September 19, 2023 to November 14, 2023
Gilmour Hall 110

Second-year students, it’s time to level up and make the most of this year

It’s common for students to feel a little less structure in their second year. Plus, you might feel like you could’ve gotten better grades or accomplished more of your goals. You’re not alone. Participate in Level Up to access a community of support this year. Think of it like a close-knit social club, a collection of helpful resources and a series of group career counselling and academic coaching sessions — all in one. This 8-week program is designed to build confidence in your academics, clarity around your career and help you thrive at Mac. 

Sessions take place in Gilmour Hall 110, every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. (No session during Reading Week).

Level Up is an informal, accessible environment where you can identify areas to improve, work toward your goals and more.

  • Learn from staff with extensive educational and career counselling backgrounds.
  • Collaborate and connect with other second-year students who are experiencing the same challenges.
  • Make a plan to help meet your goals and explore career and education options.
  • Evaluate your personal skills, strengths, interests and career values.
  • Identify academic skills that could help you improve your performance and get better grades.
  • Identify personal skills like time management that can help you stay on track.
  • Learn strategies to support your skills development.

Tip: Remember all those career and academic questions you’ve collected since you started university? Register for the program to gain weekly access to peers and experts who can help.

  • Register for the program to access eight sessions to help you get through this year and start planning ahead. We strongly encourage you to attend each session.
  • Sessions take place in Gilmour Hall 110 meeting room every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. (No session during Reading Week).
  • Sessions range from workshop-style to peer-based conversations to help you meet your goals academic and career goals.

Session 1:  

  • Overview of Program   
  • Academic Learning Skills Inventory   
  • The elements of resilience 
  • Steps to navigating your career   

Session 2: 

  • Goal Setting and Motivation – important first steps for academic success   
  • Planned Happenstance – the reality of career planning in today’s world  
  • Resilience Factor 1: Mindfulness   

Session 3:  

  • Procrastination – identifying why we put off tasks and what to do about it   
  • Understanding your strengths – your superpowers for career satisfaction   

Session 4: 

  • Time Management – finding the time to balance life and academics   
  • Career Values – your compass to help you make decisions and direct your path 
  • Resilience Factor 2: Optimism   

Session 5: 

  • Connecting with course instructors 
  • Where interested and values intersect: clues to keep you energized and engaged     
  • Resilience Factor 3: Self-Compassion  

Session 6: 

  • Study Skills – being an active learner and studier  
  • Uncovering your skills and how to communicate them to the people around you  
  • Resilience Factor 4: Grit   

Session 7: 

  • Test Taking – mastering different types of tests   
  • Pulling it all together and exploring career options.    
  • Resilience Factor 5: Gratitude  

 Session 8: 

  • Weave your academic, career and resilience skills to develop a success plan for the year.   
  • End of program celebration 

Participate in the full program to receive a reference or LinkedIn endorsement from SSC staff

There’s a reason we call this program “Level Up” — it’s an opportunity for you to work on your goals and gain more than just bragging rights. Whether you’re on LinkedIn or not, you can receive a professional reference that proves you put in the work to improve your skills. You must participate in the full program to receive a reference.


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