By Sarah Ryeland-Etienne, 26 February 2020
Get involved to make some friends! U of T is big, which means that there are others here who share your interests. Whether your passion is student politics, the arts, sports, social justice, community service, spirituality, or some combination of any of these, there’s something here for you.
Here are 9 ways to get going
It’s amazing what you’ll learn just by talking to people. Say hello to someone you don’t know – a classmate, a professor, a staff member.
Go to your college or faculty
Colleges and faculties are places teeming with activity. Spend some time discovering the resources and opportunities offered by the students and staff there.
Join a club
Join a group on campus, or volunteer. Ulife Online has a long list of groups and opportunities on campus. There’s nothing like a shared interest to bring people together!
Get a job
There are lots of part-time jobs on campus. They give you the chance to learn more about U of T, and you’ll often be working with other students. Find out about jobs through the Career & Co-curricular Learning Network (CLNx) and spend some time on campus earning extra cash!
Get a mentor
Having a go-to person who can give you the inside scoop on how things really work is invaluable. Visit the Mentorship Resource Centre to find out about all the mentorship programs at U of T.
Explore galleries, theatres, film nights, literary journals – the list goes on. There’s no end of people who share your cultural interests. Find out more at The Artszone.
Run for student government. It’s a great way to get involved and make a difference for your fellow students. All faculties and colleges have opportunities for you to run for an elected position. It’s a great experience even if you don’t win!
There is a world beyond your school, your city and your country — explore it! Earn an academic credit or participate in a research project or internship overseas through one of the many international opportunities.