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Dear Readers,

It is with melancholy that I am writing my last “official” utmONE blog entry.

First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to follow my blog!

I would also like to apologize if you found some (most) of my posts extremely boring.

I remember like it was yesterday receiving an email about the blogger position. I sent in my application, along with a writing sample. I didn’t really think that I stood much of a chance since I thought that my post was rather unoriginal and too lengthy, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn after the initial interview that I had gotten the job. I remember pinching myself a few times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming as getting paid to write about my experiences and thoughts seemed too good to be true!

Then, it dawned on me that I didn’t know how to do this. Growing up, I’ve never kept a journal and although I had some writing experience, it was always about telling other people’s stories. I wasn’t quite sure that I would be capable of finding new things to write about twice a week. Thankfully, last semester was quite eventful, and it has given me plenty of material to work with!

Throughout the months, I’ve been lucky enough to have gotten to know Jackie, Stephanie and Kathleen, who are the amazing people who spend hours upon hours making sure that outstanding utmONE programming is delivered to all of us. I have also loved reading my fellow utmONE bloggers posts, which were witty, interesting, and an excellent way to procrastinate on school work!

I have spent the past hour or so re-reading all my blog posts, starting from the very first one, and I think it’s safe to say that it has been quite a journey since September.

Quite frankly, it was tough. I would even go as far as say that it was probably one of the most challenging times of my life.

Countless times, I have felt alone and overwhelmed.

Transitioning from high school to university was difficult.

I think that going into it, I underestimated the amount of time that my academic work would take and ended up overbooking my timetable with way too many extracurricular activities, which made everything a nightmare.

Now, step by step, I am trying to re-organize my life and redefine my priorities.

Throughout the whirlwind that these past few months have been, blogging has allowed me to put my thoughts on paper and reflect on the various things that were happening in my life at different points throughout the semester.

Blogging for utmONE has instilled in me a discipline that has helped improve my writing as making myself write twice a week has allowed me to have a lot of practice and try different writing styles.

I think that I am now at a point when UTM doesn’t look so huge to me anymore, and it seems natural for me to wander around different buildings without getting lost.

With about two months left before the end of my first year, I can say that I am at a pretty happy place right now. Although it is still a work in progress, I think that I have developed a rhythm of life that works well for me and I am excited to tackle the next three years of my studies at UTM!

As for looking to the near future, I will probably spend my summer working either in Banff, Ottawa or in Montreal, as I continue my quest to check things off my bucket list.

Thanks again for reading these blog posts and I wish you the best with your finals (and everything else)!



P.S: I will continue to check in with you guys from time to time, so stay tuned!



GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND MEET PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE. Walk up to them and say, “Hello.” What if you were standing next to someone at the produce aisle that could be the greatest love of your life, but could barely make eye contact with them because you were afraid? “Hello” could be the life-changing word in your life. Isn’t knowing better than wondering?”


If you’re still afraid to said “Hi” to the guy/girl you’ve been crushing on since the start of school, this article might be the push you need to strike up a conversation with the person you’ve been pining for!

In honour of Valentine’s Day, my blog posts this week will all consist of links to interesting articles/videos that revolve around the topic of love!


First in the series: Grab a mug of hot chocolate and watch this fascinating lecture about the psychological theories of love and attraction delivered by Peter Solovey, a professor of psychology and the President of Yale University.

Specific topics include the different types of love, the circumstances that predict attraction, and the situations where people mistakenly attribute arousal for love.

I’ve always been an avid traveller; I love discovering new places and I tend to adapt pretty quickly to new environments. Thus, it was natural for me to assume throughout high school that I would be going away for university. When I decided to stay in Mississauga for various reasons (see my first blog post), the trade-off would be that I would spend all my summers away.

I strongly believe in travelling as a way to foster an independent spirit and build incredible memories that you will remember your whole life. It is while hanging on to my dear life on a picky picky in Nairobi or getting completely lost in Calgary that I discovered what I was truly capable of doing.

While school provides you with a lot of theoretical knowledge, travelling will give you street smarts that you wouldn’t be able to acquire within the four walls of a classroom.

This summer, I’m challenging YOU to face your fears, get out of Mississauga and see a bit more of the world.

