HOEM is committed to the well-being of all its residents. What isn’t on-site is readily available on campus, and your RA or faculty Academic Link can connect you to these resources. Success is not just about thriving academically. To fully enjoy the university experience, it is vital that you stay healthy and feel good: mind, body and soul. Nobody should have to go this alone. As a HOEM resident, you are steps away from either on-site or on-campus services that cover all the mind/body/soul bases: fitness and nutrition, counselling, study skills, transitioning to student life and more.
HOEM gives you the opportunity to meet other students, have fun and feel at home – but, eventually, you’ve got to get schooled. HOEM has traditional quiet study spaces on every floor (there is no librarian to shush people, so we take turns) and a multipurpose room on the second floor that isn’t strictly silent. If your study style is a bit more raucous and you need a place for the study group to meet or prepare for a presentation, HOEM is also equipped with meeting rooms with wirelessly connectable TVs and white-board. If you are a hands-on learner, the Maker Space is ideal for physical projects.
Studies show that college students who regularly engage in vigorous exercise get better grades. There are multiple ways to raise your heart rate, but the healthiest and most convenient strategy is to visit the Fitness Centre on-site at HOEM. Decked out with state of the art equipment, the Fitness Centre also features group workout classes led by Fitness on Demand (get a Hard Body with Jillian Michaels!), yoga studio for independent practice or workshops, kick boxing workshops and more.
When people are bugging you to go out, all messing with your inner calm and focus, you can say “Namaste HOEM and do some yoga.” HOEM features its own yoga studio, a place of quiet and respite from the demands of student life. Get grounded, follow your breath or just lie down in savasana for an hour. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress, increase focus and level out emotions: the perfect counter pose to a grueling class schedule, studying, exams and deadlines. Practice sun salutations alone, catch a yoga class on ‘Fit on Demand’ or join one of the many workshops scheduled throughout the school year.
A healthy diet is important for your overall well-being. Nutritious, nourishing foods will give you energy to get through the school day, boost your immune system and sharpen your focus. All HOEM suites have shared kitchens that are well equipped, so you can prepare meals and not always rely on food on the go. Cooking at home is also a great way to save money. HOEM will host cooking workshops in our demonstration kitchen to educate and inspire. For advice on a balanced diet and simple recipes and meal plans, the Student Health Assistance and Resilience Program (SHARP) located at 350 Victoria Street (or access their online video library) can help. SHARP can connect you to resources like Dietitian services, the Good Food Box and Health Promotion Events.
“The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ~ Martin Luther King. Reaching out to the Toronto community through volunteering is an important part of HOEM life. Not only is it a chance to make a difference, it gives residents the opportunity to get involved, give back to the community and experience Toronto’s rich cultural diversity. Throughout the school year, HOEM organizes on-site fundraising events like food drives but it also coordinates outreach programs including neighbourhood cleanups, soup kitchen service and more. HOEM also hosts workshops from local charities that explain the work they do, its impact and how residents can help.