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An Insider’s Perspective to Carleton

Riya, an International student at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton offers an invaluable glimpse into the experience that Carleton University offers to its students. From its supportive learning environment and diverse campus life to the emphasis on research and personal development, Carleton University undoubtedly stands as a prime destination, with the added benefits of off-campus student living at Envie Little Italy further enhancing the overall Ottawa student experience. 

Q: What were your initial impressions of Carleton University, and what influenced your decision to study there?

My first visit to Carleton left a lasting impression on me. The campus exuded a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and I could sense the strong sense of community among the students. I was impressed by the modern facilities and the beautiful campus grounds. What truly solidified my decision to study at Carleton was their renowned Journalism program, which aligned perfectly with my career aspirations. The program’s strong reputation and the opportunity to learn from experienced industry professionals were compelling reasons for me to choose Carleton.

Q: How has Carleton University supported your academic and personal growth during your time there?

Carleton’s dedication to academic excellence is evident in its approachable and supportive faculty members. The professors are genuinely invested in their students’ success, providing mentorship and encouragement to help us reach our full potential. The university also emphasizes hands-on learning experiences, which has allowed me to gain practical skills and apply my knowledge in real-world scenarios. Beyond academics, the diverse campus community has helped me grow personally. Interacting with people from different backgrounds has broadened my perspective and fostered a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity, especially as an international student in Ottawa. 

Q: How would you describe the campus life and student community at Carleton University?

Campus life at Carleton is vibrant and engaging. There’s always something happening on campus, from student-led events to workshops and guest lectures. The numerous student clubs and organizations cater to a wide range of interests, making it easy to find like-minded individuals and build strong connections. The sense of camaraderie among students is palpable, creating an inclusive and supportive environment where everyone feels valued and heard.

Q: In what ways does Carleton University create a supportive learning environment for its students?

Carleton goes above and beyond to ensure that students have the resources they need to succeed academically. The class sizes are generally small, enabling more personalized attention from professors and fostering meaningful discussions. Additionally, there are various academic support services, including writing centers and tutoring programs, to assist students in honing their skills and overcoming challenges. The university’s commitment to student well-being is also evident in the availability of mental health resources and counseling services.

Q: What unique learning opportunities does Carleton University provide?

Carleton’s dedication to research and experiential learning is impressive. The university offers numerous research opportunities across various disciplines, allowing students to work alongside esteemed faculty members on cutting-edge projects. Moreover, the co-op and internship programs offer valuable hands-on experience, bridging the gap between academic learning and the professional world. These opportunities not only enhance our knowledge but also strengthen our resumes and prepare us for our future careers.

Q: Can you share a memorable experience or moment that has made your time at Carleton University special?

One of my most memorable experiences was being part of the student-led newspaper. It allowed me to apply what I was learning in the Journalism program to real stories and events on campus. Working with a dedicated team of fellow students and seeing our articles published and read by the entire student body was incredibly rewarding. It was a great example of how Carleton provides hands-on opportunities for students to grow and succeed in their chosen fields.

Q: How does living at Envie Little Italy impact your experience as a student at Carleton University?

Living at Envie Little Italy has been a fantastic addition to my experience at Carleton. The residence provides a vibrant and close-knit community of students, making it easier to form friendships and collaborate on projects. It’s conveniently located near the campus, which saves time on commuting and allows me to immerse myself more fully in campus life and activities. Additionally, the modern and well-equipped facilities of Envie Suites make it a comfortable and enjoyable place to live, providing a conducive environment for both studying and socializing. Overall, living at Envie Little Italy has enhanced my university experience and made my time at Carleton even more memorable.

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