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Aug 28

hey, we have some tips about frosh week!

hey there,

so, orientation week (also known as frosh week) is coming up soon. first-years across the country are about to participate in an outpouring of enthusiasm rarely seen in this city. they’re about to be water-ballooned, gently coerced into huge choreographed dances, and forcibly marched across campus while being made to repeat college/faculty cheers.

it’s gonna be awesome.

and while you bright-eyes first-years get into the spirit of things with rounds of canon-fire and (age appropriate) drinks, upper year students will stay at home for one last week, sleeping in and desperately trying to convince themselves that school isn’t just around the corner.

BUT before aska buggers off and joins the other upper years in this last week of mass denial, i thought i’d draw your attention to our very helpful frosh week tips post, and also to the entire category on this site that is dedicated to talking about orientation week.

give those a browse before you get here for the inaugural week, and remember to GET EXCITED!*

cheers,

aska

*insert cheesy fist pump and radiant smile of pure benevolence common to all orientation week leaders.


Aug 27

food $$$

hi aska!

so here’s the deal. i started at uoft in 2010 and lived in chestnut. then i took a few years off and i’m coming back in september! only now i’m a
commuter. and i want to use flex dollars for meals and stuff. but…
a) how do i add flex dollars?
b) can i use flex dollars at like new college dining hall etc? how much
does it cost (for a meal, i know it varies depending on time)

xoxo  -hungry commuter

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hey there,

a) all i could find was this link, which i guess lets you register yourself and then reload your T-card with money whenever you like. pretty simple!

according to page 3 of this document, you can also add more flex dollars “from the FFCo.office located in the Dining Hall” “from 9am to 4:30pm.” now, i don’t know what FFCo. is (fabulous food corporation? food is fine co.?), but it’s in the new college dining hall, so it probably won’t be too hard to find. how many offices could they possibly have in there?

b) “Flexible Dollars can be used at any of the 30+ participating locations on campus!

what 30+ locations?? these ones. and yes, new college is one of them, to spare you the 10 seconds of reading. so go ahead, gobble up that new food (as in new college food; other colleges don’t serve old food…i hope).

if you don’t have a meal plan but you’re a registered student, i guess the prices listed at the top of page 4 for breakfast, lunch and dinner would apply to you.

bon appetite!

aska


Aug 27

don’t do this: part 2

welcome to PART 2 of aska’s inspiring series on what not to do at university in order not to embarrassing yourself and convince everyone that you are a super cool being. you can find PART 1 of my astounding, essential tips here.

ONWARDS:

5. DO NOT throw away your prof’s/TA’s e-mail address when they give it to you on the first class.

you’re gonna regret that one day, and sooner than you may think.

6. DO NOT not get a metropass.

if you’re a commuter student, you will almost certainly need a metropass. figure out what your commute will be like BEFORE school starts, and make sure to buy a metropass if it works out to be cheaper for you than using tokens (if you;’ll be commuting every day, it usually does).

7. DO NOT join extra-curriculars just because you think you should.

after slogging through government-prescribed stupidities meant to make you more academically successful (*cough cough* Civics and Careers *cough cough*) for four years, you finally have the chance to completely tailor your life to your own interests.

take advantage of that by getting jobs, volunteering, joining clubs, and taking extra-curricular classes that you actually want to do. this is a huge university and an even bigger city, so you’re guaranteed to find something in it that you like.

8. classes start at 10 after the hour.

so if it says it starts at 9 on your timetable, it really starts at 9:10. 10 extra minutes of sleeping in! whoo!

9. DO NOT stress too much about all of this.

you only get one heart, you know. don’t destroy it with anxiety. and try to have a nice time every once in a while, will ya?

best of luck with everything!

aska


Aug 26

the theory behind the system

I am very familiar with the fact that U of T requires students to  pursue (at the very least) a specialist, a double major or a major and double minor – I have spent many days pondering specialists, majors, minors and switching subject POSts. I am just now wondering why this is required. I have never heard of any other universities that require this. Is there any special reason for the requirement? Do they just like us to be well rounded? If you know the answer, please enlighten me.

