I 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.
With your needs in mind, this project was undertaken to ensure that the SLC is always improving to create a positive experience for all who come through its doors.
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 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.
Written by student bloggers Danielle Howson and Alaura Misener
“When [Ryerson] had the opportunity to construct a building fronting on Yonge Street (on the spot formerly occupied by the old flagship Sam the Record Man store), it made its mark with this sparkling, asymmetrical blue-and-white glass cube designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto and the Norwegian firm Snøhetta. Opened in February 2015, the eight-storey building received the 2016 American Institute of Architects New York Honor Award, and recently earned a LEED Gold designation. The building features a markedly different configuration, design and colour palette for each floor. Students participated in the consultation process, even choosing the building’s furniture, which can be rearranged to suit their needs.”
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.
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!
Wishing you all a happy Canada Day!
To mark the sesquicentennial, the SLC will be closed Saturday, July 1 and Monday, July 3, 2017.
- Created by student graphic designer Zoé Arseneau
“O’ Canada, we couldn’t be prouder celebrating you! This Canada Day, let us to strive for unity in our diversity. May we recognize the history of our land and the multi-layered identities that call it home.”