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July 2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS Amplify Melanated Voices Student Feature Congratulations Class of 2020 Grand Cam Slam Upcoming Events Food Talk Things to explore in Toronto Top 5 Summer Job Tips Top Hobbies to try at Home 28 Day Workout Challenge 5 Places to Bike in Toronto Virtual Study Tips Fun things to do while social distancing Lease signed peace of mind Aspiria CAs Here to Help Contact Information

Amplify Melanated Voices In light of recent events across the US and the protests taking place around many parts of the world, Parkside Student Residence along with Canadian Campus Communities (CCC) have committed ourselves to the purpose of amplifying melanted voices. We are choosing to add our voices to this important conversation in hopes of bettering our world even if on the tiniest level. To be clear, we do not intend to mix politics, however this is an issue of basic human rights. At Parkside Student Residence, we want to create a safe place for dialogue and learning as we try to do a small part in advancing the conversation. We've recently introduced a new category within our programming model: Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion. The purpose of this category is to keep the conversation going, supporting the #blacklivesmatter movement and engaging our residents to actively be part of learning, listening and change among all marginalized communities. Some of these programming initiatives include , but are not limited to: a bookclub with book suggestions and literary works, donations, informative bulletin boards throughout the building, as well as social media aimed to provide our residents with resources to become more knowledgeable on these topics. If you have any ideas of programming initiatives you would like to see in the building please contact us. This summer, our primary focus will be inclusion and diversity, however postsummer this conversation will extend into areas such as: religion orientation, socio-economic status, and much more. Our goal is to encourage you, our residents of Parkside to dig deeper into these conversations as we all learn to broaden our perspective a little more. Let your voice be heard!


Where are you from? Belle is from the Bahamas What school do you attend? Ryerson University What program are you in? I am completing my BFA in Film Studies What are some of your hobbies? Snowboarding, scuba diving, singing, travelling, and making youtube videos What is your favourite meal? Sushi is my favourite but if we are being specific spicy salmon rolls What is your favourite tv show? One of my favourite shows is Peaky Blinders What is one of your favourite songs? One of my favourite songs is September by Earth, Wind & Fire What have you been doing to keep yourself busy? I have been making youtube videos and taking acting lessons to keep busy and stay motivated

Parkside graduates we would like to wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours - Parkside Student Residence

UPCOMING PROGRAMMING Parkside Student Residence Campusone Toronto Centennial Place Residence Campus1 MTL

Canada Day Crash History Course - 1pm @Campus1MTL Canada Day Trivia - 3pm @campusoneres

The Price is Right - 4pm @centennialres1

Rez Feud - 4pm @centennialres1

Meditation Session - 7pm @parkside111

Grand Cam Slam - 3pm @parkside111

HeadsUp Live - 5pm @parkside111

The Pulse Talk Show - 5pm @parkside111

Wheel of Fortune - 4pm @centennialres1

How to make a lasting impression - 3pm @parkside111

Jeopardy - 4pm @centennialres1

All about your personality 6pm @campus1MTL

Diversity Event More Details to come @campusoneres

Bingo - 4pm @Campus1MTL

Virtual Vacation - 4pm @campus1MTL Live Cooking Class More Details to come @campusoneres

Pennydrops Investing 5pm @parkside111


To Explore In Toronto HARBOURFRONT






























Having a strong understanding of your strengths can greatly amplify your employability. Being able to communicate your skill sets gives your employer the best understanding of how they can benefit from hiring you!


A strong résumé clearly and concisely lists your skills, experience, and overall employable qualities. Tailoring your résumé to the specific job requirements can greatly boost your chances of being hired!


Your family, friends, and former employers are excellent resources when it comes to job hunting. Many of your more experienced connections can recommend you and help you find jobs in your field.


Almost every company looking to hire will post on online job sites. These sites make it easy and efficient to find the type of work that you want to partake in. CareerBuilder, Indeed, LinkedIn, and Robert Half are Canada’s top job search websites.


With more jobs moving online in this digital age, students should look for virtual work. Many individuals partake in jobs from the comfort of their homes through the use of video conference apps such as Zoom.

Hobbies to try at Home Photoshop

Photoshop is Adobe's photo editing, image creation and graphic design software.

Teach yourself a new language Learning a new language may seem intimidating at first, but if you are dedicated you can succeed! There are lots of fun ways to help you learn a language in no time!

Painting gives you an opportunity to express your feelings and emotions most profoundly. It gives you the freedom of expression to out pour on the canvas your thoughts directly as well indirectly. You can paint anything and everything you want to!

Foster an animal Fostering is important because it helps reduce overcrowding in shelters and opens up space for another animal to be saved.

Prioritize Financial Health allows you to create a spending plan for your money, it ensures that you will always have enough money for the things you need and the things that are important to you.

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Places to go Biking Toronto's Waterfront Trail Suitable for: Cyclists of all levels. Best Instagram moment: Sunnyside Pavilion – it’s an iconic Toronto landmark. Take a break and treat yourself: Boxcar Social at 235 Queens Quay West is a casual place to stop, rest your legs and fuel up.

Tommy Thompson Park Suitable for: Beginner riders, novices or folks who just want to enjoy a leisurely bike ride in a green urban setting. Best Instagram moment: The lighthouse at the end of the Leslie Street Spit. Take a break and treat yourself: Noshing options are scarce right at the Spit. There’s typically a soda and hot-dog cart at the park entrance at Unwin and Leslie Street. However, if you cycle about 10 minutes west to Cherry Beach, you’ll find a couple of food trucks during spring, summer and fall.