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hey there,

wellll my friend, uoft is a bit different from other canadian universities in that it takes its inspiration from many different university systems. for example:

most canadian universities follow the U.K.’s ‘course’ model. in this model, students enrol in a course (translated into our vernacular as ‘program’ for most canadian unis). the ‘course’ is very prescriptive, and dictates all or most of the classes you have to take.

uoft follows the american model, in which students can mix and match ‘majors,’ ‘minors,’ ‘specialists’ etc. the terminology can change slightly for uni to uni, but it’s pretty much the same deal everywhere. notice harvard has a ‘concentration’ (essentially a major or specialist), ‘electives’ (which allow for something like the completion of a minor) and ‘general education requirements’ (similar to our breadth requirements).

there are pros and cons to each model. the U.K. model allows for very focussed study, and provides structure that some people find to be a relief. some programs at uoft find this model preferable – for example, uoft law or rotman commerce.

the american model allows you to pursue multiple interests, even if they are very different. you can double major in math and philosophy, if you feel so inclined. a U.K. university course would make that very hard, unless you could find an interdisciplinary ‘course’ specifically called ‘math and philosophy.’

the american system is also very flexible. at uoft in particular, you have one whole year to figure out which program(s) you’d like to apply to, which is really helpful to lots of students who don’t have a CLUE what they might like to study.

it’s my opinion that this flexibility, as well as the breadth requirements, do create well-rounded students. however, some specialists are so intensive that the well-roundedness is lost, and some students pair together very similar subject POSts, resulting in essentially the same degree as someone who follows one specific ‘course’. i guess the the point is that the choice is theirs, and i think that’s important.

anyway, i’m not an educational theorist, so i don’t have any definitive answers. it’s interesting to think about, though.

cheers,

aska

P.S. i know that the U.K. and the States are not the countries that came up with these models – obviously both countries are based on cultures and traditions that go much further back and spread across the globe. also, not every university in the U.K. or the States are exactly like this, it’s just a general trend. i just used those two countries as examples because most of us are familiar with their universities more than we are with other countries’.


Aug 26

gasp, indeed

Hey Aska,
I just have a few first year questions that have crossed my mind since it’s almost time for school again. *gasp*
1. I’m taking a first year language course that requires me to attend an interview on September 2…which is also during frosh week.  The interview is used to basically confirm that my language skills aren’t higher than the course that I signed up for.  My super awkward questions is: Do I have to dress up for this interview like I would for a job interview? I’m not sure if this is a casual quick interview type of thing.  As it’s during frosh week though, I don’t want to ditch the frosh activities and show up in my frosh t-shirt.
2.  I’m looking to find a Work-Study job.  But I’m having difficulty finding jobs that are geared towards first year students because most of them list “knowledge of campus and clubs and blahblahblah”, which obviously I have no experience with yet. Can first year students apply to be Askastudent? Are there any other jobs for first years?
Thanks,
Inexperienced First Year

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hey there,

some excellent questions! frosh is definitely all about the big t-shirts and cutoff shorts, so formal wear won’t be very practical. i’m guessing (though i could be wrong) that your interview is for EAS100, because it has a september 2nd interview date. if that’s the case, there’s nothing on their site that indicates business/formal wear is required.

i think these interviews are more to test competency than anything else. just to be safe, you may want to pack a button-down shirt in a duffel bag and take it with you on that day, but i doubt it’ll be necessary.

(also, you can miss some – or all – frosh events, if you need to. just FYI.)

as for work-study, there are a LOT of work-study positions. i would steer away from research-based positions, which tend to go to upper year or graduate students. on the other hand, positions that require multiple people (for example, if a whole team is being hired) often take first years who can then be mentored by upper year students on the team, and groomed to take over in the following years.

as for askastudent, it has typically attracted upper year students because it requires strong writing skills and a good knowledge of the school (experience with WordPress is an asset). however, it’s entirely possible that a first-year student could completely SLAY any upper year candidates in any or all of those areas.

askastudent may not be hiring any new people this year, but keep an eye out on the CLN! if a position becomes available, it will be there, along with all other work-study jobs on campus.

generally, apply wherever you can. if you have most of the skills listed on a posting, but not all of them, apply anyway. the worst they can do is not call you. trust me, if you apply to enough places, you’ll move on pretty easily.

cheers,

aska


Aug 26

don’t do this: part 1

in anticipation of the teeny-tiny elf people who are going to be starting out at uoft this coming september, i have compiled a very helpful list of tips about what NOT to do during first year. because aska’s ALL ABOUT THE NEGATIVE, apparently.

