Yesterday, we talked about independence in social and academic contexts. Today’s and tomorrow’s posts build on this and illustrate some of the resources that you have access to as a McMaster student. If you answer yes to the following questions, you should engage with the corresponding resources. They exist to support you and your needs and are, in most cases, covered by your tuition. Explore the following resources!
SSC Academics Welcome Week Workshops
Last year, almost 2200 students participated in these workshops. If you are already thinking about your studies, you are not alone! Schedule to be released in July.
Academic and Writing Skills Tutoring Team
This service can benefit students at all skill levels; everyone can improve! Starting mid-September, get help with everything from essay notes to a full draft. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fluent English speakers are paired with non-native English speakers in settings that nurture exciting conversation. Through one-on-one conversations, debate clubs, and conversation circles, this program encourages mutual learning and personal development. For more information, email email@example.com.
First Generation Student Program
Our First Generation student services are part of an integrated program, which means that most of the services on this page are available to all students. What makes our First Generation program different is that it highlights the services that our previous First Generation students found helpful during their time here and holds exclusive events to help you connect with students who share your experiences.
I’m pretty sure you answered yes to at least one of these questions! I know it can be stressful to be the one to put yourself out there, especially with all the new independence you are about to experience. Try to remember that these resources exist to help support students; you are not burdening anyone by using them. SSC Academics can provide you a network of support, information, and connections. There are a number of ways to engage with us, and we strongly encourage you to do so!
Tomorrow, we will add to this list to include resources offered by other Student Affairs bodies such as Student Accessibility Services and the Student Wellness Centre. We’re all excited to support you, Marauder!
Join the conversation: which of these services are you most likely to engage with?
Is everything I heard about university true? Will it be unimaginably different from high school? Will I really just be a number in the system or will people want to help me? Read Expectations 101 to find answers to these and other questions you might have.
What even is a syllabus? Do I really have to care about it? What is the difference between a lecture and a tutorial? Find answers to these and other questions in Syllabus 101!
What does it mean to be independent at university? Will I be able to relate to my peers and make connections with them? Should I think about different kinds of independence and how prepared I am for them? Think about these (and other) questions in Independence 101!