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Jan06

hydration and team-building

what exactly is frosh week? is it all drinking, partying etc haha
Oct02

you’ve got a friend in me

Hi there,

I am going to be coming to Toronto uni as an exchange student from London and I am extremely worried about making friends. This is because I am coming as a second year student and in the second semester, so I’m worried that everyone in my class will have already made their friends and not want any more…

I will also likely not get residence as I am not guaranteed it as an exchange student and as Toronto is such a big uni I’m afraid it’ll be rather impersonal.

The possibility of me not being able to make friends and have a social life is making me think again about whether I want to go, because although its a great opportunity I don’t want to be miserable while I’m there!

I want to join clubs but will it be too late by the time its second semester? Also do you have any advice on what the drinking culture is like in Toronto?

Any advice would be fantastic [?]

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hey there,

i’m gonna start from the bottom up in this post.

incidentally, “bottoms up!” is something you’ll hear a lot in London (haha great segue, aska); not so much in Toronto.

i would say that the drinking culture is definitely not as strongly ingrained in Toronto as it is in London. there tends to be more of a clubbing culture, as well as a “hanging out” culture. the closest thing you’ll find to the pub/lad culture of London is the first-year residence hall, but again, you likely won’t be living there.

that said, people do still go out. we are in our twenties, after all. it’s not quite the same, though, and that might be a bit of an adjustment for you. i’m sure it’ll be an interesting story you can regale your U.K. friends with, though.

it ABSOLUTELY will NOT be too late to join clubs in the winter term. a lot of clubs accept members throughout the year, and many will get a wave of new members in the second semester. they may have a new season/repertoire/project/goal, which will make the transition more seamless.

some clubs only get started later on in the year. some clubs completely start over each new term. as long as you search for clubs that are interesting, you will find something (and maybe even a few somethings)!

not all classes are yearlong classes, which means that there will be brand new people in brand new classes in the winter term. these are an especially great opportunity to connect with people.

finally, whatever college you’re with (it’ll likely be woodsworth, since exchange students are usually automatically assigned to woodsworth) will have its own social circles, hangout spaces and social events. hang out in those spaces, go to those events, and you’ll be sure to meet lots of people!

those are about all the tips i have. i hope you don’t pass up on this opportunity. uoft is a really unique community full of friendly people, and you’re bound to have a wonderful time!

best,

aska

Aug10

staying safe is staying great

I have three night classes at uoft psych, women and gender and anthropology… I’m a little worried walking from the buildings to the subway when it gets dark being a tiny female… Is there any tips to stay safe? And is it pretty busy at night?

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hey,

i’m no overenthusiastic women’s self-defense coach from a 90s sitcom, but as a veteran commuter, i do have a few tips that have worked out well for me:

1. when you’re walking, be present.

be aware of your surroundings when you walk. if you’re staring down at the ground and shuffling along, you’ll be less aware, which is unsafe. walk like you could eat a bear at the slightest provocation. walk like you’ve killed a man with your thumb. walk like a murderess.

2. walk with a friend.

if you’re leaving an evening class, chances are there will be other people heading to the subway station like you. meet a couple of them and walk together. it may even blossom into a friendship – even if it doesn’t, you won’t have to walk with them for more than ten minutes.

3. if you have to walk alone but you feel very uncomfortable with it, consider using walksmart. this is campus police’s service which allows students to request patrollers to walk with you wherever you need to go on campus.

4. try and stay in well-lit areas.

Queen’s Park tends to get a bit dodgy at night, but ever since they put up lights, it’s been a lot less daunting to cross. most other places on campus are well-lit, but if you can avoid going into an unlit field or back alley, then do that.

5. familiarize yourself with the emergency phones and where they are located on campus.

6. put campus police’s emergency and non-emergency numbers into your phone, so you can call them quickly should you ever need to.

7. get to know the campus.

as well as generally needing to know where you’re going so you can get to class and lunch and your casual origami club meetings, being confident in where you’re going will help you look and feel more confident when you’re walking around campus at night, too.

8. don’t do stupid s#!t.

this may seem obvious to you, but bad things tend to happen when you do bad things. not doing bad things will keep you a lot safer in most situations.

firstly, and above all, you should NOT DRINK UNDERAGE. I DON’T CARE IF YOUR FRIENDS ARE DOING IT. DON’T DO IT. you think you can handle the alcohol – you can’t. you’re not going to look cool. you’re going to look very, very dumb. trust me.

however, if you must drink (which you shouldn’t):

DO go dancing/drinking/partying with friends you trust not to abandon you, vomiting, on the side of the road.

DO have emergency numbers in your phone, as per #6.

DO NOT get blackout drunk in an anonymous location in the city. know where you are at all times. don’t drink past your limit.

DO NOT mix drinks – it’s dangerous because you could underestimate how much alcohol you’ve ingested, since different drinks have different alcohol content.

finally: i know it might seem a little counterproductive to say this after giving all those tips, but don’t be super worried. the campus is safe. as long as you exercise reasonable caution, and especially if you do everything i listed, you can consider yourself safe and secure on campus.

xoxo,

aska

P.S. i know the title doesn’t rhyme. shut up. art doesn’t have to rhyme.

Nov13

alcohol? what’s alcohol?

Looking at U of T from Quebec where we have an 18 drinking age, Is it easy to drink(At trinity where I’m applying)? Or are there chill bars and convenience (LCBO) stores where you can pick up?

