Welcome to your third winter semester at U of T!
Welcome to your third winter semester! By now you know campus like the back of your hand, but a new year is a great time to learn more about academic support, community involvement, job opportunities and staying well. Check out your Mid-Year Transition Guide (PDF) for more info in the documents box on the right.
Get more tips in the Third Year Booklet (PDF) in the documents box on the right.
You have a good idea of what interests you and the career options that are out there, so it’s time to lay some groundwork. Career exploration programs like Extern Job Shadowing or In the Field will give you valuable insight into the career that’s right for you. Work-study and research positions are a great way to get hands-on experience that will prepare you for the future.
Grad school exploration
Thinking about applying to grad school? Now’s the time to research! 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.
If you want to travel the globe before graduation, third year is your last chance to apply! There are lots of options of varying lengths and times so look into exchanges, research opportunities and more. Transfer credits can be pre-approved, many programs are offered in English and there are lots of bursaries and scholarships available. Start researching now because you’ll need to get your applications in soon!
Giving back to the community enriches your personal and academic life, so find what works for you! Community Action projects are a great place to start and offer short- and long-term options. Become a tutor, mentor or friendly face at a seniors’ home and make a difference in your own life and the lives of others. Also check out Community-engaged learning, which lets you participate in community service through a course. The placement and coursework will align with your personal and academic goals as you earn credit.
Everyone feels stressed now and then – it’s a normal part of university life. We can help you develop the skills early on to de-stress and be at your best. Discover ways to stay active, practice mindfulness, manage your time and more. And everyone needs help from time to time, so if you need to talk to someone, don’t be afraid to ask!
Meet other people who share your passions while you tailor your involvement to your degree or career goals! Participate with your course union, join a club, become a peer mentor or find a work-study position or job on campus. Make sure to track your efforts on your Co-Curricular Record to get recognition for your work!
Talk to your profs
Third year is a great time to make connections with faculty. Talk to your profs – tell them about your career goals and seek their advice. No one can give you better insight into your field than a professor! They’ve got a wealth of knowledge to share with you, so don’t be afraid to reach out.
Managing your money can be challenging, but you can find plenty of advice and support to prepare you for the future. Financial counselling is available at your faculty, college or at Enrolment Services and you can learn how to plan a budget, get help navigating scholarships and much more.
Your safety on campus is important. Familiarize yourself with on-campus supports like the Community Safety Office which offers programs in self defense, the prevention of sexual violence and more. The WalkSmart service provides someone to walk with if you are walking around campus after dark and Campus Police are available 24/7 if you need assistance. Emergency phones are located throughout campus or call their urgent line, 416-978-2222. Program the number into your phone today.
I’m pursuing a career in medicine, and I want to combine medical skills with humanitarian efforts for communities that need it most. I’m involved with the Global Brigades club, a charity organization that does both local and global work with underprivileged communities. We’re travelling to a rural community in Honduras over the summer to provide medical and dental support. I’ll have the chance to shadow and assist doctors of various specializations who are travelling with us. During the year, volunteering with the club is very rewarding and allows me to network with like-minded students and professionals to share advice, ideas and opportunities.