This challenge is aimed particularly at utmONErs who are commuters, as often times living with our parents and enjoying a home-cooked meal every day gives us the luxury to live a rather sheltered existence.

Living by yourself for a summer means that you have to do your own budgeting, go grocery shopping, learn to cook edible meals for yourself and pay your rent on time amongst other things. These are all skills that will be essential post-graduation.

I also think that once we graduate and have to hold on to a steady job, it will become much more difficult for us to do some of the things that we fantasize about.

For me, one of these fantasies includes spending a few months working in the touristic activities department at a resort in Banff (one of the most beautiful places ever!). Since I don’t plan on having a career in the tourism industry, this will probably be my only chance to spend a whole summer in the Canadian Rockies.

I have a bucket list of things that I hope to do before I graduate (although, I know that realistically, it won’t be possible to do all of these because I only have 3 summers to go and way too many things on my list!). Here are also some ideas of cool things you should consider applying for:

  • The Parliamentary Guide Summer Program in Ottawa – How cool would it be to interact with visitors from around the world and get to see democracy in action?

  • Internships at the Girls Action Foundation in Montreal – I’m a huge fan of the work the organization is doing and they have an amazing team!

  • Whale Watching Tour Host/Hostess in British Columbia – How cool would that be?!!

  • Summer Green Technology Certificate in Saskatchewan- Perfect for Environmental Studies majors!

  • Camp Winston in Orillia – If you want to do something meaningful this summer, consider this incredible residential camp that welcomes hundreds of special needs children every year!

Now tell us: What is on YOUR bucket list that you hope to cross off after this summer?

Emilie Cushman is a young entrepreneur, and the CEO of Kira talent. Named as one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network, Emilie is very passionate about innovation and technology. I recently had the chance to speak with her about her life and career, and she shared some great advice for utmONErs who aspire to one day create their own businesses!

The idea of creating Kira Talent originated from a team-building exercise during The Next36’s National Selection Weekend in November 2011.

Emilie Cushman, then a senior at the University of Windsor and her teammates, came up with the idea of creating an interviewing platform that allows admissions officers or hiring managers to record video questions and send them to candidates through email or embed them in their online application process. Cushman says that they really started thinking about the power that videos can have in improving selection processes after their mentor, John Kelleher at The Next36 mentioned how slow and gruelling the process would be to hire interns for that upcoming summer. From this conversation, that was rather random in nature, Cushman and her team saw an opportunity to leverage technology to fix an all too common problem that HR people everywhere face on a daily basis. After presenting their idea and business plan to the stakeholders of the Next36, Cushman and her teammates were among the thirty-six students selected to receive up to $80,000 in venture capital, two CEO-level mentors and access to world-class educational faculty and leaders. The team spent the next few months researching and developing their idea and officially started to build their product in March of 2012.

Cushman, who has a Business Degree says that what she learned from within the four walls of her university mostly involved business fundamentals which are much more useful when working within large corporations. The young woman herself thought about working with companies such as L’Oreal Paris or KPMG when she first started her post-secondary education. Coming from a rather small and tight-knit community in Windsor, Ontario and seeing the downfall of the city’s automobile industry, Cushman never really saw entrepreneurship as an option. She says that living in a smaller city made it more difficult for her to have access to opportunities otherwise available in larger and more prominent cities such as networking events or entrepreneurship programs.

Cushman, who believes that networking is crucial in business, says that aspiring entrepreneurs should take every opportunity to speed up and grow their networks, even if some travelling is required. She says that networking has a “domino effect” and that once you start connecting with people, they tend to lead to other contacts. Cushman also believes in the positive impact that great mentors can have on young people.

The best advice that Cushman would give to aspiring entrepreneurs is to learn how to code so that they don’t have to rely on other people to start building their enterprise. Cushman believes that coding is similar to a foreign language in terms of the time and effort required to master it. She also asserts that the earlier utmONErs are introduced to those fields; the more likely they will be to seriously consider them as viable career options. According to Cushman, the three qualities that are essential for any entrepreneur are: focus, resiliency and curiosity. Cushman believes that successful entrepreneurs have a mindset that allows them to assist in the process of identifying problems and coming up with innovative and creative solutions to solve them.