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hey there,

let me break this down to you from a business perspective, k?

uoft is a city campus. we’re literally next door to yorkville, which is?the wealthiest neighbourhood in toronto, and we are directly south of the very fancy bloor st.

that means that there are a lot of very rich people living around the university who are able to pay a lot of money for drinks at bars and clubs. which means that the bars and clubs around uoft don’t need to cater to young people.

in a university town like waterloo or hamilton, the nightlife grows up around and caters to university students, resulting in cheaper, easier access to alcohol. here, the alcohol is usually expensive, and usually harder to come by.

no college officially condones underage drinking, and trin is no exception. you can read their alcohol policy here. it’s pretty no-nonsense. for example, any events including alcohol to be held in the JCR (junior common room) has to be approved by the dean of students.

obviously the elephant in the room is this: yeah, there are policies, but there are policies everywhere, and that’s never stopped university students from drinking.

well…that’s true. and just like there are policies at every college, there are also students at every college. you’ve heard of newton’s first law of motion, right? a student at rest tends to stay at rest, and a student at a kegger will tend to move with constant velocity towards the keg.*

if you really want alcohol, you’ll find your way to it. but no, i am not going to recommend places to you. what do you take me for? this blog has a .utoronto domain, man. you want to put me out of a job?

anyway, askastudent is NOTHING if not a LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN and SAINT.

cheers,

aska

*what do you mean, that’s not the real law? who are you, Newton? get out.

Jul04

is this the police testing me

Hey,

i’m a first year (going into second year) but unfortunately have a birthday rather late in the year (still 18). As a result my social night life has been quite stunted. I was wondering if there are any cool places that are 18+, or where they let in/ allow underage drinking. Any other fun things to do downtown?

any tips are appreciated,

Just looking for a good time 🙂

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hey there,

well friend, i’d rather not endorse underage drinking on here, partly because i don’t want to be nabbed by the cops, but mostly because drunk frosh on campus are frickin’ annoying, and i don’t want to advertise?more ways to get drunk?to any froshies that may read this in future. if i may offer my opinion, drinking at clubs is stupidly expensive anyway.

as for sober events, there’s a nearly endless list of things to do. might i recommend following @torontoist on twitter for daily updates about city events, or scrolling through their events page. they post about cool stuff happening in toronto every day.

the toronto fringe festival is happening right now, which you may enjoy if you’re one of those wretched THEATRE NERDS. fringe festival plays?are not only really cool, they’re also – the holy grail of student events – CHEAP, at only $12/ticket.

in keeping with the nerd theme, nuit blanche and TIFF are really over-advertised BUT?not overrated events, especially if you don’t take them too seriously and go with friends (aska spent half the night last year walking around nuit blanche without shoes, because her boots were too painful. she got some strange looks from strangers, but in her pain-induced haze she saw some weird art and had good middle eastern food at 2am, so it was a night well spent).

speaking of gastro-intestinal needs, might i recommend some rooftop patios courtesy of blogTO (pauper’s pub is within a student budget and their rooftop is really nice).

for your ear-holes,?the phoenix?and bovine sex club always have cool concerts going on, and you missed NXNE this year, but give it a go next year if you haven’t already. also, i guess you have to go to sneaky dee’s before you move away from toronto, because it’s like an icon or whatever.

finally, when your parents come to visit for the weekend and need proof that you’ve become a cultured torontonian, may i recommend?a boat tour from?the harbourfront. it’s chock-full of educational, wholesome, family fun!

cheers,

aska

Aug13

all i really want to do is have absolute control over the universe

so here’s the thing. I’m finished exams August 16 and then I have three and a
half weeks to do – to do – to do something – but what?! How do you suggest I
spend this time? The fall reading lists have yet to be published, and dammit,
I don’t have enough cash to head to NYC for a week. Any suggestions? (more…)

Jul24

while you’re at it ask that cute girl down the hall where you can get ‘easy sex’

I’m coming to UofT in September as a first year student… where can I get a
fake id? Asking older students to buy me alcohol just sucks. 🙁 superbad (more…)

Mar09

the secret password is ‘cold tea’

Hi askastudent…
Been cruising your website for the past half hour and couple questions popped up:
1) Exactly how hard is UfT Commerce? I haven’t got my acceptance letter yet, but I can’t decide between art degree with a business major or just the hardcore business. Call me a hippie but I’m really not all that interested in money.
2) Is St. Mike’s a college of Catholic girls gone wild, finally free from the iron grip of their parents? If so, unfortunately, I think it’s my destiny.
3) Lastly (a stupid question but considering my background, see above) how should one get alcohol underage? Am I just going to have to continue sucking up to (not literally) 19 year olds for favours?
Thanks a milllion…
(more…)

Aug20

an underage undergraduate hippie art commerce student with a taste for catholic schoolgirls and liquor? what does not belong here?

Hi askastudent…
Been cruising your website for the past half hour and couple questions popped up:
1) Exactly how hard is UfT Commerce? I haven’t got my acceptance letter yet, but I can’t decide between art degree with a business major or just the hardcore business. Call me a hippie but I’m really not all that interested in money.
2) Is St. Mike’s a college of Catholic girls gone wild, finally free from the iron grip of their parents? If so, unfortunately, I think it’s my destiny.
3) Lastly (a stupid question but considering my background, see above) how should one get alcohol underage? Am I just going to have to continue sucking up to (not literally) 19 year olds for favours?
Thanks a milllion…
(more…)

Nov16

breakDOWN

Could you tell me how to survive the first year? Does everybody get a breakdown sometime in October or November? And how do they get out of it? (more…)

Oct25

you make me wanna SHOUT!

Hi. Are most students at U of T all about partying or are they more intelligent and artistically aware? or a little of both? (more…)

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