Friday, March 23, 2012

ASC event!

This incredible event, on Wednesday March 28th from 7-10 will be hosted at 401 Richmond Street West. Students can take a streetcar across Dundas West and get off at Spadina and walk one block South OR just walk all the way there! (It’s not very far at all.)
· The event is located in the UrbanSpace Gallery (suite 117).
· The DJ is DirtyDale! :O

· The Continuist will be displaying their artwork through a high-tech projection system.
· The Gallery will have art from its “Toronto and Cinema” exhibit all for you to see.
· The Catering co. 10tentation has an amazing spread of food and drinks for us!
We have AMAZING people coming to talk to you. All will be revealed soon. We have media experts, producers, publishers, editors, advocates, curators, lawyers, marketing experts, etc… and they are looking to employ!! So SPREAD THE WORD!

This event looks like it is going to be amazing! Nothing quite like this has happened for ACS in the 3 years that I have been here at least, but I don't think it's been this amazing ever...

This promises to be a night worth our time! Check it out and get all your other friends from ACS to come too! RSVP to asc@arts.ryerson.ca by indicating “MIXANDMINGLE” in the subject line


Monday, March 12, 2012

Planning ahead?

You're sitting in front of a laptop, writing a term paper. As the page count rises, your morale dwindles along with the last dregs of energy from that coffee you downed an hour ago.

When the slew of midterms and papers slap you 'round the head and drag you, groaning, to a carrel in a dark corner of the library, it can be easy to forget through the pain and shock why you're working so hard in the first place. Other than the faraway promise of a passing grade and a good night's sleep (which may seem like more of a myth than anything else), there are very few immediate tangible rewards. All you can see is the work in front of you and the all-consuming need to get it done.

In times like these, the only thing you can do is keep going, try to pace yourself and remember that whatever happens - even if you didn't produce your absolute best work - life continues after exams. The adequately prepared student needs to remember to find opportunities to relax,grow, and be inspired by something that's not just class. What can you do to keep yourself going when you're hit by the after-effects of hours of mind numbing not-quite-concentration following back to back all nighters?

Plan yourself a four month adventure. It doesn't have to be a thrilling, spine-tingling trek through the wilderness. During the spring/summer semester, you belong to you - fill the time with things you enjoy. Catch up with friends and family. Find yourself a comfortable place between idleness and overcommitment and settle in. After two long semesters of course work, you'll have earned it.
Some ways to be productive over four months of freedom: 

Get a job. Besides being a great way to network and develop your skills, there's the added benefit of being paid for your time and labour. Keep an eye on Ryerson's career page to see some of the available on-campus opportunities. If you're not work-study eligible, search through the off-campus job postings or non work-study jobs on campus.

Volunteer. It's a useful way to enrich your time without a huge commitment. Volunteer Toronto is a good place to start, or if you're looking for a place closer to school, try looking at some of the opportunities promoted through our very own Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre.

Travel. Take part in some unique opportunities that you normally wouldn't have the time to consider. Go on a road trip and find a nice change of scenery. If you're looking for something that runs a little deeper than tourism, you can also take a look at the Ryerson International page for some inspiration, like taking part in an exchange or working and/or studying abroad.

On the topic of international education, there will be an information table set up on Thursday March 15 by the Ryerson Career Development & Employment Centre with KOM Consultants, who represent select universities in Australia and Britain. Learn more and register for the event here.

Although the applications are closed for the year, it's also a good idea look ahead and start thinking about programs like Explore, a five week French immersion program in Canada, or Alternative Spring Break, a student-run group at Ryerson that lets participants work in a developing country while learning about and experiencing a different culture.

Despite being up to your ears in assignments, it's important to remember that there will also be four months of carefree frolicking ahead of you.

Use them wisely. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pub Night - Arteries - Clothing Drive & Orientation

Hello all you arts students out there,

This entry is a little bit less formal than most but equally as informative!

