Q:Hi there, I'm currently a high school senior taking Math 3200 and Math 3208 (calculus). I'm planning to apply to Nursing at Grenfell, and was wondering that if I fail the CPT (and 3208 isn't required for Nursing anyways) do I need to write the MPT afterwards before I can get accepted into Nursing. Thanks!!
If you fail the CPT (and hopefully you won’t!), for the bachelor of nursing you will need to write the MPT and achieve at least a 50%. To allow for the extra time you might need to write the MPT if you fail the CPT, it would be a good idea to make sure you write the CPT in June.
If you have any other questions about the CPT or MPT please feel free to contact Memorial’s Mathematics Department directly by emailing email@example.com.
Congratulations! You’ve made it through the first two weeks of classes. About now, you’re probably realizing that you have tests and assignments coming up. A lot of us like to have a few tunes on while we are studying and everyone has their musical preferences. However, here’s a few tips for putting together your study playlist:
- Keep the playlist to 50 minutes (this is the longest time we can actually focus at a time)
- Pick less extreme music (too loud or too exciting will be a larger distraction than a soft rock or pop)
- Classical/Instrumental music is effective in helping us focus
- If you want to sing along or dance every time the song comes on, don’t put it on your playlist
Below is an example of a playlist that I might use. I don’t have classical music because I find it too distracting so I leave it out. Your playlist should be what works best for you. If you find you can concentrate best while listening to heavy metal, go for it! Just be sure to get a good set of headphones if you’re studying in a library!
- Joel Plaskett – Love this Town
- Mumford and Sons – After the Storm
- Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
- The Civil Wars – Billie Jean
- Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon
- The Pogues – I’m a man you don’t meet everyday
- The Mountain Goats – This Year
- The Beatles – Norwegian Wood
- The Mamas and the Papas – California Dreamin’
- Metric – Black Sheep
- Simon and Garfunkle – The Sound of Silence
- Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day
- Imogen Heap – Goodnight and Go
- Belle and Sebastien – Piazza, New York Catcher
- The Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
The top 5 ways to get connected on campus
When you attend university, it’s not just about going to class, but interacting with potential managers, colleagues, and references on a regular basis. One of the most important things you can do is to start making those connections, even before you step foot on campus!
The top 5 ways to get connected:
- Talk to your school or faculty – introducing yourself to your professors is not only polite, but a way to make sure they remember who you are. Your profs are not only your teachers, but can easily become mentors, references, and in some cases, friends. Some students even interact with their professors before they get here, such as music students who chat with their private studio instructors, or other students who meet with a faculty member during a campus tour. Either way, don’t underestimate the impact of that face-to-face interaction!
- Seek out student clubs and societies – the act of making friends seems like such a low priority, but as you get older, friends become more than just people that you play video games with (though that is ALWAYS an option!). Friends become the people who you share passions with, and when you are around each other, amazing things can happen. Joining student clubs and societies isn’t just something you do to kill time, but to work with like-minded people to create lasting experiences. At Memorial, there are a number of societies that also welcome community members such as Sandbox Gaming, dance clubs, and even some sports teams (Quiddich anyone?).
- Get a job – Simple enough right? At Memorial, we have an on-campus student job program called the MUCEP program, where students can get 80 or 40 hour placements per semester. There’s also an ISWEP program specifically for international students. These positions give students the opportunity to work within their field, or try something new before they ever graduate. They also give students amazing skills that will help with the job search in the real world.
- Give back by volunteering – the only difference between volunteering and working is that one pays. Both will give you the benefits of experience and connections to professionals and like-minded people. You don’t even need to be a student at Memorial to take advantage of the volunteer opportunities available. In fact, for entry to programs like medicine, nursing, social work, and education (to name a few), the earlier you start giving back to the community, the more experiences you will have to draw on when applying.
- Log in –Finding an online community to get involved in is a great way of making friends and learning new things form virtually anywhere in the world. This is a great way for current students to keep up to date, but also an important tool for high school students starting in on their post-secondary research. We have a number of online communities that you can check us out on such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Who knew the internet was for more than pictures of cats!
Best of luck to all of our new students! And for those of you who are still in high school, I look forward to meeting you on the road!
The second I heard the lyric, “only hate the road when you’re missing home,” I knew I’d fall in love with Passenger’s music. The lyric just resonated with me and I was hooked. What I’ve come to find out about Passenger and his Newfoundland connection makes me enjoy his music even more.
Last year, The Once met Passenger at a festival. Since then they’ve not only worked on Passenger’s new album Whispers, but they’ve also gone on tour to perform together.
Check out this video Passenger posted last week that features The Once. There are several on his youtube channel, and none of them will disappoint.
Q:Hi, I'm a Grade 12 student in BC thinking of applying for fall 2015. The MUN website says I need one course in 1. English 2. Mathematics 3. Laboratory Science 4. Socials Studies/Languages and 5. Elective. What counts as an elective exactly? I took Acting 11 last year, but this year I have none - just English, Biology, Chemistry, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Spanish, and two spares. Can I count one of my science courses as an elective since I have two?
An elective is any academic grade 12 course. When you apply, the Office of the Registrar will review your transcript and select an elective course to give you the highest possible admissions average based on the admission requirements.
