What's happening at the SSC this February. Photo includes heartsWhat's happening at the SSC this February. Photo includes hearts
Web banner that says McMaster Exchange Program. This includes a photo of a student at the University of Leeds. Text includes: With over 75 partnership agreements around the world, the McMaster Exchange Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for students seeking a global experience.Web banner that says McMaster Exchange Program. This includes a photo of a student at the University of Leeds. Text includes: With over 75 partnership agreements around the world, the McMaster Exchange Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for students seeking a global experience.

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SSC website periodically unavailable beginning Tuesday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. the following day.

Welcome

Thanks for stopping by! Your academic, personal and professional success is important to us and likely important to you too; otherwise you wouldn’t have landed on our site. From the time you accept your offer of admission up to ten years after graduation, the SSC will provide the services, programs and resources that are needed to help you achieve your immediate and future goals. So take the time to browse our site, or drop by and visit us in Gilmour Hall 110, we look forward to helping you achieve success.

Discover What’s New

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Get feedback on your writing.

Have upcoming writing deadlines for your classes? Take advantage of our Undergrad Writing Centre, which offers support at any stage of your writing process. Students can book up to 10 free appointments per semester.

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Check out the Mac’s Money Show

Mac’s Money Centre has launched a new Facebook series called the Mac’s Money Show, happening twice a month. Mac’s Money Centre and special guests from across campus and in the community come together and talk about money. Our most recent topic: Money and Food.

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Volunteer at the SSC!

Participate in the Peer Placement Program to engage in volunteer opportunities that will provide you with real leadership experience. Plus, you will be helping out your fellow students, which we think is a pretty nice thing to do. Applications are open until February 28.

Thanks again for all you are doing to help our students! I have heard many positive comments about your workshops and some of our students are already applying some of what they have learned. That's the mark of success!

McMaster University Faculty Member

Did you know?

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Planning to set academic goals for the Winter term? We have workshops and other services you can sign up for on OSCARplus.

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Once a week, we go live to share what’s happening at the Student Success Centre. Check out the live series here.

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We have funding to support global experiences. Learn more about how you can get started by visiting our Global Experience page.

From the Blogs

Well, if you are going to procrastinate, we recommend you do it here. We’ve got two blogs. Stories From The Arch shares stories of McMaster students on-campus and in the Hamilton community, told through the perspective of a new student blogger each year. Stories From Abroad captures student experiences from across the globe.

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The Planned Happenstance Project: Morgan Martin.

My barrier at times has been myself and not believing in myself – I think it’s the biggest barrier you can have. So many other people can believe in you or can tell you that you can do something, but if you don’t believe it yourself then that will hinder you the most. I am a very realistic person and I look at statistics. I always think, “I can’t do that.” If you’re trying to reach a goal, then you can’t tell yourself that you can’t reach a goal without even trying. It’s good to have a back-up plan, but it’s not good to be so fearful that you just accept that your back up plan is going to happen.

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Photo of Rachelle Scheepers in Denmark. There are beautiful buildings in the background.

Embarking on Exchange!

As it gets closer and closer to your date of departure, you get more and more of this excited yet nervous feeling in your stomach. It almost does not feel real, like you cannot actually believe you are leaving Canada for 6 months and living in an entirely different continent, let alone country. For me, it did not feel real until I opened the door to my new residence room in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was only then, when I was making my springy single bed, that it really hit me. Here is a list of important things I packed or wished I had packed!

International Student Services

ISS provides support for international students and internationally-minded Canadian students at McMaster University to promote an internationally informed and cross-culturally sensitive community with a shared purpose: the student experience. Services include: UHIP insurance, help with immigration matters, MacAbroad, transition and academic success.

Employer & Community Partners

With an international reputation for innovative educational programming, McMaster prepares students with the technical, creative and interpersonal skills required to excel and achieve success. Connect with McMaster to meet your organizational needs.

Alumni Career Services

The Student Success Centre and McMaster Alumni Association/Office of Alumni Advancement are pleased to offer continuing opportunities for McMaster alumni to stay connected with the university. Whether you are a recent graduate in career transition or an established professional looking to share your knowledge and experience, discover the opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

Mac’s Money Centre

Invested in your financial wellness, Mac’s Money Centre has been developed for you, the students, to enhance your money management skills.  Explore the resources and services available to provide you with the knowledge and abilities to make informed financial decisions.