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Sep12

no friends allowed

hi i was wondering if i could possibly bring a +1 to frosh week? like they’ll pay and everything, they just don’t go to uoft (utm for me). if not, could i bring them to o-week (where its free)
Aug26

too busy for orientation

Hello! Just wondering but I have a lot of other stuff to do during what would be frosh week, (such as shopping for supplies, getting my Tcard etc etc), and I was wondering if I should register for frosh week regardless? Will I be able to do both/get my “money’s worth”? Thanks ^^

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hey there,

as a long-time grump and misanthrope, i can testify that frosh week can be fun – even for people like me. it takes some doing to make me enjoy an event like orientation, which is loud, busy, and crowded. however, cheesy as it may sound, it’s a great opportunity to make friends. this is especially true if you won’t be living in residence and won’t have as much of an opportunity to meet new people.

also, orientation (when done right) is a positive experience, and those don’t come often around here. there is an incredible pessimism about university, especially at uoft. while you are in it, it’s difficult, you’re often in over your head, and you want it to be over as soon as possible. this feeling is amplified by the thousands of students around you – in your classes, in your friend group, on facebook – who feel the same way. orientation week is a way to kick off four years of pessimism with a joie-de-vivre that is pretty difficult to conjure up once school actually begins. and that enthusiasm, as hokey as it may seem in the moment, makes a difference.

if i can’t get you with the emotional argument, there are a lot of practical positives to orientation as well: it helps you get familiar with campus, there are relevant info sessions as well as (largely irrelevant) fun activities, and you can ask questions of your frosh leaders, who are upper year students that actually want to give you advice!*

and finally: you will have plenty of time to get your TCard, buy textbooks, and do everything else you need to do even if you participate in frosh week.

all that being said, if it still sounds like something you just don’t want to do, then hey, you don’t have to! orientation is just one week. you have four years of decisions ahead of you, so you may as well start off on the right foot by making a decision that you are comfortable with. do you.

i hope that helps!

aska

* outside of orientation, this is rare. most people just want you to stay out of their face as they try to get through lecture on three hours of sleep.

Jul14

all we do is drive

Hi! I’m going to start my first year at uoft in the fall and I will have to unfortunately commute to uoft everyday [?]  I’m about to move to erin mills, mississauga with my parents (they just can’t let me go ugh) and I was wondering if you have any commuting tips? I was thinking that I could drive to union station and then take the ttc to uoft but parking is hella expensive and I’m hella broke. Then again I could just take the bus/train/ttc but that’s like a 1 hour and 40 mins commute which I would looove to avoid if possible. I was hoping you knew of a few places near union station or uoft where parking is free and if not do you have any other advice?

And one more thing…. I don’t know if I want to attend my faculty’s orientation (Daniels) or my college’s orientation (UC). Do you know if one is more fun the the other or where I’ll have a better chance of making friends?

Thanks for your help!!
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hey there,

generally speaking, the city of Toronto is waaaay too greedy to offer free parking. we’re probably only a couple of years away from being charged to walk in front of a business’ storefront or something…or maybe that’s just my inner grump coming out.

this website seems to indicate that there are quite a few free parking options in the downtown core (though none right at Union Station). i’m thinking there’s gonna be a catch – i doubt any of them are free all day, and i wonder how quickly they fill up. however, it’s worth looking into.

this is ultimately gonna be your decision, but i’d like to put in a humble plug for commuting via the train or bus. for one thing, with a train at least, you avoid the horrendous traffic issue. for another, you can read or do work on the train, which becomes harder to do in the car (unless you’re an audio learner, in which case listening to notes on a car radio might be really helpful).

to be honest, most people don’t commute using their cars. the city isn’t very car-friendly. that said, with a rocking car playlist and a mildly masochistic attitude, it can be done.

give it a trial run, if you can. you’ll be able to see how the commute feels, and how parking your car plays out in reality, because those parking websites can say all they want, but the TTC website says lots of things too, and i can count the number of times they’ve been true on one hand.

as for the frosh question, it’s really up to you. it’s hard to make this decision before you get here, because you don’t know for sure how involved you’re going to be with your college community before you’re actually here. i would say that if there are things at UC that you’re very interested in getting involved in, do UC’s orientation. if you think you’re more likely to be involved in the Daniels community, or see things in the Daniels orientation schedule that really pique your interest, then you should go for that one.

either way, you’ll have a great time shouting obscenities at other colleges/faculties, signing people’s T-shirts, and generally being as obnoxious as legally allowable in a public space, for your first week here.

cheers,

aska

Mar01

short and sweet

Hey aska.
Ok I have a ton of questions so I’m just going get straight to it.

