Happy Thanksgiving from Campus Life & Engagement!

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Hey Campus Life & Engage,


We are sending you a special Thanksgiving edition of the FY5! Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday, October 12 this year, which is a holiday in Canada. We know that this holiday weekend will look a bit different than previous years. However, the team at CL&E is working hard with our partners to help you through this difficult time. The FY5 is a semi-monthly newsletter for first-year students, containing fun tips and tricks for you to be aware of during the academic year. This week, you can find out more about activities throughout Thanksgiving Weekend, the exam schedule and plenty more!




October 12: Thanksgiving


Mark your calendars! Canadian Thanksgiving falls in early October. As such, the University will be closed on Monday, October 12. Enjoy your day off! Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 15 following Tuesday’s schedule.


December 2020 Tentative Final Exam Schedule Now Available


View the schedule now on the Exams website. Keep an eye on the Exams page for helpful reminders about exam procedures. You can also read about what constitutes an academic or religious exam conflict and how to proceed on the Exams webpage.


October 27: Deadline for Withdrawal from Fall Courses WITHOUT a Refund


You have until Tuesday, October 27, to withdraw from a course without a refund. On Minerva, you will receive a grade of 'W' (Withdraw). We always recommend speaking with your advisor before making any changes to your schedule!





Get the scoop on student-run media

Following McGill's student-run media can help you feel more connected to communities within the University and Montreal! These outlets can point you toward events on campus or in the city that you otherwise might not have known about. You may even be interested in journalism yourself, and you're in luck: all of these groups accept students' contributions regardless of their level of experience! Here's a rundown of the big names:




SSMU Handbook

There’s still time to get a SSMU Handbook! Beyond just being a handy academic planner, the SSMU Handbook is your guide to everything McGill and Montreal! Check out the SSMU website for a digital copy and information about where you can get one in person.


Peer Support

Peer Support allows you to connect with someone who can relate to your experience. Whether you're overwhelmed with schoolwork, looking for ways to start exploring Montreal, or need a study buddy, there's a peer support group to help! Learn about the different programs available to you as a Student Seeking Peer Support.

Useful Remote Student Life Webpages




Thanksgiving Weekend Connection Activities

We understand that many of you are going through a difficult time during this holiday weekend due to factors that may prevent you from going home and spending time with others. CL&E and our campus partners have created a few virtual events to help you connect virtually with one another. Our first event (Speed Friending) will happen this Friday, October 9. Events will happen throughout the weekend up to Thanksgiving Day on Monday. Check them out here.


You can also check out this webpage for other activities happening around this weekend.


Queer History Month


McGill’s 3rd Queer History Month (QHM) is underway! For the month of October, QHM celebrates the history and achievements of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities at McGill, and beyond. For more information and event descriptions, check out Equity at McGill and the QHM Facebook page.


Virtual Codetober


The McGill Physics Hackathon presents Virtual Codetober! Come join one of nine coding workshops on topics ranging from introduction to python to machine learning! The workshops will take place virtually on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday in October at 6:30pm EST. Check out the full schedule here.





Taking care of your mental health


Now that midterm season is in full swing, it’s important for you to carve out downtime between paper writing and test-taking and take care of your mental well-being.


Need someone to vent to? McGill Students’ Nightline and Peer Support Centre offer peer-run, confidential, non-judgmental support. Check out their websites for specific drop-in hours and ways to get support.


Stay in the loop with the SSMU Mental Health Commission. Follow their Facebook and Instagram for more information on resources, events, and ways to take care of your mental well-being!


If you’re looking for an appointment with a mental health professional and you’re physically located in Quebec, you can contact the Student Wellness Hub to meet with a counsellor, book an online appointment directly with a Local Wellness Advisor, or even meet with an Access Advisor if you’re hoping to find out more information about the type of support options available to you. The Hub also offers plenty of ongoing programming to help you feel connected and improve your well-being. See our Remote Programming offerings!


If you’re outside of Quebec and want to speak with a professional, keep.meSAFE is a virtual mental health tool that offers access to counsellors via phone or text 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Plus it’s totally free for McGill students! Find out more by downloading the MySSP app (iOS and Google Play) or on their webpage.

We hope that you have found this email helpful! You can visit our First-Year website for more detail about the first-year experience and, if you have any questions about student life, contact firstyear@mcgill.ca. We either know the answers or know someone who does!


Have a great long weekend,


Gilbert Lin

Manager, Orientation & Student Engagement, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services




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