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Get introduced to university life at Mac101

Wednesday, July 15–Monday, July 20

Welcome to McMaster! This summer, join students, staff and faculty for Mac101, a series of sessions, discussions and activities to support your transition to university life. Learn about strategies, skills, programs, tools and campus resources to support your success at McMaster.

Mac101 offers something for all first-year undergraduate students:

  • Strengthen and develop your academic skills.
  • Explore online learning tools and platforms.
  • Join in panel discussions and Q&A sessions with student leaders.
  • Meet your classmates and make friends through a fun and memorable community-building event.
  • Learn about financing your education.
  • Participate in a virtual student services fair.
  • For parents and guardians of new international and domestic students, engage in panel discussions with senior leaders.

Being an Online Learner

July 15, 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Lots of students are anxious about online learning, but we’re here to help! In this session, we’ll discuss how to collaborate and connect with your peers, establish a balanced workflow and maintain focus while studying in both online (asynchronous) and virtual (synchronous) classrooms. This is a great opportunity to develop personal management and leadership skills. Fall 2020 might be your best semester yet!

Presenters: Mary McCaffery (academic skills program coordinator, SSC Academics)

This session will be offered again on August 12 through the Academic Skills Prep Series. Learn more about the program.

Academic Advisor Panel and Q&A (recording available)

July 15, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

As a student preparing to come to university, you might have a lot of questions. What is an academic advisor, and how can they help? How is GPA calculated? How can I transfer out of my program and into another program? Join a panel of academic advisors and have your questions answered.

Panellists: Shari McCollins (recruitment and academic advisor, Faculty of Science), Meghan Bregar (program coordinator, Office of the Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Social Science) Jennifer Richardson (academic advisor, Faculty of Humanities)

Studying for Success (recording available)

July 15, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Are you wondering how successful university students study? Join us in this session and learn how to study smarter, not harder. You’ll discover active study strategies and learn how to effectively use study time to achieve your academic goals. Take your study game to the next level and watch your confidence soar.

Presenters: Jenna Storey (academic skills program coordinator, SSC Academics)

Mastering Time Management (recording available)

July 15, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Many students share that they struggle with time management and avoiding procrastination. In this session, we will explore why we procrastinate and share time management strategies to help you organize your schedule, become more efficient and reduce academic stress. Come learn how to balance your workload, prioritize your tasks and save time for fun.

This session is part of the Academic Skills Prep Series. Learn more about the program.

Presenters: Jenna Storey (academic skills program coordinator, SSC Academics)

Office of the Registrar Virtual Campus Tours

  • July 15, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • July 15, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Are you interested in getting to explore your future home before classes start? Our virtual tour of McMaster’s campus brings you our exceptional in-person tour experience online. Interact and ask questions live as one of our friendly guides takes you digitally across campus. During this 60-minute guided tour, our tour guides will:

  • Show you a variety of buildings and facilities
  • Discuss student life at McMaster
  • Introduce resources and answer questions about your first-year experience

Student Life Panel and Q&A (recording available)

  • July 16, 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • July 16, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • July 16, 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

How do I make friends when classes and programs are online? How will I connect with my peers to form study groups? University is more than classes and labs, how can I get involved in clubs and organizations? Join a panel of McMaster students from a range of campus services, academic programs and student involvement and learn how you can make the most of your first year.

Panellists: Anika Spasov (moderator and VP administration, MSU); Jeremy Sewnauth (Archway Program); Madeleine Radd (Faculty Societies Welcome Week coordinator); Tory Dockree (SSC Academics); Emma Liu (Student Accessibility Services); Summer Clarke, Tristan Bomberry, Bonnie Liu (wellness peer educators, Student Wellness Centre)

Online Learning Tools: Collaboration, Communication in a Connected Community

July 16, 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

We can help you adjust to online learning. This session will introduce you to the departments and people who will help you master online learning tools this year. Avenue to Learn (A2L), Microsoft Teams, OSCARplus, MOSAIC/MyTimetable and Zoom are tools and platforms you’ll be using in your classes and with your classmates and new friends. Join us at this session to explore ways to connect, communicate and collaborate in an online campus community.

Presenters: Mary Taws (manager, communications and culture, University Technology Services), Princy Olakkengil (project manager, University Technology Services), Andrea Gyamfi (program assistant, global experience, Student Success Centre), Katrina Esplanol-Miller (educational developer, MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching), Nevine Chawran (assistant registrar, systems, Registrar’s Office), Nadia Buri (business systems analyst, Registrar’s Office)

Q&A Student Panel: Ask Me (an international student) Anything!

July 16, 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

This fun and interactive format will allow you to ask questions and get inside knowledge from upper-year international students about their experiences at McMaster and living in Hamilton. The panellists will also give helpful suggestions to help you make your first year at McMaster memorable.

This is event is open to international students.

MSU Campus Events Presents: Music Bingo

  • July 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Nostalgia Mix
  • July 17, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Trending Now
  • July 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Summer Vibez

Calling all music lovers for Music Bingo: We play songs and you jam along while playing bingo for a chance to win a $50 gift card! A hot tip — this is no regular bingo. The song titles are on your bingo card. While you play, you will also have an opportunity to chat online and get to know other students. Register for a specified time to play and instructions will be sent to your McMaster email address by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17. Registration closes Thursday, July 16, at 10:00 p.m.

Office of the Registrar Virtual Campus Tours

  • July 17, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • July 17, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Are you interested in getting to explore your future home before classes start? Our virtual tour of McMaster’s campus brings you our exceptional in-person tour experience online. Interact and ask questions live as one of our friendly guides takes you digitally across campus. During this 60-minute guided tour, our tour guides will:

  • Show you a variety of buildings and facilities
  • Discuss student life at McMaster
  • Introduce resources and answer questions about your first-year experience

Social media contest

Participate in the Mac101 social media contest on Friday, July 17, between 8:00 a.m. (EST) and 8:00 p.m. (EST).  