These days, Cushman doesn’t have much free time. The energetic young woman says that a typical workday for her starts at 9:00 am and doesn’t end until 11:00 pm or 12:00 am. She says that at this epoch, work-life balance is literally non-existent but that she enjoys what she’s doing so much that it doesn’t actually feel like work. Kira Talent, which was just two people in August, has grown to a full team of fourteen with seven interns. Cushman says that they are actively recruiting new talent to join the booming new enterprise and that she expects the team to double within the next year. The company is also closing its next round of financing and Cushman says that she is proud of the fact that she and her team were able to take an idea and build it into a fast growing company. Cushman attributes her strength within to working towards the vision that she has for the company and being surrounded by a team of very motivated people who share her vision.


I’ve never been much of a TV watcher. Growing up, I loved the company of books much more than that of a televised screen. Even at the height of my teenage years when my friends were obsessed with Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, I fell into a world of confusion when listening to them speculate about the identity of “A” or whether Blair and Chuck would get back together. Then, last summer everything changed.

I went off to Alberta to take on a summer position and it didn’t take me very long to realize that there weren’t many sources of entertainment in the small town where I was going to spend the next three months.

Having lived in urban environments all my life, I found it somewhat amazing that one could walk from the northern part of town to the southern part in less than an hour. There wasn’t much to do except go to the pool place or to downtown bars. Since I don’t actually know how to play pool and I wasn’t legally able to drink, the only thing I could do in the evening and on rainy weekends (floods devastated entire communities in other parts of the province last summer) was watch TV. The only problem was that the choice of channels was VERY limited at the college where I had rented a room. I had three choices: the weather network, the shopping channel and a local news station.

That’s when I got hooked on TV series. In the space of about two months, my roommate and I probably watched every episode of The Big Bang Theory at least 20 times. We regularly planned season marathons of TBBT and often fell asleep to it. I think that the thing that attracted me most to this TV series was that I could somewhat relate to most of the main characters. I consider myself to be a rather socially awkward person, and it was reassuring to feel that I wasn’t alone in my awkwardness. It is also an incredibly funny and super entertaining show!

Olivia Pope

My most recent obsession is the TV show Scandal. Being a bit of a politics junkie, I love all the drama that revolves around The White House, and the script is so well written and has so many fascinating plot twists that it keeps its viewers coming back every week. Something that is very rare in TV, and that I find amazing, is that the main character Olivia Pope represents two groups that are vastly underrepresented in the media; women and minority groups. Rather than present another female character whose only goal is to get a guy, Pope is a strong, powerful and brilliant woman who is extremely good at her job as a “fixer”. I also have to admit that I am jealous of her wardrobe; I’m completely in love with everything Olivia Pope has worn so far…her taste in clothes is just flawless!

Now tell us: What T.V show has gotten YOU hooked?

Poonam Sandhu

Poonam Sandhu is the Youth Fellow for UNEP RONA (United Nations Environment Programme -Regional Office for North America) and is expanding a program called TunzaNA (find out more below) in North America through outreach within colleges and universities. Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Vancouver, Canada, and in Washington, DC she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and recently completed a Master of Public Health at The George Washington University. Poonam has dedicated the last decade of her life to film, dance, and entertainment for youth and young adults in English, Punjabi and Hindi. Poonam is delighted to help young people “green-up” their campuses and their cities.

Estelle: What is the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its mandate?

Poonam Sandhu: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.

UNEP work encompasses:

  • Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends
  • Developing international and national environmental instruments
  • Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment

UNEP’s mission is to “provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations”. UNEP’s mandate is to “be the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development within the United Nations system and that serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment”. Find out more about UNEP’s work through their annual reports available here:

 EA: How did you come to your position at UNEP?

PS: I work for UNEP’s Regional Office for North America (RONA). In the spring of 2013, I met UNEP RONA staff at a conference and stayed in contact with them thereafter. Towards the end of my Master of Public Health degree I reached out to Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Head of Communications for UNEP RONA, who then kindly informed me of an upcoming fellowship opportunity. I applied for the position and was very thankful to have been selected as the Youth Fellow for UNEP RONA.

EA: What does a typical day at work look like for you?