If you have any further questions about what courses are accepted, I would encourage you to contact our Office of the Registrar directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q:How the heck do you actually get the boxed lunches at Aramark??? How do you order them in advance?
To get a boxed lunch, you will need to fill out a form the day before you need to pick up your lunch. If you ask a staff member in the Dining Hall they should be able to let you know where you can pick up the boxed lunch form.
Q:How do we find out about clubs? Is there a list?
Clubs and societies at Memorial are coordinated by the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union (MUNSU).
Some of Memorial’s clubs and societies that were active on campus last year include:
- Archaeology Society
- Biology Society
- Let’s Talk Science
- Enactus Memorial
- Engineers Without Borders MUN
- MUNHOPE (Health Outreach, Promotion, & Education)
- MUN Judo Club
- MUN History Society
- MUN Sociology Society
- MUN Scuba Club
- MUN Debate
- Global Citizenship Initiative
- Rotaract Club of Memorial University
- United Nations Society
- MUN Oxfam
- Best Buddies
- MUN Ballroom and Latin Dance Club
But these are just some of the examples of the clubs that can be found!
To learn more about how you can get involved with a club or society (or even start your own), please contact the MUNSU Director of Student Life, Kim Drisdelle, at email@example.com.
10 things to do in your first week!
Your first week of university is, perhaps, one of the busiest in your life. But organizing everything can help you make the most of it.
Here are 10 things to do in your first week on campus:
- Double check your registration and fees – It’s always good to double check that you are registered for your courses. Be sure to pay your fees by the first day of classes if you don’t want to pay a late fee. (PS. VISA is not accepted as a method of payment for tuition)
- Go to Orientation – Attending Orientation is top priority for any new student at Memorial. It will help you get familiarized with rest of the university campus and services. You’ll also have the opportunity to make some friends.
- Get to know the bus - If you plan to use public transportation (Metrobus) to get around the city, it’s a good idea to take the bus before you try to get it for class. You can purchase a bus pass at the Attic in the University Centre.
- Class before books… - Your instructor will let you know what books you will need during the first week of class, so it’s best to goto class before buying your books.
- …But supplies before labs - If you have any lab scheduled as a part of any of your courses, make sure you have the appropriate equipment (e.g. lab coats, goggles, work-boots) before attending. Without proper equipment, you might not be able to participate in the lab session due to your personal safety concerns.
- Get familiar with your classrooms – Learn the most efficient ways to get from class to class. As a part of orientation, they can help out with that by showing you to your specific classes. Orientation is great for this type of stuff! (hint hint)
- Know the resources! Memorial has a lot to offer - whether its services, counselling, or advising. But it is up to you to seek out these services. We have help centres, student wellness services, the works, and the library, to name a few.
- Make friends – Making friends can seem trivial, but it’s an important part of university. Make an effort to reach out to at least three people during your first week. Add them to facebook. Grab a coffee. If you stay in residence, be sure to take part in the Residence Orientation and you’ll get to know your housemates really quick!
- Figure out the Finances - For Canadian and international students, it’s important to know your banking information and to locate the nearest branch of your bank.
- Make sure you have healthcare coverage! If you are travelling to NL from another province, make sure your provincial health care card is up to date. If you’re coming from outside Canada, be sure to sort out the MCP process as soon as possible. Also, if you are not currently covered under a family health and dental plan (medications, eye care, dental care, etc.) MUNSU offers this insurance. But if you DO have coverage, you can opt out with proof of insurance.
It might be a lot to do, but the first week on campus is one of the best of the year. Good luck with your first year!
-Katie and Anik
Road trip playlist
Are you ready to head to Memorial? If you’re anything like me, music makes the trip. I thought I’d help you out by making a road trip playlist. I did it as if I was getting ready to travel from across Canada to Newfoundland, and profiled a band or musician from each of the provinces and territories. (ok, there’s two from Newfoundland, but hey I wanted to prepare you for your time here!)
- Nunavut/NWT: Susan Aglukark - O Siem
- Yukon: Ryan McNally - Suitcase Packed
- British Columbia: The New Pornographers – Moves
- Alberta: Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
- Saskatchewan: The Sheepdogs – We’ll Get there
- Manitoba: The Weakerthans – One Great City
- Ontario: Protest the Hero – Mist
- Quebec: Arcade Fire - Cold Wind
- New Brunswick: The Playdates - Kids of Summer
- PEI: North Lakes - First to Forget
- Nova Scotia: Wintersleep – Fog
- Newfoundland: Hey Rosetta! – Welcome
- Memorial: Dave Whitty – MUN Adventure
Hope you enjoy the play list and have a fun and safe trip to Newfoundland! See you on campus soon!
Q:Hey! I was just wondering the school says we have to pay our fees by September 3rd. I have enough for my tuition but my student loan hasn't come in yet and I was wondering if residence fees also have to be paid by then?
In this case it should be ok for you to pay your residence fees late. You should let Memorial’s Cashiers Office know ahead of time that you don’t think you will receive your student loan in time to pay your fees. They can then flag your account so that you will not be charged late fees for paying after the deadline.
You can call the Cashiers Office to let them know at 709-864-8228.