I know, as an arts student myself, that this time of year is super busy! Papers and presentations and quizes and such are just around the corner, if they haven't started already. Lots of students think this means they should shut out the world and just focus on their work and nothing else! This is NOT true!

Did you know that studies show that students who engage in student life do better in school? Also, you'd be suprised at how a little bit of student involvement can boost your overall moral (Trust me! It works!). It is crucial that every student has a little bit of fun in their lives and when they have fun at school, it makes being at school that much more enjoyable!

So let me tell you about a few things that might help you out with your iscolation blues...

#1 - Arts Pub Night - Thursday March 15th @ the Ram in the Rye
This event is being held for arts students in honour of St. Patricks day! We will be hosting the first of three pub nights held at the Ram for St. Patty's. This is the PERFECT chance to get out for a night and spend some quality time with friends! If you don't know many people in your program, bring a couple friends of your own and get to mingling! It's a very chill atmosphere where everyone can sit back and relax and enjoy a night of no school work! It's definitly worth going!

#2 - Arteries Undergraduate Research Conference - Friday March 30th @ 10am - all day

Arteries is a really great experience! Lots of students seem to get it in their mind that an undergraduate research conference is going to be a long day of lectures and don't see the point in going. This so SO far from the actual case! The presentations given at Arteries are given BY students. They are easy to listen to and very captivating!

Each presenter at Arteries has to go through a process to make sure that each paper chosen is of high interest! These are things that people WANT to hear about! The day also provides food and the company of some very interesting people! It's a great event to go to because it is enriching and fun! Students who attend are also often inspired to do some work on their own papers in order to present the following year. This event could nudge you on your path to academic excellence in a really pleasent way! This is a perfect outing for all students!

Check out more at http://www.facebook.com/events/118106264965845/

#3 - Arts and Contemporary Studies Clothing Drive and Sale - April 5th



The Arts and Contemporary Studies Course Union is holding a clothing drive and sale to benefit Covenant House Youth Shelter. Throughout the month of March, there are 2 collection boxes (one in POD 344 and one in JOR 100 near Stepahnie Walsh-Matthews office) that students can drop their lightly worn, clean clothes that they no longer want. Everyone has those clothes that they bought but never wear anymore, or maybe they just don't fit, etc... all those clothes can go to a better cause! Don't throw them out, give them to the clothing drive!

Once all the clothes are collected, the ACSCU will hold a clothing sale for all students! That means you can come and go shopping for SUPER cheap! Think about it, you'd have a BLAST doing this with your friends! Who doesn't ask their friend if they can borrow "that shirt" or "that dress you never wear"? Now you'll get the chance to own that stuff you always steal from your buddies closet!
It's a fun time for a good cause! Yet another reason to get out of the house and contribute to campus life!
http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/300446373356068/

and last but not least...

#4 Orientation Committee

This is the time when we start thinking about orientation here in the Faculty of Arts Student Life office. We want to put together a group of students to be advisors for the next orientation planners this summer. If you have opinions about how orientation was for you or how you think it should be, we want your input! What did you like about orientation? what did you hate? These are things we want to know! If you are interested in being on this committee (it really doesn't take up much time but puts you in a great position for getting involved) please just shoot an e-mail my way (stulife@arts.ryerson.ca) and let me know you'd like to help!

Orientation is how most people start getting involved and it is a really great way to make friends, learn new things and make the most of your time at Ryerson! Trust me, a graduating student who has been involed in these things for 3 years now, it makes a huge difference in your overall life as a student if you get involved! It can be your gateway to making great friends, getting jobs, and getting better grades even! Come and join us! You won't regret it!

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If you're worried about how you'll fit all of this in, Don't worry! You can do it! Plan your time well, and remember that student life is actually important. It helps you do better in the long run! :) These are just a couple fun events that could open a world of possibilities! Give em a shot!

I hope to see you soon!

~Avala Moore~
Student Life Assistant and Student :)