An astronaut! A firefighter! A cowboy! Ahh…the typical answers to the age old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now rarely do the five year olds yelling out these professions understand the intricacies of the job; the true responsibilities and potential risks. But that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they can see themselves in the role…exploring space, rescuing a family, or shooting “bad guys.” By seeing themselves in the role, the five year olds have gained an incredible sense of confidence. Confidence is the central pillar of an effective learning en …read more
A phrase you’ll hear on the lips of many student leaders on Ontario campuses is the ‘broader learning environment’ (BLE). Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “never let school get in the way of your education”. While I don’t really believe that school does get in the way of anyone’s education, the sentiment – that learning can take place outside of the classroom – poses an interesting question to universities today: is a University a home for all kinds of learning, or simply the type that takes place in the classroom? I say our institutions should support all types of learning. …read more
I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone, but here we are at the end of August and I’m already packing up to return to McMaster. And so after four incredible months, my summer internship is sadly up, and I must announce my departure from OUSA. But before I go, I’d like to take some time to reflect on my time working for students, and let you know about my plans for the upcoming terms!
As I look back, I’m both proud and surprised to say that my journey through student advocacy has only lasted a little over a year. When I applied to be a research assistant with the McMaste …read more
For many of us, our parents have been telling us our whole lives that we’ll be going on to post-secondary education: or rather, perhaps they haven’t been telling us, but there is the implicit expectation that going on to university or college is an accepted part of our educational path. We hear about our parent’s own university days, we meet the friends they made during their studies, we might even visit their alma mater with them during a reunion. We are comfortable with the idea that “someone like us” can go to university, because the living proof – our parents – are in front o …read more