My First Six Weeks runs from September 6 to October 13 and is designed to help ensure that your transition to U of T is a smooth one. With that in mind, each week has a theme and features engaging workshops and activities that reflect the questions you may be asking or the resources you may be seeking during those weeks.

Below is the full schedule of featured workshops, offered exclusively to My First Six Weeks participants. Before pre-registering for My First Six Weeks, please ensure that you are able to attend at least one featured workshop per week during the My First Six Weeks program. The experiential activities and additional programming are completely optional.

 

Contents

Week 1 Discovering Your New Campus
Week 2 Gaining the Tools for Your Success
Week 3 Engaging in Your Community
Week 4 Taking Care of Yourself
Week 5 Setting Goals for Yourself
Week 6 Preparing Yourself for Midterms & Beyond

Week 1: Discovering Your New Campus

Featured Workshop

My First Six Weeks Welcome Session

Wednesday, September 6, 2 - 4 p.m.

Room 1170, Bahen Centre for Information Technology (40 St. George Street)

Welcome to U of T! Join us at the official My First Six Weeks welcome session to learn more about the program, meet fellow new students, and participate in an activity that will help you discover your where your passions lie before we head over to the Clubs Carnival. Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Experiential Activity

Clubs Carnival

Wednesday, September 6, 4 - 7 p.m.

King’s College Circle (a.k.a. Front Campus)

The Clubs Carnival on Front Campus features food, inflatables, a DJ, sponsored activities, and tons of student clubs on campus that you can get involved in! Be sure to check out the clubs and talk with their members - you never know what might pique your interest! This event is brought to you by your University of Toronto Students' Union.

 

Additional Programming

Goldring Centre Tours with MoveU

Thursday, September 7 & Friday, September 8 @ 11 a.m.

Starts from the Goldring Centre Reception Desk (Main Floor, 100 Devonshire Place)

You don’t have to be on the Varsity Blues to access the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Join MoveU to learn all about how to access the gym, use the equipment, get involved, and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

 

Robarts Library Tours

Thursday, September 7 & Friday, September 8 @ 1 p.m.

Starts from the Robarts Library Information Desk (Main Floor, 130 St. George Street)

As Robarts Library is the largest of U of T’s 44 libraries, it can be a bit difficult to navigate if you don’t know where you’re going. Why not make your first trip to Robarts an easy one by exploring it with a helpful guide and fellow new students?

 

Campus Food Tours

Thursday, September 7 & Friday, September 8 @ 3 p.m.

Starts from Willcocks Commons (Willcocks Street, between St. George and Huron)

U of T has over 30 Food Services locations where you can purchase everything from a full meal to a quick snack and coffee. These guided tours will visit a residence dining hall, a campus food court, and a Grab & Go location. You will also receive a U of T food map to help you in your own explorations.

Week 2: Gaining the Tools for Your Success

Featured Workshops

Gearing up for Academic Success

Monday, September 11, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)

This workshop will help you understand the difference between high school and university learning, develop effective study strategies, and build healthy habits and resilient attitudes. We will also discuss how to access helpful academic resources that will support your success through the year, as well as work together to set some academic and personal goals.

 

Finding On-Campus Work & Research Opportunities

Wednesday, September 13, 4 - 6 p.m.

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience/Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

A work search is a dynamic, often complex process. Equip yourself with resources, tools, and strategies that will assist you in locating and pursuing an on-campus work or research opportunity. This workshop will provide you with ways to help guide your search and build your capacity to convey your strengths to potential employers.

 

Accessing the U of T Libraries & Writing Centres

Thursday, September 14, 3 - 4 p.m.

Room 4033 (Electronic Classroom), Robarts Library (130 St. George Street)

This workshop will explore how to effectively use the online library database to navigate U of T’s vast collection. Once you’ve learned how to find a source, we will also discuss how to determine if it’s an appropriate source for your academic project. We will also discuss how to access your college or faculty’s Writing Centre and where to find help at U of T’s libraries.

 

Experiential Activity

Explore Hart House & MoveU Play Day

Thursday, September 14, 12 - 2 p.m.

Hart House & Back Campus Fields

Explore exciting ways to engage your mind and body during Explore Hart House and MoveU Play Day! Before or after a game of bubble soccer, balloon volleyball, or nerf archery on the Back Campus fields, come into Hart House to enjoy a free BBQ lunch and check out all of the recreation, wellness, creative expression and skills development opportunities it has to offer. Everybody is welcome!

 

Additional Programming

Street Fest

Tuesday, September 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

King’s College Circle (a.k.a. Front Campus)

Join us as we take over St. George Street, from Hoskin/Harbord to College, for a day filled with music, performances, food trucks, exhibitor booths, and hundreds of amazing clubs that you can get involved in! The Street Fest makes for a great break between classes and is a great space to explore what your campus has to offer! This event is brought to you by your University of Toronto Students' Union.

 

Rainbow Cupcakes

Thursday, September 14. 2 - 4 p.m.

Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (Room 416 & 417), Sussex Court (21 Sussex Avenue)

Join the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office for an afternoon of cupcake decorating and eating! While we enjoy our cupcake creations, you can chat with students and staff about sexual and gender diversity in Toronto and how to connect with various lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities on campus. LGBTQ+ people and friends welcome.

Week 3: Engaging in Your Community

Featured Workshops

Introduction to Community-Engaged Learning

Monday, September 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience/Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

Discover how you can engage with the community, and what you can learn from doing so. This workshop will explore how we can enter communities with respect and openness to learning about others and ourselves. It will also give you an opportunity to explore what you’d hope to get out of a community-engaged learning experience.

 

Equity 101: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Tuesday, September 19, 1 - 3 p.m.

Baldwin Room, Centre for International Experience/Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

We talk a lot about “equity,” but what do we really mean? How does it relate to our everyday lives? This workshop will explore these questions while also creating a space for us to think about what commitments we can make around continuing to learn more while putting what we have learned into action.

 

What is Leadership?

Wednesday, September 20, 12 - 2 p.m.

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience/Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

What does being a leader mean to you? Your definition of leadership arises from your unique experiences, role models, feedback, theories, passions, and goals. This workshop will aid your reflection on your own experiences, previous role models, and feedback you’ve received, as well as discuss leadership models that showcase the evolution of the idea of leadership.

 

Experiential Activity

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday, September 23, 1 - 6 p.m.

Busses depart the Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House at 1 p.m. (569 Spadina Avenue)

Join U of T as we take action to help restore the shoreline! We will travel as a group to Woodbine Beach, where you will spend the day making friends with fellow students as you make a positive and lasting impact on our environment and communities.

(You will need to register separately for this activity. Register for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.)

 

Additional Programming

Career Information Days

Wednesday September 20 & Thursday September 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Exam Centre (Main Floor, 255 McCaul Street)

Are you interested in exploring what careers you may be interested in? Career Information Days are fantastic opportunities to do just that! You will be able to interact with representatives from over 100 top companies and learn more about the opportunities available in a field you’re interested in.

(You will need to register separately for this activity. Learn more and register for Career Information Days.)

Week 4: Taking Care of Yourself

Featured Workshops

Managing Time & Procrastination Habits

Wednesday, September 27, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)

This workshop will help you develop your organization and time planning skills, break down large assignments, create study plans, map your assignment deadlines, and create a balanced weekly schedule. We will also discuss how to increase your ability to regulate yourself and bring attention to your work, as well as skills to manage stress.

 

Indigenous Mind, Observation & Reflection

Thursday, September 28, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

First Nations House Lounge, Borden Building North (Third Floor, 563 Spadina Avenue)

This workshop will explore approaches to mindfulness and techniques to help you feel more relaxed, relieve stress and build resiliency. Please bring a yoga mat or cushion.

 

Plotting Your Mental Health Roadmap

Friday, September 29, 2 - 4 p.m.

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience/Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

This workshop will introduce you to the key steps in developing strategies to better manage stress. We will explore the things that cause you stress, how those stressors impact you, and how you typically cope with those stressors. We will also discuss how thinking patterns impact your ability to cope with stress and where to go if you need some help.

 

Experiential Activity

The Halfway Point: Making New Friends & Sharing Our Learning

Monday, September 25, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Main Activity Hall (room 208), Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House (569 Spadina Crescent)

You’ve made it through your first three weeks at U of T! Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of My First Six Weeks, let’s come together and share what we’ve learned. We will also be discussing how to talk to new people as our group is growing this week to include some new participants. Oh, and if you’re hungry, we’ve got you – a light, healthy lunch will be provided.

 

Additional Programming

Mindful Moments Meditation

Tues Sept 26, 1:10 – 1:55 p.m.

Dance Studio, Athletic Centre (55 Harbord Street)

Rose Mungee will lead you in practicing secular mindful meditation techniques that will increase your relaxation, resiliency and focus. Beginners are welcome and no registration is required.

(Mindful Moments programming is available throughout the year. Learn more about Mindful Moments.)

 

Brown Girls Yoga

Thursday, September 28, 5 - 6 p.m.

Main Activity Hall, Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)

Brown Girls Yoga is for Black, Indigenous and people of Colour who self-identify as “women”. BGY is queer and trans-positive, and welcomes all bodies, sizes, shapes and levels. No registration is required.

(Brown Girls Yoga runs every Thursday, from 5 - 6 p.m., beginning September 21)

Week 5: Setting Goals for Yourself

Featured Workshops

Healthy Habits

Monday, October 2, 12 - 2 p.m.  

Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)

This workshop will introduce you to wellness strategies that you can integrate into your daily routine. During the workshop, we will discuss tools you can use to help track your daily habits, recognize patterns of behaviours that may be impacting your overall well-being, and set achievable wellness goals.

 

Exploring Your Career Goals

Tuesday, October 3, 1-3 p.m.

Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)

Planning your career future can be both satisfying and intimidating. This workshop will help you identify and reflect on themes from your past and recent experiences to help you clarify your career possibilities and goals. Together, you will begin to build a strategy for decision-making and action-planning based on your unique and evolving career interests.

 

Goal Setting & Reflection  

Thursday, October 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience/Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

What is important to you? What are your interests, values, and goals? This workshop will challenge you to clarify the goals you want to set and work towards in various areas of your life. During the workshop, you will be lead through a guided reflection that will help you discover and identify personal, academic, and professional goals during your time at U of T.

 

Experiential Activity

Learning Abroad Fair

Tuesday, October 3, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Hart House Great Hall (Main Floor, 7 Hart House Circle)

Perhaps your goals include exploring the world and immersing yourself in another culture. If so, perhaps you may want to explore some of the many opportunities U of T has to go global at the Learning Abroad Fair! You will also be able to speak to other students who may have gone to some of the places you may be thinking of going.

(You will need to register separately for this activity. Register for the Learning Abroad Fair.)
 

Additional Programming

Mindfest

Wednesday, October 4, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)

Drop by or stay all day for workshops, talks and panel discussions about mental health, wellness and community building. Part of National Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mindfest is a great opportunity to learn more about the resources and services available at U of T and beyond.

Learn more about Mindfest.

Week 6: Preparing Yourself for Midterms & Beyond

Featured Workshops

Refining Your Skills: Group Dynamics

Tuesday, October 10, 1 - 3 p.m.

Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)

To what extent are you an analytical, amiable, expressive, or driver? This workshop will help you discover your own working style and how it may influence your interactions with others. We will also explore group dynamics and reflect on how a better understanding of these topics can improve your leadership and communication skills.

 

Preparing for Midterms & Exams

Wednesday, October 11, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)

This workshop will help you understand the difference between high school and university testing, learn test-taking skills for a variety of test types, and discover the value of self-testing as a study habit. We will also discuss how to create a study plan for upcoming tests, as well as how to improve your focus and manage performance and test anxiety.

 

Financial Literacy

Wednesday, October 11, 3 - 4 p.m.

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience/Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

Getting a university education is an expensive undertaking. Navigating government and bank loans and thinking of financing your education as a student can be a stressful and daunting task. This workshop will get into the mindset of investing in your education, as well as help you understand debt and what you can do to manage it.

 

Experiential Activity

Closing Celebration & Guided Reflection

Friday, October 13, 12 - 2 p.m.

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience/Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

Join us for the My First Six Weeks closing celebration as we come together to reflect on the amazing six weeks that we’ve shared. There will be a light dinner provided, as well as an opportunity to find out more about how you can keep being involved at U of T moving forward.