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Hello Future Brock Badgers,

My name is Jessica and I am in my fourth year here at Brock in the Concurrent Education Child and Youth Studies P/J program. This is my first blog post to you all and I hope that you enjoy what I have to share. To start off my posts I decided it would be best to share why I chose Brock and the program I am in.

Thinking back to when I was in grade 11 and 12 starting to think of what schools and programs I wanted to go to for university all I can remember is a lot of stress. I remember overthinking every little detail of every school and program because I was worried I was going to make the wrong choice or not get accepted to my top choices. So my first piece of advice is to breathe! It sounds simple and a little silly, but I know that I would of loved to hear what I am about to tell you when I was in your position. The school and program you want is as simple as naturally knowing who you are. At the end of it all you are going to realize that the school and program right for you are the ones that fit who you are and make you happy, excited and maybe a little nervous but in a good way for the future.

To help know who you are just think of how you would describe your self (energetic, sporty, nerdy, or outdoorsy) and where you see yourself working (office, animals, busy on your feet, helping others or making changes). Sometimes thinking of your future is as simple as thinking about what makes you happy. For example, for me I cannot picture myself sitting at a desk all day in front of a computer, I need to be up on my feet, talking to people and making an impact. I also love children and I am very nerdy when it comes to school. Thus teaching just made it self a calling for me. Now it’s okay if you are not 100% sure what you want to do because the programs at Brock lead to endless job and career opportunities! Just think more of a starting point on where you want your university experience to begin and from there everything will slowly but surely fall into place in your journey to an amazing career!

To hear more on picking your home away from home check out part II.

Best of luck, Jessica

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Hey future Badgers!

‘Tis the season for offers of admission! Have you gotten an offer and still haven’t visited us on campus?! Well, Spring Open House is just around the corner on Sunday, April 2nd!

There’s so many cool things you can do during our Open House! I know that this event is what really solidified my decision to come to Brock.

Information Fair

The Ian D. Beddis Gym turns into a large expo where you can meet professors, faculty, academic advisers AND students in your programs. This is the perfect opportunity for you to see what your program is really about and talk to students who can share their experiences with you. It’s definitely nice to feel prepared before you come in September.

Hotspot Campus Tour

This is also the perfect opportunity for you to tour campus and see what Brock’s really about. During Open House and Fall Preview Day, our campus tours are run “hotspot” style which allows you to stop at major hotspots on campus and get information from our lovely group of volunteers and student staff. There are also “jump off” points to go take a look at the various residences we offer. This is another great opportunity to talk to students and hear firsthand about student life at Brock.

Information Sessions

Alongside the Information Fair, we also run various information sessions throughout the day about things like co-op and finance. We also run some program specific information sessions throughout the day. This is another opportunity to get more specific information about your education at Brock.

All in all, the best part about Open House is actually becoming a part of the Brock community. My favourite part about visiting Brock some years ago was the atmosphere at these events; you truly feel like you’re a part of the University even before you come in September.

To register for Spring Open House on April 2nd please visit: discover.brocku.ca/openhouse

I hope to see your cheerful faces soon!

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Spring is around the corner and for last year high school students that mean that they are thinking about one very important question: what university should I go to? Among many options, it is overwhelming trying to think about this. However, if you are reading this, you got lucky, because I’ve got the answer for you.

Amongst a deck of choices, I decided to come to Brock, and I sleep sound at night knowing that thankfully I made the right decision. Looking back over this year, I decided to talk to you about the highlights of my year.

1. Frosh Week

As an international student, I understand that moving away from your family is tough. However, when I got here, all of Brock’s organization with events on campus allowed me to explore what Brock had to offer and helped me connect with amazing people whom now I can call friends.

2. Recreation

I love all the opportunities that I have had to explore other areas in my life. Ranging from Brock’s sports facilities, along with clubs you can join, through all that the Niagara Region can offer, there is a place for everybody to find their passion. I mean, how many people can say that they have the historical Niagara Falls pretty much in their back yard. Well I do! And it is never a letdown to take a quick bus ride and enjoy a day amongst one of the world’s wonders.

3. The Experience

Brock has decided this year to go with the with the slogan: “Experience. Brock.” This is not just a mere casualty, but rather what Brock really offers, a full experience. University is not only about studying, or not only about sports, or anything else that you might be into. For me, university has been the experience of becoming a well-rounded person, academically and personally. Growing in all areas in my life is something of high priority in my life, and I thank Brock for giving me the opportunity of not only becoming a scholar, but also a human.

