Fall Open House 2019: Recap

Hello again everyone!

In case you missed it, Ryerson held its Fall Open House on November 9, 2019! It was a chilly Saturday but that didn’t stop potential Rams from visiting campus and learning about Ryerson programs, residences, and campus involvement. It was the first time I worked an open house and even though I’m already a student, I learned a lot about Ryerson!

We started off the day on a campus tour, where we hit Ryerson hotspots like the Student Learning Centre (SLC), the library, Kerr Quad, the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), and the Rogers Communication Centre (RCC). Our guide explained each stop and how students can make the most of their time at Ryerson through research help at the library, gym memberships included with tuition, and equipment like cameras and laptops, available for borrowing from the RCC.

A campus map of Ryerson

After a walk around campus, we decided to visit Ryerson’s newest building: The Daphne Cockwell Complex (DCC). DCC opened in August and is home to both classrooms and student residences. The bottom eight floors are home to classrooms while the 19 above are student residences, all apartment-style. I was so excited to see this brand new building. My favourite part was the amazing view from every window I looked out!

A view of the Ryerson campus from outside a window of the DCC

A view of the Ryerson campus from DCC

We visited the RCC, where the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) held their faculty fair. FCAD is home to nine schools and 15 undergraduate programs, including well- known Ryerson programs like Media Production, Journalism and Creative Industries.

After a quick trek across campus to the SLC, we watched the Becoming a Ram: Admission 101 presentation, where I learned new facts about Ryerson. Starting in Fall 2020, students in the Faculty of Arts will now be able to do some new double majors in their undergrad. As well, in Fall 2021 Ryerson will be introducing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Music for students that are interested in working for the music industry. If I ever transfer programs, it will be because of this one!

The walk from the SLC to the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) took us through Yonge-Dundas Square. The day was wrapping up there, but we were able to talk to two of their organizations, the Ryerson Sports and Business Association and the Ryerson Hospitality and Tourism Students Society. At Ryerson, there’s plenty of ways to get involved with your program and faculty to add on to your education.

A photo of the outside of the Ted Rogers School of Management

Our day ended in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre on an Aerospace engineering tour. Engineering is the complete opposite of my interests, but seeing where the students work and what they make gave me a new appreciation for their work. Ryerson has nine undergraduate engineering programs so I can only imagine what the other engineering facilities look like.

A wind tunnel used by Aerospace Engineering students

A wind tunnel used by Aerospace Engineering students

After exploring campus from end to end, going up too many stairs, and learning more about Ryerson, I’d say it was a successful open house! If you missed it this time, don’t fret as there is another one in the spring, on March 21 2020!

-Jenna

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A photo of a covered bridge from the RCC to Kerr Hall that says Ryerson University on the outside.