Words of Wisdom Every UTSG Student Should Know

Having these bits and pieces of advice rattling around in my addled brain is driving me crazy. So I thought I’d make a list. No order, no rhyme or reason, just a straight dope talk on all the things I think every UTSG student should know.

On Condoms

University students are broke enough as it is. There’s no need to waste money on condoms when they’re being thrown at you from every which way. Have a couple of minutes between lectures? Stop into SEC for an inconspicuous brown paper bag of the goods. Heck, while you’re at it, ask them to throw in some lube! You can never have too big a stash of it.

If you live in residence, ask your Don for some if it’s an ‘emergency’ (whatever that means). I mean, come on. My residence offers mint-flavoured condoms ‘for emergency use only’. WHAT EMERGENCY WOULD REQUIRE A MINT-FLAVOURED CONDOM ONLY?

I’ve also found free condoms offered at Health Services at the Koffler Centre and at the Shoppers Drug Mart on Bedford. By the way, Thursdays are U of T Student Days at this location, so bring your TCard for 20% off!

On Student Protests

While surfing the Internet to find things to put on this list, I found that this one came up again and again. It seems like a lot of people see university as a good time to channel one’s inner activist.

Find an issue you’re passionate about and go for it. You’re going to school in (or near) the biggest city in Canada – chances are there’s some sort of organization working on a protest for your chosen cause.

And I assure you, you don’t have to walk the streets naked or hack your way into government servers to have your voice heard. Heck, you don’t have to leave your room. While, yes, my suggestion is for you to get out there and attend a traditional in-the-street protest, there are ways to protest online. Remember the SOPA protests that sites like Wikipedia and Reddit took part in? That being said, online protesting isn’t just about changing your Facebook cover photo. I mean, remember Kony? What did that ever accomplish?

On Studying at Campus Libraries

There are so many libraries at U of T, so how the heck does one choose which library to study at?

I’ll tell you the quick and dirty answer.

You don’t have to choose just one. Study at all of them! While you’re at it, why don’t you look into actually learning how the cataloguing system works?

What I find incredible is that each library on campus has a distinct vibe and, depending on what and with whom you’re studying, some libraries offer more suitable atmospheres than others. For example, if I’m organizing a group study session, I’ll make sure it’s either at Robarts (second floor, where all the food is) or Kelly (in the comfy chairs on the first floor). Plus, it’s exciting to explore new libraries.

Maybe others don’t share my excitement for exploring these havens for bibliographical inquiry but, nonetheless, I think it’s important to try new things.

In short… don’t stick to just one library. Robarts 24/7 can be soul-sucking.

On Voting in UTSU Elections

We all complain about the UTSU, for whatever reason. However, voting stats show that hardly any U of T students vote UTSU elections. Your UTSU can’t adequately represent you unless you vote.

Contrary to what some people may say, the UTSU is important. Its decisions directly affect your academic and social lives. Vote so that you can get the most of what you want from your university experience.

On Pulling All-Nighters Studying at Robarts

While I mentioned before that Robarts can at times be soul sucking, it can also be a great place to get some overnight cramming done. Plus, you can rest assured that you won’t be the only one sleeping over at reliable John P’s. I kid you not when I say that I’ve known people to spend days at Robarts without leaving. Heck, you’ve got your coffee and food, your schoolwork, and, if you’re resourceful, a pillow and some comfy pajamas. You don’t really need anything else.

On Pulling All-Nighters Partying

Let it be known that Leah Henrickson does not ‘party’ in the traditional sense. She just doesn’t. Instead, she does to Snakes & Lattes (always accompanied by Smoke’s) and indie shows and the ROM, and she has more fun that she could ever have at a party.

So when I say ‘party’, I don’t necessarily mean getting smashed and crumping. Whatever crumping is. I mean going out and having a great time doing something that isn’t school-related.

Get out there and find something magical and bring your friends so they can experience the magic too. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go spend my night experiencing the magical world of Dungeons & Dragons with the Dungeons & Dragons club. My kind of party.

Other Advice Gleaned from Our Twitter Feed:

Dorm Room Fitness: Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred

LI-JILLIANMICHAELS Personal trainer Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser fame was at Goodlife gym at Yonge and Richmond to promote her new high-intensity class, Monday, February 11, 2013. (Galit Rodan for the Toronto Star)


This is no ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies’! Get ready to lose weight, gain superhuman strength, and feel great about your body – all for only 27 minutes a day.

While there’s no doubt that Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred is targeted towards women, men have also been known to benefit from it. However, if you’re a man and it makes you uncomfortable to have a lady lead your workout, just adjust your speakers’ treble and bass until she sounds manly enough for you. Instant Jack Michaels.

Jillian Michaels advocates a special kind of circuit training which she calls her ‘3-2-1’ method. This method has you doing 3 minutes of cardio, 2 minutes of strength, then 1 minute of abs, on repeat, over and over again until you feel like you are going to die.

The best part about all of this? It’s totally worth it. After doing the 30 Day Shred, I had noticeably more defined muscles, was leaner, and felt great. Find video links to the workouts below!

Level 1

Pros: This level is a great introduction to the Shred. The moves aren’t too intense or difficult to do, although modifications to each are presented for those who haven’t worked out in a while or want to take it a little easier.

