1. We have friendly groundhogs (yes, this had to be #1).
I’ve heard and seen a few people interacting with friendly groundhogs on campus. Now this might not be worthy of being a deciding factor as to whether you come to York or not, but I think it’s pretty unique and cute and a fun way to start this list ^_^
2. We have some of the most gorgeous architecture in Toronto, with more on the way.
This beautiful building was actually featured on blogTO’s ‘What are the 5 best new buildings in Toronto from 2012‘ (posted April 20, 2013). You can read more about this beautiful building (it’s gorgeous on the inside too) here.
I don’t know about you but this has to be one of the most unique buildings I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to check it out once it’s finished being built 🙂 You can read more about this building here.
I might still be a student at York when this is finished, and if I am, I can’t wait to see how beautiful this space is going to be. You can read more about it’s amazing features here (note: the vote happened and was in favour of building it, so this is happening for sure).
3. We have a MALL on campus.
As a York student, I find York Lanes to be a really useful feature of the school. It is more like a strip mall than a traditional mall with clothing stores and what not, but York Lanes offers a great variety of places to eat as well as some great services including: a salon/spa, a computer store, York’s bookstore, a walk-in clinic and pharmacy, and much more. You can check out all the services offered by visiting the York Lanes website here.
4. York is one of the most diverse universities in the country (if not THE most).
Probably my most favourite aspect of York is the diversity on campus. There are people from cultures all around the world, people from all walks of life, people who see the world in fundamentally different ways. There are lessons to learn about people and life where ever you look and in whatever you do. I came from a smallish city that was basically the exact opposite of York University and honestly, I fell in love the first day I stepped on campus. No matter how diverse campus gets, people are beautiful here (most importantly, on the inside) and they come together in amazing ways.
5. Your networking possibilities are endless: the college system, clubs, associations, events, etc.
I will be writing a post on the college system in the near future, but it’s a feature of York that is as powerful as you commit to it. Essentially York will assign you a college based on your program of study which gives you the opportunity to enjoy frosh and other events, as well as provide designated spaces in order to network with peers from your field. York has a massive student body (about 55,000) so the college system really helps provide more intimate environments for students. There are also hundreds of clubs and associations on campuses. Some of them are related to hobbies and interests, others are related to your program or faculty. Others yet provide settings to volunteer, network with professionals in your field, and even more. You can check out these amazing clubs and associations by visiting YU Connect (this link is a public one, so you won’t need a York ID to log in).
6. We have TWO amazing campuses that offer a very different atmosphere from one another and as a York student we can take classes at either (with a free shuttle to get from one to the other).
7. Our large student body means we have a lot of great events to offer, every day. Lots of them are 100% FREE.
- York Lions games (events are directly to the right).
- Fine Art events (including art exhibitions, dance performances, music recitals, plays, and more).
- College events (Bethune, Calumet, Founders, Glendon, McLaughlin, New, Stong, Vanier, Winters)
- Miscellaneous events (including workshops, presentations, etc.)
8. We have amazing online communities on every social media platform.
You can read about the general websites to link to (Facebook, Twitter, and such – and on that note, make sure to follow our @yorkustudent account on Twitter!), and also read my past post about York on Tumblr here.
Remember: Just because York is a large school, doesn’t mean that you can’t have an amazing experience whether you are introverted OR extroverted. Use these communities to start networking before school even starts and I think you will be quite surprised at how you find things come Fall 🙂 I’m an introvert myself and I was able to make so many amazing friends online that translated to ‘IRL’ friendships. There is no one right way to go about networking and making friends so don’t be afraid to try something new!
9. We have roughly 50 eating options on campus – that’s a lot of dining options!
You can read about all the different options here (I believe a couple might be missing though), however to highlight some diverse options:
- Absinthe Pub & Coffee Shop (pub food)
- Berries & Blooms (deli, salad bar, vegetarian/vegan)
- Blumont Bistro (halal, vegan)
- Cucinetta Italian Cafe (Italian)
- East Indian Flavour (halal, Indian)
- Falafel Hut Village (halal, Middle Eastern)
- Freshii (vegan/vegetarian)
- Islands (Caribbean, halal)
- Jimmy the Greek (Greek)
- Mac’s Sushi (gluten-free, sushi)
- Orange Snail (buffet, Caribbean)
- Pagoda (Asian)
- Sakura Japanese Restaurant (Japanese, sushi)
- Thai Express (Asian)
- The Underground (fusion)
Note: These do have more options than what is listed, I just highlighted some of the important features of some of our many food locations.
10. We’re awesome people!
Okay, sure, I bet every school says that. But I can say this with the confidence of what I’ve seen on campus, of what I’ve heard.
People running after someone from one building to the next… to hand them back their wallet that they dropped.
People waiting at a door for an awkward amount of time… to hold it open for you.
People coming up to you when you are alone… because they want to make sure you are okay and not lost (this happened to me in first year).
Despite having such a huge campus, I still see intimate human moments every day. From the moment I stepped on this campus I had a sense of community, and that’s really something that York offers. If you can take a chance, put yourself out there a little bit, I think you will fall in love with this school just as much as I have.