York University. Love it or hate it, some 55' 000 students attend the institution in all of its secluded, construction, security bulletin filled glory. Whether you're in Polysci, Kin, Theatre, Music, Dance, Film, or Business, there is one thing that all of us beloved York students have in common, STRUGGLE. If you are, or ever were a York University student, this list is for you.
1. The Wind Tunnels
Rumour has it that YorkU was designed to resemble a university that exists in California. What a lofty and admirable goal! Except for one small problem. We don't live in California. We live in the tundra that is Ontario. Whether it's walking between Winters and York Lanes or walking down Sentinel in the village. On an icy January day, it's the damn revenant out there. Why can't we just build indoor walk-ways between classes?????
2. We don't sell water bottles
York University is all about environmental consciousness (allegedly), and therefore, the school has banned the sale of plastic water bottles campus-wide. Great! Now parched students can spend an extra 2$ on a vitamin water instead, and then throw the bottle in the trash afterwards, how effective and eco-friendly.
3. The 196
If you're a York Student or have ever ridden the 196, an explanation isn't necessary. Just know that the 196 is your smelly, cramped ticket to freedom, away from the gates of hell that are the Keele Campus.
4. The Subway
Let's be honest, the University subway extension is a big fat joke. When was it originally supposed to open, fall of 2014??? At this rate, our grandchildren will be blessed with the privilege of riding the first train to York University station. "Wow, Gramma! You mean they've really been building this piece of shit for 37 years?"
5. No parking. EVER.
York University can sometimes feel like a desert island. Except there's no sand, palm trees, tropical fruit, or Caribbean sun. Instead, there is just a whole lot of concrete, and a severe lack of parking spaces. Commuters beware, finding a parking space at York is nearly impossible, and on the off chance you do, you'll pay an arm and a leg.
4. The line for the Ab on pub night
York U students just want to get drunk, predominantly to drink the sorrows and struggles of their York filled existences away. However, show up to the Ab on a Thursday night and you will literally stand in line for like 3 hours. Worth it in the end? Absolutely not.
5. The line for the CFT Starbucks
Speaking of lines, ever tried to get a coffee in the CFT on a Monday morning? Well, if the answer is yes, you're pretty stupid for trying. Your time would be better spent doing more productive things that would take just as long, such as: Reading a novel, giving birth, running a marathon, learning the fundamentals of quantum physics and so on... Take it from me, just go to a cafeteria to get coffee.
6. Walking alone in the village
Walking in the village at night can sometimes feel like the opening credits of a horror film. As visions of York security bulletins flash in your head, suddenly every shadow and every sound become an imminent threat. "Damnit I forgot my crowbar at home again! I never feel safe walking home without it."
7. The Strikes
By now York U is notorious for its strikes. Most recently last year's month of March consisted of chaos, anarchy, road blocks, traffic jams, angry picketing professors and binge drinking for most York Students. It was all fun and games... until we had classes in May.
8. School never being cancelled
At this rate, it seems quite certain that York University loves to piss it's students off. It could be a blizzard, 25 Cm of snow, streets closed, students trudging to school in snowsuits, howling winds and frostbite, and York would still be open. Give us a little freezing rain in the morning and a nice sunny afternoon, however, and it might just be time close the entire campus!
9. The colonies of geese
York U boasts some pretty cool wildlife on its campus. Groundhogs and squirrels will readily approach students, all types of ducks call the campuses ponds their home, and thousands of geese and their offspring defecate all over the campus. If you're lucky enough you might encounter a duck crossing traffic jam on the Pond Road, or be chased and hissed at by a nesting mother. So adorable <3.
10. The village
If you're so lucky as to call the Village at York your home, you know all too well about the pain and suffering us students endure. Whether it's living with 12 other students under one roof, getting ripped off by your landlord, or having random people show up at your parties uninvited, the joys of the village are plentiful!
11. The constant construction
York University is constantly surrounded by construction. From the perpetual mess, that is Keele and Finch, to the subway extension, the engineering building and the new student residence, the campus is pretty damn ugly pretty much always.
12. The fitness centre always being packed
Ever tried to work out at Tait Mckenzie on a Monday afternoon in January? You're better off grabbing some dumbells and working out at Bloor Station because it's basically the same thing. Hundreds of sweaty meatheads hogging every single bench, rack, treadmill and elliptical in site.
13. Tim Hortons only taking cash and YU card
This problem has recently been fixed. Hallelujah! But for anyone who has ever attended York in the past 8 years, you know the struggle.
14. Never finding a computer in Scott Library to print
The assignment is due at 8:30. It's 8:20. You're scrambling around Scott anxiously and desperately trying to find a computer to print while every smug bastard sitting at a computer looks up and gives you a look of pity. *screams internally*
15. No places to sit on campus
York U is predominantly a commuter school. So it would make sense that it would have ample area for students to sit and relax between classes, enjoy a coffee, indulge in a snack, chat with friends perhaps? Well, that is the most logical thing I've ever heard! Therefore, York has, in true York fashion done the illogical. Designed the least student friendly campus possible. Walk through Scott library and take a look at the number of students curled up on the floor in a ball trying to nap...
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