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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Sylvia Harnarain

Ridgeback Student Voices Crew 

Faculty of Science

My name is Sylvia and I am in my fourth year of Life Sciences. When I’m at school, I’m a student, peer leader, ambassador, equity advocate and Ridgeback Student Voices crew member. I love meeting new people and volunteering my time to help promote and support on campus initiatives. At home I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and watching movies!



Posts by Sylvia

Five study playlists to end the semester off strong

These playlists are your perfect study companion
December 9, 2019

Five tips to kick off the school year with

Five tips to kick off the school year with
September 16, 2020

Back to school shopping list for university

An essential guide to help with your supply shopping
August 28, 2020

A guide to motivational podcasts

Need a motivational boost? These podcasts will do just the trick!
October 15, 2020

Youtube channels to check out for Halloween makeup inspiration

Check out these YouTubers for some awesome Halloween looks!
October 27, 2020

Must see Bollywood movies on Netflix

A guide to Netflix’s selection of Bollywood movies this Diwali!
November 13, 2020

How to combat online meeting exhaustion

Learn more about “Zoom fatigue” and tips to prevent it!
November 19, 2020

Finals season memes

20 relatable memes to make finals season a little better!
December 8, 2020

A compilation of relatable quotes by the ‘Grinch’

Here are some of the Grinch’s most relatable and comical moments!
December 15, 2020

Let’s talk about Bridgerton

I binge-watched Bridgerton over the Winter are my thoughts on the show!
February 22, 2021

Brain Awareness Week: Facts about the brain!

March 15 to 21 is Brain Awareness Week to generate awareness and support for brain science! Take this quiz to learn more about the brain!
March 18, 2021

Which original Grey's Anatomy intern are you?

With the midseason return of Grey's Anatomy season 17 tonight, try this quiz to find out which OG Grey's intern you are!
March 11, 2021

Study with YouTube

Never heard of "study with me videos" before? Learn more about them here!
April 1, 2021

Motivational memes for finals season

Need some finals studying motivation? You’ve come to the right place!
April 8, 2021

Black Trans Lives Matter

“We must collectively demand justice and offer allyship to the LGBTQ+ community.”
February 4, 2021

5 body positive Instagram accounts to follow

Check out these empowering Instagram pages!
March 5, 2021

Netflix series recommendations for the psychological thriller lover

Looking for a mind-bending new show to watch? You’ve come to the right place!
May 12, 2021

My experience joining a Student Life book club

Read more about how I joined a book club… and how you can too!
June 7, 2021

A list of my favourite travel vloggers on Youtube

Fasten your seat belts, sit back, relax, and enjoy as we travel the world (from our homes) through these amazing travel vlogs.
August 26, 2021

This or that: back to school edition

Pick your back to school preferences and we’ll tell you which North Campus restaurant you should check out next!
September 7, 2021

Which lecture note-taking style should you try?

Still haven’t found the perfect note-taking style? Try this quiz for some suggestions!
September 13, 2021

Websites to explore and bookmark as an Ontario Tech Student

A comprehensive guide to important websites and resources compiled by a student.
September 17, 2021

My Learning Centre Experience: peer tutoring sessions

Want to know what a peer tutoring session is like from a student’s perspective? You’ve come to the right place!
September 21, 2021

Random acts of kindness on campus

When we say that Ontario Tech fosters a sense of community, here’s what we mean.
October 14, 2021

Research paper resources

Here is a list of resources that have helped me with research paper writing for my classes!
October 12, 2021

My Learning Centre Experience: Math Study Hall

Need math help but aren’t sure if Math Study Hall is for you? Read to learn more about Math Study Hall!
October 19, 2021

Ways you can participate in the Black Lives Matter movement

A history of the movement and resources to continue learning.
June 4, 2020

Which Modern Family member are you?

Take this quiz to find out which member of the Pritchett, Tucker, and Dunphy clan you’re most like!
October 21, 2021

Presenting five tips to giving effective presentations

Have a presentation coming up? Here are some tips to help!
November 11, 2020

Study tips I wish I knew in first year

Study tips from a 4th year Life Sciences student!
November 10, 2021

My Procrastination Playlist

Need a break from studying? Here are some fun videos to watch to give yourself a break!
November 12, 2021

My Learning Centre Experience: PASS sessions

Never been to a PASS session before? Here’s what you can expect!
November 22, 2021

Tips to beat revenge bedtime procrastination

What is revenge bedtime procrastination and how can we beat it?
November 29, 2021

A tour of the food services at Ontario Tech

Learn more about Ontario Tech Eats with Chef Manager Simon Yan and Chef Edwin Cook.
December 1, 2021

A list of famous movies and TV shows filmed in Oshawa

Wait... this is really in Oshawa?
December 3, 2021

This or that: Winter edition

Pick your Winter preferences and we’ll tell you which classic Holiday movie you should watch next!
December 14, 2021

Social media accounts to follow to stay connected to the university

Want to know more about what’s happening on campus? Check out these accounts!
January 11, 2022

Helpful and free apps to have on your phone as a university student

A list of apps that I use the most as a student!
January 17, 2022

20 ways to refill your emotional cup

In honour of Let’s Talk Day, here are some ideas to refill your emotional cup!
January 26, 2022

Why don’t you have my shade?

“I should be able to walk into any space and feel represented. I should be able to walk into the drugstore and find a foundation shade that matches me.”
February 16, 2022

Nostalgic tv shows from the early 2000’s

Feeling nostalgic? Take a trip down memory lane as I recall some early 2000’s tv shows.
February 18, 2022

What is Snapchat dysmorphia?

Learn more about Snapchat dysmorphia and how to navigate it.
March 4, 2022

Normalizing conversations about menstruation

Let’s talk about menstruation and how we can approach this topic with kindness.
March 8, 2022

Diversify Your Playlist: Holi Edition

Today is Holi, the festival of colours! Celebrate with this us and this Holi-themed playlist!
March 18, 2022

Reasons why everyone should watch Law and Order SVU

There are many reasons that Law and Order SVU has been on the air for 22 years. Here are a few that I think are particularly important.
March 22, 2022

Things you can get student discounts on

I was like wait… have I been paying full price when I can get a discounted subscription fee?!
April 4, 2022

Netflix’s “You” Season Two recap: What in the WORLD

Can we just take a minute to talk about this?
January 22, 2020

Based on your study habits we’ll suggest the Starbucks Refresher you should try next

Get ready to refresh your study routine with a Starbucks Refresher suggestion!
April 18, 2022

Changes that I’ve made in my lifestyle to be more eco-friendly

Looking to make changes in your lifestyle to benefit the environment? Look no further!
April 20, 2022

Shows that have their own podcasts

Has one of your favourite shows ended? Relive them with these fun podcasts!
May 13, 2022

Nostalgic tv shows from the early 2000’s part 2

A list of nostalgic tv shows that I grew up watching! Read more to see if you recognize any!
May 17, 2022

My favourite Bath and Body Works scents

A list of some of my personal favourite scents to guide your shopping!
May 30, 2022

Signs that you’re a Law and Order SVU superfan

You’re probably a Law and Order SVU superfan like me if you...
June 27, 2022

The music of One Tree Hill

A playlist designed for OTH fans by an OTH fan!
June 29, 2022

Beauty on a budget

Recommendations for a complete but affordable makeup look!
July 7, 2022

Calculus and physics: are they really that hard?

Calculus and physics were required courses for me in the Faculty of Science. Read more to find out if they were actually hard and for some tips to get you through these classes!
July 11, 2022

My Ontario Tech starter pack

What would be in your Ontario Tech starter pack?
August 17, 2022

What my summer was like as a work-study student

If you’re going to be a summer work-study student here’s what to expect!
August 25, 2022

Why seeking out help is actually a sign of strength

How boring would life be if we all knew the answer to every question and how to navigate every difficult scenario that comes our way?
September 21, 2022

Ten tips to help you tackle group projects

The assignments many students dread
February 28, 2020

Reasons to volunteer on campus

It is National Volunteer Week! Thank you to all of the volunteers who make our Ontario Tech community a great one!
April 19, 2023

13 times Rory Gilmore was me during midterm season

Check out some of “Gilmore Girls” Rory Gilmore’s most relatable study moments.
October 16, 2020

Five TV shows with girl squads worth watching

These are some of the most entertaining TV show girl squads around
March 6, 2020

How to apply for general bursaries

Looking to apply for general bursaries? Here are some tips to get you started!
July 20, 2021

5 reasons why you should write for Ridgeback Student Voices

Being a contributor to Ridgeback Student Voices has been such a rewarding experience, here are some reasons why I joined, and you should too!
September 10, 2021

Article ideas for Ridgeback Student Voices

Interested in writing content for Ridgeback Student Voices, but don’t know what to write about? This quiz will help you out!
October 6, 2021

Tips for contributing to Ridgeback Student Voices

Want to get involved with Ridgeback Student Voices but don’t know where to start? Start here!
September 19, 2022

A guide to navigating the North campus location

UA, UWhat?
September 14, 2023