By Daniela Olariu, RSJ ’17
The Ryerson School of Journalism welcomed 143 undergraduate first-year students into the Bachelor of Journalism program on August 27. They had a full day of orientation activities to get to know the school.
Their journalism education began right at the start of the day with an assignment to interview faculty and staff which they then posted to Twitter with the hashtag #RSJnow. Here were some of their tweets:
— alexandra holyk (@alexandra_holyk) August 27, 2019
— CHARLIZE ALCARAZ (@charlizealcaraz) August 27, 2019
— Janice Neil (@JaniceJourno) August 27, 2019
— Racy 🙂 (@itsracy) August 27, 2019
— jenna (@skeletonjenna) August 27, 2019
— Maija (@themaijashea) August 27, 2019
— Olivier Dundas (@Oli61Dundas) August 27, 2019
— Olivea (Loo Loo) (@flyingwithloo) August 27, 2019
— kuwarx123 (@kuwarx123) August 27, 2019
— Mariam Nouser (@MariamNouser) August 27, 2019
During the day, the students heard from Lisa Taylor, Undergraduate Program Director, Janice Neil, Chair and a panel of five second year students who shared their first-year experiences and tips.
The hashtag became a trending topic on Twitter as upper-year students, faculty and alumni gave advice to the incoming class.
1) Do not feel daunted! 2) Go at your own pace! 3) ASK QUESTIONS, the profs want you to! 4) Be proud that your studying journalism! It’s a rewarding career! Also, be even more proud that you’re learning journalism at @RSJnow!!! Good luck students!
— Aileen Zangouei (@ileenzangouei) August 27, 2019
My advice: Build connections and always say yes to opportunities. By doing so, you will try new things and build up a unique portfolio of experiences that’ll benefit you in the long run. All this, and eat healthy because you’ll have more energy to do everything as a student.
— Alexia Kapralos (@AlexiaKapralos) August 27, 2019
Don’t be discouraged by how tough the industry can be. But keep an open mind and try not to marry yourself to a path or career. The things you learn — writing, navigating institutions, asking questions, listening to people and perspectives– are all lifelong skills.
— Nick Dunne (@NickFDunne) August 27, 2019
On Wednesday August 28, the RSJ also welcomed 24 Masters students to the graduate program.