Welcome to your second winter semester at U of T!
Welcome to your second winter semester! It’s time to make the most out of the rest of your second year. Check out your Mid-Year Transition Guide (PDF) in the documents box on the right to find out more about academic support, finding work, international experiences and more!
Get more tips in the Second Year Booklet (PDF) in the documents box on the right.
Support your studies
To start your second year off on the right foot, take advantage of our study support services and strategies.
From study tools and time management workshops to the writing centres and more, there are many academic support services available to help you make your second year a success. If you have a documented disability and need academic accommodations, Accessibility Services will support you as you achieve academic and co-curricular success.
Get advice on course selection, degree requirements, academic regulations, finances and anything challenging your success as a student. uoft.me/people
Meet with your professors during their office hours to discuss assignments, course content, research opportunities, graduate school or career paths. uoft.me/profs
Work with a writing instructor to enhance your planning, organizational, writing and revising skills in any subject. You can also sign up for a workshops and courses. Use your UTORid to book appointments at any of the writing centres across campus. writing.utoronto.ca
Math Aid Centres
Arts & Science students can drop in to work one-on-one with a tutor. uoft.me/mathaidcentre
You can build practical skills that complement your education and are valuable to employers. Participate with your course union, join a club, become a peer mentor or find a work-study position or job on campus. Make sure to track your efforts on your Co-Curricular Record to get recognition for your work!
Giving back to the community enriches your personal and academic life, so find what works for you! Community Action projects are a great place to start and offer short- and long-term options. Become a tutor, mentor or friendly face at a seniors’ home and make a difference in your own life and the lives of others. Also check out Community-engaged learning, which lets you participate in community service through a course. The placement and coursework will align with your personal and academic goals as you earn credit.
Everyone feels stressed now and then – it’s a normal part of university life. We can help you develop the skills early on to de-stress and be at your best. Discover ways to stay active, practice mindfulness, manage your time and more. And everyone needs help from time to time, so if you need to talk to someone, don’t be afraid to ask!
Mindful meditation: uoft.me/mindfulness
For tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, fun events and more, visit healthyUofT.ca
Move on up
If you need help finding housing, the staff at Housing Services can help you find a place to live, show you great tools like the roommate finder and give you information about landlords and legal issues. If you’re living off-campus or commuting, stay involved with your communities and support services!
Explore your career options
Second year is a great time to explore careers that interest you. The Career Centre offers programs and workshops that can introduce you to options you didn’t even know existed. From Career Exploration days to the Extern Job Shadowing program and more, we’ve got the resources to set you on the right path. Work-integrated learning courses offer real world experience that relates to your future career. Check out co-ops, the Professional Experience Year and programs that include an internship or practicum.
An international experience is a great way to get out and see the world! There are lots of options of varying lengths and times so look into exchanges, research opportunities and more. Transfer credits can be pre-approved, many programs are offered in English and there are lots of bursaries and scholarships available. You’ll need to get your applications in soon!
Your safety on campus is important. Familiarize yourself with on-campus supports like the Community Safety Office which offers programs in self-defence, the prevention of sexual violence and more. The WalkSmart service provides someone to walk with if you are walking around campus after dark and Campus Police are available 24/7 if you need assistance. Emergency phones are located throughout campus or call their urgent line, 416-978-2222. Program the number into your phone today.
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Mark your calendar
When you’re busy with your schoolwork and social life, time flies. This year, mark your calendar in advance for some important dates. You need to apply for certain opportunities – like mentorship, summer jobs, study abroad programs and donships – as early as January. Set a reminder now!
I gained valuable experience through the Centre for Community Partnerships where there are many opportunities to work in local community organizations while learning and building leadership skills. My group was placed at a community centre for new immigrants to Canada. We helped them with their English speaking skills through one-on-one conversations and group activities. It was really interesting to learn about these people’s perspectives and it felt good to give back to the community. I hope to do it again this year, maybe through a Community Action project.