1. DO NOT come to class any later than fifteen minutes early (for the first week).

during the first week of classes, everyone goes insane. the new kids think they have to come super early to class to, like, greet their professor or some craziness, and the old kids are fuelled by the thought that, “this year, it’s gonna be DIFFERENT!!!! i’m gonna get my LIFE TOGETHER!”

obviously, the profs don’t care and the old kids revert to their old habits by week 3, BUT during that first week, everyone gets to class super early. so if you want to get a seat, you’d better get there early as well.

HOWEVER, if you get to class early and there is a class in there before yours, be nice and wait for the other class to file out before you go in. pushing and shoving pisses people off, and it’s pointless; you will find a seat.

2. DO NOT give yourself the first couple of weeks to “adjust.”

when classes start, they start right away. usually the first lecture of the year introduces some background info relevant to the course, or reviews grade 12 stuff (if applicable).

after that, they jump right into it, and the pace of the class will likely be faster than what you’re used to, so don’t give yourself any opportunity to fall behind. the first two weeks are not the time to slowly dip your toe in the water. make sure you’re on top of your workload right from the start, because it is very unpleasant trying to catch up at the end of term.

on the other hand, if you start off strong, keeping up with the pace will completely doable.

3. DO NOT get piss drunk as soon as your parents pull away from rez.

it’s not fun going to ER in a city you’re unfamiliar with, or with strangers. in fact, here’s an insiders’ tip: the strangers will resent you for it after.

4. DO NOT pronounce ROSI “rossy.”

you’re embarrassing yourself. (it’s “rosy,” like “rosy cheeks”.)

come back tomorrow to read the PART 2 of this inspiring series of tips.

cheers,

aska


Aug 25

book buying 101

i know it may seem like buying books is a simple enough business, but, as with everything in life, it’s much more complex than you initially assume it to be (see: anyone who’s ever tried to wire something up in their house ever).

so listen up, bub, ’cause i’m about to save you a lot of time.

1) should i even bother getting my books?

fair question. textbooks cost several hundred dollars a year, and if you can avoid buying some books at all, that’s awesome.

there are some classes for which you will never even open the textbook/readings, and some for which you’ll carry your book with you all year. for that reason, some students like to attend a couple of classes to see how essential the course materials are.

2) okay, fiiiiine…i’ll buy the books. some of them, at least. but where do i buy them?

most books can be found at the uoft bookstore. you can also use the uoft bookstore’s website to find out exactly which books you need for each of your courses. just click the ‘Find Textbooks’ tab on the homepage, and log in using your UTORID.

some profs will upload their book lists onto the bookstore site sooner than others, so if you’re trying to see what materials you need for a certain course, and you get this error message:

uoft bookstore error message

don’t worry. that just means the prof hasn’t uploaded the course list yet. some profs don’t publish the required course materials on the uoft bookstore site at all, and that’s fine, too. in that case, they’ll let you know what you need during the first class.

but wait, there’s more!

some course materials won’t be available at the uoft bookstore. you may also have to buy course materials from the bob miller book room, from alicos printing, or from other stores/copy centres around the city. and how do you know where in the seemingly endless number of holes-in-the-wall you need to get your incredibly specific edition of Spencer’s The Faerie Queen or Stewart’s Early Transcendentals?

well, it won’t be listed on the uoft bookstore website if it’s not available there, so just sit tight and wait for your prof to tell you where to find it.

you can also buy books through the discount textbooks store across from the main uoft bookstore. the uoft bookstore itself also occasionally offers used books, and has  textbook rental and textbook buy-back services.

3) wow, that all sounds horribly complicated. when should i go to all these places to avoid a crowd?

a few days before or after the first week of class, but never during. it’s positively apocalyptic.

and with that, i wish you good luck!

cheers,

aska

P.S. a tip: if you know you’re going to be buying a lot of books, a little wagon or trolley may be a good idea if you don’t have the luxury of a car to bring your books from the bookstore to your house/residence.


Aug 22

crash-course: living in residence

hey there,

after just finishing a three-part guide to incoming commuter students (parts 1, 2, 3), i thought i’d give some attention to those of you who will get to live on campus this year.

firstly, a quick rundown of the residences: st. george, UTM, UTSC.

between these three campuses, there is every kind of living arrangement you could possibly imagine: townhouses, apartment-style residences, single rooms, double rooms, suite-style…etc. however, here are some tips which make communal living a whole lot easier no matter where you’ll be this year.

