics. Honestly.

There I was, once again terrified of numbers, so I knew it was time to refer back to my statistics game plan. I’ve also met many classmates who share the same anxious feelings towards to statistics, so hopefully this helps not just me, but everyone who’s tackling the course this semester (and in semesters to come)!

API’S POSSIBLY FOOLPROOF STATS GAME PLAN

1. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

I remember on the first day of my first statistics my professor telling the class that we had to constantly do practice questions to keep up, and I’m not going to lie: I scoffed. DO THEY UNDERESTIMATE MY ABILITY TO SUCCESSFULLY CRAM INFORMATION INTO MY HEAD THE NIGHT BEFORE? No. No they did not. It took me a full three-day library session at Robart’s to actually catch up with the small amount of material I nonchalantly didn’t do.

2. There’s a Statistics Aid Center!!! 

It didn’t know about the Statistics Aid Centre until after I took statistics, dropped the course and then finally buckled down and took it the second time. They have people on hand to help you and it’s an amazing resource to make use of!

3. Finding statistics software 

My stats course included assignments and homework that were done on statistical software, and I found out that Robart’s Library has computers with statistical software installed on them! There’s also a computer lab at Sidney Smith with computers as well! I designated a weekly time to use the computer labs, so not only was I saving money on purchasing the software, I was also making myself have at least a few hours of stats practice each week.

Api giving a thumbs up

GOD SPEED, MY FRIENDS

So there you have it folks. That was my statistics game plan, and I’m hoping it’s going to work again this semester. Good luck everyone!

If you have any other tips, let me know down in the comments or on Twitter at @Api_UofT!