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Arisha

Arisha

Program: Business Administration


The Odette School of Business offers a remarkable student experience while catering to the interests and goals of the students. Faculty and professors are rooting for your success; you can tell this from the resources they offer and the constant support you receive. The small class sizes encourage strong connections with fellow students and professors, which was vital for me because I enjoy being able to have discussions and interact with others.

Another thing I love about UWindsor’s Business program is you can pick from six specializations within Business to focus on, one which interests you and aligns with future career goals. These specializations include Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Supply Chain and Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship and my personal favourite, Finance.

Apart from that, Odette has many leadership opportunities and extra-curricular involvement to offer. Based on your interest, there is most likely a club or association aligned with that. In my last two years, I have been able to gain valuable experience from the roles I have held on clubs such as the Odette Commerce Society and the John Simpson Odette Student Investment Fund.

One of my most memorable moments at UWindsor has been my role as Vice President of Student Leadership on the Odette Commerce Society. I enjoy being in leadership and management positions, which is why this role was a perfect fit. I particularly enjoy managing H.O.U.S.E. (Helping Odette Undergraduate Students Excel), a mentorship program designed to assist in the transition from high school to university for incoming students, which includes a team of 30 mentors. It’s rewarding to know my efforts are helping other students. Being a part of the Odette Commerce Society has come with great experiences, whether it is assisting with orientation or the friends I have made through the society.

After graduating, I want to pursue a career in financial investments while working towards obtaining my C.F.A. designation. I have always been interested in Finance, however, after joining the Odette Investment Fund, I was able to get a feel of what the industry is like on a small scale, but it solidified my decision. I do plan to return for my M.B.A. in the future.

Make the best of your university experience! Academics are a top priority but getting out there, joining clubs, attending events, enjoying your university life changes your perspective of your time at UWindsor from being just okay to phenomenal. Joining clubs and associations helps you gain valuable skills, be a part of a cause and make long lasting friendships. Events are happening all the time, whether it’s a networking opportunity or a fun event to attend with friends, each one allows you to get out there and make the best of your time at UWindsor.

Emilie

Emilie

Program: Nursing


I chose Nursing at UWindsor because of the amazing state of the art practice labs and the campus. I came to the Fall Open House in 2017 when I was applying for university and fell in love with the labs during the lab tour provided. I really enjoyed the campus and I was able to picture myself as a student here in the future.

My most memorable moment at UWindsor was getting accepted into the Outstanding Scholars program here in the summer. I got the email that I had been accepted into the program and I had never been so proud of myself. It was very competitive, and I am so thankful I get to be apart of this amazing program. Through this program I have found a passion for oncology and cancer research, which is what I am currently working on with one of my nursing professors.

My plans are to graduate and pass my NCLEX. Once that is done, I hope to work as either an oncology or cardiac nurse while I study my master’s in nursing at the University of Windsor. My end goal is to become a professor at the University of Windsor. It is my dream to teach pharmacology or med-surg in the nursing faculty.

My tip for future students is to get as involved as possible on campus. The University of Windsor has over 200 clubs and societies you can join. Joining clubs and societies is a great way to de-stress from school and make great, life-long friends in the process. I currently volunteer with Canadian Blood Services on campus and I have been since my first year of University. I love giving back to the community by helping give the gift of life.

Erin

Erin

Program: Forensic Science with Molecular Biology Biochemistry Specialization

Hometown: Thorold, ON


Attending the University of Windsor was an easy choice for me! At the time of my high school graduation, UWindsor was the only school in Ontario that had a Forensic Science Program and a Basketball team. I had known throughout high school, I wanted to pursue a degree in Forensics, and that there were not many schools in Ontario that offered the program. I met the program chair of Forensic Sciences, Dr. Shashi K. Jasra, at the Ontario University Fair in 2017 and was very impressed by the courses offered and the technology the program had.

I have played competitive basketball all my life, and it was a goal of mine to one day play at University. At UWindsor, Coach Chantal Vallee has had great success with the basketball program and I knew that being a part of her team would challenge me on and off the court.

My most memorable moment at UWindsor has been my time spent with the basketball team. I have met some amazing people and created lifelong friendships. My team pushes me to be a better player and person every day and I am very thankful for it.

I am not 100% sure of my plans after I complete my undergrad. There are a lot of different directions I can take with the versatility of my program. I am currently thinking about going to grad school!

The best thing to do is to get involved at the University. There are so many clubs, groups, teams and events to be a part - there is something for everyone! Going outside of your comfort zone and meeting new people will only enhance your University experience!

Hassan

Hassan

Program: Interdisciplinary Arts & Science – Major in Biology & Minor in Drama


I chose the Interdisciplinary Arts and Science program at the University of Windsor because I loved the idea that I could truly create a degree that was unique to me and my future career aspirations. I decided to do a major concentration focus in Biology because I knew the Faculty of Science was one of the leaders in scientific research. The 1:16 professor to student ratio was a big seller for, as someone who believes in forming strong connections with their professors.

