The Life and Times of a Communication student at the University of Ottawa
If there was anything that was endlessly reminded to me in my pre-university days, it was that I had to gain with relevant experience and that university “isn’t just about studying and going to class”.
I find Communication, at least in first year, to be a pretty chill program as opposed to, say, Engineering. I wouldn’t say that the program is a “joke” or “useless”, but you will have a lot more free time– and I say this a student who has attended roughly 98% of my classes and done all readings (ok, more like 70% of them, because you see, the exam was in an hour…) and as a commuter who spends about 2 hrs total on the bus/waiting for the bus every weekday.
The point is, if you’re in Communication and don’t work that much during the school year (or not at all), you will probably have time to spare. Why not translate that time meaningfully and get involved on campus? Not only does it look good on your resume, but it also lets you try out a variety of tasks related to your program without going through the hoops of real employment. Plus, it’s a great way to meet people with similar interests.
With that in mind, I present to you clubs and volunteering opportunities related to Communication at uOttawa that I’ve participated in or am interested in joining later:
– 89.1 CHUO.fm: Ever dreamed of being a radio host? Do you have a passion for sorting CDs and picking what song will be played next? Then the campus radio station is for you. Even though 89.1 might not show up on your mobile devices radio app under the local listings, I swear it’s legit! I have personally been to the office, which is located in the underground, clandestine basement of the Morriset library. To get involved with CHUO (which I personally call Chew-o), visit: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/2ae8fa15-e3b4-4197-bec2-a800e912bc13/1.
– Zoom Productions: Chances are, you’ve seen “UOttawa | Profs Read Their Rate My Prof. Reviews”, which was created by Zoom. Zoom Productions is the student union’s video production company, located in the basement of the Jock Turcot University Center (where the DocU Centre is). If you volunteer for Zoom, you will have the chance to help out with their productions and learning about filmmaking. This includes filming, editing, sound recording, lighting, pre-production and more. To get started with Zoom, you will have to complete training, which you ca do by filling out the following form: http://sfuo.ca/zoom/volunteer/
– UOttawa Film Society: In this club, students can watch and discuss movies with other film-lovers. To join their mailing, send your name, student number, email and social insurance number at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Ok ok, I was kidding about the social insurance number, but email them the rest.
– Picture this! uOttawa: If you’re interested in photography, Picture this! is the place to go. This photography cub is a place where amateur and advanced picture-takers can share and critique each others work. The group also offers tutorials and outings to put in practice the learned techniques. To learn more, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PictureThisUO or e-mail them at: email@example.com.
– The Fulcrum: uOttawa’s premier English-language newspaper, The Fulcrum, employs section editors to chose and write stories, but a big portion–if not most–of the newspaper is made of articles written by volunteers, or Fulcrum contributors as they call them. To volunteer, e-mail one of the section editors with a story or to join their extensive mailing list and receive story pitches that you can pick up. If you write three articles and go to three volunteer meetings, you get staff status, which kind of like working there except instead of a salary, you get a T-shirt and a chance to apply for a position the following year (and other perks). For a list of the section editors and more on volunteering, visit: http://thefulcrum.ca/volunteers/.
– La Rotonde: The French newspaper on campus, La Rotonde, also benefits from volunteers and even has T shirts too (thanks Didier!). However, it does not operate the exact same way as The Fulcrum. As Clém, an employee of La Rotonde, succintly explained to me in the earlier revision of this blog post: “[d]ifferent papers, different language, different content”. To enquire about volunteering, contact one of the Chefs de pupitre ici: http://www.larotonde.ca/pour-nous-joindre/
– Her Campus: I like to think of Her Campus as kind of like Buzzfeed’s little sister, with the target audience being female university students. To get involved with the uOttawa chapter of Her Campus, email the campus correspondents at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Jeux de la communication de l’Université d’Ottawa: Think of the Olympics but for French-speaking Communication students: this is essentially what the Jeux de la communication (JDLC) is. Students from francophone universities around Canada compete against each other in certain challenges related to Communication during a competition held at a certain university for a couple of days. An example of a challenge would be to solve a public relations crisis announced the day of the event. Auditions for the uOttawa delegation are usually held in mid-September. To find out more about JDLC and read some of the challenges for this year, visit: http://www.jdlcottawa.ca/.
– Communication Students’ Association: The CSA does more than just plan Frosh events: they plan events alllll year round! If event planning and promotion is your thing, and you would like to meet Communication students from all years, join the Commie Crew by visiting http://aeec-csa.ca/volunteering/.
And that is all folks! These are some of the continuous opportunities I know of, but you can also find some shorter term volunteering positions in the Community Engagement Navigator, located in the Applications tab in uOzone (I will probably discuss this tool later).
And if you don’t like at least one of the options offered here, well, make your own club! No seriously, if you can find 15 members and cough up 35$ by September or January, you can register a club with the university’s student union. For more visit: http://sfuo.ca/clubs/clubs-registration/.
Maybe I’ll start a DIY club some day… who knows 🙂