Hey Campus Life & Engage,
We're back with the second FY5, our bi-weekly e-newsletter for first-year students. If you missed the first edition or any of Campus Life & Engagement's other communications, head to the Resources tab on our First-Year website to catch up! This week, we have plenty more tips to help you continue to settle into your life at McGill, from engagement opportunities to writing help!
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.
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!
Talking to New People
We know that remote learning has significantly impacted the first-year university experience and made it difficult to meet new people. While we cannot replicate the feeling of in-person socialization, we can try and find other ways to connect students! Attend this special first-year edition of Talking to New People, happening Wednesday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. EST and Wednesday Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. EST, a speed friending event designed to connect you with people you've never met before.
Engagement Opportunities Specifically for First Years
There are a number of groups on campus that are dedicated to improving the first-year experience and amplifying your voice as a first-year student. Visit this page for some ideas of how to get involved.
Faculty and Departmental Groups
Making connections in your program can be intimidating, especially during remote learning. But each faculty and almost every department has a student group organized to represent you, create events, and provide a number of services. This can range from social events, like a regularly scheduled happy hour, to offering NTC services (word-for-word typed transcripts of particularly difficult courses). Aside from just attending events or using services, there are also many ways to volunteer within these groups. Find your faculty or school association, as well as your departmental group and get involved!
Now that Activities Night has past, it’s time to start strengthening and documenting your involvement. MyInvolvement has many useful features for students: the platform showcases workshops, events, volunteer, and other meaningful learning opportunities. It also helps students create a customizable Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognizing their achievements. For more information, visit their website.
The #ConsentMcGill Campaign 2020 is underway! Until Oct. 2, you can help create a dialogue about and increase the understanding of consent, healthy relationships, and sexual violence prevention. The campaign offers online events like Moves for Mental Health, panel discussions, workshops and more. Closed supportive group sessions for 2SLGBTQI and BIPOC students are available. For more information, visit www.mcgill.ca/osvrse or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queer History Month
This October, McGill will celebrate its 3rd Queer History Month! The goal of Queer History Month is to celebrate the history and achievements of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities at McGill, and beyond. Through a series of online screenings, panels, workshops, and community events, Queer History Month aims at raising awareness, building bridges, and bringing together the McGill community. For more information and event descriptions, check out Equity at McGill and the Facebook page.
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 on Zoom. A member of our team will be here every other week starting Thursday, Oct. 1, 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.
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Where can I get help writing papers?
Tutorial Service offers tutors to help with writing skills. To see a tutor, complete the Tutor Request Form and indicate what your tutoring needs are in the comment section. FUN FACT: One hour of FREE tutoring is available to all newly admitted undergraduate students in their first year at McGill. To take advantage of this, simply check the appropriate box when completing the online tutor request form.
Help with writing is also available through the McGill Writing Centre (MWC). The MWC offers credit courses in academic and professional writing and a tutorial service open to all McGill. For the Fall 2020 semester, all tutoring will be conducted online via the Microsoft Teams platform.