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Program: Mechanical Engineering
I chose Mechanical Engineering (with Aerospace option) at the University of Windsor not only because it is one of the few schools in Ontario that offer the program. The Aerospace program is designed to build upon the foundations taught within the Mechanical Engineering stream for a full immersion into the aerospace-based courses.
Coming down for a campus tour was truly monumental for me because it gave me the opportunity to explore the campus and get a sneak peak into some of the labs I would one day be working in.
My most memorable moment was as the Vice President- Internal of the Engineering Society. It was an amazing opportunity to work with other students from different programs across campus and to host events for the undergraduate engineering community. I especially enjoyed planning and running Orientation week (O-week) in concert with the Faculty of Engineering. It was super rewarding for me to get the opportunity to talk to 1st year students as a mentor and to give them the guidance that I once received from another upper year student when I was in my first year.
After graduation, I plan to find a job within the aerospace sector designing airplanes. Through a newly joint collaborative program between the Engineering and the Aeronautics program, I have gotten the opportunity to get my pilot license. One day I would like to not only build airplanes, but to be a Test Pilot testing the planes that I worked on developing.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors. Although university is your first window of opportunity to conduct yourself in a professional and ethical manner it is very easy to forget that professors are not only instructors - they are also your mentors. They are very accessible and eager to help you academically and professionally. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or to simply initiate casual conversation. They are here to see you succeed.
Program: Developmental Psychology with Thesis
I am in Developmental Psychology with Thesis. I chose this program because of the vast research opportunities available to undergraduate social science students. The professors become like family in that they go out of their way to provide you with assistance and extra opportunities for growth.
My most memorable moment was when my first article was published. I have been working with an exceptional professor on some research and one of our articles got published in a respected journal. It is something I will never forget.
I plan to go to graduate school for Clinical Child Psychology. My goal is to open my own practice in Windsor to help children going through hard times or struggling with mental illness.
Put yourself out there! If I can suggest only one thing, it would be to get to know your professors. They were students like us once too, and they want nothing more than to see us succeed. I have received more support, advice, kindness, and opportunities from my professors than some of my peers. However, they cannot provide this to you if you do not put yourself out there and try to get to know them!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Program: Psychology & Creative Writing
By the end of my first year at UWindsor, I decided to switch my degree from BCN to a double major in Psychology and Creative Writing. This degree suits me much better and has allowed me to take advantage of some of my stronger skills that weren’t being utilized in the lab. It has opened many doors for me in regard to my career opportunities upon graduation. I have also enjoyed the community within the English department, as the classes typically host between 15-50 people, making it much easier to get to know your profs and peers in a lasting way.
My most memorable experience at UWin has definitely been in my third year, which I spent on exchange studying at the University of Essex in England. Having that opportunity was so special to me, as it was something, I looked forward to from the moment I received my acceptance letter to UWin. I made some of my greatest relationships while there and was able to travel constantly on weekends with my flatmates. It was such a special community that I couldn’t imagine having missed out on and I think that everyone could benefit from experiencing an exchange.
My next step following graduation is to study for my Master’s in Film. I would love to take the theories and skills I have learned from both fields in my degree and apply them to screenwriting and set design.
For all the future Lancers who plan to make UWin their next home, all I have to say is take advantage of your time here. There are endless opportunities set up specifically for your benefit, so enjoy them now! Your best memories at uni will almost always be the ones you make outside of the classroom with the people you take the time to meet. It’s completely understandable if you’re nervous or uncertain, but don’t let that limit you from doing something that excites or motivates you. Prove to yourself what you are capable of and I promise that you will overcome those concerns.
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