Campus Life
Your guide to everything IGNITE
by Richelle Kingsland | July 17, 2019

So many options to shape your future.

So you’ve seen the posters around campus, talked to the promotions staff at their booths, and walked by the Student Centre countless times… but maybe you’re still wondering: what actually is IGNITE all about? Worry not, we know the idea of a “student union” can seem confusing, but we want to make sure you can take full advantage of everything we have to offer.

IGNITE provides everything from a place to have a nap between classes, financial relief for those in emergency situations, and even networking opportunities to help you land your dream job. In addition, we host the most exciting events of the year! Want all the details? Read on for your guide to everything IGNITE!

Land Your Dream Career

If you’ve been in school for the majority of your life, leaving can be a little daunting. You’re used to going to class, studying, and doing assignments, but once you’ve graduated, what’s next? IGNITE knows it can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help you by connecting you with industry game-changers and tons of networking opportunities. We host Real Talks events and LinkedIn Locals with the Centre for Entrepreneurship to help you meet professionals in your industry and learn from experts in their fields. We want to help you transition as smoothly as possible while meeting new people and having fun!

Take advantage of all our great career services to get your resume at the top of the list!

Live Your Healthiest Life


Don’t let the stress of school get to you. At IGNITE, we offer tons of health-related services and programs so you’re able to focus on your studies and not worry about things like getting enough sleep, finding an affordable lunch, or finding a way to pay for the dentist. We offer complimentary emergency menstrual kits across campus for when you get a surprise visit from Mother Nature, a pay-what-you-can Soupbar to help fuel your studies, a Sleep Lounge for a midday nap, and a speaker series so you can find ways to improve your health and wellbeing. And if you need health services like a chiropractor or therapist, or need help with paying for medication or glasses? Well, they’re all covered in our health and dental plan.

Let us help you keep yourself in tip-top shape so you can let your studies take the front seat!


Achieve Academic Excellence


At IGNITE, we know it can be challenging to be a student juggling classes, work, and a social life. We’re here to support your academic success and help you reach your goals! We provide our students with the IGNITE agenda to help keep you organized and stay on track with all your deadlines and important dates. If you ever have an issue you’re not sure how to resolve, we’ve opened our Dispute Resolution Clinic to help guide you to a solution. We know how important your studies are, and we’re here to help you make them a priority!

Utilize our academic support to stay on track this semester!


Lead With Confidence


If you want to make friends that share the same passions and interests as you, IGNITE clubs are the perfect solution! We have a large variety of student-run clubs at each campus to cater to every interest, including clubs like the Raptors Club, Pie Appreciation and Development Society, and the Muslim Student Association. If you don’t find one you’re looking for, you can even start your own! Gain those leadership skills, express yourself, make new friends, and pursue your passions all at the same time. We also offer opportunities for University of Guelph-Humber students to act as a representative of their academic program to improve their classes and learning experiences through our Academic Program Representative initiative! Whatever you’re into, you can find a leadership opportunity that works for you!

Hone your leadership skills with our clubs and programs, and make friendships that last a lifetime!


Fight For Your Future

IGNITE President Monica Khosla delivers Student Choice Initiative postcards to Queen's Park.

It can be frustrating when your school or government makes decisions that don’t always have our best interests in mind. That’s why IGNITE has a stellar team of executives and a board of directors to make sure student voices are heard and your rights protected. We’re here to represent the students, what they want, and what they need to succeed in their education. Whether it’s pushing back on the recent cuts to OSAP, working with Humber to be more accessible, or representing the student body at important meetings, we want to make sure the students always come first.

Make your voice heard by attending the annual general meeting and voting in the IGNITE elections for the executives you want representing you!


Protect Yourself and Your Peers

woman hand putting money coin into piggy bank

Let’s be honest: school is really expensive. With the amount you pay in tuition each year, it’s no wonder students are always looking for ways to save. On top of that, there’s textbooks, equipment, and food, so we know it can be tough. That’s why we want to give back to the students by providing emergency financial relief when someone finds themselves in an emergency situation. We want to take away some of that burden so all our students feel their education is within reach.

If you find yourself in financial need, see if you qualify for IGNITE’s financial relief program.


Be Extraordinary

Frosh paint party students waving at camera

Your post-secondary experience shouldn’t just be about your classes. Make your years at Humber and Guelph-Humber the best they can by attending IGNITE’s amazing events where you can let loose and make new friends! EXPLODE with colour at this year’s Frosh Paint Party, challenge the freestyle assassins of MTV’s Wild N Out, and compete in our E-Sports Tournaments. In the past, we’ve also hosted movie nights so you can catch a blockbuster flick for free and ran open mic nights so you can embrace your inner Mariah Carey! Every semester we host a variety of fun events that will give you something to look forward to, so sign up now and make some memories! 

Have the best school year ever by signing up for IGNITE’s amazing events and parties!


Maximize Your Potential

Cropped view of a senior woman receiving help with her finances from her granddaughter

Adulting doesn’t have to be so bad. Although we know there might be some responsibilities you’d rather not deal with (hello, laundry), we want to make sure our students have the soft skills to transition from student life to adult life as easily as possible. Every spring we host our Tax Clinic where students can get their tax returns done for free, to save you the hassle of trying to crunch those numbers all by yourself, and there are other certification training and courses we’re developing to help you get more of those essential life skills. We want to give you the expertise you need to not only advance your career but also live your best life!

Take away some of the pressures of adult life by taking advantage of all the skills training and life hacks we have to offer.

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