Five Essential Back-to-School Tips for Transfer Students

Posted by Deea Deb on August 17, 2021

Academic Success

A photo of two York students walking on campus. On the photo, the students are outlined in 3 white lines, going outwards. In the bottom left corner, there is the York Lion logo in red. In the top right corner, there is an illustration of the Canadian flag.
A great part about transferring to York are all the new people you get to meet!

Calling all transfer students! We hope you had a great summer! The Fall/Winter 2021-2022 term is round the corner and this term is going to be a unique one. While some classes are returning to campus, some will still be offered online, and others are moving to a hybrid model. This means that we need to prepare ourselves to ensure that the upcoming term is productive. This #YUBlog post has five essential back-to-school tips for all transfer students!

Get in touch with Academic Advising

This is the number one thing you need to do. Academic Advising can help you select the right courses for you, find electives and general education courses that suit you and give you guidance on any questions or doubts that you may have. They will also help you figure out your own unique pathway at York. You may need help figuring out which courses at your previous program will transfer over into York credits and decide what required courses you need to take to fulfill your degree requirements. Get in touch with them and make sure that you have all the courses that you are supposed to take this year.

Success tip: Academic Advising gets busier as we move closer to the start of term. It is a good idea to contact them early to avoid any delays.

Prepare yourself for remote/online learning

Student in the library working on their laptop in a comfortable armchair. Two other students are working in the background.
Working remotely has never been easier with the Remote Learning 101 series!

Whether you are a returning student or a new incoming transfer student, York has many resources to help you with remote learning. Check out our Remote Learning 101 Series to learn about all the virtual resources available to students.

Also, here are five essential guides for York students. These guides are super helpful for anyone looking for assistance with remote learning, eClass, group work and careers. There is also a guide specifically designed for Mature Students!

Success tip: Don’t forget to check out the Learning Skills Services workshops if you are looking to learn how to manage time, reading and notetaking, critical thinking, and more! In case you miss any, don’t worry. These workshops are offered throughout the year. You can catch them whenever you are free!

Understand York’s diversity and the collegiate system

York is home to a multi-cultural student, faculty, and staff community. While we know that coming into such a culturally diverse setting may be overwhelming (especially if you are an international student), remember that everyone is in the same boat as you. Don’t hesitate to make friends or ask for help. One of the best things about York is its tight-knit student body and sense of community. Someone is always there to help you.

If you still need help, here are five ways to make friends at university!

York is a massive university with over 50,000 students. Remember that although you are a York University student, you will be assigned to a specific college depending upon your program. Find out which college you belong to! The colleges bring together like-minded people in one place making this huge university seem smaller and a bit more like home.

If you are an international student, it is a good idea to reach out to York International for any assistance that you may need.

Don’t wait to get involved

A student talking to people at a club booth at Yorkfest, York's annual welcome week for new students.
Get involved by attending a Clubs fair at York! (Photo taken before COVID-19).

If I had just one tip to give to students, it would be to get involved in co-curricular activities right from the start. An easy place to start is your college. Colleges have various opportunities to get involved with the York community like volunteering, peer mentoring, and more! They also offer work/study positions that not only help you earn while you study but also help you gain professional skills. Here is everything you need to know about Work/Study, LEAP and RAY Programs.

Student clubs are another great way to get involved in something that you are passionate about and make friends. However, York is home to over 300 student clubs which can make the process of selecting the perfect one for you slightly overwhelming. Don’t worry! The #YUBlog’s Club Spotlight Series features student clubs at York and is a great place to learn more about these clubs before you take the plunge.

Check out our post Getting Involved: Clubs & More! to discover other avenues of how you can make the most of your university experience.

Success tip: If you are unsure about campus activities, here are some benefits of getting involved on campus!

Let us know in the comments below what you are looking forward to the most this upcoming term!

To stay up to date on campus life and events, connect with York on social media. You can follow us on Facebook @YorkUStudents, Twitter @YorkUStudents, Instagram @studentlifeyu and with our weekly This Week @ York emails.

Graphics by Michelle Tieu. Photos courtesy of York University.

Deea Deb
Deea Deb

Deea Deb is a third-year English and Professional Writing major at York University. She loves reading, travelling, being organized, and writing. She hopes to help York students succeed at university.

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