Happy Holidays from CL&E!


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Hey Campus Life & Engage,


For those who still have a few finals left, good luck and you can do it! For those who have completed all your finals, congratulations on making it through your first ever round of McGill finals! We are sharing the last FY5 of 2020 with information and tips about the end of the year! 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. Before we get started, here's a holiday message from one of our alumni:


"I hope you can enjoy the festivities that come with the holiday season even though your loved ones may be at a distance and you are in Montreal. The lights in the city are beautiful and the mountain is a lovely place to walk. The birds will be twittering, and I hope you are lucky enough to see a red cardinal!


May you experience peace and joy!"


Cynthia Shewan, BA’65




McGill University Closure Dates


The university and its administrative offices will be closed from Thursday, December 24, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021 (inclusive).


Course Registration & First Day of Classes


Thursday, January 7, 2021 is the first day of classes for the Winter 2021 semester. It is also the deadline for newly admitted students to register for at least one course to avoid a late registration fee. The add/drop deadline for Winter 2020 is Friday, January 22, 2020. For a full list of key academic dates, visit this webpage.


Fee Payment Deadline


Fees for returning and newly admitted students are due Wednesday, January 6, 2021. For more information on how to access your e-Bill, make a payment, and future deadlines, visit the Student Accounts website. Note that billing occurs on a monthly cycle so late registrations and changes to course loads will be reflected on subsequent e-Bills.





Exploring Montreal Over the Break


Staying in Montreal over the winter break is a great opportunity to discover the city in ways you may not usually have time for! Take advantage of fun winter activities like skating on Beaver Lake, or tobogganing on Mont-Royal. The Montreal Tourism website has a full listing of upcoming events. Enjoy!





Holiday Cheap Sheet


Want to find good deals around Montreal this festive season? Check out the Scholarships and Student Aid Office’s Holiday Cheap Sheet, a complete list of free or cheap resources in the McGill community during the winter holidays. The list has great eats, winter markets, festive entertainment, and more!





Holiday Support


With COVID-19 restrictions preventing travel across Canada and much of the world, Student Services understands that you may need additional support and connection opportunities over the upcoming holiday season.


They compiled the following list of offerings from within and around the McGill community to help you feel supported, connected, and joyful during the holidays.


Mentoring Circles


CL&E and McGill Alumni Association have teamed up to help students through the 2020 holiday season by partnering them with young alumni in a variety of industries to not only improve career and personal development, but also to create new connections with recent grads just like you! Register here.






How do I get one-on-one support during the holidays?


With COVID-19 restrictions preventing travel across Canada and much of the world, we understand that our students may need additional support and connection opportunities over the upcoming holiday season.

Although the University will be closed over the break, you can still access support. You are not alone this holiday season. Here are some resources to take care of your well-being:

  • Wellness Hub is offering support appointment between December 24 and January 3 from 9 am to 5 pm EST. Book an appointment here.
  • Keep.meSAFE provides online counselling support 24/7!
  • If you’re looking for spiritual or religious support, check out MORSL’s list of online resources.

We hope that you have found this email helpful! You can visit our First-Year website for more details 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!


Happy Holidays!


Gilbert Lin

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




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