1. So at this moment I’m not sure if I want to do a specialist, double major or a major and two minors. Is there one that is necessary/recommended for grad school? Also I know you can apply to as many Posts as you want but can I apply to the same one. For example can I apply for a human biology specialist and major and then decide after which one to do? Also Is it possible to do 2 majors and a minor or 3 majors or a specialist and a major? I want to go to grad school but Im not sure if I want to do bio, chem or physics cause I just love them all. *sigh*

2. I’m a first year student right now and I want to take some classes at UTM next semester that are part of my program so how do I do that? Do I have to speak to my registrar? Is there a limit on the # of classes I can take?

3. Me and my friends all became friends in frosh so we were like “we should all be frosh leaders next year!!!!” So i want to know how do we become frosh leaders? What’s the process and where do we apply? We’re at St mikes BTW.

Thanks homie G

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hey there,

  1. nope. yep. yep, nope, yep. take a look at these programs maybe.
  2. all you gotta do is sign up for them on acorn and then find a way to get out there for class.
  3. applications typically open around April/May. i would recommend keeping an eye on these channels so you’ll know when applications are out. interviews/the application process generally happens through SMCSU, in collaboration with the Dean’s Office.

cheers my home slice,

aska

P.S. thank you for specifying what college your from – that made answering your question UNBELIEVABLY EASIER. let this be a lesson to all those who might be tempted to send in VAGUE QUESTIONS that force me to make SWEEPING GENERALIZATIONS that just don’t help out anybody.

Sep10

just do the thing

Hey!
Im going into first year the coming September and I am in Woodsworth college which was my second choice. I wanted to goto UC frosh, and am planning on buying it on the 7th in person. However now, I’m slightly paranoid as to if I’m even allowed to goto a frosh that’s not my own? Thanks so much, all the best.

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hey there,

orientation works on an opt-in basis, which means that if you wanted to participate in frosh at another college, you would have had to opt out of woodsworth orientation and then register and pay with UC. i’m not sure if that’s allowed, but if it is, it would likely have to be a pretty exceptional circumstance, given how complicated the process would be.

honestly? i would just go to woodsworth’s frosh. i understand that UC is your first choice, but the fact is, orientation week is only one week. if you’re still really keen on UC after having spent a couple of months at the university, then by all means, go ahead and request a transfer at that point.

frosh is great, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of the university experience. you may find woodsworth actually better suits your needs once the year starts.

anyway. it’s halfway through frosh week, so i’m curious if you actually went through with attending UC’s frosh. what happened? did you have fun? let us know.

peace,

aska

P.S. a lot of orientation activities will be uoft-wide anyway, so you’ll still have some experiences common with other uoft students. it’s not gonna be all woodsworth, 24/7.

Sep07

why are they called “duffle” bags, anyway

This is the dumbest question ever but are we provided with one of those drawstring backpacks on frosh week?

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hey there,

surprisingly, this was a super tough question to answer. i know of a few colleges who do provide them, but i can’t confirm for sure that EVERY FACULTY AND COLLEGE’S orientation activity will provide you with a drawstring bag.

most likely, yes. but if not, you can always buy one at your nearest dollarama. you can even silkscreen uoft’s crest on it, if you like.

cheers,

aska

Sep02

no ID frosh week!!!1!!!1

Hi aska, For frosh week do I need my tcard? I have my ticket and everything but haven’t had a chance to pick up a tcard

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nah. though you should get one as soon as you can, because it just makes stuff easier for going to libraries, using your meal plan (if you have one), getting TTC Student ID if you need it, etc.

cheers,

aska

Aug06

first week, burst leak

What’s the first week of uni going to be like? (incoming first year currently freaking out)

