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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Start your day right with these tips!

November 6, 2023

I am not a morning person, but I’m trying to enhance my morning routine to ensure a more peaceful start to my day. Here’s what I found useful so far!

Wake up early 

alarm clock

I know this might not have been the first tip you wanted to see, but consider the potential benefits of giving yourself an extra 10-15 minutes in the morning before your alarm goes off. Imagine the added comfort and reduced stress on your body when you don’t have to rush out of bed as soon as you wake up due to running late. It’s a wise practice to avoid such abrupt awakenings. So, try waking up slightly earlier to enjoy a few moments of relaxation in bed before you start your day. However, be sure to set a backup alarm just in case you happen to fall back asleep!

Don’t check your phone

social media

I know we all do this, including myself, but I’m working on changing this habit. Using your phone right in the morning can be stressful. All those morning notifications like emails, texts, or news can be overwhelming. Instead, try keeping your mornings calm and avoid reaching immediately for your phone. It can be a real-time waster if you end up scrolling through Instagram and TikTok, and before you know it, you’re running late!

Check the weather


One thing I’ve learned is to always check the weather forecast. I once had a week when my outfit choices were consistently off, whether it was through wearing a sweater on a boiling hot day or short sleeves on a cold day. Now, I make it a habit to check the weather forecast so that I can dress appropriately for the day. Trust me, it’s a game-changer to know what to wear for the day. So, do yourself a favour and make this a daily habit!

Eat breakfast!!!


Not everyone is a breakfast person; I get that. But it’s an essential meal, especially if you have an early class or lab. You don’t want your stomach making noises during class. Find a meal that works for you; even something as simple as fruits or small snacks will do. It’s better than nothing and will give you the energy you need until lunchtime! 

These are just a few tips that have been working well for me, but there are many more things to consider. You can, for example, get all your things ready the night before, tune into a morning podcast, read something motivational, and much more! If you’re looking to enhance your morning routine more, I recommend doing some extra research to find what fits your needs!

By Dilothi Selvarajah