Secrets to Success

Sometimes you may encounter a few challenges stepping into first year. When times get rough just remember that you have the Wolfpack looking out for you. Here is some advice from your fellow wolves!

"I just wanted to share a quick tip with you for your upcoming academic year to help you transition into university life. Very simply, I always recommend students to get involved on campus because it will provide you a sense of community, and help you build that base network system you need to enjoy your life on campus. Whether that may be playing a sport in an intramurals team, or joining a club, you should definitely find a focused group of your interest to stay connected with your peers! Not to be hypocritical, but another tip would be for you to not get too involved, as you simply won’t have enough time to truly be involved in everything you sign up for. From my personal experience, I find joining up to three clubs or organizations ideal!"

  • Ryan Jeong, President - WCSA

“Do not be afraid to ask for help and utilize your resources. There will be moments throughout your university career where you will be in need of help or advice from a friend or an expert. It is usually best to be proactive and seek out help right away. You do not want to let the issue escalate and affect your performance in school or become detrimental to your mental health. Your peers are more than willing to help you or refer you to other resources - there is nothing wrong or embarrassing about asking for assistance. In addition to your Tutorial leaders, professors, and administrative bodies, your Orientation leaders are happy to help you beyond Orientation Week. Stay in touch with your leaders, and use them as one of your contacts if you are ever in need of help. Your health and wellbeing comes first!”

  • Yesy Gilels, Public Relations Manager

“The biggest advice I would give is get involved sooner than later. I started getting involved slightly late was within the woodsworth community as well as across campus. This helps you meet more people and make more friends and connections. It can really help in making a huge campus like UofT feel really small.”

  • Akshika Dave, Registration Manager

"My greatest advice to students is to manage your time! When I first started at the University, I was overwhelmed with a lot of the readings. It was very easy to not do them. However, after making a schedule I was able to accomplish a lot more. I managed to make time for my studies and still maintained my social life. In the end, I realized that managing my time not only made me a better student, but helped me grow as a person."

  • Victoria Mohan, Associate Social

"As an international student, I found a home at Woodsworth due to my involvement from the very beginning. My advice to all of you is to look for at least one opportunity in your first year because it'll not only help you feel at home but also help you meet a lot of people and build long lasting relationships. Every opportunity I've taken has only led to more in the future so I strongly recommend you all to look for an opportunity you're interested in."

  • Rohan Shah, Finance Manager - WCSA

“I remember first year as pretty overwhelming at times, socially, academically, and just adapting to a new environment. However, once you’re settled and a little bit more comfortable at your new home of U of T, one of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to try new things! Don’t be apprehensive to talk to someone you don’t know in a new class, chances are you’re all in the same boat and that’s the best way to meet new friends. Get involved by joining a club, an intramural team, or volunteering for a social event! The academic aspect of university can get really hectic, and while studies should remain number one, it’s also very important to relieve some stress by trying new things- trust me there’s so many opportunities here just waiting for you to try!”

  • Julia Cicconi, VP Social

Study Spaces - Coffee Shop Edition 

Studying in a coffee shop is sometimes therapeutic and more comfortable than sitting all day in a library. What is another advantage of studying in a coffee shop? You never run out of coffee! Here is a list of coffee shops that are frequented by our Woodsworth students. 

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1. Starbucks

Starbucks is the ideal setting for pumpkin spice latte fanatics and individuals who are comfortable studying in fairly social environments. There are several Starbucks’ located around campus that are happy to host students. You don’t have to worry about running out of coffee if you study at Starbucks!

2. Second Cup at Kruger Hall 

Woodsworth College has a petite Second Cup kiosk that is surrounded by several study areas. Kruger Hall and mini Kruger offer a lot of seats that can easily be rearranged to accommodate large study groups. There is also a designated quiet area where students can focus better. 

3. Cafe Reznikoff 

Arbor Room is known for its delicious food and casual study space. Arbor Room is fairly priced, making it a popular eatery. It is great spot for students who are looking for a relaxed environment to study in.

4. Diabolos Coffee Bar

The Diabolos Coffee Bar offers delightful fair-trade coffee and light meals with vegetarian and other dietary options. It is perfect for artsy coffee shop dwellers and coffee lovers. It also makes for a comfortable study spot where food and other refreshments are easily accessible! 

5. Innis Cafe 

Innis Cafe is located across from Woodsworth College. It offers a combination of hot and cold dishes belonging to various cultures. Innis Cafe exudes a typical high school cafeteria vibe, making it the perfect cafe for students transitioning into their first year at the University of Toronto. 

