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It’s Open House Season at OISE!

by Viel
MEd, Adult Education & Community Development

October. A time of year when Pumpkin Spiced Lattes take over our newsfeeds whether you like it or not. A time of year when turkeys and candy cloud our judgement in moments of hunger. A time of year when both graduate and undergraduate students alike work tirelessly to turn papers, assignments, and presentations into academic gold, while simultaneously wishing  winter break can come sooner rather than later. October is also an important time of month when all three campuses get to meet and to talk to future students like you!

Yes, it’s already that time of year—it’s Open House Season!

What’s so important about Open Houses, anyways?  

From a prospective student point of view, it is really difficult to look for the right answers to your questions and to see if the program  and the campus is really right for you. Some prospective students may become confused about the admissions process and some prospective students might not know exactly where to start. I think that it’s important to realize that you need to start somewhere and the OISE Open House might be the perfect start for you.

At the University of Toronto, Fall Campus Days is a time when the university “opens” their doors to many of our prospective students. We do our part in making sure that you get to see a sneak peek of what life on campus is like and whether or not our campus would be a good fit for you. Many representatives from our programs, recruitment team, student clubs and organizations, and current students are around to talk to you about the various programs and services that are available to you on campus. You can even find people that will help you in answering most of your questions and easing your worries about the application process. Though some of your questions may not all be answered that day, what’s important is that you will be able to know the right people to talk to.

Coming from someone who has attended many of these Open Houses, I assure you it is the perfect time for you to visit OISE! You can definitely learn a lot about the programs, OISE in general, and all the helpful resources and services that are available to you. It also gives you an opportunity to meet many of your future professors and classmates! You will also be able to get a feel of what the university is like and what to expect when September 2018 rolls in.

Do I need to bring anything?  

You don’t need to bring much! Most of what you need will already be there for you. Bring a friend or two, or perhaps a family member. You also might want to prepare some general questions that you may want to ask. It’s best to have a program in mind that you would like to apply to, but other than that, that’s really all you need.

So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars! Get your PRESTO and TTC passes ready! Prepare your questions! OISE will be hosting three Open Houses this month and we want YOU to join! Even if you might be on campus visiting one of UofT’s Fall Campus Days, it doesn’t hurt to come by and say hello to us!

When do these Open Houses take place?  

OISE has three Open Houses taking place this month. Deciding which one to go to really depends on which program you would like to apply to.

Teacher Education Open House  –  Saturday, October 14, 2017
Registration 9 – 9:30 am; Event time: 9:30 – 12:30 pm

Research Programs (MA, EdD, PhD) Open House – Saturday, October 14
Registration 10 – 10:30 am; Event time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Master of Education (MEd) Open House – Saturday, October 21, 2017
Registration 9:30 -10:00 am; Event time: 10:00 am – 1 pm

Do I need to register?

YES! You do! If you are interested in attending the Open House, please register here.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

In the meantime, if you have any questions/concerns, you can contact me on


All About Me



Post by: Viel
Master of Education,
Adult Education & Community Development


Hello, my name is Viel (pronounced VL)!

I am in my first year of the Master of Education Program in Adult Education and Community Development (AECD). I am really looking forward to be able to share my experiences at OISE and hearing from you all!

Why did you choose OISE 

In 2014, I graduated from OISE with a Bachelor of Education, back when it was offered as a one year consecutive program. I was in the Junior/Intermediate stream with English as my teachable. During my year at OISE, I had met so many people both within my cohort (kind of like a homeroom) and outside of my cohort. I really felt like I was in a big community that year! That’s why when I first decided to pursue my Master’s degree, OISE was at the top of my list.

The AECD Program at OISE is part of the Department of Leadership, Adult, and Higher Education (LHAE). I chose Adult Education and Community Development in particular, because I had always enjoyed working with adults, particularly newcomers. Throughout my undergrad and my year in the Bachelor of Education program, I have always been keen on community development—collaborating with various community agencies through work or volunteering! It was clear from the beginning that this program was a perfect fit for me!

The University of Toronto is a place where you have so much access to different services, such as the various gym facilities found all across campus, the study spaces, and the library (the 4th largest library system in North America)! The University of Toronto has so much to offer and there are a plethora of resources to take advantage of. It is perfectly-situated in a vibrant and bustling hub of Toronto, surrounded by Queen’s Park, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the Royal Ontario Museum. The best thing about our campus is that most of it is accessible by transit!

What is your academic background? 

I graduated from University of Toronto Mississauga where I studied an English major and French and History minors. As mentioned, I also studied at OISE in the Consecutive Teacher Education Program. I have always felt the need to continue my learning and I am always looking for ways to challenge my way of thinking and to build on my own set of skills and experiences.

What do you like to do outside of school?  

Outside of school, I enjoy playing the ukulele, going to concerts, and spending a lot of time with my friends and my family. I also love to volunteer! I’ve been a volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton for 11 years–I always make sure that I find the time in my schedule to volunteer with them. I am currently a Girls Linking Our World facilitator, encouraging adolescent girls to take on leadership skills and building confidence, all while promoting diverse ways of healthy active living. It is really important for me to find the balance between academics, work, volunteering, friends, family, and “me time”. Finding that balance is all about trial and error! You just need to find ways that work for you. It took me quite some time to adjust my schedule. Having some down time for socialization and other things is all part of being a student, so just make sure you find it!

If you are currently reading a really good book or if you are currently enjoying listening to a particular indie artist/band–let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you.

Questions? Email me at and I will do my best to help you!