As I looked out over the sea of yellow residence t-shirts and anticipating faces, I found myself thinking back to my residence move in day – three years ago. I was just like all of the first years in front of me, at my very first Ryerson pep rally with my new floor family, unsure of what the next few years had in store for me. Now, in my final year, I was standing in the middle of the crowd just as nervous, but this time, it was different. I was there to welcome the new students.
Since its opening, the Student Learning Centre has become a well-known place for encouraging student participation and enhancing their overall experience at Ryerson. Last year, the SLC introduced a new initiative inspired by these ideals called the SLC SEAL Team Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Award. This award encourages students to be involved in the Ryerson community and to help enhance students’ experiences.
One undergraduate and one graduate winner will be chosen to receive the award and the $1000 grant that accompanies it.
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
In 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.
“This contemporary, signature building creates a strong urban gateway to Ryerson University, marking the campus’ presence in the heart of downtown Toronto. Its south-facing plaza holds the corner, yet is also inviting: a geometric-tiled canopy provides a sheltering ceiling in “Ryerson blue,” while broad, sunny steps are well-used by students and passers-by. The invitation up and into the building is continued throughout the project. By programming the building as public, and not as a building exclusive to the Ryerson community, the school has made a powerful statement about its location on Yonge Street and how it can contribute to the public realm”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Come explore, discover and support Ryerson talent at the 3rd annual Shop the SLC: A Holiday Market November 20-24, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Student Learning Centre’s first floor Amphitheatre.
Just in time for the holidays: one of a kind crafts, food, art, jewelry, clothing and more!
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.