Resources to make the most of your first year

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A message from Campus Life & Engagement, the one office dedicated to new McGill students. 


Hey Campus Life & Engage,


With Orientation Week beginning in a little over a month, we know you must be excited for the start of your McGill journey. O-Week is your first opportunity to make new friends, get to know the school, and get a taste of student life—but it's just the beginning of your university involvement. You’ll accomplish so much more during your time at McGillOn behalf of all groups, we're finding new ways to engage with students, and looking to create brand new opportunities. Today, we're highlighting eight resources for you to use in the course of your first year.



Ways to Get Involved


Activities Night


Activities Night is your opportunity to discover all of the student clubs, services, and independent student groups that McGill has to offer! This year will be the very first Virtual Activities Night so you can get to know the groups from the comfort of home. With over 250 groups, you'll be sure to find something of interest to you! Stay tuned for more details, and make sure to follow the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.


Peer Programs and Mentoring


Need help navigating your first year? Pair up with a senior student for this summer and the upcoming school year to answer your questions and concerns. Canadian students can register with the Student Life Ambassador Program, while international students can use the International Student Buddy Program. There are so many more Peer Programs—so read the full list on our website.


You can also connect with alumni, faculty and staff members, and graduate students in one of McGill’s many mentorship programs. Find your future mentor here.


Employment on/off campus


Looking for a part-time job?  Try myFuture—McGill’s central career portal for students. You will find both on-campus and off-campus opportunities, internships, and volunteer opportunities. You can even search for remote work.


Faculty and Departmental Offerings


Take advantage of the extracurricular, mentorship, and employment opportunities unique to your faculty and/or department. Many faculties house their own career centres. Typically, updates are communicated to your McGill email, or on the faculty website. Check out your respective Faculty for more information.


Connect with your classmates outside of an academic setting through student governance! Every faculty, school, and/or department on campus has a student society to represent the interests and needs of that particular student body. Your respective student society will also be sending out regular listervs with event information, employment and academic opportunities, campus advocacy, and more to your McGill email. Consult the full lists of student societies and departmental groups for more information.


Local Engagement


Consider lending a hand and getting involved in your local community, wherever you’ll be living in the Fall. If you’ll be in Montreal, there are tons of volunteering and employment opportunities around the city. Check out our website and the Montreal Volunteer Bureau for more information. If you’re living outside Montreal, check the web to see if your municipality has a Volunteer Bureau or database of opportunities.




MyInvolvement is your online portal for student involvement and skills building. Find workshops, events, student organizations, McGill-based volunteer opportunities, and other meaningful learning opportunities all in one place!  This is where your Co-Curricular Record is housed – reflecting your learning opportunities outside the classroom.




SKILLS21 is a skills development program designed to teach you valuable skills outside of the classroom. Its aim is to help you develop 21st century skills, values, and attitudes through five workshop streams: citizenship, collaboration, well-being, leadership, and discovery. SKILLS21 is already offering tons of remote skill development opportunities—now is your chance to register and view the workshop offerings on the myInvolvement platform.


FY5 Newsletter


The FY5 is a bimonthly newsletter from Campus Life & Engagement designed to guide you through your first year at McGill. We will help you stay on top of important dates, learn about McGill's groups, clubs and services, and gain access to work opportunities. We will also send you resources centered around your wellness and academic success. Stay tuned—you will start receiving them around mid-September, and like our summer emails, you'll be able to find them on the First Year website's Resources page.



Exploring McGill's Services 



CL&E to Success: Showcasing McGill's Services is a series of short, interview-style videos that introduces you to all the wonderful support and resources available to you as a new student. The title functions as a play on words with the French “clé” for key. We will be releasing videos every day over the next few weeks!




We hope that these resources serve you well and that you take advantage of them to prioritize your success and well-being.


If ever you have a question--during the summer, your first year, or any time as a student at McGill--always feel free to contact or check out our First-Year website. We either know the answer, or someone who does.


See you next week,


Gilbert Lin

New Student Advisor, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


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