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The Hart House

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The Hart House

The Hart House is probably my favorite place of the U of T Campus. It has everything you need. From a music room where you can play the piano, a library, a chapel, a fitness centre. Everything. There is no reason for an international student to not spent time at this hub. During the fall and the winter, if you are a full-time student, you are entitled to use the Hart House without paying any additional fees. However, during the summer, some fees are being charged. However, in comparison with other gyms or art centers at Toronto, the fees at the Hart House are really affordable for students.

 

Sports

IMG_1553 IMG_1554If you are a sportive person but do not want to train as an athlete, at the Hart House you can find a really nice and low-key fitness centre in where you can practice different sports. Also, you can find cardio machines and rooms for different activities. The pool is amazing, and you can it use for training or for taking different swimming classes. And don’t worry if you are just starting learning to swim, there are lifeguards that would keep you safe.

 

 

Dance and Fitness

Yoga, Nia, Latin Grooves, Pilates, Zumba are some of the different dance and fitness class that you can take. These classes are really fun, they keep you in shape and with a good mood for the week.

If you want to take advanced dance classes, the Hart House also offers ballet, hip hop, salsa, and other classes for paying some little fees. Come and enjoy!IMG_1524 IMG_1526 IMG_1547 IMG_1548 IMG_1552

 

Art and Music

Can you believe that there is an Art Gallery inside the Hart House? And a Theater? You can watch different plays, concerts, and an art collection in the same place! And if you want to play some music, there are different opportunities for performing during the year at Hart House.

Clubs and Committees

Do you want to get socially involve in Toronto? Hart House is a good place to start. Is there an event that you would like to volunteer? Hart House clubs and committees have something for everyone, find the group that’s right for you. If you find an organization that you would like to be a part of, contact them directly for membership information.

Restaurants

Cheap and good meals always available at Hart House.

Seriously, just come and see for yourself.IMG_1532IMG_1538IMG_1550IMG_1522

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


En Español: La Hart House

 

Campus Life (I)

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Campus Life (I)

In the following weeks, I will post a series of anecdotes that I have been living in the past few weeks getting to know the U of T campus. I will present a selection of sites that you can sight and the things that you can do around campus and outside OISE. The various University buildings are scattered in downtown Toronto. OISE students are a bit removed from the rest of the campus, not by distance, but in relation to activities and facilities. Our building is very large and there are always things to do around here. Being in my last semester of the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education, I decided to leave OISE’S building and discovered whatever the university has to offer. As international students, part of our transition is to also feel part of the city. Don’t be like me during my first year, go out and meet the campus and the city. Toronto is awesome.

SpadinaFor this first post of Campus Life I visited three sites around campus that can help you make a better transition into being a new international student in Canada and its educational system. They are all are at 563 Spadina Av. 15 minutes walk from OISE.

 

 

 

 

The first is The Centre for Women and Trans People

women centreThis centre is close to Kensington Market on Spadina (if you want to go and eat after your visit). In there, you can find a safe space to discuss any concerns you have about sexual and gender identities, and how they are being addressed by the University. Moreover, you can find spaces available for work and a friendly, feminist, and inclusive environment to study or just to have a nice conversation.

women centre IIIn the centre you can find out all about the activities conducted by the university and the city for social and gender justice. I encourage you to participate in this center and its initiatives as a member or volunteer. For more information, visit their website.

 

 

 

The Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives

aboriginal centreThe next place I visited was the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Initiatives Aboriginals. In this centre you can find literature and research related Aboriginal peoples’ studies, primarily in North America. Activities have been suspended for the summer. But stay tuned for news during the academic year. For more information, check out their website.

 

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The last place I visited was the First Nations House. I must confess that this place has been my favorite until now. FNII FNIII In here, you can find a friendly environment and nice people to talk with. The first thing that struck me when I got there were the paintings with indigenous demonstrations across the floor.

In the centre you can find all kinds of help. The staff is ready to help with literature research, academic advice, help with grammar and spelling, among other things. You can also find free coffee and snacks, as well as computers and a cozy reading room.

If you need it, you can talk to some of the Elders found in residence. Being in the center feels like home. For more information, visit their website. If you are interested in helping and volunteering, contact Jackie at fnh.library@utoronto.ca

If for some reason you find it difficult to go, check the magazine of the residence so you can be aware of the activities around the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Spanish: Campus Life (I)

End of the Semester & Goodbye

Wook
by Wook
Master of Education student
Developmental Psychology and Education

7 months have passed since I started my journey at OISE. As I was accepting my offer of admission last year, I was not expecting the growth that I experienced here. Through course work and interaction with my colleagues at OISE, I found and solidified my passion.

Throughout my blog posts, I talked about the diversity, assistance, and flexibility that OISE has to offer. OISE is truly a great academic environment where students from different backgrounds can come together to follow their passion.  Together, we discuss what we can do to better the society and find solutions that could be applied to our society. Such discussions are possible because OISE has an amazing group of instructors AND students that make our classes inspiring.

What is my plan for this summer? Well, I’ve been in contact with a professor from a different faculty because I wanted to conduct an independent research project this summer. I am still in the process of working out some details, but I am happy to announce that I will be exploring the field of minority mental health over the summer!

For the past few months, I had such a great time interacting with you online and in-person. For our newly admitted students, CONGRATULATIONS and say HELLO when you see me on campus! For those of you who did not receive favorable results or still waiting for your results, best of luck with your future endeavors!

Although this is my last blog post, I will be monitoring OISE student ambassadors’ account frequently until the end of April. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me 🙂

Are you curious about OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

January Recap

Wook
by Wook
Master of Education student
Developmental Psychology and Education

This semester, I am taking courses in social-emotional development, career counselling, and educational research. These 3 courses might seem irrelevant to one another, but they are actually starting to come together. In career development, some theories consider individual developmental process as an important component. Having an in depth knowledge on social-emotional development would help practitioners to understand various developmental factors that can influence the client’s situation. In addition, practitioners should be able to search for career counselling models that are supported by a strong body of empirical research. Even though career counselling was not something that I was interested in originally, it is fascinating to see how developmental psychology and education play a huge part in career counselling and development.

In terms of my work life, I recently started to assist a doctoral student with her EEG experiment. Throughout my undergraduate years, EEG was mentioned in 80% of my courses but I never had a chance to operate it or look at its signals. The actual experiment is conducted at the Rotman Research Institute at the Baycrest Hospital. This is an amazing opportunity for me because I get to engage in a project that is placed within a clinical environment.

With 3 courses and 2 jobs, 2015 has been a busy year for me already.  Although I am constantly thinking about my work related stuffs or academic related stuffs, I love what I do!

 

Are you curious about OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca