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February 2018 Ridgeback Report

Academic Support

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis on campus and are in need of immediate assistance, call the Student LifeLine at 905.721.3992 or email If there is a crisis after hours, you can call Good2Talk, a free 24-hour support line for post-secondary students, at 1.866.925.5454.

Academic Services

  • Tip: Almost everyone gets a little anxious and stressed at exam time. Keeping a reasonable schedule and eating a well-balanced diet can help. Student Accessibility Services has more tips for you about coping with exams—and exam anxiety—on their website.
  • Tip:  Are you looking to set some goals? Stay focused and be attentive, flexible and adaptable. If you are feeling overwhelmed by a goal, divide it into smaller objectives and set a goal for each part. Download our worksheet for more goal-setting tips.
  • Attend Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) for exam tips, drop-in writing help, free prizes, food, yoga and mindfulness meditation. LNAP is Thursday, March 8 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the north Oshawa Library, the Den, Room 026. Register on the Student Life Portal.
  • CHEM Corner is a new study space for students to practice chemistry problems, and receive support from an academic specialist or peer tutor. Drop by the UL Building, Room 14 on Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Student Learning Centre website for more information.


  • Cheer on the Ridgebacks! The hockey playoffs are around the corner with the men’s and women’s hockey teams ending the regular season on the weekend of February 9. Check out the Ridgebacks website, as well as our TwitterFacebook and Instagram accounts for the latest updates.

Get Involved

  • Curious about summer exchange? Attend the International Exchange Fair to learn about exchange and experiential learning opportunities around the world. The fair is on Monday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the 61 Charles Street Building.
  • The annual Mother Language Festival is recruiting students to exhibit in this year’s festival. This is a great involvement opportunity that allows you to showcase your language and culture, as well as meet and work with others. Exhibitor applications close Sunday, February 25Find out more about the festival and how to get involved.

Money Matters

  • Tip: Read the terms and conditions of your OSAP loan carefully. Failure to follow all terms and conditions can have negative repercussions.
  • Tip: Explore external award options by visiting the Awards and Financial Aid tab on MyCampus.
  • Tip: There are many scholarships offered to students interested in pursuing studies abroad. As an outbound exchange student, you will remain eligible to apply for bursaries, scholarships and any other financial assistance. For more information, visit the International website.
  • OSAP students: Make sure you course load matches what is indicated on your application, so the release of your winter funds will be on time.


  • Tip: Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff and faculty are encouraged to contact our Traditional Knowledge Keeper for cultural teachings, workshops, and ceremony information. Please email for more information.
  • Tip: Remember to breathe while exercising. When resistance training, exhale on exertion.
  • The Active Living Challenge continues through to Wednesday, February 14. There is still time to visit the Flex for more information on how to get active and win great prizes!
  • Facing our Fears is a new support group for students to help gain strategies for calming anxious thoughts and building resources to meet life’s challenges. The group will meet Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Student Life Building, Learning Lab, Room 69. To register—or for more information—email
  • Be active for chances to win! Participate in any type of physical activity for chances to win amazing prizes like swag, or a road or spin bike. Learn more by visiting the Flex, or the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre for details.