Check out these amazing videos by the EXTREMELY talented Sean Adlam. Flute and beatboxing together… only a Brock Badger could think up something so creative!
Written by Greg Fast
With the term nearing its end, you’ve surely come to recognize how much of an impact your course schedule can have on both your academic and personal life. In short, your schedule can make or break a semester and I’ve certainly been on both sides of this fence. The good news is, I want to help! Of course program requirements will limit flexibility, but with the proper planning, you can ensure that you will have the ideal schedule. Without further ado, here are my four registration tips that helped me get through my undergrad!
1) A Great Schedule with Uninspiring Courses is not a Victory:
We would all love to have Fridays off, but the day and time of class should never impede you from taking a course your passionate about pursuing. Certainly a course that runs Monday and Wednesday afternoon is ideal, but in the cold of winter it won’t be any easier to leave your pajamas to make it to a lackluster class.
2) Do Not Register for a Course Blindly:
Course descriptions remains pretty static in the calendar and only serve as rough outlines as the syllabus can change with the year and professor. You’ll be spending at least a semester studying the field so make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. English course? Research the authors or time period. Don’t know a technical term or theory? Look it up. Get a good understanding of what you are getting yourself into before you register. There may be no looking back.
3) Be Aware of your Workload & the ‘Bird Course:’
This isn’t so much a suggestion to pick a ‘bird course’ as it is to be aware of your workload and class formats. If your schedule is a combination of lectures, seminars, and labs, don’t overload one day with the same format. This will usually result in all your readings or assignments being due on the same day.
4) Your Professor cane make (or break) a class:
As Brock students, we are pretty blessed with some amazing professors across campus. If you’ve connected with a professor, hold on for dear life! I once hesitantly enrolled in an 18th century literature class. The reading load was the most intense I had encountered and not an area I was particularly interested in. With that being said, it was an extremely enjoyable course because I had a professor who was so enthusiastic and engaging that I ultimately ended up taking two other classes with her in later years.
We have all experienced the pains of logging onto Student Self Serve at midnight to frantically register for courses, only to experience what seems like dial up internet speeds; but the optimal schedule takes preparation and research. Some of these tips may seem like common sense, but it’s easy to lose site of long-term goals in order to avoid morning classes and make the most of University life. Hopefully these tips will help you learn what it took me four years to figure out!
‘Share your Story BU’ submission by Bekki Richardson
By far, one of the most engaging and empowering experiences I have had the pleasure of participating in this year at Brock, was the Student Leadership Summit that happened on November 10th, 2012.
From the beginning of the day until the end, I was fully immersed in learning about leadership skills, how to interact with others/network, but probably the most important is I learned about myself. The main message that I took away from the Summit was that I do have the power to make positive change within my community and my world. I felt this way not only because of the empowering messages sent from the keynote speakers, or from the sessions, but from the energy from the people around me.
It was a great thing to see so many people coming to one place, celebrating leadership, and wanting to make a difference. That is really all it takes: a moment, a word or a shared story to spark or ignite in each of us to want to create that positive change. We are in a great place at Brock. As leaders, we are doing things we love, we want to share with the rest of the community. The leadership summit was an amazing experience for the light to become ignited within all of us. All I can do now is spread the word, spread the passion, and keep my portion of the spark lit.
‘Shared your story BU’ submission by Jimmy Norman
My journey to where I am presently at Brock has been made possible by the previous leaders of Brock University Students Union (BUSU). I came from a high school where I served as President, so I was ambitious to begin leaving my mark on Brock. I remember meeting with Sohail Ahmed, the BUSU President at the time, where he encouraged to me to get involved with BUSAC, which I did. Being on BUSAC, I was able to network with students and represent my faculty with various issues.
It was my position on BUSAC that enabled me to become involved in the elections process at BUSU. Currently, I am the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for BUSU, which gives me the opportunity to interact with many student leaders around Brock. In this role, I have learned that Brock University has an outstanding number of dedicated students who contribute hundreds of hours to make the Brock social, academic and cultural life amazing. It is an incredible representation that Brock students have and the processes and people working for them to ensure there needs and demands are met.
In my role as current CRO, I consistently interact with first-year students, or even those upper year students who are looking to get involved for the first time. It is refreshing to see the steady flow of Brock students who are engaging with their campus and their constituents. Brock student’s care, and that is the most impressive factor about being a Brock Badger. We care for each other.
On Friday, November 23rd, the Brock Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will host the Queen’s Gaels for the ”Stock the Scion” event, where the Brock Badgers will look to collect 2,500 pounds of food for Community Care.
“Our 27 varsity teams not only strive to be the best in their respective sport, they spend countless hours raising funds for their programs; yet still finding time to raise awareness for the needs of our community,” said Director of Athletics Robert Hilson.
Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold is the oldest consecutively run food bank in Ontario. Their clients visit every other month or six times a year. In a day, they process as many as 150 families representing over 450 people a day. They distribute approximately 3,000 pounds of food, literally over a tonne a day, including emergency bags for those who are experiencing difficulties.
