Hello, Student Life!

Summer is coming to an end and we’re starting the transition into autumn. We’re also going back into “school mode.” To me, the beginning of a new school year means a fresh start – reunions with our peers, making new friends and heading back to class. I love it, but I know that it’s not everyone’s favourite time of year. Take it from me and enjoy a smooth back to school transition by following three of my personal tips

1. Create a schedule

Student walking in an SLC hallwayIn order to feel organized and prepared for school to start once again, setting up a schedule for yourself is one of the easiest things you can do. Not only will you be able to block in the times when you have class, but you’ll be able to set aside much needed study time. Book a Collaborative & Group Work Room (CGWR) or use the open study space at the SLC to get back into the groove of things.

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Your Little Guide to: The SLC

“Your Little Guide to…” is a series – for students, by students – to help you navigate our SLC and make the most of all that it has to offer.

If you ask me, starting university was nothing short of exhilarating, inspiring and some days, simply overwhelming. It’s important to remember that there are countless resources to support you, including this short guide to help you out! Discover how the Student Learning Centre can best serve you with my floor-by-floor breakdown of the building. Welcome to: SLC 101.

Students sitting in the SLC AmphitheatreFirst Floor

The first floor is the perfect spot for anyone looking to meet up with some friends. Grab a coffee from Starbucks before class or check out any of the events happening in the Amphitheatre throughout the school year.

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The ABCs of the SLC

It’s every student’s favourite time of year: back to school! With a new semester upon us, we’ve decided to ease into it and bring it back to basics. Below is everything you need to know about our SLC, from A-Z.

Accessibility

The Student Learning Centre is an intentionally inclusive space that is constantly improving itself to meet accessibility needs. To better understand accessibility throughout the building, the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team came together with the Ryerson community and initiated the conversation by organizing the SLC Charrette on Accessibility.

Beanbags

Feel a bit closer to the sailboats on Lake Ontario by sitting on the beanbags on the sixth floor! They’re made from recycled boat sails and even display the name boat they came from on the tag.

Student writing in a Collaborative & Group Work Room at the SLC
Photo by Clifton Li

CGWRs

Sometimes you just need a giant whiteboard and a little help from your friends to get you through an assignment. That’s why we have 61 easily bookable Collaborative Group Work Rooms (CGWR). Make use of the dry-erase markers provided and use the erasers to tidy up!

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Welcome First Year Students!

Two students looking out the window on the 8th floor of the SLCI remember my first week of university. I was 17, five hours from where I grew up and living alone for the first time. To be honest, I did not know whether I was more excited or nervous. I came to Ryerson not knowing much about the campus, downtown Toronto or how to be a successful university student. I wish the Student Learning Centre had been open in my first week. If it were, I know exactly how I would’ve used it.

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Reimagining the SLC Welcome Desk

SLC Welcome Desk in the Amphitheatre. As a Specialist, the SLC Welcome Desk is my favourite place to work. Created by students from the Department of Architectural Science, it showcases Ryerson talent while serving as the first point of interaction between the Ryerson community and the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team. In this space, I am able to feed off of the energy around me to use as motivation to make the SLC the best it can be.   Continue reading “Reimagining the SLC Welcome Desk”

The Ryerson Experience Fair

The SLC is a building where students can feel involved, recognized and heard. That’s why it was the perfect place to host the Ryerson Experience Fair: a platform for students to initiate change across campus. These ideas explored positive social change by promoting a smoke-free Ryerson, mental health initiatives and reconciliation at the university. The aim was to make student life all that it can be for current and incoming students. Our hope is that it increases the student experience through similar values with that of the SLC’s, to create an inclusive place for students by students.Students walking through Ryerson campus during Fall.

Check out how you can bring the SLC Amphitheatre to life with your own event!

Written by student bloggers Danielle Howson and Alaura Misener

Giving Back to the SLC

A night time shot of the exterior of the SLC Our university experience is undeniably tied to our personal development and growth. At the end of it all, I believe that I will leave with a sense of appreciation and a desire to pay it forward. I hope to some day emulate Ryerson graduates who decide to give back to the school that gave so much to them. One of these inspiring students is Shivraj     Sagar, a recent mechanical engineering graduate.

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Summer Lovin’ the SLC

What goes on at the Student Learning Centre when the majority of Ryerson’s students disappear for the summer? Even though most of the university’s students might be on vacation, the SLC isn’t – we’re open, supporting students and their needs year-round!

There are plenty of events happening at the SLC this summer. June was Pride Month and at the SLC, we showed our true colours and displayed our Pride to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community! Prime Minister Trudeau even got in on the celebrations and showcased it on his social media using our SLC as his backdrop. Your Pride is our Pride!Onlookers watching the Toronto Pride parade as Prime Minister Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire march.

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