Emma

You’ve come to Smart Start, you’re registered for courses, you’re excited to begin a new chapter of your life, but you’re just not sure what to expect.

Like the first week of high school, the first week of university can be daunting for some. You’re in a new environment, perhaps without any of your old friends, and you want to make sure you’re on top of what’s going on. This September I’ll be going into my sixth “back to school” week at Brock University. You could say I’ve kind of become a pro at this. Below I’ve listed my top tips and tricks for ensuring a smooth and successful first week at Brock.

1. Avoid heavy line-ups. The Campus Store, the U-Pass transit booth, and the student card office are just a few places on campus that see heavy line-ups the first week of school. Avoid peak times (from mid-morning to late afternoon) to save yourself some time buying books, getting your bus pass sticker, or obtaining your student card.

2. Check-in with your Don. If you’re living in residence you will have a Don assigned to your floor or court. This person is an upper-year student who will act as a big brother or sister figure throughout the school year. He or she will plan fun activities for your floor, resolve conflicts, enforce residence guidelines and help you out with any issues you might come across. The first few days of school, Dons also provide their students with walking tours of the campus to get to know the school in a little more detail, and to find the students’ individual classrooms.

3. Leave early. Brock is a mid-sized university with a very compact, self-contained campus, but it can still be difficult to navigate for first timers. Leave early to give yourself lots of time to find your lectures, seminars, and labs. You don’t want to be late on your first day!

4. Introduce yourself. Remember: everyone is in the same boat. Most first year students don’t know many people (if anyone) on campus, and are looking to make new friends. So why not introduce yourself? You’ll be shocked at how many new friends you’ll make by the end of the week.

5. Savour every moment. Orientation week is a blast. However after O-Week, classes start to kick-in, homework and readings will begin to pile up, and your time for socializing will become more limited. So make the most of it! Although university can be a little overwhelming at first, challenge yourself to relax and enjoy each day of Orientation week because it only comes around once a year.

Those are my tips and tricks for a smooth and successful first year. So, enjoy your last days of summer, future Badgers, because school is right around the corner!

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Emma

So you’re in high school, going into your final senior year. Maybe you’ve dreamed about your future career since you were young, or maybe you’re still not quite sure what you want to study in university. September is quickly approaching and you want to make sure you’re taking all the courses you’ll need to meet the requirements of your university programs of choice. Where do you start?

Our new site, Discover Brock University, makes it easy for prospective students to ensure that they are taking all the appropriate prerequisite courses to apply to any given program here at Brock. Whether you’re in grade 12, a college transfer student, or a mature applicant, Discover Brock can help you quickly and easily determine whether or not you meet the requirements of your program of choice. Simply click on the faculty you are interested in, select your program, and view the entry requirements. Do this early so that you have time to change your grade 12 schedule if need be before school starts in September! You’ll want to leave as many doors open for yourself as possible through these prerequisite courses. On Discover Brock, you can also view cut-off averages for all of our programs so that you have a goal to work towards, and beyond, throughout the upcoming school year.

As always, if you have any questions about our entry requirements, feel free to shoot us an email any time at moreinfo@brocku.ca, and remember that your guidance councilor is always an excellent resource!

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Mallory

Hey future Badgers!

First of all, I hope you are loving this warm(ish) spring day! Mallory the weather woman says to hold tight, as the beautiful  and warmer spring like weather is just around the corner!

I thought I would take the time to fill you in on a couple important dates to mark on your calendars! Keep an eye on this link as the date for registration will be posted shortly. On this website you can also click the link to register for SMART START ! By now, I hope that you’ve heard of what Smart Start has to offer first year students! If not, here’s the a quick list of everything that you’ll accomplish when you come to Brock for Smart Start:

