Deciding on what post-secondary institution you want to go to after high school is a HUGE decision, and a very important decision as well. That is why in grade 10, my mother and I started looking at universities. She wanted me to know all of my options before making the big decision. One of the first interactions that I ever had with Brock University was at the Ontario University Fair (OUF) in Toronto, Ontario. In grade 10 you aren’t really sure on what questions to ask or what you even what to study at University. Once I stepped in the Brock University booth, I felt welcomed by all of the friendly faces of current students, academic advisors and even professors! When asked what I wanted to study, I had no idea, the student ambassador that I was talking to asked what subjects that I enjoyed in school. I really enjoyed Parenting, Family Studies and cooking classes. The student ambassador suggested that I look into programs within the Social Sciences Stream. Looking through the view book I was amazed to see how much programs there were! Brock offered Child and Youth Studies Film Studies, Labour Studies, Political Science, Popular Culture, Psychology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies and many more! I didn’t understand what any of these programs were because I had never taken these types of classes in high school. I then asked the student ambassador what program she was in, she replied saying that she started in Concurrent Education, but then switched to Child and Youth Studies. I enjoyed listening to her experiences and she was greatly interested in me and what I wanted out of my university experience. I left the Ontario University Fair and the Brock University Booth that day feeling both inspired and already apart of the Brock University community.  Now in my fourth year of Child & Youth Studies and Sociology at Brock University, I always reflect on that first interaction that I had with Brock at OUF and how it was one of the most life changing experiences and I have experienced.

So I encourage you whether you are in 9th grade, 12th grade, your 5th year, a transfer student or even a mature student to attend the Brock University booth at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from September 23-25, 2016. Get more information about applying to university, residences, academic programs and campus life from faculty and staff across the entire university. https://discover.brocku.ca/ouf/


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Hey there future badgers,

One of the most exciting things about first coming to university is Orientation week, or O-Week. During O-week there are tons and tons of awesome things to do; it’s so jam packed and fun that you’re continually making new friends and you begin to forget that you’re away from home. This year Brock’s orientation week is Brockchella 2016 and the full line up for O-week can be found here.

O-week is one of my favourite weeks every year. There’s so much going on, so many people and so many different events that there is definitely something for everyone. There’s everything from the Tower and Paint parties to the Big Ticket Concert; from the Vendor Fair and Residence Games to the Badger Bash and the Drive-in Movie, the whole week is filled with events so there’s no excuse not to participate in some way. Below I’ll include just a couple highlights of my favourite events. Be sure to check the www.busu.net/oweek/  for the whole line up of all of the events and more details on everything happening at Brock!

Vendor Fair – Vendor fair is an event that runs on Tuesday and Wednesday of O-Week where there are a lot of different booths set up with everything from clubs to on campus jobs. There’s free stuff and lots to do so make sure to check this event out!

An aerial view of the vendor fair on Schmon Tower field.

Big Ticket Concert – Every year there is a concert that happens at Brock during orientation week. The concert is always amazing with some pretty great talent always making an appearance. Make sure to keep checking the BUSU webpage (the link can be found above) to hear who’s coming this September!

Residence Games – This event is organized through the department of residence and is a great way to get excited about living on campus! You’re on a team with the people from your residence and you get to spend the day competing against other teams in fun filled events and activities! Not living in res? No problem there’s teams for students living off campus too!

Tower Party – The Tower Party happens right in front of the tower with lots of new badgers, a live DJ, and tons of lights!  This is one event you definitely don’t want to miss to kick off the start to your Brock year!

Faculty Orientations – Faculty orientations are really helpful to go to! You definitely want to go to this event for your faculty so that you can get more comfortable with the professors and staff as well as the students who will be working with you while you’re here at Brock! These orientations run throughout the week so check the BUSU webpage for the when and where of your faculty event!

Well future badgers, there you have it, just a little bit of what you can expect during orientation week. O-Week is a great experience so make sure to get out there and get involved in all of the events! Don’t forget that you can also purchase your VIB package by clicking this link! The VIB package gives you all access to all of the orientation events and as well as a sweet Brockchella T-Shirt and the VIB card which comes with lots of benefits!

See you in September Badgers!

Naomi – Out!

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Hey there future badgers!

Moving away from home for school can be one of the biggest steps you take, it can also be one of the most rewarding and exciting aspects of university. I remember being nervous and scared but also excited for move in day. Before that Sunday of the Labour Day weekend, I had no idea what to expect and no clue if I’d be able to do it. Rest assured I was more than okay and really enjoyed my time in residence. Below I’ll include some tips and personal experiences about moving away for school and living in residence to help you get excited and ready for move in day!

1) Check your Brock email! All of the important residence information (as well as other Brock related info) will be sent to your Brock email.

2) Come to Smart Start! This is a great opportunity to see your residence building and get your Brock student ID card that will serve as your building access key, meal plan (optional in non-traditional residences), and flex dollar card for the year! Click here to register for Smart Start today!

3) Pack in advance! Remember that you’re going to be in your residence for 8 months so you need to pack enough, but you also don’t want to pack too much. Packing is different depending on what style of residence you live in (Read Jacqueline’s blog on residence here).

