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2017/18 First-Year Blogs

Our 2017-2018 team of first-year bloggers are here to share their experiences as a new UTM student with you! Visit DevonAzalfa, and Shelby, on Wordpress to read all about their UTM experience thus far!

Devon.Azalfa Shelby.


September

Devon: The University Waiting Game: A Multi-Speed Roller CoasterMy September Has Been A Bundle of Mistake Making, Learn How I Got Through!Off the Beaten Path: What I Discovered on the Outskirts of Campus!

Azalfa: Adjusting to a New Routine: Using My Mantra at UTMHow I Turned 3 of My Biggest Obstacles Into OpportunitiesFirst Things First: My First Midterm

Shelby: Anew Again: How the Leap of Five Helped Me Adapt to Change Thus FarFrom Worrier to Warrior: Dealing with SetbacksLet's Review! Battle of the Birds Varsity Men's Soccer Match


October

Devon: Let's Review! Guardians of UTM Rescue Mission EventThe Semi-Local-Res-Student's Lament: Visiting HomeHere's What Changed My Horrible Week of Grades Into My Best Asset, Why Going Away During Reading Week is 110% WORTH IT!

Azalfa: 5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Reading WeekLet's Review! Biz Mentorship Session #1Is it Finally Sweater Weather?!Fashion Police: Fall Into Fall With These 5 Trends, 7 Ways to Creep it Real This Halloween

Shelby: The Budget Brigade: 3 Delightful Ways to Indulge in the Autumn DaysHow to 'Reely' Keep the Gears Going During Reading WeekHow Failing Helped Me Succeed, Why You Need to Stop Thinking


November/December

Devon: It's Time University Students Say "Goodnight" to the Legendary All-Nighter , Work Hard, Play Hard! Ways to Relax on Residence at UTMLet's Get Artsy! UTM's Enchanted Coffee House Night

Azalfa: Ace That Exam: 5 Power Tips for StudyingAce That Exam: 10 Songs to Keep You Motivated This Exam SeasonUniversity Student's Guide to Surviving Canadian WintersLet's Review! eXpression Against Opression: Resist-Art

Shelby: How I LAUNCHED My Student CareerRock Your Day! Tips for Rolling Out of BedLet's Review! Glice, Glice, BabyUTM's Declassified Cold Survival Guide5 Paw-some Dogs You Didn't Know You Needed This Week


January

Devon: Let's Review! Why utmONE was the Ultimate Course to Start my University CareerMy Top 5 January Jams to Power Through the Day!

Azalfa: First-Year Essentials: L for LAUNCHWhat I Learned From my First Semester of University

Shelby: The Budget Brigade: How to Dollar Date Your TextbookHow I Powered Up With Poetry


February

Devon: Getting Course Help: High School vs. UniversityReflecting on my Whirlwing First-Year Journey (So Far)

Azalfa: 10 Things I Love About UTMStudy Break: Let's Talk About Stress Management!Last Post: And That's All, Folks

Shelby: The Budget Brigade: 3 Easy Minute-Recipes to Make in a Mug


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2016/17 First-Year Blogs

Our 2016-2017 team of first-year bloggers shared their experiences as a new UTM student with you! Read more about the first year experiences of AqsaEmma, and Janina on Wordpress below!

Aqsa Emma Janina


September

Aqsa: What do you Mean, Summer’s Over? 3 Ways to Prepare for University
Emma: 3 Lessons from My First 3 Weeks of University
Janina: My University Limbo: Becoming Myself


October

Aqsa:  Tea Time is Me TimeDaily De-Stresser Review Series: Over the Garden Wall
Emma: 7 Tips for Surviving a University Paper4 Ways That UTM Students Totally Prove That We’re All in This Together
Janina: Discover my Secret to Commuting That Makes Every Trip Exciting…UTM Recap #1: The Good and Not-So-Good StuffMy First Fall Reading Week Was Everything I Hoped For, Here’s Why…HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?Sundays with The Medium


November

Aqsa: Hate Studying? Personalize it!Poet’s Corner: “This Bird”The Cruel Beauty of WinterDaily De-Stresser Review Series: Mob Psycho 100
Emma: How One Letter Changed My Entire DayWhich UTM Building Are You Most Like?The H.M.S Anxiety3 Ways to Increase Your Free Time, or at Least Make It Feel That Way…7 Proofreading Hacks For Essay Success!Dear America: What Happened?
Janina: FIGHT THE FEES: National Day of ActionPost-Election Reflection“A Little Life”: A Torturous Novel You Won’t be Able to Put DownUTM Hidden Gem: Course Reserves (!!!)


