First-Year Experience

Upper-year students share their advice dealing with test anxiety

Destiny’s story Being a student who always wanted to do well, I placed a lot of pressure on myself. This...

A guide about the differences in high school and university accommodations for students with disabilities

Accommodations Self-Responsibility Professors and staff Classes Studying and tests Grades

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What I learned in second-year, as a fourth-year student

1. Invest time in building your skills Everyone wants to succeed, get good grades, and feel confident in their academic abilities...

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My first year vs. my fourth year

After four years, I learned a lot and I hope this advice helps you through your own journey. I encourage...

Students and staff at Mac

10 things about money every first-year student should know: Financial tips for McMaster students

How to take control of your finances in first year and beyond

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10 favourite food spots, on and off McMaster campus

On campus Off campus Food places that accept student card off campus Nabeelah (she/her) is the program support assistant for...

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Interviewing a professor

Learn more about Dr. Cadieux’s journey navigating post-secondary and now teaching at McMaster University.

Students helping move-in during Welcome Week

My residence experience: a quick guide on what to expect

Move-in day What really surprised me was how fast and organized move-in day was. There were so many students helping...

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University on a budget

Here are some strategies for university students looking to save money. Easy and quick healthy recipes Sometimes you don’t have...

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Exploring Hamilton as a McMaster student

Exploring Hamilton can be inexpensive, active and convenient. Make sure to always keep an eye out for deals on events/activities...

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Ways to organize your time in university

Today, I will be focusing on organizing your time and using time pockets outside of class to get some studying...

A university term of firsts

Signing off This term will undoubtedly be one that is full of firsts, and I hope after reading this blog,...

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Staying on top of your first-year workload 

The work may seem significantly harder, and I remember already feeling behind after the first week of school. With the...

Finding the right study spots on campus

There are many great spots on campus for a variety of types of studying and it is important that you...

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Building connections and taking risks in university

Networking can be constant and overwhelming, but there are ways to easily implement building connections into your daily life. For...

Students in GH110

University life: Expectations versus reality

Each day of Mac101, I’ll focus on different academic areas and share my own experiences navigating university that will hopefully...

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Peer Leader Program

The Peer Leader program includes a volunteer opportunity, scheduled professional development and connections to your peers. Browse all the appointment...

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Get the one-on-one support you need this year

Types of appointments and support Browse all the appointment types to find out how you can access support. Then, book...

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Going easy on me, myself and I

We’re entering 2022 with another transition. Returning to classes on campus. Returning to working in person. Returning to social gatherings. I’m...

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An evening of advice and virtual bravery with Neil Pasricha

Putting yourself out there is tough — especially in a Zoom call. However, Neil finds that vulnerable moments can lead...