Drama was also the perfect fit for me, as I have a genuine love for the theatre and UWindsor’s historic drama program was the ideal place for me to continue my theatre training. Starting my day in an organic chemistry lab and ending it on stage doing improv was also pretty cool!

One of my most memorable moments at UWindsor was being one of the student staff in the Student Success and Leadership centre. Through this role, I was able to assist in the organization and implementation of various transition programs, like Head Start and Welcome Week, for incoming first-year students to the University of Windsor. Whether I was standing in front of a crowd of 300 talking about study tips, or in front of 2000 students teaching them the “Hey Baby” dance, this truly was an experience that I will never forget. The connections I made and the memories I made are something I hold near and dear to my heart.

After graduation, I plan on continuing my education by attending professional school. I know the knowledge I have gained in my undergraduate degree will serve me well in all my future educational endeavours. The experiences and conversations I have had at UWindsor have truly set me on the path to pursuing a career that I feel I can have a direct impact on the lives of those around me.

Make sure you love what you are studying. University is not easy; from a major in Music to a major in Medial Physics, each major has its challenges. If you do not truly love what you are studying, then you aren’t going to want to go that extra mile to overcome those challenges. At the end of the day, regardless of what you are studying, students must find their passion. We as people tend to value the opinions of others far too much, sometimes valuing it more than our own opinion. There are a million things that everyone else wants you to do. Still, at the end of the day, if YOU are not happy with what YOU are doing, the only person affected is you. Don’t feel like you need to belong or fit in one specific discipline. Stand up and study what you want to study. Follow your passions, and you will always find a place!

Kennedy

Kennedy

Program: Modern Languages


I chose to study Modern Languages at the University of Windsor after attending the Spring Open House when I was in Grade 12. At the time, I was deciding between a few different options, but I knew that I wanted a program that would allow me to go on Exchange. After having the opportunity to speak with Dr. Rossini – the Department Head for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – I knew immediately that this program would be the perfect fit for me!

My most memorable moment at UWindsor has been my time as a Student Ambassador. I have learned so much about the campus that has made my time here even better. It’s also a great feeling to know that I am making an impact on future students. But above all, the friendships that I have formed with the other Student Ambassadors will last a lifetime.

I am currently applying to Law School for next Fall. I’m not sure where this path will take me yet, but I am excited to continue my education.

Get involved on campus! There are so many opportunities to join clubs or participate in events. It’s a great way to meet new people, explore your passions, and learn about what is going on around you. And a bonus – campus involvement will look great on your resume or grad school applications!

Khushali

Khushali

Program: Behavioural, Cognitive & Neuroscience


Neuroscience is a very unique and integrative program that allows me to study both Biology and Psychology with a special focus in the Nervous system, which I find very interesting. I love how this program allows me to understand the thought process behind why people do certain things but also the physiology and the scientific mechanisms behind that same action. Neuroscience specifically at the University of Windsor is great because of the small program size. We really are a tight knit family and I love how everyone knows each other and is very supportive in the academic, social and mental health sense.

Definitely my ASB trip to Costa Rica! Last year a group of us, along with the Dean of Science, spent Winter reading week in Costa Rica learning about the water crisis there and helping in the local community. It was such a fun and eye-opening experience and I really hope I can go back one day!

I am not too sure, there’s a lot I can do with my undergrad degree such as research or going down a medical path so I’m still figuring it out!

Get involved on campus! There’s something for everyone here so I highly recommend getting involved as it really enriches your university experience, and not only do you learn a lot, but you also meet amazing people! I can definitely say I have met some of my best friends because of the clubs I was in.

Lila

Lila

Program: Law and Politics (BA Honors Political Science)

Home counties: Uganda and the Netherlands


UWindsor is the only place with a unique program where I can pursue a degree that combines both my passion for Law and interest in Political Science. Adding to this wonderful learning environment is how students' ideas are valued in class discussions by professors and peers. This makes the class dynamic more enriching, interesting, as well as challenging in the best way possible. We have a beautiful campus with amazing study spots where you will write some of your best essays and study for exams that you'll ace. To top it all off, Windsor, known as the border city defined by the landmark Ambassador Bridge has incredible places to visit. My favorite place to go is the Riverfront, just a couple of minutes from campus.

Winning the Best Judge award at a Model United Nations conference in Ottawa during my first year is by far my most memorable moment. This was not just my win, but it was also a win for UWindsor - we had one of the smallest delegations! Being a judge for the International Court of Justice gave me a robust experience in the real-life implications of interpreting the Law. From this MUN, I have been able to: network with professionals in the field, meet some of my dearest friends, and participate in more MUNs across Canada.

First and foremost, my future plans are to be happy and make people happy - it is my way of life!

My plans are to attend Law school. I aspire to be a human rights activist and help people in a legal capacity as a lawyer and ultimately as a judge.

You will find what you are looking for- if not, don't hesitate to create what you're looking for. There are so many unique courses to enroll in and fun events and clubs to take part in. Embrace all the opportunities available to you and always remember that your contribution matters.