I could go on and on about what Brock has to offer, but the distinction is that once you get the experience, you will fall in love. If you can, try to visit campus and taste it for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

I’ll be waiting for those who dare to take the experience. It’s the best one so far in my life, and you can have it too!

Until the next one,

Eduardo Retes

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Hi Everyone,

It’s already the middle of the week, do any of you know what that means??                         Wellness Wednesday!

You may already know that the Brock University Student Union (BUSU) runs Wellness Weeks throughout the school year.  These are week-long initiatives that occur right before the fall and winter final exam periods, to help students de-stress and relax before we write exams.  Wellness Wednesdays are a new initiative this term that allow us to experience awesome Wellness events a lot more frequently! Through engagement of students, advocacy, and events at Brock and within the community, Wellness Wednesdays are brought to us with the purpose of focusing on the overall health and wellbeing of students.

The key principles of Wellness Weeks/Wellness Wednesdays include: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Lifestyle, Spiritual, and Financial Wellness. Wellness Wednesdays occur every second Wednesday on campus this term.

Here are some of the events and activities that us students have been looking out for this week:

1. Free Spinning, Full Body Fitness, and Stretching classes for all students.

2. Free fruit at the General Brock store on Campus.

3. Chiropractor Check-ups.

4. Free Massages.

5. Paint Night at Isaac’s (so fun!!!)

Other activities coming up for the last few Wellness Wednesdays of this school year include puppy rooms, art therapy, and even paddle boarding in our Olympic-sized pool!

BUSU’s Wellness events are only getting better, so stay tuned to hear about new and exciting activities provided to us students on these Wellness Wednesdays!

Have a great week everyone!

Emily

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Hey there future Badgers,

Naomi here yet again to talk about some of the most frequently asked questions we get about residence from future students while on tours and through emails and phone calls. This blog post will answer those questions, but for a more please visit the residence website here!

1. “How do I know how to/what residence to apply to?”

Here at Brock we have 6 different styles of residence in 7 different buildings (listed below). The best way to go about choosing which style would best suit you is to come to campus and see all of the styles (there are  also virtual tours on our webpage!). When choosing residence you’ll be able to rank your choices by preference of style and, room assignments are based on admissions averages so keep working hard! The place to apply to residence? You can apply through your my.brocku.ca portal!

  • Traditional Single (DeCew residence)
  • Traditional Double (DeCew residence)
  • Semi-suite Single (Vallee, Earp, Lowenberger residence)
  • Semi-suite Double (Lowenberger residence)
  • Townhouse Single (Village residence, Quarry View residence)
  • Townhouse Double (Village residence)

2. “Is residence guaranteed?”

Brock guarantees residence for  incoming full-time first year students who are coming from high school or from out of province when we receive the residence application and fee no later than June 1, 2017.

We also guarantee residence to students transferring from a post-secondary institution who meet the following conditions:

  • accept their offer of admission no later than June 1, 2017
  • were granted fewer than 5.0 transfer credits as determined by Brock University by June 1, 2016
  • we receive the residence application and fee no later than June 1, 2017.

3. “One of my friends is also applying to residence, can we request to live together?”

Absolutely! If you want to live with someone you know in residence you’ll be able to indicate that on your residence application – make sure you choose the same style of residence and both names are spelled correctly! – keep in mind this is a request, and doesn’t necessarily mean it’s guaranteed, we do try our best though!

4. “What’s the deal with meal plan?”

Okay here’s the low down on the meal plans – if you live in Townhouse style residence you don’t require a meal plan. However you’re able to purchase one if you wish. If you live in traditional or semi-suite style residence you require a meal plan and have a few options:

Basic       $3,900
Light       $4,250
Regular  $4,500
Varsity   $4,750
For more information on meal plans check out this link

5. “Can I live with people who are in the same program or have similar interests to me?”

Yes! Here at Brock we offer something called an LLC or Living Learning Community. We have many different options from living with students who have similar programs to similar interests. Check out more LLC info here!

Thanks for reading!

Naomi out!

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Helllooooo Future Badgers!