Looking for what to bring? Click here for a list of what to bring to traditional residence, and here for what to bring to townhouse (or non-traditional) style residence.

4) Once you move in, make friends! Some of my very best friends were made in residence. On my first day in residence, my Don (an upper year student who lives in residence with you and assists with the transition into university) gathered all of the students in my stairwell (I lived in Decew) and had our very first meeting. The first person I talked to was the girl standing next to me, named Jessica (pictured below). We became friends pretty much instantly and are still  really great friends to this day!

Me and Jessica on the trails behind Brock University

5) Get involved! One of the best ways to make your residence experience great is by getting involved on campus; after all campus is your home away from home for the next few years. For me getting involved included, volunteering for Shinerama during orientation week, playing an intramural, going to events and, participating in residence activities.

6) Remember to keep clean! As much fun as it is living in residence, remember its your job to keep your spaces clean (especially if your mom decides to visit). You can sign out vacuums from the North and South Service Desks!

7) Have fun! Regardless of what building you’re in, your residence experience is what you make it so make sure to make it the best possible experience by having fun. Remember its the people, not the bricks and mortar, that make living in residence one of the best parts of university!

That’s all I’ve got for now future Badgers but stay tuned for more blog posts. I hope you’re all pumped for September.

See you in the halls.

Naomi – out!

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Hey there future badgers!

Here at Brock we’re happy to have a few short months off before we begin a new year in September, however that doesn’t mean that we’re not excited for the start of school!

Coming to university is an amazing experience that can sometimes be a little nerve racking. So I’m here to help you shake off those nervous jitters and get PUMPED for coming to Brock University in September!

Below is a list of some things you can do before September to get you ready for the start of school and to get you excited about coming to Brock University.

1) Hopefully you’ve registered for your courses already! This is an exciting part of the process as selecting electives and building your own timetable can be really fun! Make sure you’ve checked the Undergraduate Calendar for your program and requirements to ensure you’ve enrolled in the right classes!

2) Remember to keep checking your Brock email for important notifications including residence assignments. Knowing where your new school home will be is always exciting!

3) Come to SMART START! Smart start is our first year orientation program where you…

  • Get to spend the day at Brock with current students ( I’ll admit the smart start team is a group of pretty awesome people!)
  • Become familiar with our campus and community
  • Meet other incoming students (and make some new friends)
  • Learn how to be successful academically
  • Meet with an academic adviser who will finalize your schedule and make sure you’re on the right path to success.
  • Get your Brock card! This is your student card for your time at Brock so be prepared to smile for the camera!

Isaac's Army Video Shoot: Behind the scenes (shot by Brock TV)

4) Check out what Brock University Students’ Union has planned for O-Week! This year’s O-Week is Brockchella 2016 and I’m hyped! There are a ton of great events planned so you can get involved, meet new people, and have a great time! Click here to visit the website where you can see the lineup and get your VIB package today!

5) Relax and enjoy your summer (new and future) Badgers! University is a busy time so make sure you get to enjoy your time off!

Can’t wait to see all of you in September!

Naomi – out!

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Hey Baby Badgers,

Have you ever wondered what courses you’ll be taking when you come to Brock? Or how the layout of your program works? Or maybe if you are in a coop program you wonder when you will be going out for your work terms? All of this information can be found online here: Webcalendar

These undergraduate calendars may change a little year to year, however if you want a general idea of what your program outline will look like, make sure to check this link out! My favourite part about the undergraduate calendars is when you select a program, if you scroll down to the very bottom of the page, you can see all of the courses in that program, with descriptions, that you can have the opportunity to take at Brock.

So make sure to take a peak at the webcalendar to see what the future would look like if you become a Badger. I’m telling you…it can only get more exciting!!

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Our Student Life and Community Experience Team has great opportunities to help incoming students feel ready to start their journey as a Brock Badger.

They offer something called the First Year Experience Program!

Incoming Brock students can watch “How-To Videos” to help answer any questions you may have!

Then, Baby Badgers, you NEED to register for Smart Start.

Your Smart Start Visit starts off your journey as a Brock Badger! You will:

  • Register for your courses or finalize your class timetable with Academic Advisors.
  • Meet other first-year students helping you build your Brock support system before September.
  • Receive information about financing your education by learning about financial aid options available at Brock.
  • Tour our beautiful campus by visiting the numerous campus hotspots, including our residences.
  • Learn about academic success options by participating in seminars outlining ways to succeed in post-secondary education.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Brock community by learning tips and tricks from current Brock students about making a smooth transition to university life.
  • Take your photo for your Brock Card (So make sure you Baby Badgers are looking your best)

You can also register for LEAP. The LEAP program at Brock provides an opportunity to meet other students, learn valuable skills, experience a night in residence, volunteer in the local community, and explore Brock’s campus. Led by experienced campus student leaders, LEAP is a great way to make friends and connections both on campus and in the Niagara region.

Or you can register for Brock BaseCamp. BaseCamp is a great opportunity if you love the outdoors because it offers rock climbing, canoeing and backpacking trips for incoming students in August.

