Student residences are not just buildings with rooms and offices, they are homes, places to create memories, build unique relationships and find out who we are as a person and as an individual. It is a friendly, healthy, stimulating environment that quickly becomes a second home.
All your neighbours are students and have similar experiences as you; from this proximity a spirit of community is born where friendships blossom, some of which last a lifetime.
Living in residences offers multiple educational advantages:
1) Academic Achievement
Living in residences gives you a pedagogical advantage. Thanks to the designated study halls, stimulating study groups, the student is never alone with his problem. He can share with his peers, grow, evolve, debate and form his own ideas. This is the basis of academic success.
2) The Proximity of Services
Living in residences is also having everything you need within reach. Everything is near: grocery stores, sports facilities, libraries, classes, transportation and academic events.
3) Sensational Events and Activities
Living in residences connects you to the heart of student life. Residents can choose between a great variety of social, academic and cultural activities.
4) Enlarging the Social Network
Living in residences brings you closer together. You will meet a variety of different people. The friendships you form and the memories you create during your time in residences will stay with you for the rest of your life. These friends will be your family away from home.
5) Improving Security
Living in residence offers you peace of mind. Thanks to the progressive building security functions, night time surveillance, clearly defined and exercised emergency plans, systems secured by section, and a strong partnership with the security services, the students living in residences benefit from a high degree of personal security.
6) Accelerated Growth and Development
Living in residences provides a unique opportunity to develop your skills and abilities outside the classroom. Whether from the point of view of a formalised participation or sense of unity provided by community life, residents develop skills for resolving conflicts, critical thinking and communication.
7) The Advantages of an Apartment without the Inconveniences
Living in residences allows the student to focus on his studies without worrying about the economic concepts of having a home, because one single bill covers everything. No need to worry about the costs of electricity, water, internet…
Student residences are lively, full of energy with caring people from around the whole world, many of which will become your best friends.
Living in residences helps you make the most of your student experience.
The Saint-Laurent residences understand the impact of the student strike and respect the choices and opinions of each student. Because of this, the residences exercise flexibility and can adjust leases and times to accommodate students whose programs were disrupted by the strike.
The liberals have undertaken austerity steps to restore financial balance. This was part of their campaign and once in power they started making cuts, readjusting, putting measures in place that affect everyone including students.
The term austerity means a forced or extreme economy which results in a simplistic way of life where the objective is to reduce unnecessary expenses. According to the government, Quebec is 200 billion dollars in the red. Their submitted budget aims to eliminate the 2015-2016 deficit.
The strikers are angry and they are going into the streets to denounce their point of view: education, health care, pensions for unionized employees, day care services, social aid and social services should not be affected. They should rather rely on increasing taxes for large companies, reducing salaries and severance benefits for governmental staff.
Who is protesting?
Professors, students, health workers, people in the public sector. The liberals believe that investments in the public sector are too high and consequently, do not stimulate enough the economy and small businesses and entrepreneurs. They also believe that many of these services are too expensive in regard to the population.
Many students believe that the strike has negative impacts and they do not agree with it and want to attend their classes. For many students, going to post-secondary education is a major investment; they do not wish to pay extra costs for extra classes or get low grades that may impact their average and their scholarships. They do not want to risk it.
Strikes also have an impact on small businesses. In order to provide an opportunity for protesters to march in the streets, roads are blocked, so it is difficult to move about and this can have a deterrent effect on potential consumers. These same strikes affect tourists and visitors to the city.
Now, it is up to you as a student to take a stand and express your opinion using the method that suits you best, always respecting others and their choices.
What makes student life, residence life, great is having the right to your own opinion, sharing it with others, discussing and learning to dialogue, to obtain solutions that take into account the different points of view. Profit from this privilege, enrich yourselves.
Ah! The exam period! The period when everyone scrambles, tasks accumulate, you hurry to finish your work, to complete your reading list and in addition to that you have to prepare for exams. How to keep your head above water?
Here are a few tips:
1. An Overview
If you have not already, it is time to draw up a schedule that includes all your deliverables and dates of your exams from the last week of class to the last work or exam. This exercise will give you an overview of timelines and deliverables.
2. Make a Study Schedule
Thanks to your exam and deliverables schedule, it is possible to plan your time, see the deadlines and organize yourself. Organization at this time of year is the key to success, managing your time is an essential element for reducing stress.
3. Devise a Plan
With a study schedule, it is possible to plan your tasks. The time that each task will take, the small tasks necessary to accomplish the bigger tasks, everything needed to better organize and use your time effectively. If one has to do research for an essay, first plan the time needed for research and then the time to write and the time to review and finally, if necessary the time for the unpredictable tasks. It is better to give an intensive effort and finish in style than to come up against a wall and end up with nothing completed on time. Starting research work two days before the deadline is really a challenge that is not worth the trouble.
4. Managing Stress
It is important to take care of oneself during this time, eating well, taking breaks, doing some sports, exercising, sleeping and planning an outing or two to clear one’s head. It is important, because oxygenating one’s mind makes the process of studying more effective and certainly less painful.
5. Be Prepared
Prepare your pencils, papers and tools for your exams. Do not wait until the last day to go shopping. Allow time for your needs from the start so as not to add to your stress.
6. Think Positive
Motivate yourself, confide in others, congratulate yourself on your efforts, seek help from your residence colleagues if a subject or topic is unclear, enjoy your life in the community, because you are not alone. The exam period is a challenge for everyone, even if everyone does not experience it in the same way. Tell yourself that you have made it so far and that this is just another step.
Good luck to everyone!