Tools for Students

Student Health Services - Welcome to the University of Windsor

The clinic at Student Health Services is a medical practice where the doctors see only University of Windsor students.  The clinic can take care of all your health care needs, just like your own family doctor.  We are conveniently located on the 2nd floor of the CAW student centre, right in the hub of campus life.  Our goal is to help students maintain optimal health and wellness during their academic years.  Our physician clinic is open Monday to Friday from 9 am-5 pm (closed Fri from 1 pm-2 pm) by appointment, 519-973-7002.  For more information see the Student Health Services webpage

Below is important information for all incoming students:

  1. Ensure your immunizations are up-to-date and bring an immunization record with you to school.  Bring your health card (OHIP, etc) with you to every visit at Student Health Services.
  2. Following the H1N1 flu outbreak in the fall of 2009, it was apparent most students do not own a thermometer.  It is a good idea to bring a thermometer as well as a first-aid kit when moving out on your own.
  3. If you are new to Canada or have been out of the country for longer than the past 12 months, you must have documentation of a recent TB skin test by a Canadian physician.
  4. On-Campus Flu Clinics will offer free flu vaccines given by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on Nov. 21 and 22, 2012.  Flu shots are voluntary.
  5. If you require continuing treatment or follow-up care for a medical condition ask your attending physician for a brief summary, copies of current test results and/or treatment recommendations.  Bring this to your first appointment at Student Health Services when you arrive.
  6. Individual faculties may have specific medical requirements (i.e. Nursing, Education).  It is the student's responsibility to arrange for these procedures to be completed.  Special TB screening clinics have been organized by Student Health Services starting the last week of August so students will have their results before the start of clinical placement.  Check our website for the schedule:  Uwindsor Student Health Services.
  7. For those students who take inhaled steroids for asthma, it is important that you use these medications regularly three weeks before the start of school.  Essex County has a very high ragweed count and the end of August/Sept is ragweed season.  We want you to start university in the best of health. 
  8. For information about your drug plan, contact your student union (OPUS, UWSA or GSS).  If you opt-out of the Student Drug Plan, you are still entitled to see the doctors at Student Health Services.

I trust you will have an enjoyable summer and that your experience here at the University of Windsor will be a rewarding and healthy one.

Adapted from Dr. Maria Blass, Director, Student Health Services, May 2010.

Surviving Your Roommate (And Surviving Yourself in the Process)

Learning to live with a stranger teaches you how to live with yourself and prepares you to live with your spouse.

Of all the adjustments that early adulthood brings, learning to live with another person is easily the most challenging.  As is often the case, the hardest lesson to learn is the one most worth learning.  Living with a roommate whether they are a complete stranger or your best friend is an incredible opportunity to learn.  Approach the situation as such and you will be amazed how much easier it becomes.  To get the most out of your living situation go into it prepared to:

Learn About Yourself

No one will hold a mirror up to your character quite like a roommate.  Because they live with you 24/7 a roommate will see you at your best and at your worst.  You may be stronger than you know, you may have a tendency toward selfishness.  A roommate will point these things out to you - and this is a good thing.  There are things you do that you have never noticed, unconscious acts that have become a part of who you are.  Take this opportunity to really look at yourself.  Celebrate the strengths, take action against the weaknesses.  Socrates urged his students to know themselves.  It is still good advice.  The way you treat your roommate says a lot about the way you treat people in general.  Now is a great time to pay attention to that.

Learn How to Share Your Space with Another Person

Chances are most students are planning to get married someday.  Enter marriage stubborn and unwilling to compromise and it's going to be a rocky road.  Living with a roommate is a great step toward a successful marriage because it teaches you to live with another person.  As I quickly learned my freshman year, you can't just walk into your room at one in the morning, turn on the light and start getting ready for bed.  Your sleeping roommate with the 8 o'clock biology lab is not going to appreciate it.  It's a mental shift to start thinking about someone else before you act.  Modifying our own behaviour for the benefit of someone else is not our tendency, but it is a valuable exercise.  Moving out of your family home is all about expanding your world.  It starts by learning to think beyond yourself. 

Learn How to Run a House

If you and your roommate have an apartment (or even just your own bathroom) you are also going to need to learn what it takes to run a house.  Sit down with your roommate and decide who will do what.  Do this at the beginning of the semester - do it by the end of the first week, sooner if you can.  If neither of you really feels like scrubbing out the bathtub, it's going to be really disgusting by April.  There is a life lesson here: if one of you doesn't do it, it simply does not get done.  Like the signs that hang in cafeterias everywhere "Your Mother doesn't work here.  Clean up after yourself."  Work out a schedule and force yourselves to stick to it.  Trust me there are always going to be other things that need to be done -- books to be read, papers to write.  If you don't want to live like pigs you have to make time for it eventually (and it is much easier if the time is sooner rather than later).  Welcome to responsibility, you're going to be here for a while.  Do we need to talk about the phone bill?

Learn How to Ask for Help and How to Give It

There are going to be times when you really cannot do everything by yourself.  Before you burn out or drop out, learn to ask for help.  All campuses have some sort of support system in place.  Learn where it is and how to use it at the beginning of the semester, before you need it.  We live in an age when self-sufficiency is at a premium, and asking for help is seen as a sign of weakness - it's not.  Don't be afraid to seek help and refuse to feel guilty for asking.  Learn to ask your roommate for help when you really need it.  Letting someone help you is a way to let them get to know you.  This is another skill your future spouse will appreciate.  He or she is going to feel shut out and even unwanted if you refuse to let them help you.  A friend of mine used to despair that "I knew him too well."  Being known isn't a bad thing.  We tend to shy away from it because it feels like we're giving up control, but you will never be able to fully embrace another person until you learn to let go of yourself a little.  The flip-side also applies: when your roommate turns to you for help, be the person that is willing to go out of their way.  The paper can wait a few minutes.  Never under-estimate the power of tiny gestures and make time for people.  It is always a worthy investment, I can promise you that.

Learn How to Be Flexible

In the end, it all comes down to flexibility.  Figure out what matters and leave the rest alone.  If there are things you don't want your roommate to use tell them at the very beginning of the year.  It will save you both a lot of heartache and arguments later.  If your roommate does something that makes you mad, telling them (please note I did not say "yelling" at them) gives them the opportunity to apologize.  Chances are they would never do something intentionally harmful.  How will they know what they've done if you don't tell them?  There are going to be things that you and your roommate disagree on, sometimes you just have to learn to live with it.  Before you decide that your roommate is impossible ask yourself if you are listening to your roommate.  You can't communicate anything to anyone without listening.  If you're not listening you're not communicating, you're just talking.  Those are two very different things.  It does not get easier with time. 

The way you interact with your roommate will do more to affect your school experience than all the classes, all-nighters and bad coffee combined.  Some of my former roommates are among my best friends, and some aren't, but I learned things about life, and about myself from each and every one of them.  A good friend of mine dropped out of school for a year because of his roommate, and another is still alive because of one of hers.  Think about the effect you will have or are having on the people who share your "itty-bitty living space."  People are different.  You cannot change your roommate but you can change yourself and you might just learn something interesting in the process. 

Adapted by the Uof W Student Counselling Centre from Claire Colvin, editor of Women Today Magazine.