It is reaching the end of the semester for us current Badgers here. Staying in the Brock groove is made up of a few things:

- Trying to maintain a proper sleep schedule

- Attending most all of your classes, and reading all of your readings

- Learning how to speak like a Badger (again)

That last one is arguably the most important one, and what this post will focus on!

Speaking like a Badger isn’t that hard, but if you learn ‘em now, you’ll be sure to fit in no problem on Move-In Day, and I bet it’ll make your other Badgers jealous because you’ll already be with the in-crowd of current Badgers. So, here are a list of things that you should know:

Most Badgers call the Guernsey Market (the largest cafeteria on campus) “The Market” The Market is a great place to go for all of your eating needs, and even sells some convenient convenience items as well! The best part? Most of these things come right off your Meal Plan, and everything can be purchased using your Brock Card (either through Meal Plan, or Flex Dollars).

MC stands for Mackenzie Chown: that’s the largest seminar room building on campus, the place where you’ll probably get lost your first time through (but don’t worry, everyone gets lost there at least once in their undergrad career).

The Computer Commons, us Badgers call it “the Fishbowl“: this one is pretty self-explanatory, I’m sure you’ll see why on your Smart Start tours!

The Lowenberger Residence: Well…this one has many names around Brock, and each new cohort of Badgers who live there will call it something new. Me? Good question! I come from the generation of Badgers who call it “Berg“, it’s short, sweet and, simple and everyone will know where you’re talking about! (Plus the imagery attached to it suggests that there’s more to Lowenberger than meets the eye, and that’s pretty mysterious and James Bond-y).

The Tower: AKA the Schmon Tower; the most important place (arguably) when it comes to student services at Brock. The Tower houses the Library, Student Awards and Financial Aid, the Office of the President (of the University…not that President), and Brock Central on the 4th Floor: your one-stop-shop for any of these services that you may need, all in one convenient location!

The Cage: The Cage is your place for anything Brock Sports, from sports equipment to signing into any of the gyms in the Walker Complex, the Cage is there you need to go!

Well, there you have it, folks: the lingo that’ll keep you in the know when you get to the Brock Campus, heck maybe you can even show off your Badger chops and drop some of these words during Smart Start…you’d be the star Future Badger in the group!

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Hey future Badgers!

With the weather warming up and Spring just around the corner, campus is about as become beautiful as ever! Something that future Badgers don’t get to see as often is our beautiful backyard. Brock is located on the Niagara Escarpment which is part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This means that there is always going to be a certain amount of green space around campus. What this means for you as a student is that you will always have a place to go to distress or to explore.

The Bruce Trail

Fun Fact: The Bruce Trail runs from Queenston (just north of Niagara Falls) all the way to Tobermory: two cities that are 4.5 hours (by car) away from each other!

A segment of the Bruce Trail runs through the Niagara Escarpment, just behind our Decew Residence at Brock. This trail includes a Badger favourite: Decew Falls! Decew Falls is definitely one of those places that every Badger has to visit before they graduate.

The vast amount of nature surrounding Brock definitely makes our campus unique. You’ll even see aspects of nature hidden between many buildings around Brock. Including, but not limited to, Pond Inlet and Jubilee Court. (Pond Inlet can definitely be a distraction in those early morning seminars!)

Next time you visit Brock be sure to check out what’s right in Brock’s backyard!

Until next time,

Rupaali

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Hey there!

When looking at continuing your studies to post-secondary education, you can’t only think of it as the school you will be studying at. For many, this will be your home for the first year of studies and maybe even your upper years as well. It is important to consider where you will be living.  At Brock we have many different options when it comes to residences.

By visiting the residence website, you can see all of the amenities included in residence and learn about the different styles of residence: https://brocku.ca/residence/buildings-and-amenities/building-amenities/

Traditional-style — DeCew

In this style of residence, you can choose between living in a double or single room. It is set up in a stair-well style layout with a common living space and communal washrooms. A meal plan is mandatory and you can choose between four different options.

Semi-Suite style — Vallee, Earp and Lowenberger

This style of residence is what you see in most movies as it consists of a hallway with rooms on either sides and a communal lounge and/or study room. A meal plan is mandatory and you can choose between four different options. Vallee and Earp residence are composed of all single rooms. In Lowenberger, there is the option between single or double rooms.

Townhouse-style — Village

Village residence is essentially a mini house you share with 5 people in total (including yourself). Each unit is provided with a central vacuum, central air and heating. There is a communal kitchen with a stove and refrigerator in each unit. The kitchen also has a dining room table and chairs. Pots and pans, dishes and cutlery are not provided. The living room is furnished with a couch, chair and table.