  • Register for your courses
    This is when students can finalize their class timetable with Academic Advisors and one-on-one assistance!
  • Meet other first-year students
    Students can build a Brock support system before September! You get to meet other students who will be in your program, along with various professors and advisors!
  • Receive information about financing your education
    If you’re at all worried about finances, there are various financial aid advisors available to help students prepare for University!
  • Tour our beautiful campus
    Visit numerous campus hotspots, including our award-winning residences! This will be very enlightening for our future badgers because they would have already applied to residence by JUNE 2nd.
  • Learn about academic success options
    Participate in seminars outlining ways to succeed in post-secondary education. I remember being so nervous because I didn’t know how to write a proper paper in University or what my learning style was. Now, this comes with practice, but these seminars will be a great fist step for students!
  • Familiarize yourself with the Brock community
    Learn tips and tricks from current Brock students about making a smooth transition to university life.  The more you come, the more you’ll love it! Even if you’ve already checked out the campus, seeing it one more time is always a good idea! We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your time here at Brock! So come check it out and ask any questions along the way!
  • Take your photo for your Brock Card….. I hope it’s a good hair day!!


In my opinion, Smart Start is an amazing opportunity to actually experience what a full day is like at Brock. It’s a great way to meet new friends, faculty and to enjoy our beautiful campus! You don’t want to miss it!! Smart Start is taking place June 23, 2014 — August 8, 2014… so be sure to register!

Some more key dates include:
– June 2nd - which is the Residence Application Deadline! I always encourage students to fill out the application thoroughly as this will influence your room placement, roommate and/or bathroom accommodations. So be sure to pay close attention to the details, and be honest!

– Sunday August 31st  – Residence Move-In Day – Student, August 31st is the day that you begin your next chapter with us here at Brock! We are so excited to have you here with us! So get your packing tape ready and happy packing!

Mark up your calenders!!Until next time future Badgers!

Mallory

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Hana

What is the difference between Flex dollars and Meal Plan dollars?

As stated previously, students living in traditional residences are required to purchase a meal plan. Students living in non-traditional residences, however, are not required to purchase a meal plan since they have their own kitchen. But if they wish, students living in non-traditional residences have the option to purchase half of the meal plan for those lazy days, or if they are not yet comfortable cooking for themselves.

Regardless of which style of residence a student lives in, every student is required to purchase $250 of Flex Dollars (also known as Declining Cash Balance). Residence students use it to pay for laundry, as well as anything on campus! It’s like a fast and convenient ‘swipe and go’ debit card. Flex dollars are accepted in residence dining halls, franchised eateries on campus (including Tim Hortons), and even select restaurants in the St. Catharines area (including Dominos and Boston Pizza). It is also accepted at SkyBar Lounge (our fully liscenced on-campus restaurant), General Brock (our one-stop shop…like a on-campus convenience store), and Shoppers. Another great thing about Flex dollars is that it carries over from year to year, and can be re-loaded online. How handy-dandy!

Meal plan money is accepted in residence dining halls (DeCew, Lowenburger, and Guernsy Market). For students living in traditional residences who are required to purchase both meal plan money and Flex dollars, the meal plan money will be exhausted (when purchasing dining hall foods) before Flex dollars are used.

Both meal plan money and Flex dollars are attached on your student card. Your student card is also your bus pass, gym membership, and access into your residences (in cases of non-traditional residences), so keep a good eye on it!!

I hope I was able to cover some of the major residence FAQs. If you have any more questions, please leave me a comment below. Otherwise, you can contact our office by giving us a call at 905-688-5550, ext. 4293.

Stay tuned for my personal story of living in Vallee residence!

Hana

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Hana


Just when you thought residence could not get any better, it does! A Living Learning Community (LLC) brings students who share similar interests into a residence community. LLCs are continuing to expand and for the 2014-2015 year in particular, eight LLCs will be offered. They are split into LLCs for academic subjects and LLCs for non-academic areas of interest. Click here to watch a video of some of our students talking about LLCs.

Academic LLCs include:
- Accounting
- Business
- Concurrent Education
- Sports Management

Interest-based LLCs include:
- Arts
- Fitness
- Volunteerism and Leadership
- Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Action

While there is no additional cost to living in an LLC, they do, however, require a separate application from the online residence application that is also due June 2, 2014. By applying to be considered for a spot in an LLC, it will be considered the main residence preference. By visiting the hyperlinks above, you can see whether the LLC will be in a traditional residence or a nontraditional residence.

Tomorrow will be another… You guessed it: Residence FAQ! See ya then.

