What FCS students wish they knew before applying

We asked our students and they spoke. The Faculty of Community Services (FCS) put out a call to FCS students asking them to tell us what they wished they had known about their program before applying and we got a LOT of responses.

If you have applied to a program in the Faculty of Community Services or are thinking about it, here are some things our current students recommended you think about while making your decision.

Child and Youth Care

“When I was applying for my program I was very anxious about getting in, and what the program would be like. I wish I knew beforehand how welcoming and helpful all the professors in the program are. They really do want to see you succeed, and there’s plenty of extra help available, like office hours, if you need it. I also wish I knew about peer mentoring when I first applied because that’s such a great tool for first-year students. I’ve had many great experiences within Ryerson so far, and if I would have known this while applying I wouldn’t have been so nervous!”

  • Victoria, third year

Nursing

“Students, including myself before I applied to Nursing, often believe that the program is limited to the bedside experience. However, after being a part of the program after just a couple of weeks, I discovered how limitless it is in its opportunities. The nursing profession encompasses research, community health, education, working with information communication technology… there is a fit for all passions and personality types! In my first year of the program, I assisted my professor with creating and filming a free online textbook resource for incoming Nursing students. I was able to combine my passion for writing and acting with my passion for nursing. There is something here for everyone!”

  • Meera, second year

Disability Studies

“Online learning is complicated when compared to regular classes, but at least I understand now. I wish I could have known how it works in terms of how the reading material is accessed, assignments are accessed and submitted, as well the study content that is involved until a student graduates. More importantly I wish I could have known what levels of computer knowledge/understanding are acceptable as it is a self-driven study, which requires a fairly good understanding of technology.”

  • Absalom, first year

Early Childhood Studies

“One thing I wish I knew before applying to, and starting this program, is that many required courses are only offered once a year, and connecting with an advisor is the best way to get started off right. As a direct-entry student, I began taking courses without any direction, and have had to extend my time due to some courses only being offered once per calendar year. Had I connected with an advisor from the start, I would have been guided to required courses and when they should be taken, as well as supported through the process from the beginning.”

  • Jennifer, fifth year

Occupational Health and Safety

“As a first-year student experiencing her first semester in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) online, I think one of the few things I wish I knew before applying would be how adaptable the program is. What I believe most people don’t know is that first-year Occupational Health and Safety students and first-year Public Health students share the same courses. So, if at the end of your first academic year you ended up enjoying the public health side better than the OHS, you would be able to make the switch without reapplying from the start (the same applies the other way around). The ability to learn and make decisions based on your experiences allows students to enjoy their academic paths.”

  • Kirthega, first year

Public Health

“Before applying to Public Health, I wish I had known what a diverse program it is in terms of the content you are taught and the career options you can pursue. Prior to the start of the year, I had a sense of anxiety thinking about if I would like the program, or if it would be a good fit for me when it came to searching for a job, but my time here so far has eased my concerns. Public Health is a rich program, where your studies will focus on a variety of topics and branch out. I have come to learn that after your schooling is complete, there are many different careers you can strive for. In Public Health, there is truly something for everyone.”

  • Mariam, first year 

Social Work

“I wish I had known how much unlearning and personal growth comes with the Social Work program at Ryerson. The program challenges your belief systems and your ways of viewing the world. It has been an overall meaningful and fulfilling experience, but it can also come with a lot emotional stress. It would have been nice to know what I was getting myself into, and how big of an impact it was going to have on every aspect of my life.”

  • Jessica, fifth year

Urban and Regional Planning

“Before applying to my program, I wish I was aware of the intensity of certain courses, which courses heavily relied on group work, and that I had a better understanding of each of my professors. Jumping into first year, I found it really helpful to find an informal mentor who was in the year above me. Even though she was still going through the undergraduate program herself, she was able to give me tips on how to work with others in the urban planning setting, and be there to assure me when I needed a friend. Going into Ryerson is a different experience as other universities as many students (including myself) are commuters. Finding those few good friends was important to my health, as it provided a social balance to my hectic school work. Those friends and I have completed group projects together, travelled the world together and they’ve made me excited to go to class.”

  • Hannah, fifth year 
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