Townhouse-style — Quarry View

Quarry View residence is like a mini house that you share with 3 or 4 people (including yourself). Housekeeping in Quarry View Residence is the responsibility of the student. Each block is provided with central air and heating. Vacuums are not provided and must be supplied by the student. There is a communal kitchen with a stove and refrigerator in each unit. The kitchen also has a dining room table and chairs. Pots and pans, dishes and cutlery are not provided. The living room is furnished with a couch, chair and table.

Students in all residences will receive $300 flex dollars on their accounts, which can be used for food purchases or anywhere else that accepts Brock flex dollars as payment. You also use your flex dollars to do your laundry.

As you can see, at Brock there are many options students can choose to live in for residence, you need to think about the best fit for you :)

Talk soon!

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Hey there Future Badgers,

When you first get on the Brock campus you might notice this tall building standing in the middle of campus.

It’s the Schmon Tower, named after  the chair of the Brock University Founders’ Committee, Arthur Schmon. The tower is 13 stories tall and contains tons of useful services which are super handy to know about. So that’s why I’m going to take the time now to outline some of the most useful services in the tower and tell you whats on each floor!

1. The first floor of the Tower is Market Hall, a place where students can grab food (there’s a dining hall) and sit and study, hang out, catch up or do whatever! There are also classrooms located on this floor in the hallway outside of market!

2. The second floor is the Matheson Learning Commons. There are a ton of services for students here including:

  • The circulation desk where you can sign out all of the resources avaiblable to Brock students
  • Printers and scanners for you to use!
  • The Makerspace where you can see all sorts of things in the works of being made and engineered!
  • Group study rooms!
  • Learning services drop in help. If you’re looking for a little bit of guidance with writing or studying, or math and science, this is a good place to start!

3. The third floor is home to BROCK CENTRAL the one stop shop for students to get information on Admissions, records, and transcripts, as well as all things finance and related services. This floor is also home to Student Awards and Financial Aid where students can find information on OSAP, bursaries, awards and financial records, pay tuition and inquire about anything related

4. On the fourth floor of the tower we have the Student Accessibility Services (click the link to visit the webpage) where you can find tons and tons of student services, including disAbility services, personal counselling and many other services!

5. The fifth through tenth floor of the tower is home to the Brock University Library! Each floor has study space, books, and resources students can access and work with in order to complete assignments. The Brock collection has over 1.5 million items to help students with their assignments and research. Another cool feature about the library is its volume control. The way the sound level works is the higher you go up the quieter it gets. So on the 2nd, 5th 6th and 7th floors, there’s a lot of tables for group study and talking at a normal level is allowed. Floors 8 and 9 allow for whispering level and floor 10 is completely silent.

11. The eleventh floor has the Library Collections, Library Liaison Services and Data Research Services. It also contains offices for the auditor,  and the Office of the University Secretariat. Not too often would students need to go to this floor

12. Internal university offices are located on this floor and aren’t accessed by students too frequently. Some of the offices include human resources and internal finance

13. This is where the president’s office is located! On this floor there is an amazing view that our senior administrators are able to enjoy as well as anyone who uses the meeting rooms on this floor. The boardroom located up here houses many meetings including the BUSAC meetings as well as BUSU meeting,  staff meetings,  many committee meetings, as well as a lot of other meetings.

Well there you have it badgers – a brief outline of everything in the Schmon Tower, hopefully when you get on campus you’ll know exactly whats in the tower.

Anyways, that’s it for now future badgers.

Naomi – out!!

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Hey there baby badgers!

Besides school and work, I try to involve myself in as much fun and activities as possible at Brock. Live4Dance is a great and fun way to get involved and stay active on campus ! Twice a week, a group of students and choreographers get together and we spend time learning the choreography to a song and then take the time to preform in front of our class. No experience dancing? Don’t worry ! Live4Dance accepts all into their classes. Classes range from beginner to advance and if you have an idea or some choreography you want to share, you can have the opportunity to teach classes too!

For more info on Live4Dance you can visit their Facebook page: Live4Dance Brock or check out their YouTube: Live4DanceTv for awesome videos of past choreography.

5-6-7-8 and i’m out ! catch ya later badgers!

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