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hey there,

it’s almost certainly going to be great. i don’t want to invalidate your freak-out (by all means, get all the panicking out of your system now; better to do it in August than in December), but you will almost certainly have a great time and feel silly that you were so worried.

that said, the look of your first week will depend largely on two factors: 1) whether you’ll be participating in frosh week and 2) whether you’ll be living in residence.

if you’re doing frosh, your first week will be a whirlwind of group activities that will include lots of chanting, singing, dancing and running around campus. frosh activities will vary slightly depending on your college/faculty, but they have all been conceived of with the same idea: to make students feel more comfortable with each other and the campus, and to get excited students about school.

here are the websites for each college’s (and the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering’s) orientation weeks, so you can take a further look: innis college, new college, st. michael’s college, trinity college, university college, victoria college, woodsworth college, engineering.

if you’ll be living on residence, your first week will be a VERY INTENSE one filled with rapid friendship-making, get-to-know-you activities on your floor, and – obviously – moving in. it’s like this bizarre combination of frosh week and camp.

if you’re participating in neither of those things, you will still have a VERY BUSY first week. here is a list of tasks every student should do before school starts:

1. get your TCard, if you haven’t already.

also, get any cards you may need for commuting, e.g. Presto card, GO Student ID, Metropass, TTC Student ID, tokens.

2. buy your books (most will be available at the UofT bookstore, though you may have to resort to other options like Bob Miller).

every September, the controversy over whether it’s worth it to actually buy course books flares up again, like a recurring rash.

on the one hand, they cost an arm and a leg, and you will cry when you see your balance by the end of of your shopping spree. plus, everyone on Facebook and Twitter is promoting sites where you can find everything you need (maybe) for FREE!

on the other hand, you’re not so sure about the free/cheap options because they might not be the right edition, you kind of want a physical copy, you want to be able to set these books on your bookshelf to make you look smart later on, etc. etc.

if you’re unsure about any of your books, the best thing to do is wait until the first class. then you can ask how essential it is that you own a certain edition.

you can also wait it out and only buy the books when it becomes apparent that you will actually need them. some courses will rely more heavily on books than others, and there’s nothing wrong with just waiting and feeling it out.

3. practise the route between your classes.

it’s one thing to be able to point out all your classes on a map. it’s another to actually make the trek between, say, Northrop Frye and New College, slogging across Queen’s Park, manoeuvring past the giant plant pots next to Sid Smith, and figuring out exactly how much time you need to get between those two places.

most of your classes won’t be back-to-back, so you should also identify convenient food and washroom stops in your vicinity for times when you have a break between classes.

again: make sure to do this before classes actually begin. that way, you’ll be confident about your route when school starts.

4. if you’re thinking of getting involved on campus (and you really should, in one way or another), then you should stop by UTSU’s Clubs Fair on September 9th. find out what kind of stuff is out there, and maybe even sign up for one or two clubs that interest you!

5. if you think you will need it, look into support services on campus.

– Accessibility Services takes a notoriously long time to process applications, so sign up for them before classes start, if you can.

– Drop by CAPS and see what they’re all about. familiarize yourself with the process of booking an appointment.

– identify academic success tools: your registrar’s office, the UofT libraries that will be closest to you on campus, the Academic Success Centre, the math aid centres, and your college’s writing centre.

and that’s aska’s guide to having a great first week! i really do hope you enjoy your initiation into the wild ride that is UofT. stop back in sometime and tell me how it went.

cheers for now,

aska

Jun11

st. mike’s, st. mike’s, ra ra ra

When can smc student register for frosh?

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hey there,

SMC hasn’t updated their orientation website yet, so unfortunately, i have no idea. last year, however, the earliest deadline was July 15th, so we’ve still got some time left. you can keep an eye on @SMCCampusLife if you have twitter for updates, or check SMC’s frosh website closer to July.

have fun at frosh. hoikity choik or whatever.

cheers,

aska

May25

a very important date

Where do I go to find out what days frosh is happening?

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hey there,

frosh week this year will be the second week of september, from the 7th to the 13th. however, you’ve come a bit early to the party. orientation is still being planned, and so a lot of the details aren’t out yet. however, keep your eye on this page. when events start being solidified, the exact dates and times of different events will be posted there.

frosh week is a composite of elements common to all uoft students, and events specific to your faculty/college. some faculties/colleges have already started providing information about Orientation 2015, and some haven’t. i’ll post all the links i could find below:

hope you have a radical frosh week. remember to chant/cheer unironically and look both ways before you cross the street,

aska

May06

how much frosh can i fit into my schedule???