December

Aqsa: “Is _____ a Bird Course?” Part 1: What Exactly Is a Bird Course?“Is _____ a Bird Course?” Part 2: How ‘Easy Courses’ May Be Hurting You“Is _____ a Bird Course?” Part 3: How to Pick the Right Course“I’m spending too much!” Apparently, not.
Emma: Quiz Yourself! What’s Your Ideal UTM Study Space?Can The Procrastination Problem Be Solved?The Must-See Musical For Your Winter BreakExam Time Do’s and Don’tsThe Winter Break and Ways to Spend The Final Days of 2016!
Janina: Here’s Why Every University Student Should Have A Morning RoutineWhy I Journal…


January

Aqsa: “Learning to Fail”: How An Odd Paradox Can Help You Succeed“Learning to Fail” Story 1: PerseveranceNew Year, Old Me, with Determination and a Card Tower…How to Write A”Truck-Stop Burrito” Written Piece and Ace Your Midterm Essay
Emma: Canadian Politics: Less Racist Is Not a High Enough Standard (Part 1/2)Canadian Politics: Less Racist Is Not a High Enough Standard (Part 2/2)Four Books for Your Next 4 Months of SchoolWant to Write Better Essays? Take Philosophy
Janina: New Year Series Part 1: Becoming a MinimalistNew Year Series Part 2: Living in the PresentUTM Recap #2: My first university term is over!!!6 Ways to Get Organized for the New YearWhy Taking a utmONE Course Was One of the Best Choices I’ve Made in University


February

Aqsa: How UTM’s Nature Trail Improved My Uni ExperienceOne Thing You Shouldn’t Do on Your Commute.Enough Small Talk! How to Make Real Friendships While at UTM
Emma: 5 Tips for More Efficient and Effective Note-TakingLove True Crime Stories? This Podcast Is for You!3Tips for Keeping Your Commuter Sanity
Janina: New Year Series Part 3: Overcoming FailureWant to make your study breaks more fun? Try Le Cinema ClubNo Ban! No Wall! Justice For All!


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2015/16 First-Year Blogs

Meet our wonderful 2015-2016 bloggers! MaanyaMahika, and Sadaf blogged about their first-year at UTM.

Maanya Mahika Sadaf


September

Maanya: SuperheroHoly Cow! School is Upon us and WOW is it HeavyHippopotamuses (And the Campus Deer) Don't Believe in God
Mahika: Am I UTM?Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Say Hi!"What I Wish I Knew In First Year"
Sadaf: New Step in LifeHow to make an emergency school kitCalm before the storm


October

Maanya: 5 Things to Know About Our Beloved Campus DeerThe Arcana Magician says, what are you waiting for? Go find an adventure!The Wheel of Fortune Says: Look, Look, Look Again Until You've Lost it!Scream Bloody Mary; we Have a Ghost on Campus!
Mahika: SURVIVAL TIPSBehind The Podium, with Prof Arnold (1)Behind The Podium, with Prof Arnold (2)Is That Mark Out of a 100?
Sadaf: Happy Belated Thanksgiving Everyone!Quick Reminderstudy tipsHow to Deal with FailureLife is spontaneous so learn to embrace it


November

Maanya: Here Come the 1st Years for Next Year!The Things that Make Our Profs AwesomeLittle Sis, Just You Wait, Our Parents Have Things to SayDear Little Sister, I wish I was you
Mahika: How to Write the Perfect ThesisS T [break] U D YCommuter NightmaresNo Direction
Sadaf: Christmas TakeoverHack-a-Thon Adventure


December

Mahika: High School Friends - Where Art Thou?


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2014/15 First-Year Blogs

Meet our 2014-2015 bloggers, Anxhela A.Parnika C. and  Karissa S. 

Anxhela, Parnika, and Karissa


September

Anxhela: "Of Course I Have Plenty of the Summer Left" and Other Lies I Tell MyselfWait- was that price in dollars?Sniffle, sniffleP for ProcrastinationThe Art of Chaos
Parnika: Let's do this!Life Lesson 1Start of UniversityPrinci-pal"We are from 'SAUGA! Mighty MISSISSAUGA!"Oh, the IronyPleasure, Pain, and a Bit of Fun
Karissa: My Golden TicketYOFU - You Only Frosh OnceGive it a Chance!The Profs Don't Bite


October

Anxhela: Heads or tails?Notes, notes, and more notesGobble, GobbleI got a WHAT percent???
Parnika: HomeDuck, Duck, PoopAnything That Can Go Wrong...Don't Sweat It!Giving ThanksWanna Study, Buddy? 
Karissa: Midterm Madness!There's No Place Like HomeWhat We Miss Most About High SchoolThings We Really Need to Stop Saying


November/December

Anxhela: Leave the Kit Kat, take the breakThrills, Chills, and CHOCOLATEEEEE10 Things I Hate About You...and you...and you tooTo Highlight or Not to HighlightJust Three Little Words and I'm YoursI Hate WinterNew Year's Resolution
Parnika: Rez-oweenThe Lion, The Witch, and the AirplaneJust Keep SwimmingRestless HeartbreakLet It Go-Er...Snow!Shakespeare for StudentsO Christmas TreeStudent in Wonderland
Karissa: It's That Time of Year....Out with the Old, In With the NewIf You Never Start, You Never FinishWhy it's Different This Year...


