So the school year has officially resumed and that means the start of readings, assignments, and all that is fun and school related. Don't get me wrong, the commencement of classes aren't so bad as you get to finally be productive again and get pumped with all kinds of school spirit. The University of Guelph-Humber was established in 2002 as a collaboration between the University of Guelph and Humber College. That being said, it's no wonder why this baby faced university is often overlooked and under represented within the pool of Ontario universities.
This university, small but mighty, is climbing its way up with more and more students enrolling into the growing family of GH Owls with nothing but amazing things to report. But every school has its strengths and struggles, and this one has no exceptions.
Here are a few struggles that students at U of GH know way too well:
1. "So wait... do you go to Guelph or Humber?"
If I got a nickel for every time I've been asked this by a friend or family member, I could afford my entire tuition. But just for clarification I go to neither because U of Guelph-Humber has been its own institution since '02 and collaborates the hands on experience of Humber College with the theoretical knowledge of the University of Guelph thus creating an entirely separate identity from the two. Duhhh.
2. As a direct result of #1, nobody takes you seriously.
Most people think that because nobody really knows about us we're not legit. I'll remember that when I graduate with two credentials —an honours degree from Guelph and a diploma from Humber.
3. Having to mission all the way to Humber to get some decent food.
The campus has an array of many different foods from jerk chicken, pizza, subway, etc. However, all of this deliciousness is all the way on the Humber side which is a trip in its self. Come on GH, come thruuu!!
4. Always getting lost in the twists and turns of the Humber campus.
The beauty of the GH building is that it's only one building with four floors-- pretty self explanatory. That being said, it's easy to take for granted the easy geography of the university and then totally find yourself in buttfvck nowhere somewhere in Humber because that place is just a maze.
5. The expensive AF food that is sold at the GH cafe.
$7 for a sandwich? LOL, nah that's okay you can find me somewhere in Humber on the hunt for cheaper food.
6. "We proudly serve..."
We all got excited when we first saw the beautiful green Starbucks mermaid on sale at the GH cafe... but who else was extremely disappointed when they bought a frap and thought, "wtf is this?". Do you really serve Starbucks? If I don't physically see the words Starbucks printed on the cup then it's not real Starbucks-- IT'S NOT SO YOU CAN'T SIT WITH US.
7. Parking is a bitch. And her name is Queen's Plate.
You would think that having a car would be a good alternative in opposed to the good ole public transpo. But for those who were just wee seconds too late for a spot on the campus parking lot, nobody understands the irritation of parking at Queen's Plate better than these guys. Finding parking is bad enough but when you're forced to park 20 minutes away and still have to rely on a shuttle bus to get to/from campus, it makes you question why you brought a car in the first place.
8. Course selection... may the odds be ever in your favour.
It's literally the Hunger Games. It's that one morning where all GH students are at their most primitive state, hunched down on their laptops at 6:59am to submit their courses on Webadvisor. For those of you who get the classes you want, four for you glen coco-- FOUR FOR YOU.
But for those who are unfortunate enough to get stuck in that dreaded 6-8:45PM class that you really didn't want--- let's just take a moment to thank fvcking Datatel for that...
9. You're always late to class because of the annoying commute.
Who here has ever been personally victimized by the public transit system? For all the lucky ducks who are on res at GH, this isn't much of an issue for you. But for those of you who commute and rely on public transportation, put your hands up if you've ever been close to or have been late to a class because of the endless issues of public transit.
Whether it be the TTC, the MiWay or the Zum bus we've all been there where we just want to take over the vehicle and crash into a few poles, cars and geese to make that class.
10. There's only one reading week and it's only during the winter semester.
Uhm yeah, wtf GH? Even if it's a week off like Ryerson or just three days off like YorkU, nobody would complain about a few days off to destress this fall and catch up the readings we may or may not have started (or not even at all for some).
11. Trying to meet someone at the plant wall to buy/sell a textbook but when you get there there's always a cluster fvck of people.
"Great, I'll meet you at the plant wall"... says EVERYONE. I don't know what it is about the plant wall, whether it be the beautiful scenery or the breath of fresh air, but when I need to meet up with someone by the most identifiable location in the building, it gets annoying trying to play Guess Who when you have a class right after.
12. 5-8PM classes are the fvcking worst.
Whether you're a commuter or on res, it gets really depressing when you walk into your classes full of sunshine and then leave the building in a completely different time zone. And as a commuter, it ain't fun when you finally get home at 9pm and have an 8am class the next day #fun.
13. The elevator always takes ten years for it get to you.
Yes, I know it's only a few floors up but I just ate a whole plate of jerk chicken at the Humber Akee Tree and I'll get a cramp if I climb up the stairs. But when I literally have two minutes right before my class, could the elevator not just chill on the second floor for 10-15 minutes before finally descending its way down... that'd be great.
14. There's always that one person who trips and falls from the spiral staircase from hell.
If you're down for a good pick-me up, just chill at the the plant wall and watch the main spiral staircase. If you're lucky you'll catch one or two unsuspecting victims of the uneven steps and watch them trip while pretending that nothing happened.
Don't feel too bad if you're one of the victims though, it happens to everyone. Nobody can ever handle the trippy unevenness of the staircase.
15. When you really need to use the presentation rooms but there's a group who already booked it who aren't even doing anything.
You're kidding me, right? I see you eating pizza in there chilling like it's your living room. Don't be an asshole and let someone who's actually going to do work use the room.
16. And when you have no choice but to use the tables at the Learning Commons there's that one motherfvcker who decides to take up a round circle table.
There are individual study booths by the window if you want to study all on your lonesome. Why must you be an asshole and take up an entire group table that an actual group can use to get some work done? WHYYYY.
17. You can't take a lowkey nap in classes.
Don't get me wrong, I love how you're not just another face in the crowd at GH but the only downside is that your prof sees everything--- including you trying to take a snooze during an 8AM lecture. Whether they call you out on it or not you know they probably think of you as an asshole and that's an impression you hope not to have give off to any of your profs.
18. The lack of electives.
Don't get me wrong, the education at GH is bomb and definitely worth the $6K tuition, but due to its very new status in comparison to other universities, there aren't a lot of elective classes for you take aside from the compulsory classes within your major. You really wanted to learn Japanese like your friend at York but instead you got stuck with Teaching Drama To Children........K.
19. You're literally in buttfvck nowhere lol.
So you got stuck with that annoying 5 hour gap between classes. Unlike the students at Ryerson with easy access to the Eaton Centre, you have two options on how to spend your time: a) stay on campus to work on the readings you failed to do or b) trek to Woodbine Mall and try to catch a $5 movie at the Rainbow Cinemas on Tuesday.
If you drive then you might have more options but for the majority of commuters with nothing to do between your two classes--- that's all you got (unless crying is also considered an option).
20. All your friends are either from Mississauga or Brampton.
Although GH is technically a Toronto school, a lot of the students who attend the school are from the neighbouring cities of Brampton and Mississauga. That being said, if you're a Toronto student who wants to hang out in the city with the squad after a Friday class, that can get pretty difficult when your Peel Region friends have to catch the last MiWay or ZumBus by 8PM.
And don't get me started on the struggles of planning group assignments.
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