it's a gg life

Chloe, 19, second year psychology student at the University of Ottawa. This blog will detail my experiences throughout my freshman year, as well as offer advice to any current/potential GeeGees!

Anonymous asked: Is there free printing anywhere on campus?

I can’t say that I know of anywhere that offers free printing? I’m pretty sure it’s like super cheap to do it at the printers in the library though, just load like 20 bucks onto your student card and you should be good

Anonymous asked: Hey! I'm just wondering what's applying like for Uottawa ?? I only want to apply with my grade 12 marks because my grade 11 marks we're not very good.

Are you in Ontario? I only know the UROP way of applying, but basically your guidance councillor will give you the info you need to log into UROP sometime in October. It doesn’t matter when you apply…Universities might accept certain students early, based on their grade 11 marks and grade 12 first semester midterm marks. (I was accepted to uOttawa in November!) but some universities won’t get back to you until January.

Anonymous asked: Hey Chloe! I'm a grade 12 student and I'm almost 100% sure I want to attend uOttawa, your blog has most definitely helped with that decision! I'm thinking of doing a Joint Honours BA in Linguistics and Psychology but I'm scared it might be harder compared to just a normal BA. Do you know anyone currently doing a joint honours? If so, do they feel as though it's harder? Thanks in advance!

Hey anon :)

I’m so glad I helped! 

I’m going to go about this question the way I go about other “is university hard” questions..

yeah, university is hard. Whether you take a general arts degree, or an engineering degree, every program poses its challenges!

I do know people in that program, and yeah, they find it difficult - but they love it. And because they love it, it doesn’t feel like work to them - it’s almost fun! (Almost). 

The biggest piece of advice I can offer to anyone entering university (other than don’t get a meal plan) is do. not. pick your program/courses based on what’s going to be “easy”.You are paying thousands and thousands of dollars to be here. You may as well be studying something you like, and that makes you want to go to class. The more dedicated you are to your studies, the better you’ll do, and the more opportunities will await you after you graduate!

Ultimately, what I’m trying to say is..Don’t be afraid of a challenge. Universities are for top students, like you! So most (if not all) programs will be challenging at some point. Make sure it’s something you love. It will make all the difference. 

Chloe

Anonymous asked: Hi Chloe! There's this girl that lives with me (I live in a house near campus with 6 other girls) and she was smoking marihuana last night in her room and left the house stinking until this morning. I really didn't like that and it's not the first time she does sth that upsets me. She often brings her friends over and makes a lot of noise (and screams!) past midnight. Is it normal and should I just get used to it? Orwhat should I do? I feel that if I tell her, she'll deny it or just won´t change

Hey girl! 

I was going to suggest you tell Protection services…but then I re-read and realized you didn’t live on campus :/ I’m not sure if they can do anything off campus, but we can think of other solutions :)

I think you should talk with the other housemates about it, and see what they think. I’m sure you’re not the only one who is bothered by this! You might feel better (and have more of an impact on your roommate) if there are several of you who confront her, instead of just you.

But I think it’s important that you talk with her about it. She needs to understand that this behavior is not okay. Obviously, she is allowed to hangout with her friends, and she can smoke weed if she wants, but ask her to do it somewhere else because the smell really bothers you. If you confront her politely about it, rather than accuse her of doing stuff you don’t like, she might be totally civil about it!

Anonymous asked: Hi, I have a few questions about the school: 1) Which res is best for me if I forsure want atleast one roomate, want to be in a social scene where I get to meet lots of people, speak french, and want to cook most of my meals? 2) What would you say some of the cons are of uottawa? 3) If I attend the school I will also be playing varsity soccer, do the athletes usually stick toghether/ hangout with eachother? 4) Are there a lot of french/spanish people at the school?Which race is the most? thanks

1) At least one roommate and cook most of the meals: Brooks. 90U would work too but you would only have one roommate, and a smaller kitchen. I can’t say any rez speaks more “french” than another though

 2) Cons of uOttawa: The only real con I have is the limited food offered by the meal plan…but we are building a new caf and it will be open by next year so you might not even have to deal with this con. 

The only other thing I can think of is the administration…If you ever have problems with your program or something, it can take a long time before you can make an appointment or solve the problem..Admin can be a bit disorganized sometimes. But other than that, I am loving every minute here at uOttawa!

3) To my knowledge, yeah, most atheletes become good friends with their teammates and hangout! But this doesn’t limit you to only becoming friends with your team, if that’s what you’re worried about.

4) French? Yes. Spanish? I WISH! (hahah just kidding….kinda….olé…) uOttawa is a very very diverse school. I’ve seen all sorts of shades, shapes and sizes around campus! People of all ethnicities and religions go here, and there are a bunch of clubs too! :)

Anonymous asked: Ok so this isn't really a normal "question" but I'm a 3rd year student at uOttawa and it's supposed to be my last year (I'm in a general program) but I'm really upset/scared/depressed because I never did anything in university. I couldn't afford to move out so I still live at home with my parents and bus an hour to campus everyday. I don't have any friends and I don't know what to do because now I'm freaking out about finishing in the spring. My experience sucked.

:( Anon, I am sorry to hear you’ve been dissapointed with your experience thus far in university. I don’t want you to look back on these years and hate yourself for never getting involved. 

