Great Ways to Get Involved at York U

Posted by York & U on September 19, 2017

Student Life

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Ask any graduate about their favourite memories from university and most will tell you about their experiences playing for an intramural team, going to campus events with their friends or tutoring their peers to help them achieve their academic goals. Getting involved on campus has many benefits: you can discover new passions, build your resumé and develop your existing strengths. Most importantly, getting involved on campus can help you build a community of students who inspire and support one another. In addition to the YU Blog’s “Tips for Transitioning to University“, here’s a list of ways to get involved on campus!

Get to know other students by joining a campus club.
Get to know other students by joining a campus club.

Join a campus club and volunteer

One of the best ways to make new friends and find your passion is to join a campus club. York U has 300+ official clubs, which you can find on the YU Connect website. Use this resource to browse York U student organizations, find upcoming volunteer events and connect with club leadership. You can also track your involvement through YU Connect and have it included on your Co-Curricular Record.

Want to meet representatives from York’s student clubs in person? Visit the Festival Village hosted by the York Federation of Students on Wednesday, September 27 from 10am to 5pm along the Campus Walk. This can’t-miss event during YorkFest is a great opportunity to discover all of York’s student clubs and see which you want to join. Whether you’re passionate about politics, hiking, app development or anything else you can think of, there is an on-campus club for you!

If you want to start your own club, check the York Federation of Students website to learn more about applying, available resources and funding.

Make the most of your education by utilizing study skills workshops at York U.
Make the most of your education by utilizing study skills workshops at York U.

Get acquainted with your college and the resources they offer

All York U students are assigned to a college that corresponds with either your faculty or residence. Each college offers unique resources to students, such as academic skills workshops, professional development sessions and social events. Check your college homepage for updates, including information about workshops, events, volunteer opportunities, peer mentorship programs and club announcements.

If you want to improve your study skills, join one of the workshops offered by Learning Skills Services or sign up for a Peer Academic Coaching session to meet with a fellow student. Not only will attending these extra learning sessions improve your classroom skills, but it’s an opportunity to meet new people and develop your resumé. If you attend eight or more Learning Skills Services workshops, you can get your Passport to Success certification.

Are you interested in student politics? Get involved with student government at your college! You can find more information about joining college-specific student government groups on your college homepage. You can also check with your Faculty for other student governance opportunities.

Students enjoy York Orientation Day.
Students enjoy York Orientation Day.

Attend social events

If you’re looking for a fun way to get involved on campus, participate in York U events! From volunteering to varsity athletics, there’s always something to connect with. You can see all York U events on York’s Events Calendar, including activities like special guest seminars and York Lions varsity games.

Remember, YorkFest lasts for a whole week, and upcoming welcome-back events include a smoothie breakfast and bagel bar, a meditation and yoga session and the YorkFest Welcome Back Concert featuring Tory Lanez! To see all events happening at YorkFest, take a look at the York Federation of Students website.

 Attend this year's exciting York Fest events with your friends!
Attend this year’s exciting YorkFest events with your friends!

Explore York’s hidden gems

If you missed our previous YU Blog post “8 Fun Things To Do on the York U Campus This Summer“, you might not be familiar with some of these ongoing York attractions:

    • Go stargazing and learn about astronomy at the York U Observatory‘s public viewings on Wednesday nights from 9pm to 11pm.
    • Visit The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) in the Accolade East (ACE) building. The Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm on Wednesdays, and noon to 5pm on Sundays.
    • Attend the Music @ Midday events hosted by York U’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. These performances feature a range of artists including York students, The Canadian Arabic Orchestra and the York University Chamber Choir! Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends for a much-deserved study break.

    No matter what you love to do, there are so many opportunities to get involved on campus. By joining a club or attending some social events, you will enrich your university experience, meet new friends and make lasting memories.

    What are your tips for getting involved on campus? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @YorkUstudents on Twitter.