Get ready for your senior year!
Congratulations, you’re in the home stretch! You’ve learned a lot – in class and out – and now it’s time to make it count. Now it’s time to live your best student life.
Maybe you always wanted to join that quirky club or mentor another student starting out in your program. Perhaps you wanted to volunteer in the community or find some new study tips to help you rock your exams. Whatever you’re dreaming of, we can help you make it happen!
Find a ton of information and a directory of student support resources and opportunities in the Student Life App. Search “U of T Student Life” in the App Store or Google Play.
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Get ready to graduate
If you’re planning to graduate at the end of this year, there are a few things you need to know. First, make sure you’re on track to complete your degree requirements. Check out the degree explorer on ACORN/ROSI or make an appointment to speak with your registrar. After that, head back over to ACORN/ROSI and request graduation.
Thinking about applying to grad school?
Thinking about applying to grad school? Check out helpful events like grad fairs and career exploration programs, and remember that applications are often due in early fall of your final year, so give yourself time to consider your options.
After graduation, you can still access resources for taking the next steps in your career development. Get a copy of your transcript, use the library system, take advantage of personalized career services, and keep learning through U of T’s continuing education courses.
Keep your studies on track
You're in the final stretch, so take advantage of U of T's academic support services to help you reach your academic goals.
There are lots of 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
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
Broaden your research experience
As you advance your studies this year, remember that research opportunities are a great way to connect with faculty and fellow students as you gain valuable experience. 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 resumé
- 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 for fall 2018 are posted on the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx) on August 7, 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 resumé
- gain practical skills
Prepare for your career
Consider the 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 & resumé building, practice interviews and more)
- networking through Ten Thousand Coffees
- career exploration programs like Career Navigator and Career Start
Create what you think should exist
Did you know that 1 in 4 U of T alumni have founded at least one company? Even though you’re graduating, the U of T can still help bring your entrepreneurial ideas to life. New grads can find the perfect fit within our growing ecosystem of incubators, resources, and programs and courses – including the School of Continuing Studies’ Certificate in Entrepreneurship. If you’re an entrepreneur actively working with a U of T incubator, you can use ONRamp – U of T’s free collaboration and co-working space – for up to two years post-graduation.
Grow your network
As you start wrapping up your undergraduate studies, you'll notice that networking becomes more and more important. It can help you find your career path, decide on a graduate program and more.
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
You've learned a lot in the past few years - now you'll 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. Check out the courses being offered in 2018-19 before enrolling in your courses
- 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 and Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx) lists internship and volunteer opportunities that allow you to learn through new experiences.
Build your 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
Stay in touch
This might be your last year on campus, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye! Stay in touch through alumni associations, mentoring and more. After you graduate, you can access a range of services and benefits including fitness and recreational facilities, the U of T library system and Career Exploration & Education.