Your days of summer vacation have come to an end and as a Grade 12 (or even Grade 11) student you probably have a lot of important questions about life after high school on your mind… Where will I study? Where will I live? What scholarships are available? What program should I take to fulfil my passions and launch the career I want?
Answering these questions and researching your options can be a pretty overwhelming task, especially when there are so many great Ontario universities and programs available to you, and visiting each university campus that’s piqued your interest may not be possible.
Well, to help make these tough decisions just a little easier for you, the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) is gathering professors, current students and representatives from each of Ontario’s 21 universities – all in one place – to answer questions about programs, career paths, campus life and the many options open to you after graduation.
So grab your friends, your parents or come on your own to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Sept. 25, 26, or 27th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and get all of the information you need to help you make a decision about which Ontario university to choose.
Still not sure if you should attend the fair? Here are 10 great reasons why you should:
- You’ll get the lowdown on each university, right from the people who work and study at that school.
- OUF is the only event where you can visit all 21 Ontario universities in one place.
- Admission is free! Need I say more?
- You’ll learn about programs, admission requirements, student life and more. Even if you already have your postsecondary options narrowed down, OUF is a great place to clarify any burning questions you might have. For example:
- Ask a professor about the types of things you can learn in their class.
- Talk to current students about activities and groups you can join outside the lecture hall.
- Unclear about what courses you need to take to be considered for a specific program? Ask someone who actually works in admissions!
- Each Ontario university will offer presentations. So if you’re looking for a general overview of a university or for specific information about graduate programs, these presentations will give you the opportunity to learn more.
- With so many booths to visit and presentations to see, you may not be able to fit it all into one day. Not to worry! There is no pre-registration required – so you can come and go as you please throughout the weekend of OUF. Just come back the next day and pick up where you left off!
- There’s a lot more to learn from a variety of other education-related exhibitors:
- student banking from RBC Royal Bank;
- teaching in Ontario from the Ontario College of Teachers;
- nursing from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario;
- credit transfers from the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT);
- the insurance industry from the Insurance Institute of Canada;
- the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities;
- game-changing research at Ontario’s universities from the Council of Ontario Universities’ Research Matters booth; and
- educational opportunities for Aboriginal Learners from the Aboriginal Postsecondary Information Program.
- You’ll learn lots of interesting facts about Ontario Universities. For example, did you know that Ontario university graduates make more money on average and over their lifetimes than graduates with any other level of education?
- Ontario universities can prepare you for anything, even jobs that don’t yet exist. Visiting OUF could be your first step towards that cool, new career.
- OUF only happens once a year. So don’t miss your opportunity to visit the largest and most attended educational fair in Canada!
Carla White is a Communications Specialist by day, and a hobbyist writer, photographer and baker by night. She received her B.A. in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo and is currently an editor at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre. When she’s not busy using her red pen, Carla loves losing herself in a good book or movie, spending time with family and friends, creating new things in the kitchen, and using the Oxford comma.