I understand how hard it is to make friends, especially if you’re a commuter and you still live at home. But, I say, you still have tons of time! 2 more semesters to change things up a little bit :)

Think about what you wish you could do, and do it! Clubs are still just starting out, look into joining one maybe? Or maybe strike up a convo in one of your classes and make a study buddy? Even just one little thing might make you feel better about your experience here.

Maybe look into volunteering for an event or two? That way, you don’t have to commit to a club or bus in from home every week, but rather, you help out at an event for a few hours. You gain experience, you help the community, and you might meet people too! :)

Don’t stress about “what if”, or “I should have”. Don’t focus on the past, or stress about the future. Focus on the now. Do something that makes you happy! :) Good luck anon, let me know if you need anything else

Anonymous asked: Are you allowed to pass/fail FLS classes? Or is it just regular classes that are in French?

You can pass fail those :)

Anonymous asked: i want my friend to come to the panda game with me but shes from concordia.. can she still buy a student ticket??

I don’t see why she wouldn’t be able to go to the game..it might be easier if you buy 2 tickets at the same time and just get her to pay you back :) the RAUO office will be selling them tomorrow, we have limited tickets left though!

Anonymous asked: i had no idea school would be so hard this early... especially in french immersion. i seriously have no clue what's going on in my class. my prof is really tough and assigns tons of readings that i don't understand. i don't even know what to do. i'm trying so hard but i feel so lost and confused.

Hey anon..

I’m sorry you’re struggling right now :( But, believe me when I say that the first few weeks, the first semester even, is the hardest.

I know how you feel. You’ve never been at this level before; teachers are expecting more of you than ever before and you feel completely and utterly swamped with work. It’s like being in a tunnel of stress, and every time you see the light approaching, another assignment/reading/essay/midterm comes along. 

Anon, I want to first congratulate you on making it to university, and not only that, but studying in your second language! You are incredibly gifted, even if you don’t see it. Only a small percentage of the population would be able to make it where you are right now! 

Second, I want you to know that you have support. There are many resources available to students who feel like they need extra help. The Peer Help Center, Academic Writing Help Center, Counselling & Coaching Service, and Student Mentoring Service are all resources developped to assist students with their studies or mental health needs. Study groups for certain classes are also offered in residences. 

Third, I want to encourage you to take advantage of your professor’s office hours! They’re there for a reason! Do the readings as best as you can, take some notes, and bring these notes into the office hours. Profs won’t do your readings for you, of course, but if they see that you took initiative, they will gladly help you refine your notes and break down complicated concepts in order to help you improve your understanding of the readings. Also, try to find a study buddy in that class! Sometimes it helps to compare your notes with someone else’s; you might see something that you missed the first time that helps you understand everything so much better!

Lastly, if you’re feeling really overwhelmed and lost, and no amount of tutoring/extra help seems to be doign anything, you could always switch into an English class if you feel like that would be better. Nothing is worth risking your mental health. If you choose to do this, I really recommend doing it ASAP, as this week is the 3rd week of classes and you might fall really behind if you wait any longer to switch.

I hope you take advantage of one/more of the resources above, and I encourage you to look into other services offered by the university. I wish you luck, anon! Give me an update if you can :) 

Chloe :)

Anonymous asked: Which gym is better to go to? In terms of crowds, equipment etc...

The Minto gym is a little further but it is way bigger than the one in MNT . Don’t forget to sign up for machines, firstyears (myself included) tend to forget to do that and it’s annoying for those who have reserved the machine for a certain time. 

Anonymous asked: also where would i get stamps?

I believe the campus pharmacy sells stamps

Anonymous asked: Where are the post offices though ? Sorry if I'm annoying !

There should be post boxes around campus, I believe there is one in/near the pharmacy as well as beside the counter in the 90 entrance

Anonymous asked: Ok so my helper class teacher was like ya your french is really good and we won't be covering a lot of the content for your course in this helper class it will be more vocabulary and stuff, so like my question is should I drop it or will I still benefit from it?

If you only care about getting good grades, maybe stay in it because those classes are pretty easy A’s….but if you want to add a minor or improve your french, maybe take an FLS class? FLS 2741 was pretty easy for me. These count as French classes, you can still hide your mark if you want, but its a little more “work” and you’ll probably learn more in these kinds of classes

Anonymous asked: Hi there Chloe, I'm going to be in Thompson for Rez. What's the deal w bringing cooking stuff in Thompson? I live out west here so the less I hafta haul to Ottawa, the better. I'm fine w packing a few mugs and glasses and cutlery etc but with 20-30 students per floor do we really each need to bring a frying pan, a pot, a strainer etc? That's 20-30 pots, pans, etc. thanks very much for helping me with this.

Oops sorry, this message was buried and I forgot to reply before you moved in! 

What I would suggest - if you havent done this already - is organize a Facebook group of your floor and organize who has what. If 5 students have toasters/hot plates/whatever, maybe agree to trade or borrow each others things? There is also a communal kitchen available to residents that you can use if you’d like!

Anonymous asked: If the on campus job I want to apply to is with the Faculty of Social Sciences, do I have to be in that faculty?

I don’t think so… It might depend on the position too. Maybe email them and ask if it is a requirement?