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What’s unique about your college?
Innis is a small community, with a tight-knit social group which makes events more fun. In terms of its physical aspects, Innis is a smaller college, with a new lounge in the main area (and new furniture!), and a new student lounge. We have a neat café, which is independently run by a family, and a Town Hall that is used for Cinema Studies. It’s where the Free Friday Films and other student-run events take place. We also have a green space in the back college area.
Since we’re smaller, our Registrar’s Office offers more one-on-one appointments, so by the time you’re in fourth year, and especially if you’re involved, the administration knows you by name, and vice versa.
We also have the Later Life Learning program for adults. They raise money for scholarships for students, and they come to class at Innis, so the college constantly has diverse people of different ages.
Do you have any mentorship programs at the college?
We are currently in the process of redesigning our leadership and mentorship program.
How does the selection process for the college work?
Admittance to residence is based on marks, and incoming students should rank Innis first.
What do you think about an Innis stereotype I’ve heard, calling your students “introverted nerds without a social life”?
Our students have very high academic standards and we have quite a few engineering students living in our residences, yes, but they have a very active social life just the same! Innis is pretty calm and low-key; in comparison to the other colleges, we’re not rah-rah all the time, but the students I’ve encountered are just as fun!
What are some of the clubs that are unique to your college?
There are lots of ways to be involved at the college. The Innis College Student Society is a way for students to get involved in student leadership. Students have a big voice on the Innis College Council and get to create change and influence decisions. We’re home to the Environment Club, CINSSU (Cinema Studies); there’s the Innis Choir, and the Innis Herald newspaper.
What resources are available for commuting students?
We have commuter breakfast once a month; there are usually free pancakes in the lounge. We have lockers in the basement that you can rent out, and all the spaces in the college are open till 9 p.m. for any student. There are a lot of quiet study spaces, and if you walk up from Innis Café, there is a student lounge right across from the office of the Innis College Student Society, where students can hang out. As mentioned already, there are Free Friday Films. Commuter students also get the chance to stay in residence during Orientation, so they don’t have to worry about travelling.
What about scholarships and bursaries at the college?
The scholarships and bursaries fluctuate yearly, but check out our comprehensive listing here.
What’s available to eat at the college?
The Innis Café is great because it’s cheap and delicious. You can get a burger and salad for under $5!
No meal plans?
Students have the option to purchase Flex Dollars.
Are there college-affiliated paraphernalia and where do you get them?
Yup, there is lots of swag that the Innis College Student Society sells. Our green and white painter hats are really popular! There is also Innis clothing, as well as residence house clothing.
What are the residences like?
Our residences are four- and five-bedroom suites: everyone has a single room with a semi-private bathroom, kitchen and living room. You might think that it would be isolating living within suites, but it’s not so at all. There are events like cupcake decorating, or food challenges where people have a cook-off; there are Guitar Hero or DDR competitions… Each house has a number of events — probably 15 per semester — and it’s a great chance for people to get out and get social. Our council run House Olympics — we had Iron Chef, dodgeball, open-mic nights. It’s a great chance to highlight the different talents at Innis and we get a great turnout from commuters, too!
Our atmosphere is fairly social, but not noisy. We match suitemates through a personal lifestyle form, so a specific suite may be noisier than another, but that’s because everybody in that suite thrives under that environment.
Why should students choose your college?
I think it’s a positive place to learn. Innis has a healthy kind of fun and it is a place that I would describe as a small community within a large metropolitan city. It is a place to connect with close friends, faculty and staff whom you’ll know for a lifetime. We’re a tight-knit community that thrives on academic and healthy social fun.
Is there anything else you want to tell students about your college?
We have a lot of student life programs that involve building leadership and life skills. A couple of times a month, we have events like yoga, workshops on healthy relationships, women’s safety on campus, Life Sci 101 and Engineering 101 hosted by upper-year students, exchange info nights, etc. We’ve opened these programs to all Innis College students, so commuters and resident students alike are welcome!
Can we close off with a fun fact?
All our residence floors are named after past U of T buildings and alumni, like Devonshire, or Vladimir.
My thoughts and pictures:
If you’ve been following UpbeaT since summer, you’ll know that I simply adore Innis. The building itself is shadowed by trees and unassuming, and there’s just this peaceful aura about it.
Innis is also home to the wonderful and snarky askastudents, who work out of the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office is bright and friendly, and if you’ll indulge me by letting me quote myself: “If I didn’t know better, I would have thought I’d stepped into a clinic — the small office was lined with rows of colour-coded folders behind the receptionist and had plastic waiting chairs in front.”
Speaking of indulging myself and my love for askastudents, did you know that I’ve interviewed them before? They are just as witty and hilarious in real life, and made my first interview for UpbeaT a blast while we lounged on the burnt-orange chairs in the Innis Café, sipping freshly squeezed orange juice.
Innis Café is deliciously amazing, and amazingly delicious. Honestly, they make fresh cookies and danishes and rolls and muffins! They also make fresh fruit smoothies and have this cool automatic orange juicer (view the picture below at full size to see it — sorry for the blurriness!). My favourite is the omelette wrap with salsa and salad. Mmm! Did I mention it’s cheap? The hamburger is not greasy, comes with your choice of salad, and still manages to cost less than a hamburger and fries from the trucks outside! One more thing I love about Innis Café: free water from the cooler by the microwave (see pic above)!
Finally, the Town Hall. I miss out on Free Friday Films given that I work Friday nights, but I’ve been told that it’s a pretty amazing space for watching movies.
And this is Innis for you! Hope you enjoyed this and, as always, please feel free to comment!
Lined up for next week: my interview with my college — Trin!