1. your residence don will likely make you sign a suite/roommate agreement. try to follow that. otherwise, both your roommate(s) and don are totally entitled to speak with you about it and enforce the rules you agreed to. besides, it’s just easier for everyone involved if there are some rules everyone can be counted on following.

2. learn where and how to do your laundry, preferably before the first time you have to do your laundry. it’ll make things go a lot more smoothly.

here are some tips before you get there: most public washer/dryers require either change or, in some residences, a card loaded with money, to operate. dryer sheets are worth it. it’s rude not to clean the lint tray after you use it. finally, leach, laundry detergent, and fabric softener are all different things and cannot be indiscriminately interchanged.

3. school comes first, but investing a bit of time in participating in rez life pays off.

even if you don’t feel comfortable being part of a residence/house council or hosting events, hanging out in rez with your door open on a regular basis is a great way to become more comfortable with the other people in your residence. you might even have fun.

4. talk to your don about stuff that’s bugging you.

that’s what they’re there for. and if they can’t help you, they’ll set you up with people who can.

5. plan for the weather.

even if your building has AC/heating, a portable heater and fan is a great idea. they’re inexpensive, and if you prefer unnatural temperatures that your floor- or roommates aren’t down with, it’s a way to regulate the temperature in your room without affecting anyone else.

just make sure that your residence is cool with you bringing one first, because i don’t want to make life more difficult for residence staff. i’m sure they already have a hard enough time enforcing the no pets policy.

best of luck with your living arrangements, chums,

aska


Aug 22

uoft’s Most Haunted

Hi Aska,

First of all, your website is AMAZING! I’ve learned a lot and I don’t feel as worried anymore about studying at St. George :)

I have a few questions for you though, that I couldn’t find on the site…

1) I’m going to be living in Annesley Hall, which is apparently near Queen’s Park. I read online/heard from friends that it’s really dangerous there. Is that true? Should I just stay away from the park? What are the places considered dangerous near and around the university?

2) What are the professors and classes like? I’m going to be an exchange student from a really small school, so we know all our professors and most
of our professors know us. It’s pretty easy to get good grades too, as long as you do your homework… I know UofT is a really competitive school, and
the classes are large, as well. Do the professors care at all about the students? Also, do people have laptops or do they write notes?

3) I know this is a stupid question, but is Annesley Hall really haunted? I’m honestly kinda worried because I’m going to be in a single room… lol

Thank you so much!
Worrywart ;)

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hey there,

i’m so glad i’ve been able to make you feel less anxious! that’s askastudent’s highest ambition. though, don’t push it. you don’t want to be so relaxed you sleep right through your first class. that’s too much.

1) annesley Hall is just north of Queen’s Park, which, yes, can sometimes have not-so-friendly visitors at night. however, i wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s regularly or significantly unsafe.

if you take some safety precautions, you should be alright. if you can, travel with at least one other person at night. if you’re warned not to cross Queen’s Park one night, then don’t. and if you have a late class and have to walk alone, make sure you have your cell phone with campus police’s number on it. walksmart is also a great resource.

2) it depends on the program, but most first-year classes are really big. you probably won’t get to know any profs personally until third year, maybe second year. BUT most huge first-year courses have tutorials, and if you attend them (which you should), you’ll get to know your TA really well. you’ll be in a class of typically under 50 students, and your TA will make a special effort to make themselves available to you should you have questions.

also, many first years take at least one seminar course, and in some cases it’s even required. those classes are very small and typically include a lot group discussion. they’re a great way to interact directly with a prof.

3) well, when i Googled “annesley hall haunted” the only results i got were about this place in nottinghamshire (which is possibly the most English name i’ve ever heard). there aren’t even any mischievous redditors spreading information about annesley’s haunted reputation, which is a good sign.

honestly, if you’re worried about sleeping alone/away from home, residence is the best place to get acclimated. you’ll sleep on a floor full of your peers and a don qualified to deal with all sorts of emergencies. if you ask them to face-off with a poltergeist, they’ll do it.

or you can turn the tables and get the ghosts on your side. then you can become the MONARCH of an awesome UNDEAD ARMY. WHOO.

cheers,

aska


Aug 21

transportation in t-dot – part 3: STREETCARS, COMMUTER DONS, and WALKING

hey all,

welcome to PART 3 of aska’s roller coaster of a series about transportation in the city (here’s part 1 and part 2 in case you missed them).

today, we come to the NAIL-BITING CONCLUSION, which resembles so many TV shows in that it is not so much a coherent resolution than it is a random mish-mash of loose ends that i haven’t had a chance to wrap up yet.

