What do you think is special about Ryersons campus life?
I think that what makes Ryerson campus life special is the people you will meet, the clubs and organizations that you can become part of, and the lively environment. From
my experience, getting involved in clubs was a
great way to meet incredible people with
shared goals who are
How would you describe the workload and work-life balance?
What is some advice you would give high school students when applying to your program?
One piece of advice that I would give to high school students applying to this program would be to do your best to keep your grades up! The average acceptance for the previous year into the Biomedical Science program was 88%.
For a RyeU Biomed Sci Student...
Why did you choose your program? What makes it unique to you?
I chose the Biomedical Science program at Ryerson University because I believed that it would provide me with great experience in the field given the curriculum, as well as allow for me to develop strong relationships with class mates and professors due to the smaller program size. The program has been built around providing students with an understanding of the human body as well as developing writing skills. One thing that I found unique about the program is that we are required to choose a certain amount of
I definitely found the workload more intense entering my first year. While you may be taking the same amount of courses as you did in high school and on subjects that you are already familiar with, the pace is significantly higher, as the professor will get through multiple chapters in a lecture at times. With that, the shortened learning period of 4 months means that mid-terms and exams come sooner and often all at once. I found that I did get used to it however, and that with proper time management I was able to handle the workload without too much difficulty, apart from the stressful mid-term and exam seasons. While I have only worked throughout the summers, I took part in other extracurriculars during the school year, and I found all of that manageable with good planning.
What are the facillities like?
I found that the facilities at Ryerson are great! Most of our undergraduate science labs located in Kerr Hall got complete overhauls in the last one or two years, making course labs more enjoyable when in the bright new rooms with great equipment. Our actual research facility is located in the MaRS West Tower, a brand new facility that was built in 2016, which lots of workspace for students and proper labs with all the equipment required for conducting research, all with a great view of the city. I highly recommend that you get to know some of your professors and get involved in volunteering in your second or third year and potentially a paid position in your upper years! The student life centre is also a great building, although I did not spend too much time there as it can get busy and loud. I preferred the library, which although not the prettiest building, serves its purpose well. Visiting the gym can be a great way to unwind from the stress of school, and Ryerson offers two gym’s, with the better one being at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens). This facility is amazing and a short walk from campus. An interesting thing about many of our lower year classes was that they took place in the movie theatres at Yonge and Dundas Square. No one loves these classes, but with Ryerson having over 40,000 students in a limited space environment, we had to do that sometimes.
“liberal courses” that revolve around enhancing our writing skills. These classes can be taken in any subjects from sociology, to geography, to fashion. In addition, we are right down the street from world leading hospitals and research facilities—places that you can easily get involved with in the upper years.
all willing to work together to enhance campus life by organizing events and talks for students among other things. Another aspect of Ryerson that people love is its location in the heart of Toronto, where there is always something going on! Just walking off of campus will have you treated with companies handing out free food samples from chips, to energy drinks; not to mention all the great places to eat immediately outside of campus.
A very special thank you to our interviewee...
Maciej is a fourth year student at Ryerson University studying biomedical sciences. He's extremely involved with his community, including being a part of STEM Fellowship, Trillium Health Partners' Youth Fundraising Comittee and more!