1. The Hunger Games
As that time of the year gets closer, many anxiously await their fate – that’s right, open enrollment! Whether it’s trying to avoid a particular professor or getting out of that 8 AM, we can all agree that these aspects are just as important as the course itself. Since enrollment is set up by year, it always becomes stressful remembering the date and time your enrollment begins. What’s worst is having to log onto RAMMS at 6:00 in the morning and scrolling, validating and pressing the “enroll” button for each course and hoping, hoping that your WiFi doesn’t fail you. It becomes a life or death situation as you wait for the page to fully load, as this dictates your fate for the rest of the semester. “May the odds be ever in your favour!”
2. The Maze Runner
We’ve all been a freshmen in university once and it’s nerve-racking not knowing where your classes are. It’s especially stressful having to navigate around Kerr Hall. Yes, for us Ryerson students, this building is like a maze. While upper year students are fully aware that the building is divided into four sections: North, South, East and West, making it much more manageable to get to and from your classes, many freshmen make the same mistake and end up weaving through thecorridors, in hopes to figure out where North Kerr Hall and West Kerr Hall is.
3. That Awkward Moment
No matter how long you’ve been going to Ryerson, you find yourself constantly making new friends; whether that’s because you don’t recognize a single face in your class or you and your friend aren’t in the same tutorial class. It’s inevitable. There’s nothing worst than feeling like a loner in the corner of the classroom and watching the others mingle with their fellow peers, right? Maybe. I think that worst thing that can happen to anyone is forgetting their peers name. Admit it: you’ve gone through a semester sitting and talking to a particular person and you still can’t remember their name. You’ve gone through the entire semester without needing to acknowledge their name, but your TA or professor conveniently decides that you’ll be required to complete an assignment with your peer – uh oh! As you try to scramble your brain to figure out your name, you think of a clever idea – “Ask them how to spell their name.” “How do you spell your name?” “S-A-M-A-N-T-H-A”. Awkward.
We all know Liam Neeson’s popular quote from this movie, but who would’ve thought that this would be applicable to our lives as university students. Think about it: It’s 6 AM and it’s enrollment day. You have your enrollment cart set up with all your hand-picked courses, not mention you chose the “best” professors for each class, thanks to www.ratemyprofessors.com. You’re going to have the perfect schedule this semester! Wrong. Just as you’re about to press the “enroll” button, you notice thegreen circle change into the blue square. NO!
5. The Social Network
In a world where technology is regarded as one of the most valuable essentials for our daily survival, it comes to no surprise that we feel obligated to stay connected with our online friends, even when we’re in class. While I’m guilty of committing this crime multiple times, it gets distracting when the person in front of you is slyly giggling at their screen because of a hilarious retweet that they’ve seen. This person not only does that, but has ten other tabs open to view funny cat videos and thedreaded, Tumblr. Please, your social life can wait.
6. The Amazing Spiderman
“Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Spiderman?!” “Oh wait, it’s just a few Ryerson students practicing their skateboard moves on their way to theMetro Toronto Convention Centre!” Although this can get pretty annoying during exam period, I don’t blame those who decided to skateboard from Union Station to theMetro Toronto Convention Centre. It’s already bad enough that we have to travel a longer distance to get to our exams, but some of us only have an hour to get from Ryerson campus to Union Station, especially during rush hour.
7. Cast Away
We spend a good amount of time at school each day, but to miss out on that one glorious week off during reading week? Torture. It’s bad enough that many engineering students have a jammed-packed schedule (usually from 8 AM to 6 PM) but I feel awful that they miss out on that one week of relaxing and procrastinating on readings that are due the following week. My heart goes out to you, engineering students.