HERE WE GO!

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1. streetcars

most people who have to use streetcars to get to school have been using them all their lives, and don’t need a guide. just in case you’re brand new to them, here are the basics:

  • you can use your Presto card on streetcars, but you cannot use Metropasses (EDIT: there has been a lot of discussion on this on twitter/tumblr/facebook/the comments section. it is my experience that i have used Presto, but many are saying that they’ve only ever used metropasses. i think the source of the confusion is that there are some new streetcars being transitioned in which take only Presto. in any case, if you have a Presto and a metropass or change, you should be fine).
  • if you’ve never used one before: streetcars stop in the middle of the road, since they can’t pull over to the side of the road for stops. be prepared to cross half the street in order to board a streetcar. (but do noT WAIT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD).
  • here are all the streetcar routes in Toronto.
  • here is the TTC’s systems map.

2. commuter dons

some colleges within the faculty of arts & science have commuter dons. they provide community in exactly the same way a residence don might – by organizing events, meeting regularly with their residents to help them resolve any issues (and just to hang out), and giving commuter students a home base within the university. they are super helpful and definitely worth your time.

here is some more information about commuter dons/services from colleges who have them:

3. walking

walking sucks, especially when it’s cold and windy outside and deathly icy on the ground. but until we get the funding to build completely enclosed, insulated overhead tunnels to connect all the buildings on campus (my ultimate dream), we will have to continue to brave the elements.

if you’re not familiar with the campus, i’d recommend locating your classes on the uoft map (just type in the building code you see on your personal timetable on ROSI) before classes start. do a practice walk to the buildings, if you can. it’ll help you locate the rooms, and also measure how long it takes to get from one class to another.

if you can’t get to campus before school starts (or if you’re just LAZY), i’d recommend seeing how long Google maps estimates it will take you to walk from one building to another. it’s usually fairly accurate.

that’s it, that’s all, folks. i hope this guide has helped calm the first-time commuter jitters. and remember, if you have any more questions, just send ‘em my way. i promise i’ll only complain a little.

cheers,

aska


Aug 20

transportation in t-dot – part 2: the SUBWAY

hello friends,

in anticipation of the new batch of commuter students who will be arriving on campus soon, i am releasing a series of guides about transportation in the city. hopefully, that will help you navigate the nightmarish variety of different public transit systems that have all been haphazardly stitched together in toronto without any apparent logic (i mean…i’m totally okay with the  transit here! what?)

here’s part 1 of the guide. and now, onto part 2 – subways!

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once you actually get downtown, you’ll probably have to use the subway to get onto campus. you can access the subway using:

1. a Metropass.

if you’re going to be using the subway every day, it’s probably worth your while to get a Metropass. this is a card that gives you unlimited access to Toronto’s subway system. right now, a monthly Metropass costs $108 for students (but who knows how high it’ll climb). to use a discounted card, you will need…

2. a Post-Secondary TTC Student Photo ID.

you can get these for $5.25 (price EDITED) at Sherbourne station.

3. if you’re not going to be using the subway too often, but need to use it occasionally, you can buy tokens at certain subway stations. token prices are here. you can also use your Presto card (if you have one) at certain stations.

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4. important subway stations.

there are a few subway stations in and around campus that you will definitely use at least once this year. they are:

- St. George station: St. George opens onto St. George and Bloor, and also a little further East, on Bloor St. you CAN use Presto at this station, but only at the easternmost entrance on Bedford Street. you CAN buy tokens here, at both entrances.

- Museum station: Museum station is at the top of Queen’s Park Circle. you CANNOT use Presto here, and you CANNOT buy tokens here. very pretty, though.

- Queen’s Park station: Queen’s Park is, appropriately, at the bottom of Queen’s Park Circle. you CAN use Presto here, and you CAN buy tokens.

you’ll probably find your way around all sorts of dusty corners of the TTC at one point or another, but these are the stations on campus.

note: technically, you can buy tokens at any subway station from the TTC employee working the booth, but often there is no one there, so that’s a bit of a hit and miss. again, if you will be using the subway a lot, a metropass is a great investment.

if you want to see a map of campus where these stations are marked, go here.

i also took the liberty of measuring via Google Maps how long it takes to walk between the three on-campus subway stations (wow aska, thank you so much, i will commit this to memory and never be late again <3):

St. George – Eastbound Platform to Museum Station – Northbound Platform: 8 mins

Museum Station – Southbound Platform to Queen’s Park Station – Northbound Platform: 11 mins

St. George – Westbound Platform to Queen’s Park – Northbound Station: 16 mins

also, if you want to see where the on-campus subway stations are in relation to your classes, log onto ROSI, click on ‘Personal Timetable’ on the left-hand menu, click on ’2014 Fall’ or ’2015 Winter,’ and then, directly underneath the personal timetable, click on the link where it says ‘You can view a map of your classes located on the UofT Campus. ‘ that’s a neat tool, eh?