PS: Luckily there is nothing typical about my job and that’s one of the things that I love! Our office hours are from 9am – 5pm every day and in those eight hours you can find me building website material, attending meetings, presenting videoconferences, researching, budgeting, mentoring interns or traveling to universities in the U.S. or Canada. Of course, all the while I stay connected to my emails and have to re-prioritize tasks as needed. One thing I never forget is to find time to step away from the computer and laugh out loud with my colleagues. Laughter and moderate level physical activity can make even a stressful day seem light and easy.

EA: What do you love most about your job?

PS: I love spending time with students and connecting their interests with UNEP’s incredible work. I do this by introducing the students to UNEP’s youth program titled, Tunza. Find out more about the global program here or the North American program here: Seeing the passion, drive and critical thinking that comes from students is amazing. Even more rewarding is bringing their ideas to regional and international platforms.

EA: What is the most challenging aspect of the work you do?

PS: Working for an international organization, I have learned that it takes time to achieve certain goals because certain processes need to take place in order to create change. Coming from a nursing background I am accustomed to meeting my patients’ needs as soon as possible to minimize their distress. It is quite different in the world of policy change and within a global organization. For example, even though people are already suffering from the impacts of climate change, there is no magical pill to administer that will correct the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations. Lowering CO2 emissions is a matter of getting people and policy makers to understand the science of climate change and then empowering them to take actions that reduce CO2 emissions. All of this takes time, patience and persistence.

EA: Tell us a bit more about your educational background. What program(s) did you take and how did you find out about it?

PS: I started off earning a Bachelor of General Studies at Simon Fraser University (in British Columbia). Within this program I had the pleasure of dancing every day for my minor in Contemporary Dance, while learning the science of the body in motion through my extended minor in Kinesiology.  Right after SFU, I got accepted into the Langara College nursing program, where I compounded my understanding of the human body by learning about it in a diseased state. Nursing was the perfect progression because it taught me the art and science of healing the human body.While practicing as a Registered Nurse, I realized that health care practitioners are exposed to serious chemical and environmental hazards, which lead me to take courses in Disability Management and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). In addition, I realized that the health care industry itself was creating a mountain of garbage that was recyclable – but we weren’t recycling. Why I wondered? I also questioned how to prevent patients from arriving in the hospital in the first place. All of these inquiries lead to my latest degree, a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health Science and Policy from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

EA: What education and training should utmONErs who want to work within the field of environmental conservation think about for college or university?

PS: It is becoming more and more apparent that environmental conservation is no longer a stand-alone field. Sustainability must pervade all areas of work, thus learning the fundamentals of environmental science will help these young women bring the concepts of environmental conservation to any field. Many colleges and universities offer sustainability courses, minors or even degrees in environmental science – that’s a good start. The next step is to bolster the education with hands-on training. These young women could work in their local community gardens, volunteer for environmental groups or figure out how to reduce waste in their homes, schools or cities. The hands-on experience will teach them how to turn theory into action.

EA: How could UTM students get involved with UNEP’s programs?

PS: So glad you asked! As mentioned above, UNEP has a youth engagement program called Tunza ( The North American program, TunzaNA, unites youth from Canada and the U.S. on key issues. For 2014-15 TunzaNA is focusing on “youth driven policy change”. You can learn more about the program requirements through our website or by emailing us at

EA: What gives you your inner strength?

PS: Two things: 1 – I am an unwavering optimist. I really believe where there is a will, there is a way. Sometimes dreams don’t get fulfilled because we change our priorities, but as long as you place lots of will power behind your goal – anything is possible. 2 – My love for dance. I was probably wiggling and wriggling to a funky beat right after I was born. Dancing makes me smile from ear-to-ear and it brings me physical, mental and spiritual strength.  The inevitable truth of life is that one-day we will die. So while I am here on earth, fighting the good fight, I stay happy by dancing as often as I can.

Two weeks ago, after leaving my last utmONE Connect session, I realized that the expression “time flies” couldn’t ring truer when it comes to the program.

It seems like yesterday when I nervously walked down to the Davis’ basement for my very first session, and the initial discomfort that I felt at the beginning, as I stood in a room full of strangers.

Looking back, I think that signing up for the program has been the best decision I’ve made in university so far.