Cons: As it was my first time doing some of these moves, I would have appreciated a little more attention to proper form. I can see overenthusiastic exercisers injuring themselves if they don’t pay close enough attention to the demonstrations on the screen. Continue reading “Dorm Room Fitness: Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred”

Leah Does Wellness: Gratitude

In this video, I talk about why gratitude is important and how, once you’ve realized that you’re grateful for things, how you can channel your gratitude to better others’ lives as well as your own.
The article I refer to: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/artic… (There are some awesome videos there too!)
’11 Ways To Feel Grateful For Whatever Life’s Thrown At You’:http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7487/1…
Want others to be grateful with?: http://thankfulfor.com


And here’s a little infographic-esque thing! Click the picture to make it bigger.

Starting a Club at U of T

Written by Curt Jaimungal.


People ordinarily respect the title of President.  Not in my case, though.  I get no respect.  Not from my execs team– not even from my own members.  I’m like a subordinate.  Nobody even knows me.  My own members wonder “who is this depressed brown kid wandering around?…”  I once had an editor close the door to my own office because she thought I was from a different club!  How dare she…

I’m Curt Jaimungal of University of Toronto Television, hopefully you’ve heard of it, and I co-founded this club with a friend.  I’ve spent the past couple years managing this club, and even though I’ve made a conscious effort not to interact with people I’ve actually learned a lot about running such an organization.

You don’t have to be a socialite to run a club.  I’m not a fun guy, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t even “club.”  Working on a student club is as close to “clubbing” as I’ll get.  So if you’re anti-social, don’t worry, you’ll fit in just fine.

I wanted to impart some knowledge to you, like an old Uncle.  What qualifies me to give advice?  I’ve been running UTTV for more than three years now, and I’ve networked with most of the active clubs on campus.  We’re also one of the largest clubs. (By the way, just like an Uncle’s advice, it’s probably not that useful.  But hey, at least I’m not at the dinner table awkwardly telling you things about your Aunt you shouldn’t hear.)

UTTV started because we noticed that basically every other university had a student television station.  Even Concordia.  That’s right… Concordia.  Have you heard of Concordia?  Where is Concordia?  We found it so insulting that UofT had no TV station to call its own, but Concordia has one?  So me and my friend decided to make one, out of spite.  Honestly.  I’m pretty sure we’re the only club that was ever created entirely out of spite.

Afterwards we searched around and noticed that the best student TV was being done at Harvard.  I then made it my goal and inner motto: Beat Harvard.


Our New Year’s Resolution: Get Some Slammin’ Junior Editors!

Image taken from http://www.gabrielweinberg.com/blog/2011/08/why-i-blog.html.

Happy New Year, U of T! We wish you luck during semester two, and hope that you continue to make time for extra-curricular activities and fun. Not sure how to get involved? We have an opportunity for you!

The Editors of blogUT are looking for a couple of Junior Editors to help us make sure that blogUT continues to run smoothly and showcase amazing content.

During your time as Junior Editor, you’ll be trained on everything blogUT. You’ll learn how to write and edit posts, communicate with other campus clubs, manage basic finances, and lead an amazing team of people. This is a great opportunity for those of you who’d like to get more involved in student life. And an added bonus? It’ll be a great addition to your resume.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is in first, second, or third year (although preference will be given to first- and second-years)
  • Can write/respond to emails quickly and professionally
  • Has an understanding of how a good blog should look in terms of format
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Has a basic knowledge of how to use WordPress or other web publishing platforms
  • Has excellent spelling and grammar
  • Can devote 2-3 hours per week to blogUT activities

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Editing blog posts and comments regularly
  • Updating our Twitter feed and Facebook profile
  • Responding to emails from various organizations about events that are going on
  • Finding out about events that would be of interest to blogUT readers
  • Contacting event organizers for press passes
  • Helping to make decisions about finances
  • Helping to organize meetings
  • Doing paperwork for the UTSU (ie. applying for funding)
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks, such as creating new user accounts and helping contributors with problems using WordPress
  • Coming up with ideas on how to improve the blog (both functionally and aesthetically)

To apply, email us at contact@blogut.ca with the subject ‘Junior Editor’ answering the following questions (in no more than 100 words each) by 11:59pm on TUESDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2013:

  • Who are you? What are you studying? Tell us about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in this position? Why do you think that you are qualified for this position?
  • What is something new, fresh, and innovative that you will bring to blogUT? Do you have any constructive criticism on how we are currently operating?

Be creative in your application! We pride ourself on our flexible, welcoming, and stress-free club.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Leah Does Wellness: Trying To Balance

In this video, I talk about what I’ve been doing to achieve a balanced lifestyle while feeling overwhelmed. I also talk about trying to drink more water.


And, like always, here’s a supplementary infographic! Click on the image to make it bigger.

Leah Does Wellness: An Update On Vegan Month

In this video, I give an update on how my vegan month is going. I also briefly mention how I’ve been feeling, as well as some other health-related things that I’ve noticed.
And, as always, I digress.

Also, here’s another infographic. The information was collected via 144 Facebook survey responses so I’m not sure how reliable it is, and it’s about Americans so it’s not 100% relevant, but I thought it was interesting nonetheless. Click on it to make it readable!































Want to vlog for us? Email contact@blogut.ca and we’ll get you started.