RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. THESE STUDENTS HAVE MAINTAINED AN AVERAGE OF 85 OR HIGHER IN THE WINTER 2019 SEMESTER (WITH FIVE COURSES OR MORE)
ARTS, LITERATURE AND COMMUNICATION (MEDIA)
- Leah Malka Taussky
- Emily Choucroun
- Chun Feng zhang
- Shirley Arnstein
- Hao Liu
- Lesly Solange Nkindi
- Eden Autmezguine
- Patricia Paul
- Gaelle Perez
- David Coriatt
- Rafael Kalmanson
- Julian Spinoso
- David Cohen
- Adam Moyal
- Setayesh tavakol
- Eden Bouskila
- Alexander Nelson Azevedo
- Haoxin Zeng
- Hazem Mohamed
- Yingjie Huang
- Sarah Benchaya
- Revital Bitton
- Noïa Chalom
- Asif Ali khan
JOINING THE RANKS
TAV joined the ranks of the other major players in the Quebec College system this year by introducing a popular pre-university program amongst Quebec students in the Fall 2019 semester: Social Science. The social science profile of study is one of the most popular for good reason; it allows students to analyze well… themselves!
WHAT IS SOCIAL SCIENCE?
According to the TAV website, the social science option “analyzes the science and nature of society. You will learn about the social structures of a developed civilization and will be introduced to various perspectives of this social structure such as from an economic, political, psychological and engineering standpoint. In social science, you look at how society works as well as how people react and adapt to change.” In other words, social science students study people from many different perspectives. With that being said, people are an essential component to just about every other field of study imaginable, so with a College diploma in social sciences, students have a massive amount of university program options available to you to choose from.
ENROLMENT WILL MORE THAN DOUBLE
With the implementation of this program, it is estimated that TAV’s enrolment will more than double in the years to come. With the campus expansion building that will be constructed at 5995 Decarie, who knows which programs will pop up at the College in the future.
As many TAV College students begin to receive their university acceptance letters and finish off their last semester here at TAV, I thought, as this is the last issue of the TAV Times for the year, I and a few friends would offer our graduates some helpful advice for their first year in university.
WITH THE RIGHT ADVICE, YOUR FIRST YEAR WILL BE A BREEZE!
The first year will inevitably seem daunting and intimidating. What will the workload be like? How do I make my schedule? How many courses do I take? You get the point… lots of questions! At least, these were just some of the many questions I had rolling through my mind as I prepared for my first semester. However, with the right advice, your first year could be a breeze!
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE WANTED TO KNOW AS A FRESHMAN?
To help out you TAV graduates with some of the questions that may be floating around in your minds, I decided to ask a few friends, who are in various programs at Concordia University, if they had any helpful advice that they would have liked to receive as a freshman. Here’s what they said:
Concordia University; Major: Communication Studies; Minor: Professional Writing
– Being aware of due dates and workload is essential for success. Establish a system that works for you.
– Agenda books: Great if you’re the type to write things down, like to-do lists for study sessions. There is something so fulfilling about physically checking off tasks!
– Study apps: Apps like MyStudyLife are a great way to transfer readings and assignments from your syllabus to your phone/laptop. You will always see what is coming up so that you can be prepared and stay ahead.
– We are not all blessed with leisurely hours to engage with our school work, often times we have to put the pedal to the metal and hustle.
Pomodoro technique: Set a timer for 25 minutes. Study hard with no distractions. After 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break. Get up, walk around, dance, and/or yell… Repeat.
– Budget your time: Delegate specific times in your week for studying. Stick to what you decide and go into your sessions with purpose.
– Assignment management: A final paper worth 35% will require more of your time than an assignment worth 10%. Plan accordingly: Break down what you need to do in steps, figure out how much time each step might require, and track this with your organizer of choice––don’t procrastinate!
– Keep ahead in your readings: Self-explanatory, and yet understated. There is no worse feeling than the week before a final exam and you have 15-weeks’ worth of 35-page readings per week…
– Break up long readings: Tackle those long chapters and articles by breaking them down over several days. Chip away at a little bit per day. Read them casually, over coffee, or before bed. Trust me on this one.
– Learn to speed read: If you are reading every word, you are working against yourself. Speed reading can turn 4 hours spent with a text into 45 minutes. Tips to learn how to do this can be found all over the Internet.
– Take an English course: Regardless of field, we all need to write at some point. Use your electives for good and take an English course to brush up on your language skills.
– Pack a LUNCH: If you’re heading out to the library or elsewhere to study, bring food. Your brain requires glucose to function, which we get from food, so you will be more productive if you are well-nourished. Your time will also be spent more efficiently if you don’t have to leave to go find food. Your wallet will also thank you! So many benefits.
Concordia University; Major: Aerospace Engineering
The most useful tool to learn is not avoiding procrastination but rather knowing how to do it effectively and towards your best interest. Especially in engineering, you may find yourself with a lot of midterms or finals during a short period of time. It’s crucial to give yourself enough time to cram in the semester’s worth of knowledge a few days before the test, or however much time you may need.
Be prepared to teach yourself the material. Some of the professors you will have may not be natural teachers, and so it’s important that you take responsibility for your own education. Know what type of learner you are and what strategies work best for you and stick to that. Try to seek out other resources like textbooks or internet sites to help you get a different perspective on the material. Making friends in class is also useful for when you need clarification or miss a lecture.