Hi there,

I recently accepted my offer to UTSG for Life Sciences and am beyond excited! I got into UC, and even though it wasn’t my first choice (thanks, Vic), I ended up loving the vibe I got from the people on facebook groups/forums/etc.
I chose to stay in Chestnut for res, however, and have already paid my housing deposit. I’m not regretting my decision or anything, but I’ve heard that Chestnut has it’s own frosh week?
Does this mean that I’m unable to attend the UC Frosh Week, or that I’d have to pick between the two?
I don’t want to miss out on UC Frosh Week because like I said, the vibe I get from the people at UC is incredible and their Frosh week looks like a ton of fun.

Thank you so much!

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hey there,

don’t worry about it, dude, UC is great. and may i personally recommend diablo’s at UC if you want to drink great coffee in a place that looks like it used to see people sentenced to death by hanging.

according to last year’s move-in guide for chestnut, the chestnut-specific orientation activities “complement the College and Faculty activities, so you can participate in both” (page 9). that might’ve changed for this year, but i highly doubt it.

lots of residences have orientation activities that familiarize first-years with the residence, but are definitely not designed to interfere with actual orientation.

have fun at frosh! make sure to keep all the free coupons – they’ll come in handy.

cheers,

aska

May05

i need to put it in my planner

When is frosh week? Exact dates

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hey there,

i love how you felt the need to specify that you needed exact dates.”now don’t give me any WISHY-WASHY dates here. i need EXACT DATES and i need them NOW, jack. NO, you cannot go home for christmas to visit your family. do i pay you to carve turkey or do i pay you to make numbers? get back to your cubicle.”

orientation week this year will be from september 1st to the 6th. you can find out the exact times that certain activities take place by visiting the orientation website of your faculty or college.

xoxo,

aska

Mar23

friends & frosh

I’ve heard from people 2 things about uoft that im not sure are true and I would like them clarified. 1) if you are a commuter on frosh week you won’t enjoy it/make any friends. 2) it is incredibly hard to find friends at uoft as there isn’t the best clubs/groups to meet others.

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hey there,

1) listen, any experience can suck – frosh week is no exception. some people go to frosh and it just isn’t fun. also, commuting to frosh is kind of a pain. so that’s a bummer.

BUT i would say that the general attitude towards frosh week at uoft is positive. the great thing about frosh is that all the disparate schools, colleges and offices at the university come together during frosh to explain who the h*ck they are and what the h*ck they do.

here is a list of orientation events put on by student life last year. as you can see, it’s pretty comprehensive. that page also links to the orientation schedules of most of the colleges and faculties last year. peruse those if you want to have a better idea of what you can expect from frosh week.

it’s also important to note that residence and commuter students don’t have a separate frosh, so there’s plenty of opportunity to make friends with people on- and off-rez.

also, commuter students vastly outnumber residence students at this university, so it’s not like you’re going to be in some sort of friendless minority. in fact, most colleges’ frosh weeks have events specifically for commuter students to get together and socialize. if you go in with an open mind and you’re willing to participate, you’ll probably leave with at least a friend or two.

2) friends will not just come to you. you do have to actually talk to people if you want to make friends, and when you spend a significant part of your time sitting silently on a bus/train/subway, that might not come as easily to you once you get to school.

however, if you are willing to talk to people, you’ll find friends cropping up everywhere – in your classes, in clubs that you may be involved with, at jobs you may take on-campus, etc. not every club will be what you’re looking for, but if you look widely and early, you’ll soon find the place or places that are a fit for you.

here is a list of organizations on campus if you want to start exploring now. as well, i’d encourage you to hang out in your college’s commuter lounge and talk with people there (most colleges have one, or equivalent).

all in all: yes it’s hard to make new friends in a new, unfamiliar environment, but i wouldn’t say this is harder to do at uoft than anywhere else. the university has a lot of opportunities for new students to connect with the community on campus, so don’t be afraid to try out different things!

cheers,

aska

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