Did you miss our Open House last month? Were you unable to come for a tour during the March Break? There’s still an opportunity to come check out Brock’s beautiful campus!

Whether you were working during the March Break or you were sunbathing in the Caribbean, it isn’t too late to come see Brock and meet faculty members to get your questions answered. Tours of campus and residence are being offered Sunday, April 12th from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

More information about how to register and the day’s events can be found at discover.brocku.ca/campus-day. See you Sunday!

Magnolias by Mackenzie Chown Complex

Magnolias by Mackenzie Chown Complex

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Are there any Concurrent Education readers out there? If so, this blog is for you!

Now that I am nearing the end of my undergraduate degree, I only have a short year to finish my Bachelor of Education AND look for a job. Perhaps you have also heard that the market for teachers in Southern Ontario is not very high, so I began seeking teaching opportunities elsewhere. Throughout the years, I have considered teaching in reserves in Canada to learn more about the First Nations peoples and their culture. I have also considered teaching overseas, such as in the United Kingdom, Europe, or Asia. Learning about these opportunities excited me because I would be able to ensure that I gain more relevant work experience and grow as a teacher. It would also benefit my understandings of different cultures, which I believe to be incredibly important in teaching in a diverse nation like Canada.


As a Korean myself, I was personally intrigued with the opportunity to teach English in Korea. It relieved me to learn that agencies are available to help with the paperwork, such as obtaining a working visa. And while the thought of being away from my friends and family for one or two years made me feel anxious, I felt better knowing that I would finally be able to experience studying (well, in my case, teaching) abroad. For example, I plan on making the most of my vacations by traveling all over the continent of Asia. Does it get any better than getting paid to cure my travel itch?

To learn more about these opportunities, click here. The moral of the story: Stay motivated and positive, my fellow teachers!

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Hi again Badgers, I hope you’ve been well!


As much as Brock is an awesome place to make friends, get closer to your future career, it is also about studying! But studying doesn’t always have to be dull. Have you thought about doing an exchange or studying abroad? Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do an exchange or study abroad as a Concurrent Education student, but I recommend that when you come to Brock next year, ask your academic adviser about the possibility of you doing so. Keep in mind, typically students looking into this option complete their third year abroad.

The great thing about doing an exchange is that you don’t pay international student tuition–you pay the same tuition as you would at Brock! So studying doesn’t seem that bad when you pair it with traveling, right? Some of my friends have studied in Europe, while others have studied in Asia, so the options are plenty! To read more about these opportunities, click here!

Happy studying!


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Choosing your University

At Brock University, we just had our influx of incoming and prospective students tour the campus during their March Week Break. This is indeed the season in which decisions must be weighed and campuses chosen. The transition from High School to University is drastic: no more homework checks, no more homeroom classes, and no more retests. You’ll be entering into a fast paced environment where you’ll be expected to take initiative and balance out your school work with your social life. Intimidating? Potentially…However, Brock makes it possible for students to make a smooth transition from High School to University.

High School vs. UniversityHigh School vs. University

Lectures and Seminars

If you’re entering a University, I can only assume you have some inkling of an idea of how lectures work. You have probably watched various blockbuster movies that showcase a classroom of 200 students (if not more) neatly seated in a lecture hall, furiously taking notes as they simultaneously listen to a lecturing professor at front. For many post-secondary institutions, this is the extent to which students get to interact with their instructors. At Brock, interaction gets personal; you’re not a number. You’re known by name.

Brock offers a compelling extension by providing students an environment that they are familiar with. These are our seminar classes. Following lectures, students attend classes of about 15-20 students in which they can actively engage with the material from lecture. Students work alongside peers and their Teaching Assistant (often a Masters or PhD student, if not the Professor himself) to practically apply their knowledge to relevant discussions, papers and presentations. You actually get marked for participating in these discussions (which usually positively impacts your overall average in the course)! Not only this, but you also become acquainted with your faculty. As a fourth year student, I still have my professors and TA’s call me out by name as I walk down the various hallways of the University. I feel comfortable visiting them in their office to chat about life, my studies and their own research. This is all thanks to the Seminar system.
Seminars are a great way for students to ask questions, engage with their studies and interact with peers within their disciplines. They function like our High School classes. You won’t be overwhelmed because you’ll be functioning in familiar territory.

Future Badgers, we want you to thrive here. It’s not easy starting a new chapter of your life, but we accommodate to your needs. Seminars are one of the many ways we practically assist you in your success here. Community is key to the education Brock offers. Does that entice you? Then Brock is a good option for you.

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Tis the season for colds and flus. As the weather begins to change and the semester comes to an end, students around campus find themselves sick and tired. Fortunately the Brock University Student Union (BUSU) is bringing back the 2nd Annual Wellness Week. Wellness Week 2015 is a week long initiative put on by BUSU and other Brock University departments. Wellness Week focuses on the overall health of students and community members through events, advocacy and student engagement. The week will involve the awareness of  Mental Wellness, Physical Wellness, Emotional Wellness, Spiritual Wellness, Lifestyle Wellness & Financial Wellness. These pillars are integral to a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle during your future journey at Brock.

Some awesome events around campus that you can get involved in are:

Sleep Relaxation Rooms~ If you didn’t get enough sleep last night because you were finishing a last minute assignment, you can catch up on some rest and relaxation right here on campus. You can take up to a 50 minute nap in a dimly lit room while listening to calming ocean waves.

Puppy Rooms~ Who doesn’t like cute puppies?! If you’re feeling stressed and maybe missing your pooch back home, take a visit to the Kenmore Center where the St. John Ambulance fills a room with adorable dogs!Puppies and Books

$1 Breakfast~ If you had to skip breakfast this morning to run out and catch the bus for your 8am lecture. Make a pit stop by Issac’s on your way to class to pick up some food for the very low price of $1.

Dan Gheesling~ is a public speaker, entrepreneur, author, coach, and winner of the CBS Reality TV show Big Brother. After competing twice on Reality TV (winning in his first season, and runner up in his second season), Dan now travels across the country speaking about action-based leadership – based on his experiences as an entrepreneur, Reality TV winner and football coach at Michigan State University, where he graduated with a masters degree. Join us at DHOWES between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm to hear Dan speak!

Check out the link below to see what other great activities BUSU has planned:


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Hey hey again! Some of the other bloggers have posted about their residence experience, so I thought I would do the same.

Let me begin with my moving in experience. Moving day went extremely smoothly, as residence life staff, student volunteers and members from various clubs at Brock came to lend a helping hand in terms of man-power. After some time of settling down and saying a (sometimes teary-eyed) goodbye to parents, we were all called to a floor meeting to meet all of our floormates and our floor Don. Tip 1: If you don’t already know, a Don is a upper year student who facilitates first years’ transition into University. Immediately, I started building a sense of pride in our residence identity as the mighty armadillos!

Valle Armadillos 2012 Mural
Valle Armadillos 2012 Mural

I was lucky enough to be rooming with a friend from home after filling out our residence application together. Tip 2: Make sure to indicate your friend’s exact name as they indicate it on their application, and be sure to fill out your ranking of the residences in an identical fashion of that of your friend’s. Anyway, back to my roommate. We lived in Vallee which is structured as two single rooms connected by a bathroom. Because we each had our own single rooms, privacy was not an issue at all, especially since I could lock both my doors–the door leading into the hallway and the door that connects my room with the bathroom. But at the same time, since I shared the bathroom with another person, it was really easy to have a friend to grab meals with or have someone to talk to into the late hours of the night. Also with living in a traditional residence, I could easily walk down the hall to study or watch a movie, or whatever it may be, with my floor friends. This way, it was really easy to make friends of a lifetime. After all, you see each other ALL the time!

Personally, traditional residences were perfect for me and I don’t think I would have fared as well in non-traditional residences because I was not yet comfortable with cooking, and I wasn’t ready to live so closely with 3-4 other people. That being said, living in a non-traditional residence is excellent practice for living off-campus, which is inevitable for most Badgers. In either type of residence, I know without a doubt that you will enjoy your residence experience. Again, remember, we have a virtual tour of each of the residence rooms.

Anyway, that was just my personal experience and residence is what you make of it, so don’t get too hung up if your ideal residence choice was not able to be met. Because I am confident that despite where you live, you will have a great experience!

Until next time,


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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, it’s just Major-General Sir Isaac Brock pulling onto our campus after a long journey home!

For all of you future Badgers out there who don’t know who the General is or why his arrival is so important to the Brock community, listen up!

