Now is your time to thrive!  Fresh Start is for students who have experienced academic setbacks at U of T. 

About Fresh Start

Build resiliency skills and learn how to bounce back from academic setbacks by attending a Fresh Start workshop and/or the Fresh Start conference.

Discover how you learn best and hear from others who have thrived after experiencing difficult academic situations.

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Conference Fresh Start: One-Day Conference
Contact Please contact Cristina Peter ( for questions or for more information.

Fresh Start: One-Day Conference

Fresh Start: One-Day Conference
Saturday, February 3, 2018 (9:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)

In this one-day conference, hear from students, faculty, and alumni about bouncing back from academic setbacks.

Attend concurrent sessions on: building academic skills, using mindfulness for success, connecting the dots from your academic life and your career, and more.

The Fresh Start Conference is open to:

  • All undergraduate students at the St. George campus.
  • Students who have struggled in one or more courses, and/or who have failed a course, and/or who are on probation or returning from suspension.
  • Students interested in developing skills and setting achievable goals for success.


Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Bahen Centre, Room 1130 (40 St. George Street)

  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – Breakfast and Registration
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. – Opening address: Stories of Failure & Success (Rahul Bhat)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. – Core Session #1: Building Resiliency & Success
  • 12:25 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. – Lunch (provided)
  • 1:15 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. – Core Session #2: Building Academic Skills for Success
  • 2:35 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. – Concurrent sessions:
    • Understanding Academic Expectations (Uncover academic expectations and using faculty and staff as resources at U of T.) 
    • Connecting the Dots from Here toWhere? (Exploring ways to put a ‘career lens’ on your academic experience.) 
    • Mindfulness for Academic Success (Learn mindfulness practices to support your academic goals.)
  • 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. – Closing reflection

This is a free event. 

Registration is now closed 

Please visit Academic Success and Career Exploration & Education for support in getting a fresh start at U of T, through our ongoing appointments, workshops, and programs.

If you have questions, or if you are a student that can no longer attend, or would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Cristina Peter at



Please contact Cristina Peter ( for questions or for more information.