Then when you come to school in September, you will have Orientation Week! You will become more familiar with Brock’s campus and meet more Baby Badgers just like you. Brock University’s Student Union will post a schedule of events closer to the start of school.

But it doesn’t end there!! Student Life is always there for students to run events, provide you with connections or simply if you have any questions. The first six weeks of both the fall and winter semesters will offer BLAST Off programming focused on delivering pertinent information when it’s immediately relevant to you as a Brock Badger :)

To check out more information about Brock’s First Year Experience Program and how to become prepared as a Baby Badger, visit this website: First Year Experience

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Hey Baby Badgers!

If you have not had the opportunity to come visit Brock’s amazing campus yet, it’s not too late! On Sunday April 10 from 12pm-4pm Brock will be hosting its Tours+ Day. This day is a perfect chance for you to come visit our campus, see our residences and talk to representatives from your program.

One of my favourite things about Brock is its location and our campus itself. Brock is located on top of the Niagara Escarpment which means there are tons of trails you can walk for a study break or simply there is tons of green space to go outside and get some fresh air. Our campus has a unique community feel because all of our buildings are located in close proximity to each other creating that united campus community.

So if you have yet to come visit Brock, please come for our Tours+ Day on April 10 to see our beautiful campus and see if you can picture yourself living here. I promise you will not regret it!

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For those of you that worry about leaving your small class sizes in high school, DON’T! Brock runs off of a seminar based system for all classes. Depending on what program you are in, these seminars may be called labs or tutorials however, for the purpose of my blog I am going to refer to them as seminars.

Lectures are common at all universities where students will sit in a lecture hall as they take notes and listen to their professor who is lecturing at the front. But Brock offers something unique! At Brock, you’re not “just a number”…you are actually known by name!

This is done through seminars. Brock offers seminars which provides students with an environment that they are familiar with. Along with lectures for each class, students attend these seminars which are classes of around 20 students. This provides students the opportunity to actively engage with the material they learn from lecture as they work alongside their peers and fellow classmates and their Teaching Assistant. The students in seminar practically apply their knowledge to relevant discussions.

This is an example of a seminar room at Brock:

Also, students get marked for participating in these discussions which can be a huge mark booster in your classes if you show up to seminar prepared and participate or ask questions. You can also visit your professors and your Teaching Assistants at their office hours and really build a connection with them if you have any questions or concerns regarding your class or your program in general.

The seminar system that Brock has helped me make the connection with lecture material and my course readings. Due to seminars being in a small classroom environment, I’m able to share and learn with my classmates in a more comfortable setting.

So you don’t have to be shy to raise your hand in seminar! Its a comforting environment working with you peers in a small class size.

So Baby Badgers, get ready to actively participate and have your questions ready to fully understand your lecture material!

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Hi Future Badgers!!

Guess what week it is at Brock!? It’s Wellness Week!! Wellness Week is a week-long series of events on campus at Brock which happens each term before final exams begin. Wellness Week is brought to students by the Brock University Student’s Union with the purpose of promoting wellness among all students as they enter into the exam period.

This initiative focuses on 6 main pillars, including Mental Wellness, Physical Wellness, Emotional Wellness, Spiritual Wellness, Lifestyle Wellness, and Financial Wellness. These pillars capture the primary aspects of a student’s life that may come into play while trying to prepare as best as they can for the exam season, and the activities are in place to enhance these aspects.

What type of events happen during Wellness Week, you ask?? Here’s a list of just SOME of the exciting activities that students at Brock are participating in this week!

Monday –> Free Massages, Music Trivia, and a Free Express Fit workout class!

Tuesday –> Puppy Room, Colouring Room, and Free Cupcake Giveaway!

Wednesday –> Free Breakfast at Isaac’s, Paddle Boarding at the Pool, and Open Mic Night!

Thursday –> Burrito Eating Contest and Free “Mini Manicures!”

Friday–> Free Nutritious Snack and Archery Tag!

All of the events are open to any student who would like to join, and they are a great way to have some fun and de-stress before exams!  Visit www.busu.net/wellnessweek/ for more information. :)

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Hey there, Baby Badgers!

Over my past three years here at Brock, I have learned one very important thing: getting involved is the key to making your university years fun! I have had the opportunity to volunteer and work across the campus which helped me meet a lot of new people and have tons of new experiences!

But lately, I’ve been thinking about joining a club. Luckily, I have 80 unique clubs to choose from! Here are a few that caught my attention:

Brock Art Collective: An opportunity for artists to get involved in the art community of St. Catharines and to bring awareness to fine/digital/performance art!

Best Buddies Brock: An organization that connects Brock students with adults with intellectual disabilities, creating one-to-one friendships!

Crafting for a Cure: A volunteering opportunity at a hospital where you do age-level crafts with the younger patients to take their minds off their worries/fears!

Playmakers: For the athletes who want to give back! This club organizes sport tournaments whose proceeds go to the underprivileged locally and globally!

It’s always fun to meet students that have the same interests as you! So use that “other” side of your brain and get involved at Brock!

Visit http://www.busu.net/involvement/clubs/ to learn more!

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