Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Student Group at Ryerson!

The new Ryerson student group "Stop Impaired Driving Student Association" (SIDSA) is seeking additional members, including motivated students interested in becoming candidates for executive positions.

The objective of this student organization is to raise awareness within Ryerson University about the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol and/or other drugs. Since death and injuries as results of impaired driving are preventable, SIDSA reinforces the importance of safe and sober driving, contributing to road safety.

SIDSA membership is open to all students, staff, faculty and alumni of Ryerson University. This is a great way to potentially save lives and get involved in the Ryerson community.
If interested please contact

By Jay Weichel

Monday, June 27, 2011

Meaningful Movies

Hello Art of Life Readers,
The past week or so has been super hectic! There was a lot happening on campus (what with CACUSS going on and such) and I was getting worn out. This weekend that just passed was my time to recharge. Sometimes we all need to just take a break and not do work, so that's what I did.

In my relaxation, I decided to go see a movie. I like to do that alone sometimes. It allows me to totally submerse myself in the experience instead of thinking about the other people I am there with. I went to see "The Art of Getting By" with Freddie Highmore. AMAZING!

This movie is one of those feel good, motivational movies that leaves you in an inspired trance when you leave. All I could think of when I left that theatre was how I needed to go out and buy myself a studio easle and start painting. It totally moved me!

The story, without ruining anything for you, is about a nihilistic teenager who finds meaning in life through art and love. The camera angles and the lighting are so interesting and the acting, in my opinion, is great, especially on Freddie's part. The kid is only 19 years old and he somehow manages to portray a character that communicates on an emotional level with his audience! Brilliant!

So, in light of this movie and the experience I had with it... I highly encourage you all to go see it aswell!

Here are some of my other top inspired, feel good movies...(half of which have Freddie Highmore in them)

1)The Art of Getting by - Freddie Highmore
2)Finding Neverland - with Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore
3)Avatar - Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
4)August Rush - Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams
5)The Persuit of Happiness - Will and Jaden Smith
6)7 pounds - Will smith

Comment if you have any others to add to the list!:)

Happy Summer Movie Watching!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Communication Confusion

Hello everyone,
So in the past few days I have been looking into how to better communicate with YOU! It is interesting that while sitting in an office, alone, at a desk and while saying nothing at all, I am socializing with a number of people all at once. At times I am baffled by that.

I have been in meetings and on the web and have talked to other people who know more about this stuff then I do, and it is amazing the changes that are happening in the social media world! I was under the impression that Facebook was the way of our generation, but turns out, Twitter and blogs and websites are JUST as important. Which do you prefer? (make a comment below and let me know how you like to be communicated with! I can cater to your needs!)

I've got Facebook, Twitter, a website and this blog. Out of those 4 methods of communication, which of them is the best for you?

ps. If you're interested in learning more about the Facebook decline... see this link.

Friday, June 10, 2011


June 7, 2011

Hello almost-first years! This is such an exciting and nerve-racking time,trust me, I know. It seems like only yesterday I was venturing towards my first year of excitement (not that second year isn't exciting, but you'll soon understand what I mean). I don't know about you, but starting university seemed like a massive step (more like a leap)! High-school is oh-so-yesterday and it's time to start growing up, becoming more independant, study like you've never studied before and meet so many new people!

After successfully completing first year, I have come up with 5 key tips and tricks to have a smooth transition from high school to university life.

(1) Check out your classes before hand - and not just once!
Trust me; knowing where you will be going on your first day is crucial. There are tons of people and there are still events going on around campus for the Week of Welcome. If you know your way around ahead of time you will be far less stressed about getting to your classes on time - and of course, getting to the right room. It is also helpful to make a couple trips out to your classes. Get familiar with routes, Starbucks locations (haha) and all the campus bookstores. Not to mention your go-to destinations such as the library, the caf (or the "Hub" as we like to call it) and of course the Student Campus Centre on Gould Street.

(2) Don't be afriad of Professors! They ARE there to help.
I know a lot of people in high school may have told you that "your professors don't care" or "they don't talk to students outside of class". Those kinds of things were definitely the stigma in my high school. But, if you need help or just want to discuss the lecture that just passed or the one coming up next week, - GO! They have office hours for a reason and are more then happy to hear from you! Of course, it's not manditory, but definitly a good idea. Plus, it shows you really care about what you're learning about!

(3) Go to the events. Seriously, go.
Not only are they fun, they are a great way to get involved within your school community! The Ryerson Students' Union (RSU) holds many innovative events year round. If you are a communter, like I was, then you definitely want to check these out! It provides the opportunity to meet new people and have a blast while doing it!

(4) Attend you classes (even the tutorials).
I know, I know, this sounds pretty basic... obviously you are going to go to classes and tutorials. But you will see how much that 'independance' thing may get to you. You no longer have Mom and Dad making you go to school everyday (well, maybe...) but you don't have secretaries telling you to sit down by the VP's office becasue this is your 10th late slip or 10th skip. Missing lectures and tutorials will show in your marks, and if your GPA isn't high enough, you don't have Mom and Dad to bail you out of trouble. You get kicked out, simple as that. You're paying for it - so make the effort to do well and succeed!

(5) Time Management.
This is crucial! If there is something you take away from this, it should be that time management is a MASSIVE part of your education. Not only will you have more work to do, but you have to do it all on your own time. You don't get time during class to read the chapter that is being taught in the lecture you are currently in. You need to complete the readings beforehand and afterwards! They aren't all boring either, so get into what you're learning about! Like I said above, you are paying for it! You might as well enjoy it.

Hopefully the list above is enough to get your foot in the door (so to speak) for universtiy life. This is going to be a brand new and thrilling time in your life, so enjoy! Have fun and study hard! See you on campus!


2nd year, Arts and Contemporary Studies

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Let me introduce myself...

My name is Avala Moore and I am the Student Life Assistant in the Faculty of Arts.
This summer I am working in the Student Experience Centre and am helping to plan the Faculty of Arts Enrolment Workshops as well as Orientation! In addition to those big jobs, I am also your new blogger.

Throughout the summer I will be updating you on what is going on on campus (yes, things happen in the summer!) as well as things going on downtown. I might even throw in some extra useful tidbits about saving money, making friends in the new school year, how to volunteer, etc, etc.

For any of you enthusiastic Arts students out there who are feeling the creative itch and want to contribute to the Blog, Sent me your stuff!!! you can reach me at and I am more then happy to help you get started on your blogging adventure. If you want to blog but you have no idea what you would write about, let me just give you a few ideas to start off with...

You could write about...
- a welcome to new students (this is nice if you are part of a course union)
- events that are being planned for the upcoming year, or that are happening during the summer
- tips for university life
- stories about your time in Uni.
- things you like about Ryerson
- what you are up to this summer as an arts student
- cool events that are going on downtown
- who to know at Ryerson
- best restaurants near campus
- reviews of restaurants or movies or shows
- you can send in Vlogs
- your thoughts...
- etc

This is by no means an exhausted list of ideas, I could go on and on. That makes the blogging process even more fun! you can give it your own creative spin!

Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you and I hope you enjoy my updates throughout the summer. :)