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5. the TTC subway map.

helpful stuff. though you’ll likely have it memorized after two weeks of being afraid to look anywhere else on the subway except up at the map/ads.

next week: commuter dons, streetcars, and walking (ew).

cheers,

aska


Aug 19

earning that dough

Hiya! Im joining UofT this fall as an international student.I read somewhere that I can work on campus only 12 hours a week ? Is that correct ? if not what are the rules to work on and off campus? thnx !

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hey there,

you’re kind of right, but you’re also not. and if you wouldn’t mind serving as an example to the class for just a moment, this is why it’s always a good idea to ask questions. you’ll almost definitely learn something new, even if you thought you already knew the answer (*cue you sinking down into your seat, embarrassed that the teacher is using you as an example, while everybody stares daggers at you*).

the university of toronto offers many different kinds of jobs to students, including part-time jobs, summer jobs and research positions. these jobs vary widely in the number of hours per week that they require, and also in how much they pay.

however, there’s also a whole separate category of jobs offered by uoft called ‘work-study jobs.’ work-study jobs are a little more restrictive. they all pay the same amount (minimum wage), and you must be taking at least 2.0 FCEs in the Fall/Winter session in order to be eligible for a work-study job. as you can see, you’ve got options aplenty.

wow aska, that’s great, but where do i find all these wonderful jobs?

you can find job postings for work-study and other jobs (both on- and off-campus) on uoft’s career learning network (CLN). just log in using your UTORID, click on ‘Jobs,’ and let the search begin!

if you decide to work off-campus, then it’s up to you to self-regulate. you can figure out how much work is enough, and how much will send you into a complete burnout when exam time hits.

cheers,

aska

P.S. if you’re an international student, it’s worth reading about the different kinds of work permits you may need to get a job in canada!


Aug 19

transportation in t-dot – part 1: the GO

a lot of the nightmare stories high school students tell about uoft are related to transport. “the campus is so big,” you whisper to each other in lockered hallways, “that people there have to take the subway between classes!”

not true. some of us (including me) are so lazy that we do, in fact, take the subway, but if we (i) weren’t so stubbornly lazy, then we (i) could easily walk.

but people still spread rumours. so i’m here now to GRIND THEM INTO THE DUST.

this crash course for commuters will be divided into three parts because everyone on the internet has the attention span of a goldfish, and none of us want to read anything that’s too long (even this sentence is bordering on challenging for me, and i wrote it).

today: the GO train/bus.

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to travel using the GO system, you will need the following:

1. a Presto card.

this baby gets you anywhere (read: mostly anywhere until you really need to use it somewhere and it turns out they don’t take it -.-).

instead of buying a tickets or monthly passes all the time, a Presto card can be reloaded with money for however long you need to use it. you can buy a Presto card at most GO transit terminals or order one online.

to use your card, ‘tap’ it on a Presto machine at your train station or on your GO bus, and voila! you can preset your Presto to a default trip (eg. Oshawa – Union station), or, if you don’t want to do that, just remember to ‘tap off’ (i.e. tap your card at a machine again) when you reach your destination (note: this only applies when you’re using the train, not the bus).

once you get your Presto card, remember to register it online. that’s the only way you can claim it when tax time comes. registering your card also allows you to deactivate it if (let’s be real: when) you lose it.

finally, make sure to ask for a student discount on your Presto. ain’t no sense in getting even more broke than you’re going to be already. and when you do, you’ll need…

2.  a GO Student ID card.

you’ll need to show this card along with your Presto any time someone checks your fare. you can get your GO ID at the T-Card office.

3. GO’s fare calculator.

this is a very helpful tool. use it.

that’s all for now. stay tuned for part 2 of this THRILLING series, which will be about the subway system. you’re on the edge of your seat, aren’t you? yeah, i know you are.

best,

aska


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