Your first semester may be the most challenging just because adjusting to university takes a little time. While your grades might take a little dive or you may not be performing as well as you used to, don’t let that discourage you. Since universities function on a letter grade system, there is no direct correlation between your marks and the letter grade you receive. On a final note, familiarizing yourself with a few drafting software and programming languages is a good idea. Good luck!
Concordia University; Major: Liberal Arts
Much of the homework that will be assigned to you will require a lot more preparation than you’re accustomed to. Do not underestimate the time it takes to complete an assignment and do not overestimate your cramming skills!
Learn About Yourself
If you are still unsure of what you want to do as a career, that is totally fine. However, it is important to take the time to explore the paths you potentially want to take. The only way to truly know if you want to work in a given field is to learn about it. Find a place to volunteer at, contact people that work in the field and ask the questions/ concerns you may have, sample a class at your university, talk to professors, etc.
Concordia University; Major: Communication Studies
Don’t Be Shy!
Odds are that most people in your classes are just as nervous as you are. So, strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you. You never know, this person could eventually become your best friend! Here are some “conversation starter” sentences for you Gen Zers: “Hey, do you guys know how to get on to the Wi-Fi?”, “Hey, which CEGEP did you go to?”, “Hey, which electives are you taking?”.
Sitting alone and being alone in a public space can seem extremely nerve-wracking and sad, however, that is simply not true! Get used to gaining some independence and never worry about the judgment of being alone because everyone, at some point in their day, is alone. Whether you’re studying, reading, or listening to music in the common areas, don’t let social pressure bother you. University is the time in your life to break your own boundaries! And seriously… Everyone does it.
Use a Highlighter
Highlighters are one of those things that students sort of use without really knowing what to use them for: I am guilty of doing this, or simply not using one at all! However, because you will have so much reading to do at the university level, get into the habit of highlighting important information in the readings you will be doing. You can then go back and easily find this information if you need to use it for a paper.
Seriously… Don’t Be Serious
Last but not least: Don’t take things too seriously. In your first year, you will be stressed and nervous and anxious and exhausted, however, I think it’s extremely important to remind ourselves to not take life too seriously sometimes. Remember to enjoy the little things too… Like a cup of coffee with a friend, or making fun of a professor with your classmates. Enjoy this experience and all of its little wonders. Finally, realize that no one is out to get you; Everyone is in the same head space, so take it easy, be patient and persevere.
Haleema M. Tahir
Presently, the mission statement of most colleges and universities is to provide education and skills that will enable their students to enter the workforce. From a personal perspective, I strongly believe that included in this mission statement, education should also be simply for the sake of learning. Even though education does enhance one’s potential to acquire employment, there are certainly broader dimensions of learning.
Learning leads to empowerment of the whole person; unchaining of the limitations that confine a person. If the primary mission of colleges and universities is to enter the workforce, then the entire purpose of education gets sidelined. Education brings out a sense of awareness within a person, as well as their capabilities and beliefs. Upon having received a good education, you have more to say about who you are as a person. This is the time when students move towards a more detailed study of subjects. However, acquiring this knowledge shouldn’t be based upon future jobs (that many still may not have decided on.) For example, at this time in their lives, some students may want to learn about art because they simply like it.
We get educated because learning is important and we as humans deserve to attain answers to questions like, “what is our ultimate purpose in this world?” Humans are curious beings and education is a direction towards deriving answers. Cambridge University (2013) tells us their mission to education is: “Education which enhances the ability of students to learn throughout life as well as encourages a questioning spirit.” This position is reinforced by Harvard College (2019), “The mission of Harvard College is to educate the citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. […] From this we hope that students will begin to fashion their lives by gaining a sense of what they want to do with their gifts and talents, assessing their values and interests, and learning how they can best serve the world.”
Education, just to enter the workforce, disrupts the cycle of learning because if that is the main principle that respected educational institutions adhere to, then students are likely to form this general attitude towards their education because the ultimate goal is simply to get a job. However, the process and progress of education should never stop. We are here to learn and we should as long as it in our power to do so. This notion would encourage educational institutions to appreciate and implement learning for the sake of learning: The purpose of education should also address true learning and imagination.
We must realize that not all of the students, if prepared for the workforce, will eventually end up with jobs. This is because, firstly, unemployment exists because jobs are given to students that graduate every year and apply for these jobs. Secondly, they may not even succeed in the interview process, despite the amount of training they have received. For universities to limit everything that lies under the spectrum of education to simply getting jobs would be unfair. Making it to the workforce is not guaranteed, especially considering growing unemployment is an undeniable reality. If a time comes when students come to the realization that the primary mission for which they studied for all these years cannot be fulfilled, they would be devastated.
Advocates of such a policy argue that in this competitive climate, where talent is oozing out of everywhere with limited employment rates, colleges and universities then have the moral obligation to instill in these students the skills that are conveniently transferrable to the workforce, rather than developing merely proximately linked skills. However, this is not the obligation of colleges and universities in their entirety. Their efforts should also be directed towards creating a more learned population at its core. Even if these institutions invest in making students eligible for the workforce, the practical knowledge learned by the students will be too narrow and niche for change, which in itself is problematic.
With the advancement of technology, we are in a much more competitive world now, however, colleges and universities are continuously striving to match the conditions of the changing environment by improving their curriculum so that the critical thinking and intellect of the students can be improved further. The process of learning is followed by practical application and not vice versa, which is why academic learning cannot be compromised.
People may perform a good deed with the motive of attaining honor or reward. However, what about doing a good deed simply for good morals? We go to school in order to acquire a vocation or profession. However, I ask, what about going to school for the sake of personal and interpersonal growth? What about learning for the learning experience itself?