By Monica Xiao

Monica Xiao is a third-year English and Professional Writing major at York University. She loves classical music, detective fiction and just relaxing. Aside from being a full-time university student, Monica is a classical pianist and music teacher.

How to connect with course instructors September 28, 2023 Connecting with your course instructors will help you academically and professionally, especially if they work in the field you’re interested in.
Using your University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) September 27, 2023 Learn the ins and outs of UHIP at the beginning of the school year to prepare yourself for potential emergencies and enjoy a worry-free university experience in Canada.
How to start a successful term September 19, 2023 The first few weeks at York are an important time to settle into your courses and get into the flow of studying. Here are some tips on how to start a successful term.
Apps you’ll need as a York student September 7, 2023 Looking for ways to make life as a student a little bit easier? Try accessing resources at York directly through your phone! Check out some free apps available to you as a York student.
International Edition: What I Wish I Knew in First Year August 29, 2023 We spoke to two international students and asked them the ultimate question: what do you wish you knew in your first year?
Top Five Food Joints on Keele Campus August 24, 2023 Looking for a place to eat on York campus? Check out these food joints recommended by York students.
Mistakes we made in first year (so you can avoid them) August 17, 2023 Having gone through six years of post-secondary education, I wish I knew in first year what I know now.
Top Six Transfer Student Resources August 15, 2023 Check out insights from my own experiences and from other fellow transfer students.
Managing End of Term Stress November 25, 2022 It’s a stressful time for all of us. Here are some tips and resources to manage end of term stress.
My Approach to Work/Life Balance November 4, 2022 I’m juggling between tasks all the time. But I’m having a lot of fun in my journey!
Five Hidden Gems at York October 26, 2022 We’ve found five hidden gems at York that you can check out the next time you’re on campus and in need of space.
Top Five Study Spots at York June 16, 2022 What we don’t realize is that there are multiple other spots on campus for us to study, chill, and hang out with friends! Where are these spots, you ask?