Hana

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Hana

What are Dons?

Residence Dons
are one of the many points of reference for students living in residence. Making the transition to living away from home and studying in university can seem intimidating at first, which is why Dons are available to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Dons are upper-year Brock students that live amongst the students in residence. In traditional residences, there will be a “House” or “Floor” Don. In Village, a “Court” Don and in Quarry View, a “Block” Don.

The Don of Activities are dedicated to facilitating fun, social programs and events in residence to build a sense of community among the students. Some examples of these events include:

  • Using the firepit on campus to make s’mores
  • Visits to our swimming pool on campus where students can swim, lounge in the whirpool, or sit in the sauna

But hey, as much as we would like university to be all fun and games, academics is a very important aspect of post-secondary education! As such, we have Dons of Academics. These Dons support students in becoming the best student they can be. This includes connecting students with the academic resources and services available to students on-campus (such as academic workshops about exam study tips, how to write a scholarly paper, how to find scholarly articles) or providing referrals to students in need of academic assistance. My Don of Academics identified which students in our residence building were in the same program or were enrolled in the same classes. By doing so, we were connected with like-minded peers, and were able to organize group study sessions, have someone to walk to class and sit with, or even share a textbook with!

Head Residents monitor residence life in their residence building. They assist in the administrative decisions and disciplinary matters concerning residence.

I, of all people, know that living away from home can be intimidating at first. But I am here to reassure you (and your parents) that our extensive residence life staff work together to ensure that students’ residence experience is a positive one. As well, they ensure that they are developing “both sides of their brain” ;)
I loved my experience in residence and I would not change it for the world. I will be sharing my personal story in another blog to come so keep your eyes peeled!

I’ll be hitting you with another residence FAQ on Monday. Until then, TGIF and have a lovely weekend!

Hana

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Hana

Hey Future Badgers, its been awhile since I last posted. It is so so nice to be back!

Can I just say, it has been so much fun browsing through the many photos of your acceptance packages!! It has me reminiscing about receiving my offer of admission.. Can you believe that I almost broke a chair from jumping up and down so vigorously from excitement? As well, I am so excited to hear that many of you have accepted your offer to Brock!! We are all so excited to see you on campus in September and become a fellow proud Badger.

Please continue to share your joy with us, may it be through Facebook (Brock University Future Students) or Twitter (@DiscoverBrock). We would love to stay connected with you!

The next step of this process is to complete your residence application. Many of you have visited our campus and residences either on an individual tour (which you can book here) or during one of our Open Houses. But as the deadline for the residence application is quickly approaching (June 2, 2014), I wanted to discuss residences in more depth. Let’s tackle this information in the form of FAQs.

What is the difference between traditional and nontraditional residences?

Vallee single room

Vallee single room

Think of traditional residence rooms as individual rooms in which you share a bathroom with either a bathroommate (in cases of single room residents), your roommate and bathroommate (in cases of double room residents), or with your “floor” (in cases of DeCew residents). Each floor has a social lounge and on the opposite end, a study lounge. Social lounges come furnished with a TV, couches, a microwave and a kettle. Those living in the traditional residences are required to purchase a meal plan.

Village kitchen

Village kitchen

As for non-traditional residences, think of them as “townhouse” style living. Quarry View is a stacked townhouse-style residence, and Village is arranged in “courts” of 15 units. Due to the fact that these residences have kitchens, students are not required to purchase a meal plan. However, they can choose to purchase half of a meal plan if they are not yet comfortable cooking for themselves, or even for those lazy days. We all have them!

All residence rooms are equipped with the capability for cable TV, local phone and internet connection.

If you have yet to visit our residences or want a refresher on what they look like, remember that we have a virtual tour and photo galleries of our residences.

I hope that gives you a little insight as to which type of residence you prefer: traditional vs. nontraditional. Tune in tomorrow for another residence FAQ.

Have a terrific Thursday!

Hana

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Sofia

Do exams and due dates stress you out? Here at Brock we have a new initiative called Wellness Week that promotes healthy living and staying balanced during the stressful times of the school year.

