It’s never too late to pursue an education. If you are a mature student transitioning into the university environment, the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS) and York University’s academic resources are here to help you integrate into the YU Community and make the most of your university experience. In today’s #YUBlog post, we are sharing the York U top resources for mature students!
What is ACMAPS?
The Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS) is a support resource for mature and part-time students from admission to graduation. ACMAPS strives to raise awareness of issues that affect mature students across the University, respond to students’ needs and advocate on their behalf.
ACMAPS Resources for Mature Students
ACMAPS provides numerous support services for mature students as they enter a new chapter in their life including:
The Mature Student First-Year Experience Program (FYE)
All newly admitted mature York U students are encouraged to participate in the Mature Student First-Year Experience Program. This program offers students a series of conference-style workshops that build academic skills and support mature students’ transition to university.
If you are unable to attend these sessions in person, you can access online modules via Moodle (available 24/7). You can set your own pace for learning or supplement your attendance at in-person workshops with online workshops. If you’re interested in online sessions, be sure to watch ACMAPS’ online presentation, “Navigating the First-Year Experience Program”.
Success Tip: You will need to register online if you would like to attend these workshops in person. Some of these sessions are offered through Learning Skill Services and the Career Centre, so be sure to take note of the event location!
Mature Student Transition Orientation
This year’s Mature Student Transition Events (Orientation) will take place on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 and Wednesday, August 28, 2018 from 6pm to 8:30pm for all first-year students. Meet and be inspired by current mature students who will share their stories of success at York U!
Success Tip: Unfamiliar with YU START? Be sure to check out our previous #YUBlog post, “Prepare for Your First Year with YU START” to learn more about the online platform!
Peer Mentorship Program
One of the best ways to get to know your peers is through ACMAPS’ Mature Student Mentors. Experienced, caring upper-year students are available to offer guidance, answer any questions you may have or just be there to chat. These individuals are available throughout the year by appointment or on a drop-in basis at the ACMAPS office.
University is a great place to meet people through the many social activities across campus! You can attend any number of social gatherings to meet new friends and find peer-to-peer support. Be sure to stay up-to-date on the mature students’ Events webpage to never miss an event that interests you.
You can also join mature student clubs, which are run through the York University Mature Students’ Organization (YUMSO). Find more detailed information and get in touch with the group on YUMSO’s Facebook page, Twitter page, YUConnect page or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit them in person at 113B Vanier College!
Success Tip: Interested in hearing from mature students themselves? Be sure to check out the ACMAPS Blog for posts about university life as a mature student and #YUBlog’s post, “York is the Ultimate Destination for Mature Students“!
Other Academic Resources
The Career Centre
York U’s Career Centre provides support for mature students as they develop their career and self-management skills and pursue their professional goals.
The Career Centre recommends the “Who Am I?” workshop. This is an interactive self-discovery exercise that can help you gain insight into your beliefs about the world of work. You can find additional workshops on the Career Centre’s workshops webpage!
If you’re interested in specific career information, you can visit the Career Centre at 202 McLaughlin College or book an appointment with a Job Search Advisor. Be sure to take full advantage of the life and work experience that sets you apart from your colleagues at the Career Centre!
Academic Bridging can help mature students prepare for degree studies at York U. They are intended for students who have been away from formal education for a lengthy period of time and do not meet York U’s requirements for direct-entry admission.
The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies also offers a Bridging Program for Women. This pre-university program offers Academic Bridging courses for women who would like to improve their speaking and writing skills and explore the possibility of university study.
Transition Year Program (TYP)
The Transition Year Program (TYP) is for students who, due to barriers, have not finished high school. The program offers an intensive, two-term, full-time program that prepares students for entry into a selected degree program.
ACMAPS and York U’s academic resources for mature students are great tools that will ensure you’re ready to make the most of your university experience!
If you have used any of these mature student resources or have any questions about these programs, be sure to comment below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents.
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