Madhu

Madhu

Program: Biological Sciences with a minor in Applied IT


I have a strong interest in the science of living things, so I chose the Biological Sciences program at the University of Windsor. The Biological Sciences program provides students flexibility in course selection, which allowed me to explore the various branches of science and eventually led to my minor in Applied IT. The Science faculty is also super supportive and the small class sizes have provided me opportunities to directly contact professors if I had any questions.

That's easy! It would have to be Welcome Week, where I had the opportunity to work with LEAD. LEAD organizes and coordinates events such as Welcome Week on campus for incoming students. I've had the chance to meet so many new students and form connections with people who are now my closest friends! It's a fun-filled experience and I recommend everyone to attend!

From my time here at the University of Windsor, I have realized how many different paths my undergraduate degree opens up. Whether it's a professional school or research, I am currently exploring all my interests and other ways I can apply my experiences to the real world.

Don't be scared to explore your interests and try out new things! There are SO many clubs on campus to become a part of, so step out of your comfort zone and join! I guarantee you'll meet new people and make new friends!

Melanie

Melanie

Program: Mathematics


I chose Math here at UWindsor because I wanted to do undergraduate research and I knew the university could offer it to me. Through the Outstanding Scholars program, I can conduct research in a variety of fields, and my opportunities are seemingly endless. The small class sizes and exceptional 1:16 faculty to student ratio make it incredibly easy for all students to reach out to their professors, and they are all amazingly approachable. For example, here in the Math department, we have 'Pizzanars' where one of the excellent professors in the department talks about a high-level math topic while the students get to relax and eat pizza. Experiences like these make you feel welcome at the U.

My most memorable moment came in my first semester of university, in one of my first exams. I had studied incredibly hard for it, and the exam was a breeze for me; I finished it in fifteen minutes. I went up to hand it into my professor, and he didn't believe that I had finished it with about an hour left in class. He ended up marking it in front of me, and when he finished, he looked up and told me that I failed. I was about to start crying when he ended up smiling and saying I aced it. Since then, he's been one of the faculty I go to for advice or brief course counselling, even if he almost gave me a heart attack.

I'm hoping to go to grad school in some field involving Environmental Science. While I love mathematics, I'd like to work on saving the planet more directly, and I hope to do further research on environmental issues post-grad. What sector exactly, I'm hoping to determine through the Outstanding Scholars program.

Don't be afraid to branch out from your major! It's a lot of fun to take courses unrelated to your major, and you may find that you develop a new passion for the subject! It can be a nice change of pace to take a sculpting course in between engineering courses or a beginner's computing course between classics courses. It's a great way to make new friends, explore random interests, and make the most out of your time in university.

Natalia

Natalia

Program: Computer Science

Hometown: Mexico City


I chose UWindsor because it offered everything I expected from a university as an international student. Campus diversity, active student life and undergraduate research opportunities along amazing faculty members were crucial points when making my decision. I loved the educational approach UWindsor had by offering small-sized classes and extensive academic support to ensure students achieved their maximum potential. I wanted a university that gave me a sense of belonging and UWindsor did since the moment I applied. The heartwarming staff made sure I had all the resources to make the right decision. I had endless reasons to think I was the right fit for this campus, and it was the perfect fit for me.

I have made a lot of lifetime memories since becoming part of the Lancer family. But I must say my most memorable moment was my very first day at UWindsor. I attended an event hosted by the International Student Centre, which consisted of a bus tour of Windsor since we were all new to Canada. I ended up sitting next to a girl who would later become my best friend. With totally different backgrounds, we found many similarities and shared interests! Years later, I realize how many lifelong friendships I have made through the University of Windsor.

After I graduate, I will pursue a Master's Degree to fully develop my skills as a computer scientist. My goal is to work in a field related to Cybersecurity or Artificial Intelligence.

One of my biggest challenges during my freshman year was time management. So, I would advise all of you future lancers to make sure you plan your schedule wisely. Make sure you prioritize your academics but don't forget all the recreational events the university offers! Join a club if you want to meet new friends with a shared interest. Remember, everyone has gone through the same process of adjusting to university life. Make sure you make the most out of it. You will find friends everywhere! Don't hesitate to attend events because you will find amazing people!

Raabiya

Raabiya

Program: Master of Business Administration

Hometown: Delhi


I chose the Odette MBA program because I wanted to hone my skills in Accounting and Finance. The program is flexible where students can select between a mandate, classes and a research paper during the last module. The small class sizes at UWindsor gives me an pportunity to interact with the professors. An active alumni network is one of the biggest strengths of this program!

During Orientation Week, our cohort went on a Ropes Course. The day was extremely challenging yet engaging, including a wide range of team-building activities.

Before I enrolled in the MBA program, I was interested in pursuing a career in finance. But this program has opened many more avenues for me. Right now, I see endless possibilities and I am open to exploring other fields and industries.

The program is a tiny part of the university experience. There is so much to explore and learn outside of the class!