Why involvement matters

Students who get involved outside the classroom perform better academically – and have a more memorable university experience all around.

Build skills – Getting involved outside of class will help you develop your personal and professional skills in ways your academics might not. Working in teams towards a common goal, organizing and planning events, and experiencing the successes and challenges of leading and executing projects will not only help you to grow individually, it will make you more attractive to future employers.

Make friends – U of T is a large university, which makes finding that community on campus all the more important. Luckily, there is huge diversity of co-curricular programming which means you will be able to build relationships with peers that share your interests.

Explore your passions – Involved students explore by doing, not just reading. Getting hands-on experience in something you’re passionate about, whether it is just for fun or connected to your future goals, may open up possibilities that you hadn’t seen before.

Find balance – Balancing co-curricular activities with academics can be a challenge, but research shows that getting involved on campus will actually help academic performance. By taking care of yourself and doing things that you enjoy outside of class, you will be developing your time management skills and having fun in the process!

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The Cressy Awards These student leadership awards recognize student's outstanding contributions to improving the world around them
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Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

The student experience at the University of Toronto is more than classes and books. It is life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. Nominations are over for the 2016 Awards. A list of the 2016 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award recipients is available


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