Sir Isaac Brock was a General in the War of 1812 and died heroically at the Battle of Queenston Heights. Although he is not with us anymore, he will forever be with us in our Badger pride and spirit. Not only is our beautiful university named after him, but he will soon become a prominent part of the campus, all thanks to Canadian sculptor Danek Mozdzenski. The commemorative statue is expected to arrive on Monday, March 16th, 2015 and will sit proudly in its new permanent home on the grass strip at the base of the Arthur Schmon Tower. We encourage everyone to come out and celebrate! So gear up in all of your best red clothing and be prepared to cheer – don’t forget your signs and noisemakers! The party will begin at 10:00 on Monday morning and the first 150 people to show up will receive a free t-shirt. There will be face panting, refreshments and good times to be had by all!

For more information and to track the General’s homecoming, you can check out www.BringtheGeneralHome.ca for news and updates.


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Happy Thursday Badgers!

Today I want to talk to you about living off-campus. I mentioned in a previous blog post that living off-campus is inevitable for most Badgers, because residence is only 100% guaranteed for students coming directly out of high school. This is because while living on-campus is convenient, the residence experience caters to new students, as it provides a lot of supports for socialization, mental health, and academia. And while I loved my residence experience, I loved the independence and responsibilities of living off-campus too.

St. Catharines has diverse off-campus options of townhouses, houses, and apartments. You can rent from a landlord or sublet from students. You can rent houses with a group of friends or join an existing group of tenants. You can live alone in a bachelor pad or with friends. Popular off-campus areas include the nearby mall and grocery store, by the Downtown area, or by Brock University. Prices will vary, but you can expect to pay approximately $450 with utilities (hydro, electricity, and maybe even internet and cable) included. Leases tend to be 12-months but you can try to compromise with your landlord or sublet your room to students studying over the summer–or even take Spring/Summer courses yourself!

For first-year students, I would recommend that you begin your research for off-campus living in December. But to begin browsing listings now, click here!

Until next time,


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PSA to all Sciencey Badgers,

Are you planning on applying to medical school or pursuing a career in health care? If so, there is a great co-curricular program for you! Med Plus provides students with valuable and meaningful volunteer opportunities, job shadowing, mentorships, skill development workshops, and program advising. By completing this unique program, you can learn more about your future career and make valuable connections in your field.

But don’t just take my word for it–hear about Hyun Bin Shin‘s experience!

You can find the application here. Just be sure to complete the application by April 30, 2015.

Good luck, baby Badgers! Talk to you next time!

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I imagine that you’re reading that headline thinking: “Wow! Is Iain really a superhero!?” after all it is a common thought…and I suppose that you have all sorts of scenarios running through your heads about just how I’ve come to save lives while here at Brock…it could be that I managed to get exams cancelled for the year by fighting off a giant snake and a mysterious-looking diary in the basement of Schmon Tower; or perhaps it was me who introduced the additional November Reading Week trial period to the University.

Alas I cannot call these great feats of wonder my own. No, Future Badgers, instead my lifesaving ability rests with within my own flesh and blood…in fact I use one of those materials to save lives…my blood!

Blood Logo

That’s right. The Canadian Blood Services actively runs a donation clinic throughout the year here at Brock University and it’s up to our Badgers to fill the space and continue saving lives. Every 56 days, the Canadian Blood Services return to our campus to extreme makeover the Ian Beddis Gymnasium into a super-cool-Hall-of-Justice-Fortress-of- Solitude-Titan-Tower-mega-donor-clinic, which means that Badgers will have the opportunity to never miss a donation while attending school here at Brock.

The most frequent question I get after a donation is “Ew! Why do you give up your blood!?” and quite simply Badgers, it’s because I think that it’s a good thing to do. If I have the opportunity to save a life and become a real-life superhero, then why not take that chance? I may never know who my blood goes to, but if there’s a potential that my donation could have been the difference between a fellow Badger being saved on the operating table after a car accident and not making it out unscathed, then you’d better believe that I’m going to take it. Plus, after you’re done donating, he nurse will even let you take a picture with your donated blood! (To save you from your potentially weak stomachs I’ve decided not to post my own ‘blood selfies’…you’re welcome)

Blood donator

So Badgers I send to you an open invitation: Join me in the fight for life and get to your nearest clinic and donate what is in you to give. Roll up your sleeve and save a life today!

Brock On Badgers!


Next Brock Clinic: March 15, 2015 – Ian Beddis Gymnasium

To book an appointment/for FAQs:

visit www.blood.ca -OR- call 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283)

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