Saturday, 20 September 2014, 3:57 pm

How to start your college life

When starting college, there are many things that you need to take into consideration. You must decide on where to live, what classes you’re going to take and how to budget properly.
Here are a few tips on how to be frugal while attending school:               

Walk or ride to school
There are plenty of options for student housing close to school.
If you are unable to get one of these houses, try riding your bike [weather permitting] or using the U-Pass you’re provided with [paid through your tuition], to catch a bus.
The U-Pass is a sticker placed on your student card, allowing you to travel within the Niagara Region at no extra cost.                        

Look for free or cheap entertainment.
Niagara College provides students with many free or inexpensive things to do.
They hold dodge ball games in the gym for those who would like to attend, different themed...


Seven ways to succeed in college

Making the decision to attend college, whether you are fresh out of high school, returning after five years or looking to learn something new, can be a stimulating pathway to your future. Like everything else in life, there are certain guidelines to follow in order to be successful. With all of the mental, physical, and financial stress that comes along with college, here is a list of steps to make things run a bit more smoothly.
Choose the right
It’s no surprise that the first step would be to make sure you’re going in the right direction.  Picking a program can be a difficult process, because you want to make sure you pick the best program that will fit your ultimate career path. Many people spend countless dollars and precious time trying to figure out what they should do. It’s much more beneficial to consider...


Niagara College’s library is the best place to quietly study, but the hours leave much to be desired

John Sprague, Lauren Turcotte, Rebecca Romyn-Tersigni study in the Lewis Library. PHOTO BY JOHN BOUTILIERThe Welland campus library needs improvement.  
Although the library does have many helpful options for students, its computers and hours of operation leave much to be desired.
The computers usually lag and freeze up when trying to open more than a few windows on an internet browser.
Considering many programs require students to use computers to take tests, do homework, write papers and watch videos, the computers require an upgrade so they are suitable for the requirements of college life.
When exam time comes, students need a library that is open 24 hours.  
Many students, who live on residence or in student housing, with rooms that have TVs and roommates that can be loud and annoying, need a place to study free from distractions.
The library should be that place. The problem is that the library is not available 24 hours when exams roll around.
Therefore, students...


I’ll be there for you (In 4 to 10 business days)

Thousands of students will be counting on OSAP this year, but can it be depended upon?
Whether you are coming from a different city or country or you are from right here in the Niagara region, college can be financially trying, especially if you are on your own for the first time.
OSAP is in place to help remove money as an obstacle to higher education. The loan is supposed to make it easier for you to focus on school and not have to worry about finances, but sometimes it does the opposite. The biggest problem you’ll have with OSAP is when it actually comes in.
Here’s the way it’s supposed to work. You go online, check your release date and your funds should appear in your bank account four to 10 business days later.
For many students this happens, which is great. But when it doesn’t, it...


Education in Canada- is it worth it?

Many students from all over the world dream of coming to Canada to study.
They are attracted by, among other things, Canada’s strong economy, multiculturalism, and, most significantly, its world-class education.
Unfortunately for some, the cost of coming to study in Canada is too high.
In fact, it’s so high that the education itself may not be worth the money it costs to study.
According to a Statistics Canada report, international students currently pay an average of $19,514 for an academic year.
This figure is more than triple the amount domestic students currently pay each year - $5,772.
The disparity between these two figures is concerning.  
So, what is the reason for this staggering amount?
Well, it boils down to money. According to a report in Study Magazine, “international students brought $8 billion to the Canadian economy in 2010.”
The federal government is expected to increase the number of international students in...


Mourning the Lac Megantic disaster

The community of Lac Megantic, Que. continues to mourn and recover following the infamous train derailment, which killed 47 people.
July 6, 2014 marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic evening in Lac Megantic, one of Canada’s worst disasters. In the aftermath, questions and concerns remain, not only in Quebec but across Canada. Can such tragedies be avoided in the future?  
The demand for crude oil and transportation of crude oil by train will only increase in the future.  More than 127,000 shipments were transported in 2013.  Four years earlier, only 144 train cars of crude oil were shipped by rail.
The proposed Keystone pipeline could, potentially, reduce the volume of crude oil shipped by rail in Western Canada, but Canada’s economic future is tied to railway. In response to the Lac Megantic disaster, federal policies regarding rail shipments and railway lines have been scrutinized and altered...


Don’t always listen to your prof

Buying textbooks is an expensive and avoidable exercise.  PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY JOEL OPHARDTEvery September students across Canada will be told a version of the most feared sentence in student budgeting: “In order to pass this course you will need to buy the textbook.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. I guarantee it. Though many professors have yet to accept the death of physical text in the classroom, students from this generation have embraced the trend away from paper and ink.
According to the Student Public Interest Research Group, the average student in the U.S. spends $1,200 on textbooks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics claims this average represents an 864 per cent increase since 1978, compared to 257 per cent for the consumer price index, a barometer for the price of commonly used goods.
A 2010 survey of 5,396 UC Riverside students showed the negative effects of this price explosion in the textbook market. According to the survey, some 74 per cent of students skipped...