6. Sidney Smith Cafe 

The Sidney Smith Cafe is one of the most popular spots to grab food for students, as it is fairly central in relation to other colleges and faculties. The cafe offers a variety of foods including: Mexican cuisine, Asian style cuisine, and other American foods. It tends to be a noisier environment, but it can still be utilized for group meetings and other social projects. 

7. Ned’s Cafe

Ned’s Cafe is located alongside Victoria College. It serves both hot and cold foods that appeal to individuals with different food preferences. The cafe has seating that is appropriate for individual or group study sessions. 

8. Goodmans LLP Café

Thinking of pursuing a career in law? Well, then you might be interested in studying alongside law students. The Goodmans LLP Café is located at the new Faculty of Law building, and serves delicious gourmet sandwiches, salads, handmade quiches and crepes, and homemade baked goods.

9. Tim Hortons 

There is no other more appropriate Canadian cafe to study in than a Tim Hortons in Toronto, eh? Enjoy a must-needed double double with a snack of your choice while preparing for your finals. Tables are often occupied, so be mindful of the size of your study group. 

Study Spaces - Library Edition

As a student, it is important to solidify your favourite study spot. Here are a few libraries that your fellow Woodsworth students enjoy studying at!

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1. ROBARTS LIBRARY

Robarts is the main humanities and social sciences library of the University of Toronto Libraries and the largest individual library in the university. Roberts offers a range of services including: printing, information commons, and a reasonably priced cafeteria. Robarts has many study spaces that can accommodate large study groups as well as quiet individual sessions. 

2. CAVEN LIBRARY

Located in Knox College, the Caven Library is often said to resemble Hogwarts. It is a great study space for students who enjoy antique settings and quiet study areas. It is convenient for students in Life Sciences in terms of its location. Caven Library also bears the most relevant resources for those interested in topics concerning religion. 

3. JOHN W. GRAHAM LIBRARY 

John W. Graham is located at Trinity College - a short walk away from Woodsworth. Graham Library offers a number of services such as computer workstations, group study sessions, and course support. Its literature collection is comprised of the following topics: international relations, ethics, and the humanities, as well as theological disciplines and resources related to the Anglican Church.

4. INNIS COLLEGE LIBRARY 

The Innis College Library is located across the street from Woodsworth overtop a quant cafeteria. The inns library offers an intimate study space containing a computer lab, literature, printing services, and advanced resources for Cinema Studies students. 

5. E.J. PRATT LIBRARY

E.J. Pratt Library is located near Victoria College, and is known for its modern architectural design. The Pratt Library offers an abundance of study spaces suitable for small or large study groups. The Pratt Library has a decently sized computer station, and great printing services. 

6. EMANUEL LIBRARY

Emanuel Library is regarded as one of the most aesthetically pleasing libraries at the University of Toronto. It provides a disturbance-free setting for focused students. The library also contains an array of journals, books, digital materials, and other content on theology and Christianity. 

7. HART HOUSE LIBRARY

The Hart House Library is ideal for bookworms who are looking for a variety of reading materials. It caters more towards casual book browsers and individuals interested in brief study periods than lengthy sit-down sessions. 

WOLVES OF WOODSWORTH - FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS

Hey Wolfpack!

We hope you’re excited that orientation is only THREE WEEKS AWAY!! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?? The time to buy a ticket is now before they’re sold out and trust me they’re selling fast!

However, before Orientation starts and your Woodsworth journey begins, we want to make sure you’re fully prepared. One of the best ways to make sure you’re ready for this adventure is meeting the amazing people in Woodsworth! Don’t worry to get this started we’ve been getting our #WolvesofWoodsworth posts up so you can get to know people who will fast become familiar faces! Mainly, we’ve been introducing you to people heavily involved in Orientation planning but now we want to introduce to other Wolves of Woodsworth who are just as important and you should get to know! This is the Wolves of Woodsworth: Fourth Year Edition!

The first #WolfofWoodsworth is Chantel! Chantel is a fourth year Philosophy & Political Science student. She’s from Penetanguishene, Ontario.

Chantel is one of our Wolves of Woodsworth because she is so involved in our amazing community. When she’s not busy with school, she working at the Woodsworth Residence as an Admissions Assistant! If you’re living on Woodsworth Residence or have ever been concerned about your status with residence, it is most likely that you were communicating with Chantel or she was helping your residence admission through the administrative side! Chantel shows so many people around her that even though you’re a student, it doesn’t mean you can’t build your career and build your resume through valuable and influential positions. Not only does Chantel work for our Residence office, but she is the Editor-in-Chief for our amazing Woodsworth publication the Howl. Chantel has been pivotal in turning around the magazine and really highlighting Woodsworth’s media talent. She is an example of how students can have a huge impact on other students and inspire them to do a lot more. When Chantel isn’t working or busy with the Howl, you can find her studying on the 14th floor in the common room of residence. This is one her favourite Woodsworth spaces to study and definitely a spot to check out if you can. Chantel Ouellet is one of our Wolves of Woodsworth and we cannot wait for you to meet her! You can find out more about Chantel from her post in your Accepted 2021 facebook group or when you see her around Woodsworth!

Our second #WolfofWoodsworth is Nitish! Nitish is a fourth year in Computer Science!

Nitish is one of our Wolves of Woodsworth because of how innovative he is and what he’s built as a student. Nitish is one of the creators of Studybuddy. Studybuddy is an online platform for students to find tutors and academic help when they need it. They can also reach out to help their peers. They started this in 3rd year when he saw students struggling to find the help they need for academic success.Nitish is a prime example that with whatever brilliant idea you have in university, this community can give you the tools to excel and get it going! Nitish’s favourite memory in Woodsworth is when his roommate and him hosted a pancake night in their residence. They bought a bunch of pancake mix and just invited all of their friends to hang out and eat pancakes! They had a bunch of fun and even made new friends! Like Nitish, take opportunities that will better you when they present themselves and get to know the amazing people around you. You never know where it will lead you! Find Nitish around Woodsworth during the school year and be sure to give him a wave or even ask for advice!

Our third #WolfofWoodsworth is Julia! Julia is a fourth year Criminology student-athlete. Julia plays Rugby and is a flyhalf or wing!

Julia is a key highlight on how student-athletes are still a big part of our community. Woodsworth is huge and sometimes we even forget that we have student-athletes that are a part of the Wolfpack! Julia is one of them! Currently, along with a full courseload and practice in full swing, Julia is our Vice President of Social Affairs for the Woodsworth College Students’ Association (WCSA)! Julia is a prime example that you do not have to limit yourself to just one thing in university. If you’re able to, enhance your university experience and be involved! We know it is not easy to do it but Julia shows us everyday that it is very possible! If you want to know what she is doing WCSA wise, check out ww.mywcsa.co or if you want to check out her Rugby game, check out ttp://www.varsityblues.ca/?path=w_rugb ! You can find Julia in the WCSA office during her office hours or at her favourite spot on campus, Goldring Centre for High Performance which is the gym right beside Woodsworth ! Say hi to her during orientation as she is a part of our OEC or in-between a workout at Goldring!

Our fourth and final #WolfofWoodsworth for this edition is Madeline! Madeline is a fourth year studying Psychology and Women & Gender studies.

Madeline is one of our Wolves of Woodsworth because she has found herself in different areas of university but also very involved in Woodsworth! Madeline is currently working as a Student Communications Assistant in the Office of the Faculty Registrar for the Arts & Science Faculty. This is a huge position for someone still in school and has allowed Madeline to be connected to a high level of administration but still able to produce some amazing media production as part of her job! Take a look at her work here featuring your OCs! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUTO7RJyP9ISdYKpotdB9y_MrM0sTvzU Aside from her amazing job, Madeline is also one of your Woodsworth Residence Dons! Dons are there to support you, make sure you are okay and be a steady person to rely on during your transition period! Being a don is a huge accomplishment and speaks super highly of Madeline! If she happens to be the don of your floor, be sure to get to know her and get all the advice you can from her! If she’s not at residence, you may also be able to find Madeline at Law Library which is a beautiful space or any of our green spaces at Woodsworth!

We are so lucky and to have people like these 4 amazing fourth years in our Wolfpack! Remember, they have gone through first year, gone through that transition and have done amazing things. Connecting with uppers is one of the best ways to get connected in Woodsworth! Look out for more of our instagram #WolvesofWoodsworth posts and our next blog edition of #WolvesofWoodsworth!

Stay tuned for our next blog post and cool instagram contests happening this month! Until next time Wolfpack! 

Explore Toronto

New to Toronto? Here is a Woodsworth approved list of some of our favourite restaurants and unique attractions to visit in Toronto. 

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. Fortunately for us, the ROM is located down the street from Woolworth College at 100 Queen's Pk | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada. If you are looking to immerse yourself in world culture and history or simply want to enjoy a quiet study session, then the ROM is just the place for you! Enjoy free admission to the ROM with your Student ID card. 

CN Tower

The CN Tower is a National icon, engineering phenomenon, and a Toronto must-see attraction! The CN Tower is the largest free-standing structure in the world. The CN Tower also has a revolving restaurant called 360, which is on of the most popular restaurants in Canada. The CN Tower makes for a perfect place for an elegant evening with your friends. 