Toronto Islands Suitable for: All ages and levels of cycling ability, and for those looking for a car-free cycling route. Best Instagram moment: on the pier at Centre Island or on the return ferry ride gives you the coolest view of the Toronto skyline. Take a break and treat yourself: For a sit-down meal, head to the The Riviera at Ward’s Island.

Bluffers park, Scarborough Bluffs Suitable for: Experienced cyclists, especially if you’re intent on biking back up the hill. Best Instagram moment: The top of the Scarborough Bluffs. Take a break and treat yourself: Chow down on a full meal at Bluffers Park Restaurant or opt for a lighter snack and a drink at the more casual Dogfish Pub.

Don Valley Bike Path Suitable for: All levels. More experienced riders can easily spend three hours or more cycling the Don Valley Trail. Best Instagram moment: It’s a toss-up between some of the meadows filled with wildflowers at the height of summer – or the funky graffiti beneath the bridges. Take a break and treat yourself: Should you end up at Riverdale Park East, there’s the Rooster Coffeehouse on Broadview (across from the Park).

Virtual Study Tips Understanding the software used by your college/University Learning online is a more convenient way to learn but it is not necessarily an easier way. It is best if you take some time to familiarize yourself with the program that is being used. It would also be convenient for you if you understand the goals that are expected from you. Reliable and consistent internet access is key Technology glitches happen all the time. To avoid mishaps, ensure that you save your work repeatedly and backup regularly using cloud storage, for example Dropbox or Google Documents, in order to be able to access your previous work from your smartphone or tablet, if needed. Furthermore, ensure that you have a backup of your online course material and assignments. A reliable internet access will also give you the opportunity to not miss anything out while eLearning in the case of bad wifi connection.  Dedicated workspace/study table Whether you decide to study in your room or on your kitchen table, ensure that this place is quiet, organized, distraction-free, and available for use at any time. Your study environment should be one of your main concerns when you are an online learner, so make sure that it enables your study routine. Furthermore, ask your friends, relatives, and colleagues to respect your “work mode” and consider turning off your phone and logging off of all social networks when studying; you will want to be neither interrupted nor distracted. It is also important to sit up on a table and avoid lying down on your bed while taking online courses as it may hinder with your concentration and make you feel lazy. Build a study plan  Never wait until the day before an assignment due date to start working on it. It will stress you and stress will prevent you from effectively completing the online task. Furthermore, knowing when all of your assignments are due until the end of the eLearning course will facilitate your time management  Online learning needs structure; create a study calendar that will help you remember all important dates, like exams, or deadlines for submitting your assignmentsAt the start of each week, make a to-do list of the tasks you need to complete by the end of the week. This is an excellent way to prioritize your study plan and stay on track with your studying.Before you start studying, estimate how much time each task will take to complete, whether it is a specific assignment or simply reading a chapter. Try to stick to your time limits, as this will help you develop your self-discipline. Asking for help when you need it While it may be constructive to look for answers to your online course-related questions online or on google, hesitating to contact your professor when you are stuck may be problematic. If you don’t ask for help when necessary, you may end up falling behind.Finally, due to the open nature of online courses by asking a question, you also help at the same time your virtual classmates, in case they are having similar difficulties. Participate in online discussions Online learning doesn’t necessarily mean learning in isolation. Connecting with your virtual classmates on social media or your online course’s forum will enhance tremendously your eLearning experience. Participate actively in online discussions and group activities, suggest study tricks, offer your input on the eLearning course, and engage in new ideas. It also makes it easier to do so online if you're not comfortable in asking for help in person. Avoid Procrastination Procrastination will create more pressure on you and cause mental stress or extreme tiredness. Postponing a task you can complete today for tomorrow can increase pressure on you because you might have more to work on the next day.One of the wisest ways to overcome procrastination is to start early. You may decide not to rely on the original deadline for that task; create one for yourself which should be a day or two before the main deadline. Studying online may also distract you to open other social media or websites, which should be avoided.

Virtual Study Tips Rest properly A poor night rest or stressful day is not good for your health. But the good thing is taking a nap during the day can actively reduce stress, boost the immune system, and balance your hormones. Besides taking a nap, there are several other ways you can rest properly. For instance, you can listen to good music or meditate for a couple of hours. Actively take notes  Taking notes can promote active thinking, boost comprehension, and extend your attention span. It’s a good strategy to internalize knowledge whether you’re learning online or in the classroom. So, grab a notebook or find a digital app that works best for you and start synthesizing key points. Try to concentrate on one thing at a time Multitasking is less productive than focusing on a single task at a time. Researchers from Stanford University found that “People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.” Stay focused on one thing at a time. You’ll absorb more information and complete assignments with greater productivity and ease than if you were trying to do many things at once. Be mentally engaged  I like to quiz myself on whatever I am studying. This helps me to check my knowledge, and feel more confident when it is time for the real exam. Go back and either watch the video or read the chapter again. If you do not understand it, do not just keep going and hope it makes sense. Going back and doing it again and again always makes it stick. Get help from online websites while writing an essay or paper There are a number of websites that you can find online to facilitate your learning experience and to get a higher grade. Sites like grammarly will help you check your grammar and give a more proper finishing to your paper. There also a number of plagiarism sites for you to fact check and check before uploading your paper. Sites like bibme and owlpurdue will simplify referencing and citing for your paper as well. Reward yourself Lastly, If you get an A on a paper, treat yourself. If you get an A in the class, go big. You have to remember that you do have a life. Go out with your friends. Go to the movies with your partner. If you only do homework, you’re going to get burned out.


SOCIAL DISTANCING Play games together on apps like houseparty or Plato Play a game together on skribbl.io Host a Netflix party with your friends Host a board game night with your friends Walk around Allan Gardens Take a virtual tour of the White House Take a tour of some national parks

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Parkside Pulse July 2020  

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