“As Brock student-athletes, we receive support from the community and now it is our time to give back,” said Brock women’s hockey player and Athletic Council Vice-President Brianne Veale. “It is important, especially during the holiday season, to support those people in our community who need our assistance.”
The games are scheduled for 6 and 8pm at the Bob Davis Gymnasium. With a non-perishable food item, you will receive a $2 discount off the regular ticket price.
Community Care bins will be located at the Walker Complex Welcome Desk and beside the CAGE beginning next week. We encourage the entire Brock community to assist in this important initiative that helps people during the holiday season.
We want to hear YOUR story. Tell us about how you pursued your passions while at Brock, tell us about what you’ve learned as president of a club, tell us how you’ve led positive changes while at Brock, or about new goals inspired by the 2012 Student Leader Summit… Everyone has their story, share yours and you could win a trip voucher from ISX!
All submissions will be shared on the Get Involved BU blog. Submissions are to be no longer than 500 words or 10 minutes (for vlog submissions) and pictures are welcome. To submit your story, please email Hillary at firstname.lastname@example.org. The winning entry will be selected based on its demonstration of growth, leadership, and personal reflection.
Entries must be received by April 7th
Written by Adam Venning
Here we are, one month into the One Hour Campaign! It’s great to know that Brock students have been active on and off campus contributing positively to their communities all month. By participating in the One Hour Campaign, we are not only doing important work that may have been overlooked by others, but we are also helping to promote a culture of volunteerism and show others that Brock students care about actively working towards making our communities better places for everyone. Below I have posted just a few updates about how to get involved and how to continue contributing.
As you all know, the One Hour Campaign is an initiative that seeks to register as many students as possible to make a pledge to do one hour of volunteer or community building work every week for the rest of the school year. While many students began in early October, anyone is welcome to join whenever they want to. This is an inclusive social movement that is open to all Brock Students (and even non-Brock students if they are interested). It’s certainly not too late to be a part of this movement. Register here:http://www.busu.net/get-involved/involvement-opportunities/one-hour-campaign/
If you have been participating in the Campaign, and you want to let others know what cool initiatives you’ve been working on, BUSU would love to feature you in our One Hour blog. We will focus an entire article on your volunteer work and the causes you are a part of. This is a great way to find people to help you with your cause and also to inspire others to get out and make a difference. Please email me (Adam Venning) at email@example.com
Finally, be sure to check out the One Hour Campaign Article in the St. Catharines Standard here:http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2012/10/02/asking-brock-students-to-donate-an-hour-a-week
By Lia Mancuso
It’s that time of year again! Those who are considering graduate studies have to start preparing their applications, decide what programs are right for them, and then take that final leap to apply to their schools of choice!
Graduate Programs at Brock:
Check the individual program page websites to view the application procedures and deadlines. Usually these deadlines are during the months of January and February.
Fall is the hot time for students to be working on their graduate school applications, and we’re here to help! We provide free, customizable letter of intent and curriculum vitae reviews to help support you in the application process. Bring in hard copies of any of these documents to the Career Resource Centre and we’ll be happy to take a look.
Check out Brock’s Career and Post Grad Expo on Tuesday for more information on your post grad options:
Written by Grant Laschowski
My name is Grant Laschowski and I am a 4th year business student. Up until earlier this year I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I had passions, interests, and knowledge of my strengths and weakness but no clear cut direction in which I seen my future going in. I started off in Culinary Management at Niagara College, and after that completed a Sales & Marketing diploma. Then, I enrolled in the BBA program here at Brock University. I have always had a passion for sports, in particular hockey, and a very business and entrepreneurial mindset. After all this schooling I had completed, I found myself wondering “what am I going to do?” Then, a light turned on and it clicked!
I approached the Men’s Hockey Head Coach, Murray Nystrom, and after 3 weeks of bugging him, he gave me the opportunity to help with the team. A volunteer part time position developed into a full time 35 hour a week position as Student General Manager of the Brock Men’s Hockey team. I knew many things had to be changed and implemented in order to achieve the type of success I had envisioned for the team. Last year, no marketing, business staff, social media, or internal student body and external community engagement existed. I knew then it was going to be a long uphill battle from day one.
My position responsibilities include creating and managing all business staff (Assistant General Manager, Event Coordinator, Media & Communicator Coordinator Game Day Manager). I have executed the directing of three photo shoots and two commercials. I have also obtained three corporate sponsorships, set up business staff, overseen three community outreach functions, and increased social media following by over 300%. I have secured over $5,000 in additional funds for the team, and much more.
I am grateful for the freedom and support that the entire Athletic Department has given me throughout this year as I would not have been able to accomplish half the things I already have without them! I am beyond dedicated to helping improve not only the following and awareness of the Men’s Hockey team but also the business operations that surround the team and Athletic Department.
My piece of advice for anyone not sure of what they want to do in their life would be this: “Follow your dreams and passions as they will propel you to do great things you couldn’t even dream of being possible. The ability to wake of everyday and instantly have a surging drive to improve, contribute, benefit, and change your business or job responsibilities is the greatest gift anyone can ask for. Nothing can replace heart, so that’s where your values, decisions, and guidance should come from”.
To learn about how you can get involved with the Men’s Hockey Team, Check out: