Facebook social groups: a review

Facebook social groups: they’re everywhere. Unless you’ve been actively avoiding them, or you simply do not Facebook, you’ve probably been invited to one (or several). They are certainly good in intention, but have become more of a forum for students to promote their pop culture fandoms and avoid the wonderful tool of Google. Some of the frosh/ class of… groups are regulated by either responsible admins or even the school, but many others are littered with spam and attention seeking internet trolls. After filtering through these kinds of posts, what you’re left with is confused students asking a hundred questions, and random, comment-seeking posts.

Although I have been able to connect with a few students in my program through social media, a lot of the group has just taught me who needs to put the phone down once in a while, and who I should really avoid if I ever happen upon them.


In an attempt to review my group, I have created a list of pros and cons relating specifically to a school regulated, student group for my year.


Access to a listing of students in your program. (if they are willing to share their information)

A good reference to upcoming deadlines, emails and events.

Solid advice from select second and third year students.

Other students thoughts to common issues or questions.

Learning who likes to cause trouble and/or complain.

Discovering people who are actually clever and or/funny



An overload of posts and notifications (unless you turn them off)

Too many students

a) asking the same questions

b) complaining about various administration errors

c) attempting to create trending hashtags such as #teamhomeless or #brokestudentlyfe 

Ridiculous amount of people posting selfies and course schedules.

Students looking for their one roommate.


So in conclusion, the group can often be a good networking tool and general forum for advice, however, it is the internet, so prepare for many pointless arguments and inquiries. Really it depends on the environment of the students and the regulations of the group. So far the experience has been positive in terms of students being respectful and accepting towards each other.

In addition to the large frosh/class of… group, I would suggest searching for groups of clubs or associations that intrigue you. I joined a group for the photography club at my school and have already connected with so many passionate photographers who share my interests. Groups are also great for advertising and finding apartments, textbooks and other student essentials. Depending on the school, some may have smaller regional groups with an older student as an admin and mentor. These groups are great for any real questions you may want answered by a student as opposed to school staff. 

And of course, always remember to be respectful and polite via social media! The schools do often take strict measures on illegal or offensive internet activity. Use the internet wisely, and social media as a networking tool rather than a diary. Happy posting!


Why you should update your resume today

piggy-bank-moneyYou probably wish you were as happy as this little pig right now, but, after stressing about residence payments and tuition deadlines, none of us really are. This is without even considering our OSAP loans or textbook costs! Despite all the hard work and diligence our parents may have put into building our RESP’s, we could always use a extra spending money.

Most of the advice you are going to get is to settle into school before thinking about a part-time job. But wouldn’t it be even harder to settle into employment half way through the semester while you’re cramming for midterms? If you aren’t completely overwhelmed already, I would suggest updating your resume and start job hunting very very soon.

This was the exact time last year that I got hired at my current part time job. I was asked for an interview on the spot and was able to complete my initial training before the school year had even started. The truth is, this is when employers are hiring for part-time positions. In a job like mine, where a large percent of our employees are students, many employees are leaving either to focus on school or to move out of town. Managers are aware of this and are hoping to train prospective employees before the others leave.

Your education should come before a part-time job, but I also believe that a bit of financial security and time management will decrease stress later on. After all, you can always request to book off Reading Week.  Having a job during my senior year of high school helped me to make homework time count and eliminated procrastination. It also helped  immensely with expenses such as prom, summer trips and of course my fall tuition, which eliminated the need for me to borrow from my parents, or miss out on great experiences.

A good balance would be to work between 10-15 hours a week, depending on your availability and course load. During interviews, make it clear to the manager your goals and your need for flexibility. Any good employer should be able to compromise for you. Focusing on school is certainly a great dream for us all, but the reality is that we need money for groceries, hobbies and to carry out a social life essential to our well being.


textbooks Hello and welcome to my shiny brand new blog!  September is bringing about an exciting new start for me: the start of four and a half years in post secondary education. As an avid journal writer and amateur photographer I figured it’s about time to share my recordings with others. Since my year is going to be full of new experiences and adventures, both social and academic, a blog is the perfect way to capture it all.

So, for a proper introduction: my name is Sierra Duffey, I reside in the city of Ottawa and will be attending my first year at the University of Ottawa this fall. My aim is to earn a Bachelor’s degree for Public Relations which is in the Faculty of Arts (Communication). This is a joint program with the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College which is also in the city. The majority of my high school friends are attending one of these two schools or Carleton University, so I am sure I will have several experiences with all three.

In terms of my personal life, I drive around everywhere, read too often and photograph everything. I am a student by day, cashier by evening, and a dreamer by night.

In the months to come I am only hoping to reach a few fellow students like me and provide advice for future applicants. Best of luck to you all and enjoy the summer before your academic life 🙂