Hello and welcome to 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. So while you’re completing your degree, why not work toward your personal goals as well?

Maybe you always wanted to join that quirky club or an intramural sports team. Perhaps you wanted to volunteer in the community or take a class that’s brand new to you. Whatever you’re dreaming of, achieve it before the end of the year. Make your U of T must-do list!

New U of T Student Life app

All of this information and a directory of student support resources and opportunities are in the Senior-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 Senior-year guide.

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Contents

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.
Explore graduate school Thinking about applying to grad school?
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.
Gain international experience If you want to travel the globe during university, start researching your options now!
Broaden your research experience Research opportunities are a great way to connect with faculty and fellow students as you gain valuable experience.
Find a job on campus Check out jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and more!
Prepare for your career Career Exploration & Education can help you on your way.
Grow your network Networking can help you find your career path, decide on a graduate program and more.
Learn in the community Put your knowledge to work in the real world.
Build your leadership skills Leadership skills are incredibly valuable when it comes to grad school, the work force and personal interactions.
Take care of yourself When you take care of your health and well-being you can set yourself up for success - both personally and academically.
Stay in touch This might be your last year on campus, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye

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.

Before convocation, find the graduation checklist and take the final steps toward your big day!

 

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. 

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

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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 resume
  • collaborate with others

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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

Resources

Prepare for your career

Whether you're ready to join the workforce right after your final year or are planning for the future, Career Exploration & Education can help you on your way.

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
  • entrepreneurship
  • 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

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: 

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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.
  • 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 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.

Remember to: 

For tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, fun events and more, check out HealthyU

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.