Second or third year
Hello and welcome to your second or third year at U of T!
Things to remember this year
Think back to where you were at this time last year – things are pretty different, right? You’ve grown and your priorities have probably shifted a little. That’s what university’s all about.
This is your journey. It’s whatever you make it and that’s why your second year might include change – are you heading in the right direction? Do you want to switch things up a little? Now is the time to be flexible and consider your options.
This year you’re laying the foundation for a successful university experience. Keep an open mind, work hard, follow your passions and prepare to achieve your goals!
New U of T Student Life app
All of this information and a directory of student support resources and opportunities are in the Second- and third-year guide – now on the U of T Student Life app found here.
Or, search “U of T Student Life" in the app store and download it, and then download the Second- and third-year guide.
Keep your studies on track
By now you have a good idea of what works for you. Maybe you've found the secret formula to being top of the class, but if you could use a few new tips and tricks, we're here for you.
There are lots of academic support services on campus to make this year even better that the last. From math aid and writing centres, to the Student Success Centre where experts will help you reach your goals, we have the best services around.
Learn how to adapt your study habits, improve your writing and research skills, and manage your time more effectively.
- Drop in or make an appointment with a learning strategist
- Check out academic skills workshops and effective writing programs
- Learn more about the Fresh Start program and conference
- Register with Accessibility Services if your need academic accommodations for a documented disability, whether temporary or permanent
- Meet with your professor during their office hours to discuss assignments, course content, research opportunities, graduate school or career paths.
- Get advice from your registrar on course selection, degree requirements, academic regulations, finances and anything challenging your success.
Gain international experience
If you want to travel the globe during university, start researching your options now! U of T has partnered with universities all over the world to offer you the most incredible international experiences.
Start planning now to earn credit toward your degree, meet new people and see your coursework from a different culture's perspective.
There are lots of options of varying lengths and times (a week, a term, a summer), so look into exchanges, summer abroad, research opportunities and more.
Reasons to go international:
- get first-hand knowledge of different cultures and countries
- gain an international perspective on academic subjects
- access world-class labs and international research teams
- gain global work experience and an understanding of different work markets
- intercultural and cross-cultural training allows you to be effective in diverse environments
- travel can help you develop independence, resilience and confidence
- you can explore potential schools for graduate study
- improve your communication skills and learn new languages
Get research experience
Engaging in research will help you gain experience as you advance your studies this year. Check out your faculty's website, talk to your professors or take a look at the new Research Catalogue - a database of co-curricular research on campus. You can also do research around the world!
Reasons to get research experience:
- interact with faculty
- prepare for grad school
- deepen your understanding of coursework
- build your resume
- collaborate with others
Find a job on campus
Why not earn while you learn this year? Check out jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and more!
Work Study positions are posted on the Career Learning Network (CLN) on August 8, so mark your calendar now.
Why you should work on campus this year:
- network with staff and faculty
- earn extra cash
- meet friends on campus
- build your resume
- gain practical skills
Start exploring your career options
By second and third year you have a good idea of what interests you and the career options that are out there, so now it's time to lay some groundwork. Figure out what steps you should be taking to reach your goals - are there internships that can introduce you to people in the field? Is there a summer job or volunteer position that will help you gain experience and network? Think strategically about your career path and leverage your experience.
Check out great programs at Career Exploration & Education that focus on:
- meeting professionals in the field
- job shadowing
- skills development (cover letter & resume building, practice interviews and more)
- networking through Ten Thousand Coffees
- career exploration programs like Career Navigator and Career Start
Grow your network
In second and third years it's a great idea to make connections with faculty.
So talk to your profs - tell them about your goals and seek their advice. Discuss assignments, course content, research opportunities, graduate school or career paths.
Other ways to build your network:
- get involved with a campus club or organization
- take Community Engaged Learning courses
- join student government
- work on campus
- check out the Ten Thousand Coffees program
Learn in the community
By second and third year, you want to put your knowledge to work in the real world. Community Engaged Learning helps you do just that.
- Courses with Community Engaged Learning components help you connect with local organizations while doing coursework. Your placement and course will align with your personal and academic goals.
- Community Action Projects (CAPs) offer short- and long-term ways to connect to the community. Tutor a high school students, volunteer at a senior's home and more.
- The Career Learning Network (CLN) lists internship and volunteer opportunities that allow you to learn through new experiences.
Build leadership skills
Leadership skills are incredibly valuable when it comes to grad school, the work force and personal interactions. There are lots of ways to gain experience on campus, so get started now!
- Build your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), which has a database of involvement opportunities and lets your record your participation on an official U of T document.
- Take a lead role in a campus organization or create something completely new
- Join student government or advisory committees where you can represent your classmates and take a leadership role
Take care of yourself
As your studies get more challenging this year, some days will be better than others. But when you take care of your health and well-being you can set yourself up for success - both personally and academically.
- Practice mindful meditation at weekly drop-in sessions across campus.
- Learn strategies for time management and good study habits at Academic Success.
- Connect with your registrar’s or Student Life office, your don, a counsellor at the Health & Wellness Centre, or your faculty or college.
- Check in with how you’re feeling and find resources to help you manage stress.
- Hit the gym, join an intramural sports team or try a drop-in class at the Athletic Centre, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, Varsity Centre or Hart House.
- Learn about ways to stay safe on campus and in the community
For tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, fun events and more, check out HealthyU!