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A valuable visit to the Ontario Universities Fair

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Metro Convention Centre trip to visit Ontario University Fair 2014

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Yuya Kawakami (Japan) at the Ontario University Fair

Ten UCC boarders took the subway to the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Sunday, Sept. 21. It began in 1997 to help students gather information about Ontario’s 21 universities. The fair gave boarders an opportunity to speak with representatives from each Ontario university about programs, campus life and more to help them make informed choices about university options.

Each university has its own booth, staffed with representatives who answered questions and provided additional materials about programs, admission requirements and student life. Annually, the OUF draws more than 120,000 students, parents and educators to the three-day event. A couple of UCC boarders were willing to expand on the information they gathered at the Sunday event:

Yuya Kawakami (Seoul, South Korea)

Which university looked like the best fit for your future university plan?

Among the many universities, Queen’s sounded like a great choice for me since they offered  various types of courses and have a strong engineering program, the field of study that I am most interested in.

Can you expand on what you might study at the best fit university you identified, and why it appears to be best fit for you?

If I attend Queen’s University, I’d most likely do a double major in engineering and global development and economics. Studying global development would be a good choice because I’d love to work and use my skills in an international environment. Therefore it would be great if I had a basis in international understanding before I work in the area.

Can you let us know two or three pieces of general information you learned by visiting the OUF?

I learned about the basics of a double major and how that would help me in the future. I also learned that at some institution like U of T, engineering is such a demanding course that taking a double major is close to impossible. I think this information will prove helpful for in the upcoming year

Yuan Kong (Shenzhen, China)

Which university looked like the best fit for your future university plan?

U of T or McMaster.

Can you expand on what you might study at the best fit university you identified and why it appears to be best fit for you?

I might go to the biochemistry specialist program at U of T or the health science program at McMaster. I’m interested in medicine and these two schools offer me the perfect opportunity.

Can you let us know two or three pieces of general information you learned by visiting the OUF?

I got a better understanding of the application, programs and prerequisites, as well as the various co-op opportunities offered at these two universities. I also got a better understanding of the student life on the campus.