Transitioning to a post-secondary institution is a challenging process for most people, and I think that it is particularly hard for commuter students as, for many of us, university seems to be a more academically rigorous extension of high school.

Throughout the first few weeks of university, I remember being extremely worried that I wouldn’t make any friends. Since most of my classes are made up of at least a few hundred students, I would often become acquainted with people and not see them again as everyone picked a different seat at every lecture.

Because utmONE connect sessions consist of small groups, we were really able to get to know each other, and we literally became like a family who had reunions every Friday afternoon.

In-between learning about serious topics such as academic integrity and time management skills, we bonded through various fun activities such as playing the ring game and watching excerpts of “The Baby Bachelor”.

I was also lucky enough to have Kim as my group leader, and she couldn’t have been more perfect for the role. Her energy and enthusiasm kept all of us coming back week after week.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the best-ran programs of which I’ve had the chance of being a part of, and I believe that every first year student would greatly benefit from participating!



Named by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader’, Jennifer Corriero is a Canadian innovator, bringing tremendous insight into understanding, reaching and engaging youth.  Jennifer is co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization that has thrived for over a decade. She has her Masters in Environmental Studies and serves as Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health at York University where she helped to design a course titled Agents of Change in a Global World.  Jennifer has been a judge for a range of awards including the World Summit Youth Award, 2011 TD Scholarship for Community Leadership Award and 2010 Buckminister Fuller Challenge. In 2003, Jennifer was a member of the Official Canadian Government Delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society. She has traveled to over 30 countries, presenting at conferences and supporting civil society engagement.  In 2011, Jennifer served as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment.

Estelle: Where did the idea of creating TakingITGlobal originate from?

Jennifer Correiro: I was rollerblading after a conference that took place in Ottawa with my co-founder Michael Furdyk.  We were teenagers at the time, reflecting on the opportunities presented by new and emerging technology for our generation.  We felt driven to create an online space and community that would inspire youth to become more informed and involved in social and environmental issues.  When I was 14, I took on a variety of volunteer roles with a local art gallery, food bank and environmental conservation centre.  I recognized the need for citizen engagement among youth and felt compelled to find a way to motive my peers to take on a greater role as leaders and problem-solvers.

EA: Did you encounter any obstacles when you first got started?

JC: Some of the greatest obstacles encountered when we first got started was simply knowing where to start.  We wrote up an ‘Action Plan’ outlining our ideas, strategies and resources required.  We created a budget and after a year of speaking about our ideas at various conferences and events, without raising any funds, we decided to start with the resources we had available to us – our time, our talent and our energy.  We kicked off with the first version of our website that launched in September 2000.  Eventually, with enough momentum, we were able to access funding through foundations, companies, government agencies and partnerships with non-profit organizations.

EA: What does a typical day at work look like for you?

JC: Each day is unique and filled with adventure!  I love entering our dynamic, vibrant and colourful office space, filled with bright and committed team members in Toronto.   We have weekly interactive staff meetings and are continually seeking creative approaches to designing and delivering youth engagement programs.  Over the past decade, I have travelled to over 30 countries, and this has brought me tremendous excitement and diversity of experiences.  Most of my days involve interactions with people – whether it be staff members, interns, partners, advisors, board members, young leaders, educators, community members and other stakeholders.  On a weekly basis, I typically deliver a workshop or presentation to a group of youth, educators or industry professionals.  What I love about taking the stage, is having a chance to reflect upon and articulate our vision for creating a more peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world.

EA: What do you love most about your job?

JC: What I love most about my job is practicing the art of creativity in approaches to leadership and community development.  Through conversations, a new idea is formed and often scribbled on the backs of napkins.  It evolves with feedback and transforms into a clear concept that I am able to articulate through a proposal.  Once approved, building a solid team who carry passions and skill sets that are complimentary is essential.  Moving from idea to action when I am most invigorated an energized.  When we experience the launch of a new partnership, website, workshop, mobile app or toolkit, I reach a state of joy and appreciation for the progress towards the pursuit of our goals!  Each aspect of building momentum that aligns with our vision brings me great rewards!

EA: What is the most difficult aspect of the work you do?