January

Anxhela: The Boys (and Girls) Are Back in TownLonely Days aka University aka not really, it's a song be the Bee GeesWho said eating healthy sucked?How To Make Yourself Laugh - A Guide From One of the Funniest People in the WorldCatching Up AgainI Can't Believe I'm Really Going To Fall Out BoyStuff Every College Student Should Know
Parnika: Into the Term; The Soft-Ness MonsterHow To Get To Know A New PlaceA Sonnet for Tim Hortons (And Just Generally Cafes On Campus)10 Ways You Know It's Winter In CanadaThe Disney Sing-Along Series- Part 1
Karissa: First Semester: The Mistakes We Shouldn't RepeatThe Torture of 8am ClassesCalling All Movie-Watchers!Dear High Schoo Me


February

Anxhela: Baby, it's cold outsideDear High School MeThe Existential CrisisMajor Differences
Parnika: Return of the HomesickThe Disney Sing-Along Series - Part 2Things I LoveThe Disney Sing-Along Series - Part 3The End Credits
Karissa: Passion > Ph.DEenie Meenie Miney Mo...From the Courthouse to the Congo


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2013/14 First-Year Blogs

Meet our 2013-2014 bloggers, Hanna Y., Emily G. and  Estelle A. 

Hanna, Emily and Estelle


September

Hanna: So Excited to Get Started!First Day InShould I Stay or Should I Go?Ever Wish for a Timeturner?QuizzesAre Profs Robots?
Estelle: DecisionsThe Friendship AlgorithmLetter to My Future SelfThe Ring GameThe Downsides of Too Much Flexibility
Emily: Decisions, DecisionsIt's Only Been 3 Weeks You Say? Really? Wow.OH AWKS!The Things People SayThere's a First Time for EverythingUniversity Here I Come: What Could Possible Go Wrong?


October

Hanna: OMG.did.that.just.happen.to.me???!!!Math ChallengesPlacement5 Ways to WellbeingProofsMidterm-Mania
Estelle: Why You NEED to Take Study BreaksMidterm Anxieties
Emily: Fight or FlightWho Knew?Welcome to the Danger ZoneThose Pesky NervesWhy Me!?! (cough, cough),Coffee BreakThe Most Wonderful Time of the Year


November

Hanna: Beware of the Monsters at UTMNamesLove is in the Air <3Common University DilemmasStress SnacksWrecking BallWriting My First University EssayI <3 My Goofy, Gorgeous, Lame, Incredible FriendsWhat NOT to do in CalculusS.O.D. (Sweater-Obsessive Disorder)
Estelle: Group Projects: Hidden BenefitsPublic Speaking FearsReflectionsThe Locker AdvantageWhen It's Just Too MuchWhat YOU Should Know About Academic IntegrityTo Go or Not to Go to the Gym
Emily: What Do You Do When You Just Don't Know What To Do?Someone's in the Kitchen...and She Probably Shouldn't BeParental GuidanceMy Top 10 Classroom Pet Peeves...(REALLY? You Have to do that Now?)Eighteen...or Eighty?Getting InvolvedConfessions of a Chronic Procrastinator/NapperA Post-Midterm Lull and a Wake-Up Call


December

Hanna: Friendly ReminderMr. Darcy vs. Exam Prep
Estelle: Stress EatingA Chat with Jennifer Correiro, Founder of TakingITGlobalDear ReadersRelfections on My utmONE Connect Experience
Emily: Best. Gift. Ever.What Am I Still Doing Here?Let's Take a Moment to ReflectSnow Way...Good Things to KnowWhat Does That Say?What a Mess!Leaving it 'Til the Last Minute


January

Hanna: Major Math LoverOn the Bright SideLove (your Prof) at First Sight?Job JourneyCounting BlessingsDrawing NotesMortifiedWhere I Belong
Estelle: A Time for Rest and ReflectionReflections on my utmONE Connect ExperienceutmONE Chats with Poonam Sandhu of the United Nations Environment ProgrammeutmONE Chats with Emilie Cushman, CEO of Kira TalentT.V. Shows ManiaCrush
Emily: When Things Go from Bad to WorseI’m Baaaaack!Life Skills: Plumbing EditionLife Skills Part 2: Electrical EditionNew TechnologyWhat More Can I Say?What are You Doing With Your Life?Why is it So Cold?Too Smart for My Own Good


February

Hanna: My AddictionDrawing Notes Part 2Drawing Notes Part 3Life with the ParentalsWhat to do on Valentine’s DayPickup Lines19th Birthday FunReading Week ToastReflection
Estelle: Because Summer is the Perfect Time to Challenge Yourself!All About Valentine’s DayRevolutionize Your Love Life: Tell People You Like ThemGuilty Pleasures…The Boy and the ElevatorThe Reading Week BreezeThe End of My utmONE Blogging Adventure
Emily: Things that Don’t Make SenseSpoiled RottenThe Little Things…So Many ChoicesWhat Did People Do Before the Internet?A Complicated RelationshipSo Many Distractions...Second Time’s the CharmDissecting Social ChangeBecause, Well, You Never Know…(a Kickaction.ca Blog), The Things I’ve LearnedWhy Blog?


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