Distillery

The Distillery District is a place filled with artistry, delicious eateries, culture and entertainment. The Distillery District offers a combination of old and new architectural design, making it the perfect destination for artsy photos! Depending on when you visit, you may experience beautiful performances and displays of art by various talents. 

Kensington Market

Kensington Market is a multicultural neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto that is filled with unique shops, yummy foods, and bears a welcoming atmosphere! The Distillery is known to be good for reasonably priced vintage shopping. It is also filled with beautiful scenery that is bound to enhance your Instagram feed!

Snakes and Lattes Board Game Cafe

Snakes and Lattes is the perfect setting for a relaxed night with your friends. This cafe is guaranteed to bless your tastebuds with delicious beverages and light snacks. In addition to refreshments, the cafe also offers an array of board games for you and your friends! There are two locations conveniently close to campus - one is at Bloor St W and Bathurst St, and another at College St and Bathurst St. 

Parks and Beaches

Do you prefer the outdoors? Toronto has a wide selection of beautiful beaches and parks that will become your favourite picnic spots. Some of our favourite places include: Centre Island, Woodbine Beach, High Park, and Sugar Beach. All of these places are easily accessible through the TTC, and faster routes can be found through Google Maps. 

El Furniture Warehouse

Colloquially known as El Furny’s, El Furniture Warehouse is the ultimate student bar and restaurant with no dish over $4.95. Loud, dark, and cool— El Furniture Warehouse has everything from yam fries to salad. It’s the perfect spot to eat and catch up with friends in a unique environment between classes, but beware of long late-night lineups. 

Fieramosca Trattoria

Combining authentic southern Italian food with a more upscale aesthetic, Fieramosca is solidified as our top date spot just a short jaunt from your One Love. With two versatile menus comprised of a wide selection of antipasti, soups, salads, meat, fish, pizza, and pasta, Fieramosca might be a touch too fancy for every weekend— but treat yourself to a fancy dinner after a midterm here and you will be immensely grateful for carbs and lemon sorbet!

Ghazals

Tiny and colourful, Ghazale is the go-to takeout spot for falafel and shawarma around St George and Bloor. The mix and match platter system keeps Ghazale busy, and it’s this in-and-out system that means your meal will always be hot and fresh. If you’re planning on grabbing Ghazale for dinner, prepare to be impressed by authentic middle eastern cuisine.

Grasshopper Restaurant

Are you a new vegan or vegetarian? Just looking to experiment with meat-free meals? Grasshopper has your back. Featuring a plethora of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals, sides, and fresh juices, Grasshopper Restaurant offers affordable cross-cultural comfort foods. With a narrow hallway of exposed brick and wood seats, Grasshopper takes a very Toronto twist to the traditional dine-in experience.

New Generation Sushi

If you’re in the mood for well-priced, authentic Japanese sushi and teppanyaki, New Generation is right around the corner. Craving dragon rolls past midnight on a weekday? New Gen is open until 2am Sunday to Saturday. With a friendly atmosphere and an almost overwhelmingly large number of options from rolls to bento boxes, New Generation caters to connoisseurs and the chopstick-illiterate alike.

Veda Healthy Indian Takeout

Looking to enjoy delicious curry while maintaining the battle against the infamous Freshman 15? Veda appreciates your struggle. Not only is the entire menu adapted for optimal health and flavour, Veda has a wide selection of vegan options, is 100% nut free, all curries are gluten free, and all meat is 100% halal. Go too hard at the gym? Veda delivers between 5:30 and 9:30 in the evening. With curry bowls, curritos, and sides like baked samosas and lemon squares, Veda welcomes you to the future of Indian takeout.

Welcome, Welcome, Wolfpack!

Hello, friends, and welcome to the beginning of 2017 Orientation season! From now to September, this blog will be one of many resources connecting you to your soon-to-be family at Woodsworth College. 

Over the summer, you can look forward to posts here busting myths about U of T, introducing you to notable members of our Wolfpack, touring Toronto, and much more as we gear up for O-Week. 

Until then, you can get in touch with us via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wworientation17/), our Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wworientation17/) and right here on our website. 

Can’t wait to run with the wolves? Take a look around the Office of the Dean’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/deansofficewdw/), the Woodsworth College Students’ Association (https://www.facebook.com/myWCSA/) (mywcsa.com), and the official Facebook page for Woodsworth’s Class of 2021 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/WW2021/).

Keep an eye out for our next post here on June 18th— and make sure to follow us on all our social media to get the first look at our Very Important Surprise Pseudo-Article on June 14th.

See you soon, Wolfpack!