2 Month Count Down to First Year

Posted by Megan on July 10, 2014

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How many days until classes start?

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That being said, school is really just around the corner, there are only 8 more weeks until classes start! At this point, most of you have probably already enrolled in courses, paid your deposit, applied for OSAP and figured out whether you are living in residence or not.

However there are still some important steps to think about:

From my article Thinking Ahead: Steps to York U, it’s important to set up any supports you might need which will ensure you are accessing the university from an equal playing field.

Here are the scenarios I previously mentioned:

Scenario 1: You have a learning disabilitymental health disability, or any other physical, sensory or medical disability.

I strongly encourage you to reach out to York’s Counselling & Disability Services (CDS) as soon as you are at this step, and certainly before school starts. If you go to them in good time they will be able to ensure any supports you need and will direct you to resources as needed. Not sure if your situation counts? Double check anyways, it’s better to be safe than sorry especially when your academics will be impacted. And if you think you might be suffering from any of the above, please take the time to visit your doctor or even the walk in clinic on campus so that you will be able to get the supports you need by the time school starts. You can read more about each group and how they can support you by clicking the link on the words.

Scenario 2: You don’t feel your academic abilities are where they need to be for university.

It’s okay, most of us go through this feeling. And you’re right, your high school abilities might not be enough to maintain the grades you are used to. But don’t fret because York offers tons of free workshops that are easy to listen to and give you the information and skills you need to find great success. Keep in mind that some of these will likely be running during the summer and you can absolutely attend before school starts!

Scenario 3: You are a mature or part-time student and you need specific resources.

York has a whole center dedicated to you – The Atkinson Center for Mature & Part Time Students (or ACMAPS for short). Check it out!

Scenario 4: You are coming from high school and are worried about adjusting on a day to day basis.

There are two amazing services, one offered at each campus that will help you out SO much. The first, at Keele campus, is known as York’s RED Zone. These amazing student leaders will be able to direct you to your classes, and answer almost any of your questions. They can be found Monday to Friday in their booth in the middle of Vari Hall. Glendon’s equivalent is The Lion’s Den. And, if you need help on the go, you can always check out my student-run Q & A blog YorkULife (which also has tons of other useful resources).

Scenario 5: You are an International student.

If you are an International student I strongly encourage you to reach out to York International as soon as you want to apply, have applied, or have been accepted to York. They offer tons of resources specifically for International students that I’m sure you will find helpful. I would check out the ‘Prospective International Students’ and ‘International Student Programs & Services’ links on that page.

There is also still time to get acquainted with campus if you haven’t already. YU START students are more than welcome to wait for their orientation to get a great tour of the campus, but for all students I really recommend coming on campus and checking out where your classes are. There are plenty of summer school students still here so don’t worry about getting lost, you can always ask someone walking near by for directions. This will also help your first day seem less overwhelming because you’ll already know how to get from one place to the next 🙂

The other places you might want to become familiar with include:

  • Rexall Centre (some exams are held here)
  • York Lanes
  • Student Centre
  • Bennett Centre
  • Tait McKenzie
  • Bookstore

Don’t forget about York’s Safety App or even Google Maps as both can give live directions from one building to another.

Information about Academic and Social orientation will also be rolling out in the coming weeks if it hasn’t started rolling out already. For these I have some important points.

ATTEND. Every year a number of students decide that either Academic or Social orientation just isn’t there thing and they skip one or both. I do NOT advise that you do this.

The content of the academic orientation can be a little dry, however your education is an investment and you only have ONE academic orientation for your whole time at York. The same students that skip their orientation tend to be the ones who get very confused part way through the year and when it comes time to start enrolling for their second year, it’s quite easy to get off track from their degree progress because they don’t know their degree requirements or which resources are available for them.

As for social frosh it is SO important that you at least consider going. I know that it’s a bit of extra money (typically $80-130) however the cost is well worth it and nearly every student that I’ve talked to has greatly benefited by connecting with their frosh leaders, college, and other students in their program. It also helps, again, to get you used to campus and navigating. Even if you are shy or introverted like me, you can still have a great time and you will probably surprise yourself at how many connections you make 🙂

Remember that both of  these will likely occur in the first week of September before classes occur, so don’t make alternate plans that week.

Next up is paying tuition. This is still a while away, but it’s best to be aware of the dates. For F and Y courses, you will need to pay by September 10th. For W courses you can pay by January 10th. The exception is OSAP students who applied before June 30th. If your OSAP comes late your interest will be waived for those months, and often October as well so that you aren’t charged for any delays. Otherwise failure to pay will result in a 1% interest charge each month and having a balance will prevent you from changing or adding courses at the end of the year.

Lastly, you might want to take a second look at the available clubs and sports teams for the year. YU Connect hosts all the main clubs, while information about sports can be found on the York U Lions website. Fitting in extra activities might be a bit tricky in first year, especially if you are taking a full course load. However if you have some time to get active, make sure you do! It’s a great way to network and expand your circle of friendship and support which will make your transition into university that much easier.

I hope you all have a great 8 weeks leading up to school and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you leading up to that point.

-M

Megan
Megan

Megan is a third-year Psychology student. Follow her on her journey of self-development as she explores and ventures through campus.

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