Brock University Students’ Union has many different events happening this week all over campus to promote mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and lifestyle wellness. Some of the cool events include:

“The Puppy Room” – It’s back! Between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, Brock students have the opportunity to pet therapeutic puppies on-campus. If you’re missing puppy love from home, or are just looking for a furry friend in between classes, swing by the Puppy Room in Kenmore Centre!

Snakes and Lattes – If you enjoy ambient background music while studying, doing assignments, or taking a break to play some board games, head over to General Brock! This week it has been transformed into a study lounge. While you’re there, make sure to enjoy some free coffee and tea!

Free Massages – Student Health Services brings relaxing massages to Skybar Lounge on both Monday and Thursday. Come out and enjoy one for free!

To see a full list of what’s happening this week check out: http://busu.net/wellnessweek/index.php#schedule

Happy studying everyone, don’t be afraid to ask for support if you need it!

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Ryder

Good Morning Future Badgers!

Today is my favourite Monday of the entire semester! Why? Because it’s Wellness Week! It’s also my last week of school before I graduate – exciting, right?

http://busu.net/wellnessweek/

Run by the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), Wellness Week occurs every semester the last week of classes. It’s the “reverse frosh week” where students come together to plan and run events, and promote health and wellness.

You can see the full schedule on the website above, but some of the all time favourites are the Puppy Room – an area on campus where you can play with puppies in between your classes, and the nap room, if you need to catch up on some Z’s.

Check out the link to see what awaits you next year before your exams!

I’m off to get a free massage – enjoy your Monday morning!

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Lauren

I’m a pretty big TV junkie, so of course I’m up to date with The Walking Dead. With the season finale tonight, I’ve been thinking. If the zombie apocalypse hit tomorrow, and I was on campus, where would I go? Here are my top three choices of places that I would head to, in order.

3) Mackenzie Chown Complex

Mackenzie Chown Complex is one of the biggest buildings on campus and home to many departmental offices, labs, computers labs and seminar rooms, since most classes at Brock are divded between two hours of lecture, and a one hour seminar. So yes, that means that there are tons of rooms that you’ll have to clear out. But before you scoff, hear me out! Mackenzie Chown, when you don’t know how to navigate around can be surprisingly easy to get lost in and who finds it easier to get lost than mindless zombies? If you could pile up some stuff and block off a few hallways I don’t see zombie’s finding their way to you. Bad news is, that there’s not a lot of food resources in this building… however the main kitchens are located downstairs, so you’d be able to grab some grub from there. Assuming of course that you can find your way back….

2) Village Residence

Village Residence is a non-traditional style of residence at Brock, and by far the biggest residence. The houses are set up with 5 people living in each house (3 single rooms, 1 double room) and the houses are then set up in courts. Assuming that your whole house hasn’t turned in zombies, you can all work together to make sure that your house is barricaded and well protected. As well, since you have your own living space and kitchen you don’t have to worry about a zombie wandering down the hallway into your room like you would in a traditional style of residence. The big plus that I saw to being in Village is that there are tons of other houses around you, and you have a full kitchen to make meals. Much like the gang does on The Walking Dead, it’d be pretty easy for you to clear houses and gather up the non-perishable foods from other houses. Plus, let’s be honest, students collectively probably have enough Kraft Dinner to last a lifetime so this would definitely be the place to go to grab resources.

1) Cairns Family Bioscience and Research Complex 5th Floor

Remember in season one when the group was in the Centre for Disease Control in Chicago? Well, the CDC ain’t got nothing on the 5th floor of Brock. Not only do you need swipe access to this floor, but there’s a containment level 3 lab, which basically means there’s a top security lab up there – oh and there’s no self-destruct button so you don’t have to worry about that happening like it did in The Walking Dead. Nothing says secure quite like a C3 level lab, and this is where they’re located. Fortunately, this building also boasts plenty of organic greenhouse space, as well as vivarium’s (structures for holding animals), which are ethically approved for use by researchers in the building. All this together means that you have a safe spot where you can live, and the ability to sustain yourself for a while, which is why Cairns Complex is my number one choice.

Where else on campus would you head to survive the zombie apocalypse? Do you agree or disagree with any of these ratings? Let me know!

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