JC: Receiving a letter of rejection for a proposal we have written is one of the most difficult aspects of the work I do.   What comes along with that are the challenges related to scaling back our efforts or having to re-think ways to move forward without the resources or support that we truly need to thrive.  I am continually challenged to be resourceful in my thinking and my approach to creating social change.  I was once told that ‘what you appreciate, appreciates’ and so I practice gratitude as a way to move through the challenges and hurdles that present themselves to me.

EA: What is the number one priority that you have right now in the work you do?

JC: We have recently established a framework and set of indicators for the certification of Future Friendly Schools based on collaborative inputs from educators, students, parents, school administrators and community stakeholders.  My top priority is to advance this on the global agenda and support the roll-out in ways that allow for the transformation of our education system in ways that support 21st Century Learning through student voice, global citizenship and environmental stewardship.

EA: How can we inspire and encourage youth to get involved with TakingITGlobal and in their communities…where do they start?

JC: Community involvement starts with reflection and awareness.  We need to ask ourselves questions that provoke possibility thinking.  “If there was one thing that you could change or improve about your school, your community, your country or the world, what would it be?” This is how we kick off our downloadable Guide to Action and is also a way to begin a pathway to engagement.  We all care about something – we just need to align or efforts with a concern that we are ready to face from the perspective of creating a solution, rather than feeling overcome by it.

EA: If you were advising young people about the job market right now, what kind of degree or designation do you feel would most assist them in being productive and active citizens in your field and areas of commitment?

JC: We are living in a very competitive job market with rising unemployment.  Any employer is looking to grow a team of people who are invested in continuous learning as the pace of change is fast and the ability for organizations to be adaptive and resilient is based on the capabilities of team members to respond and make smart decisions.  There is no specific degree or designation that can guarantee success, though the passion and drive to learn contribute and add value as a continuous element throughout any plan of study is what I would consider to be most essential.

EA: Is there anything that you would like to tell UTM students who want to start their own social profit organizations?

JC: My message to young female entrepreneurs is to surround yourself with people who challenge you to be the best you can be.  We are all very much influenced by our environments.  True empowerment comes when we are able to shape our own environment. We need to create a constellation of stars that surround us and provide sources of inspiration, encouragement, insight and perspective.

EA: What is one thing you wish you had known when you were sixteen?

JC: One thing I wish I knew when I was sixteen is the power of my dreams.  What we envision for ourselves becomes the driver of who we are and what we become.

EA: What gives you your inner strength?

JC: My inner strength is rooted in a force beyond me alone.  I have experienced many moments where I felt discouraged, though somehow I was able to notice or encounter one small reason to have hope.  This small bit of hope has always been able to illuminate darkness and provide a way forward.   I know that through my thoughts, words and actions, I have influence on the lives of those around me, and so I make each choice with care and with the intention of making the world a better place.  Only in the simplicity of each small act of kindness, can greatness be achieved.


Last week, during our utmONE session, we were introduced to Cleopatra Myers, the Academic Advocacy Coordinator at UTM. She graciously came in to talk to us about academic offences and how much trouble we would get into if we got caught plagiarizing or cheating on a test. We all learnt a lot about academic integrity.

These days, as deadlines for final essays are fast-approaching, it is more important than ever to think about academic integrity and the penalties given if you’re convicted of plagiarism.

In contrast to high school, when the worst thing a teacher would do if they caught you plagiarizing would be to make you re-do the assignment, university sanctions are at a whole different level. Here, Profs won’t hesitate to fail you or worse, you could be suspended from UTM for a year!

Just reading the booklet Cleopatra gave us was a worrying experience. I recall a chart that showed the whole system of appealing if you think you’ve been wrongfully convicted and it’s pretty scary stuff. The appeal process involves you going in front of a tribunal and working with a licensed lawyer to prepare your defence. This is surely an extremely time consuming and mentally draining process.

To avoid making an academic offense, Cleopatra gave us some useful tips. Here are some of them:

– Start early and ask for an extension if needed. Most academic offences are committed under stress.

– Get help on your paper from your TA during his/her office hours.

– Ensure that you are properly referencing your sources.

– Seek additional aid from the Academic Skills Centre located on the third floor of the library campus.

You should check out the complete Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters which you can find here: Also, if you would like additional information about the academic advocacy services provided on campus, you can email Cleopatra at the following address: