Some spoooooky reminders from Campus Life & Engagement

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Hey Campus Life & Engage,


Happy (almost) Halloween and welcome back to another FY5! The FY5 is a semi-monthly e-newsletter for first-year students with fun tips and tricks and memos for you to be aware of during the academic year. This week, we’ve got some extra spooky offerings: from ghastly email etiquette, a spooky lecture series, and overcoming the fright of remote networking. Enjoy!




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!


November 20: It Takes All Of Us Completion Deadline


It Takes All Of Us: Creating a Campus Community Free of Sexual Violence is an online learning program that is mandatory for everyone at McGill, including all students, faculty and staff. This program is an essential piece of our campus-wide work on sexual violence prevention and response.


The program, hosted on myCourses, takes about 45 minutes to complete. Current students (with the exception of Continuing Studies non-credit students) must complete the program by November 20, 2020, in order to ensure that a hold is not placed on course registration for the Winter 2020 term.


If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual violence, know that you are not alone. Any member of the McGill community can reach out to the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) at for confidential, non-judgmental and non-directional support. The OSVRSE can also provide accommodations to the It Takes All of Us program.


For questions specific to the program, please email







SKILLS21 is a skills development program for McGill undergraduate students. It aims to provide flexible opportunities and support for students wanting to develop 21st century skills, values, and attitudes. The program provides students with skills development workshops categorized according to five streams (or skills categories), offered by many partnering units at McGill.


Students register for SKILLS21, choose a stream, register for workshops, and attend. Completion of workshops and streams is recognized on the co-curricular record. Workshops are held multiple times a week, so why wait? Check out the schedule here and sign up now!


Upcoming Webinar – The Art of Taking Exams


Join SKILLS21 on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. EST to master the art of the exam! This webinar will teach you the skills and strategies you need to be able to ace your next exam. It will break down the exam process into three categories: Before an Exam, Day of the Exam, and After an Exam - allowing you to learn the best way to approach an exam so you can get the grades that you deserve. Sign up now!



Emailing Instructors: A Creative Video Guide to Email Etiquette


While many students have mastered the art of email, others might still be taking "poetic license": unclear subject lines, omitted course name or student ID, or even the odd emoji! Proper email etiquette is always important, and even more so during the remote semester. Click here for an email etiquette guide in English, and here for French.



Haunted Histories


The tradition continues: join the History Students’ Association and the Classics Students’ Association for this year's Haunted Histories lectures!


On October 27th at 6pm EST, four professors will be giving short talks on Halloween related historical stories (with time for your burning questions). For more information, check out the Facebook event page.


Raising Spirits


The McGill Library is launching an interactive online game, Raising Spirits, on Halloween! A mysterious corruption plagues the McGill campus, disrupting websites, scrambling resources, and warping spaces. Find the pathologist to help stop the poison’s spread! Solve puzzles as you virtually navigate spaces on campus to uncover the villain and gain access to some of the library’s best-kept secrets.


McGill First Generation Week


McGill's first-ever, week-long celebration for First-Generation students is here! In honour of National First-Generation Day on November 8th, join us for a week of programming including student panels, wellness and self-care activities, and networking events with McGill staff and faculty. Registration is required, so sign up now! More information is available on the Facebook event page.


Understanding the Four Communication Styles for Success


Hosted by organizational psychological Manuelle Charbonneau, this free one-hour webinar on Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. EST provides a well-established framework for recognizing and adapting to various communication styles in university and at work. Register now!


Café CL&E


Campus Life and Engagement presents Café CL&E: Undergraduate Edition! Have a question that needs answering? Need support? Want to socialize over a cup of coffee or tea? Drop-in to Café CL&E next Thursday, Oct. 29 on Zoom. A member of our team will be here every other week to lend an ear and share a warm beverage. Café CL&E runs in both the morning and afternoon (Eastern Time) to encompass as many time zones as possible. For more details, see the Facebook event linked above.






How can I network remotely?


There are plenty of ways to grow your network during the remote semester! With everything online, it’s even more accessible than ever.


This is a great time to spruce up your CV and hone your cover letters with help from McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS). Sign up for an online appointment and meet with a career advisor to polish your application, or simply to discuss your goals for the future.


Another great way to network is to attend one of the many upcoming career fairs and networking events. These provide amazing opportunities to engage with industry professionals, as well as McGill alumni.

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 We either know the answers or know someone who does!


Happy Halloween!


Gilbert Lin

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




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