The Blueprint Program
Want to learn how to achieve academic success, explore your career options, develop healthy habits, and get involved on campus and in your community? Then Blueprint is definitely for you! Blueprint is an easy way to discover the opportunities available to you and start getting involved in campus life. You choose the eight workshops and the involvement activity that you feel will help you learn and develop the skills on which you will build your own experience at U of T.
How to participate
- Register for the program. Once registered, you will be added to Blueprint’s Ultra-Helpful Weekly Email distribution list.
- Pick up a Blueprint card from the Housing Services front desk, located on the second floor of the Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street).
- Read the Ultra-Helpful Weekly Email, filled with upcoming workshops and involvement activity ideas, to choose the ones that best fit your schedule and your interests.
- Attend workshops and record your progress on your Blueprint card. But don’t forget to bring it with you!
- Participate in an involvement activity, whether it is joining a club or a team, becoming a volunteer, attending a conference, or getting involved in some other way.
- Write a short reflection (about a page or so) about what you learned from participating in the Blueprint program.
- Make an appointment to have your Blueprint card and written reflection reviewed and approved by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the learning outcomes of the individual workshops, the Blueprint program is meant to help introduce you to U of T and its culture, to the many programs and services available to you, and to the wealth of opportunities for involvement, both on-campus and in the broader community.
By registering, you will receive the Ultra-Helpful Weekly Email, filled with upcoming workshops and involvement activity ideas that will help you build your own experience.
Blueprint is designed to fit your interests and your schedule. Using the upcoming workshop pages below as your guide, all you need to do is choose which workshops you wish to attend, register using the links provided, attend the session, and have the facilitator sign your Blueprint card at the end.
You will need to attend the required number of workshops in each of the learning areas – which adds up to eight workshops in total. For the Personal Interest workshop slot, you may select and record any workshop on any topic you wish (including extra workshops from the other learning areas).
- Academic Skills
- Leadership & Civic Engagement
- Career Development
- Health & Well-being
- Personal Interest
You can also get the latest information on upcoming workshops in the Ultra-Helpful Weekly Email, which will be sent to your email address once you register for the program.
In addition to the workshops described above, you will choose one involvement activity to participate in. You may want to join a club or a team, become a volunteer, attend a conference, or get involved in some other way. Whatever you choose, record the details of your participation in your Blueprint tracking card.
Here are some involvement activities you may wish to explore:
- Become an active member of a campus club or your student government. Check out Ulife for a complete listing of campus organizations.
- Join an intramural team. With sports ranging from basketball to rugby, ultimate to tennis, flag football to inner tube water polo, there's something for everyone!
- Participate in a mentorship program. There are a variety of mentorship programs offered throughout the campus. Check out our mentorship database to search the opportunities available.
- Take part in a Community Action Project offered by the Centre for Community Partnerships. This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer in a community service placement of your choice.
- Visit the Academic Success Centre and meet with a Learning Strategist to develop a study plan. You can drop-in or make an appointment at the ASC.
- Meet with a librarian to discuss research strategies. Most of the libraries on campus offer this service, you just need to make an appointment with a librarian.
- Become a Volunteer Note-taker with Accessibility Services. Take a look at the list of courses that require a note-taker – you're likely in at least one of them.
- Join a Hart House club or committee. Hart House isn't just a place to hang out, it also has a vibrant community – and you're welcome to join in!
- Explore a career by taking part in the Extern Job Shadowing Program offered by the Career Centre. This is an excellent opportunity to investigate what a career you're interested in is really like.
- Participate in the Alternative Reading Week offered by the Centre for Community Partnerships. In only a few days, you can make a huge impact on a community in need!
In addition to the involvement activities highlighted in the Ultra-Helpful Weekly Email and those listed above, you are welcome to submit your own. If there is an involvement activity you’d like to participate in, share it with us by sending an email to email@example.com to make sure it meets the program requirements.
Fabulous February Finish Contest
That's right, if you complete your Blueprint tracking card between now and the end of February, you'll be entered to win some awesome prizes!
Prizes include: three $10 e-gift cards to Second Cup, one $25 e-gift card to Amazon.ca and a grand prize of a $50 shop! card for the Toronto Eaton Centre.
The contest is open to all University of Toronto students registered in the Blueprint program. To be eligible, you must have completed the Blueprint program requirements, written your reflection and have met with the program coordinator for your Blueprint Review by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Any participants who have completed the program since September 1, 2016 will be included in the draw.
To schedule your Blueprint Review, please e-mail the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.