How it works:  

  1. Pick your platform: @MacSSC’s Instagram or the Class of 2024 Facebook Group 
  2. If you picked Instagram, you can participate by using the Instagram stories feature and tagging @MacSSC. If you tag us, you might get featured in our IG stories that day!
  3. If you picked the Class of 2024 Facebook Group as your platform, post your submissions as a comment on the Mac101 post. Student staff Chantalle, Richa and Chelsea will create the post on Friday morning.

Note: This contest is for first-year undergraduate students only. After you submit, it is important for you to check your direct messages (DMs) throughout the day. Chantalle, Richa and Chelsea will DM you to confirm that you are a first-year student. 

What to enter: 

  • Create a collage of three photos or videos. Here are your choices:
    • A photo/video of yourself wearing the official McMaster colours (maroon, grey, gold, blue, green, yellow or red)
    • A photo/video of your acceptance letter or a recreation of the first time you read your McMaster acceptance letter  
    • A photo/video of one thing you can’t go to university without
    • A photo/video describing a quarantine activity (i.e. learning an instrument, exercising, creating art, etc.) 
    • A photo/video of a place in Hamilton that you can’t wait to visit
  • Answer two or three of the following questions: 
    • What is your superpower? What would your superhero name be? 
    • What has been your favourite Mac101 session over the past three days? Or, what session are you most looking forward to?  
    • Rep your city! Where are you from? Why do you love it?
    • What is one attribute, characteristic or fact that you would like people to know about you when you go to McMaster?  
    • What’s one interesting thing you have done or will be doing this summer? 
    • What’s one of your hobbies? 

Parent/Family Panels (recording available)

  • July 18, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • July 18, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Parents and family members of international students are encouraged to attend this session:

  • July 18, 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

How is the university preparing for an online learning and social experience? How are services and programs going to meet the changing academic world our students are entering this fall? Join senior administrators for a panel discussion and live Q&A session. When you register for this session, you will be prompted to share your questions and comments.

Moderator: Katherine Hesson-Bolton, diversity employment coordinator, Student Success Centre

Panellists:

  • Sean Van Koughnett (associate vice-president, Student Affairs, dean of students)
  • Paula Brown-Hackett (acting director, Campus Infrastructure Systems, University Technology Services)
  • Mary McCaffery and Jenna Storey (program coordinators, SSC Academics)
  • Adam Moniz (Archway Program, Archway Project coordinator, Housing and Conference Services)
  • Ariel Stables-Kennedy (first-year experience librarian, University Library)
  • Michelle Barr (transition program coordinator, Student Accessibility Services)
  • International parent/family panel: Ana Pereira (lead coordinator, international students, International Student Services)

Financing Your Education (recording available)

  • July 18, 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • July 18, 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

International students and their parents or family members are encouraged to attend this session:

  • July 18, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

There are many financial resources to help you finance your education, in addition to your savings and parental contributions. Join this session to learn about government aid, scholarships, bursaries and campus work opportunities. Learn how to make a budget plan and stick to it to minimize your debt. Our financial experts will share the many resources available at McMaster to help you along the way.

Presenters: Gina Robinson (money coach, Mac’s Money Centre, director, Student Success Centre), Terry Bennett (money coach, Mac’s Money Centre), Leanne Ruiz (Student Financial Aid, Associate Registrar, Student Services)

Student Services Online Fair

July 20, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Student Success Centre is hosting an online Student Services Fair. Part of Mac101: Introduction to University Life, this event will connect incoming first-year students and their families with many of the services and programs available in our campus community. Attend the Student Services Fair to:

  • Participate in one-on-one chats with knowledgeable campus staff.
  • Make meaningful connections online.
  • Explore services to support your success at McMaster.

At the fair, you’ll get to explore the following campus services:

  • Archway
  • Campus Store
  • Ecumenical Chaplain McMaster University
  • Equity and Inclusion Office (EIO)
  • Forge
  • Indigenous Student Services
  • McMaster Alumni Association
  • McMaster Athletics and Recreation
  • McMaster Students Union (MSU)
    • Diversity Services
    • Emergency First Response Team (EFRT)
    • Health and Dental Plan
    • Macademics
    • Maccess
    • Maroons
    • Pride Community Centre (PCC)
    • Spark
    • Student Health Education Centre (SHEC)
    • Women and Gender Equity Network (WGEN)
  • McMaster University Libraries
  • Office of the Registrar, Student Services
  • Ombuds
  • Security and Parking Services
  • Security Services
  • Socrates Project
  • Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
  • Student Navigators
  • Student Success Centre (SSC)
    • Academics
    • Careers
    • Global Opportunities
    • International Student Services
  • Student Support and Case Management Office (SSCM)
  • Student Wellness Centre (SWC)
  • University Technology Services (UTS)

Office of the Registrar Virtual Campus Tours

  • July 20, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • July 20, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Are you interested in getting to explore your future home before classes start? Our virtual tour of McMaster’s campus brings you our exceptional in-person tour experience online. Interact and ask questions live as one of our friendly guides takes you digitally across campus. During this 60-minute guided tour, our tour guides will:

  • Show you a variety of buildings and facilities
  • Discuss student life at McMaster
  • Introduce resources and answer questions about your first-year experience

Mac101 recordings and resources

Did you miss a session? Don’t worry. You can view session recordings and download Mac101 resources at a time that works for you.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

We collected the questions we received from students and parents during the different Mac101 sessions. We know that you might have similar questions, so check out this FAQ for answers to help make your transition to university life a smooth one.

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