Goals Month

Do you #gotgoals? January is Goals Month, which means that it’s time to start planning and achieving your goals. Join us for a month of events and workshops to help you start the new year on the right track.

Signature Events

Do you need help thinking of some goals? Join us at these signature events to connect with others and expand your opportunities.

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Connect Four: Life Edition

Jan. 15, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., MUSC

This January, a real-life version of the Connect Four game is coming to McMaster!

The life edition of the game will include four activity stations that will connect you with professional career staff and McMaster alumni who can help you prepare for life after Mac. Participate in all four activities or choose what interests you the most!

Need a break? Or, waiting to participate in the next activity? Why not practice your networking skills and invite someone to play the traditional, life-sized version of the game with you.

Pre-registration for Connect Four: Life Edition is not required. Come by the MUSC Marketplace on January 15 to make real-life connections and get prepared for life after Mac.

This event is brought to you by the Student Success Centre and the McMaster Alumni Association.

Participate in all four activities or choose what interests you the most!

Activity Station One: Drop-In Career and Further Education Advising

Meet with career staff at the drop-in advising booth to discuss your career or further education questions. Receive useful tips, resources and information that will help you attain your life after Mac goals.

Activity Station Two: Resume or LinkedIn Profile Review

Get career-ready with a free resume or LinkedIn profile review offered by professionals. This review will provide you with high-level strategies for improving your resume or LinkedIn profile. Bring a printed copy of your resume with you to the review, as well as any questions you have.

Activity Station Three: Professional LinkedIn Headshot

According to LinkedIn, statistics show that LinkedIn members with a photo receive far more engagement: 21 times more profile views and nine times more connection requests. Get your free professional LinkedIn headshot and get ready to start making career connections.

Activity Station Four: Career Conversations With McMaster Alumni

Bring your questions and chat one on one with McMaster alumni and industry partners about topics including financial wellness, workplace accessibility, further education pathways and the career impacts of gaining a global experience.

Student Services Fair

Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., MUSC

Come explore our services and learn how we can support you in the new year.

As you visit different booths, you’ll get to know valuable campus services and collect stamps that can be exchanged for a prize. There will also be carnival games and live entertainment!

Services featured include: Alumni Association; Athletics and Recreation; Canadian Mental Health Association; Equity and Inclusion Office; Hospitality Services; Housing & Conference Services; Indigenous Student Services; McMaster Libraries; Parking Services; Student Accessibility Services; Services Student Navigators; Student Services Department; Student Success Centre; Student Support and Case Management Office; Student Wellness Centre; The Forge; and, McMaster University Technology Services.

Click here to learn more.

Research and Writing Week

Jan. 27–30

Would you like to become a better writer? Are you hoping to develop new research strategies?

Start off the semester strong with Research and Writing Week’s featured workshops and appointments. Take advantage of these services to help you start your scariest assignments of the term.

Join us for Motivation Monday on January 27 to celebrate the launch of Research and Writing Week. This is your chance to ask questions and receive guidance on your next big assignment from the Undergrad Writing Centre and McMaster Library staff. Details can be found on OSCARplus or in the “Workshops and Appointments” tab in this section.

Attend these workshops and appointments to improve your research and writing skills.

Motivation Monday

Jan. 27, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (one-hour appointments), GH 110

Get started on that assignment! Bring the instructions for your biggest and scariest project, and we’ll give you advice from both a research and a writing perspective. There will be snacks provided, so feel free to come and hang out before or after your appointment.

How it works:

When you register for this event on OSCARplus, we’ll send you appointment options between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. These appointments include 30 minutes with a member of the library’s research team and 30 minutes with a writing advisor from the Undergrad Writing Centre. When you get the email, pick your session as soon as possible to ensure you get a timeslot!

Picking Your Essay Topic

Jan. 28, 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., GH 110

When thinking about essay assignments, do you have trouble choosing what you want to write about? Sometimes thinking of an essay topic can be more difficult than writing the essay! Come and learn brainstorming strategies to help you develop an idea that you can work with.

Problem Solving Peer Review

Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., GH 110

Are you having trouble finding enough peer-reviewed articles for your research topic? Are you unsure if what you’ve found is any good? This 50-minute session will get you on the right track and help you find all the resources you will need.

Revise, Revise, Revise!

Jan. 29, 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., GH 110

What does it mean to revise your paper? What are you supposed to do? How can you make time for it? Attend this workshop to get answers and take your writing to the next level.

Breezy Citations

Jan. 29, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., GH 110

Are you ready to spend less time writing and editing your bibliography and in-text citations? This 50-minute session will cover how to write citations on easy mode using free software. Bringing your own device is encouraged but not required.

Writing Lab Reports

Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., GH 110

Write up your experiment like a professional. In this session, we’ll review the sections of the lab report and teach you strategies for staying organized.

Savvy STEM Research

Jan. 30, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., GH 110

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research assignments require you to use a lot of different information that can be hard to find. This 50-minute session will give you an understanding of how to find technical reports, conference proceedings, patents and data — all the things a savvy STEM student needs to know about.

Research and Writing Week is brought to you in partnership by the Student Success Centre and McMaster University Library.

#GotGoals Workshops and Events

Are you a go(al)-getter? Attend these workshops and events to help you:

  • Find a job
  • Find a summer job
  • Get experience
  • Try something new
  • Develop academic skills
  • Build financial literacy
  • Study abroad

Student Success Challenge

Take on the challenge! The first 100 students to complete the Student Success Challenge activities will earn a $100 gift card to the Campus Store.

Writing Contest

If one of your goals is to write more, then the Writing Contest is your chance to get started. Submit an original piece for the chance to win a $50, $100 or $150 gift card to the Campus Store. The theme for 2020 is “sustain.”

Try Something New


Do you need career guidance or job search advice?

Do you want to improve your grades and develop your academic skills?

Do you want to learn about study, work and research abroad opportunities?

We can help. We offer individualized appointments to help you plan and achieve your academic, personal and professional goals — no matter how big or small.

Goals Month is supported by:

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