Week 1: Thriving Academically
Tip 1: Learning About Courses/Course Requirements
First year course requirements (Commerce and Non-Commerce Requirements)
Includes course descriptions, prerequisites, and other program requirements
Pro Tip #1: Ensure you check that you have enough Commerce, Open, and Non-Commerce electives
Pro Tip #2: Ensure you are selecting the right year while looking at programs, as they have changed over the last few years!
Includes information and course requirements to complete a minor
Pro Tip #3: Take courses that you enjoy and value - it will make it more enjoyable, and you will see the reward!
Tip 2: Setting Yourself Up for Success
Prepare physically and mentally for class
Make notes on the provided slides during the lecture, and then create an in-depth summary afterwards (What content are you confident with? What do you still have questions about?)
Pro Tip #1: Put your phone away, and sit where you feel your learning will be optimized to maintain good focus throughout class
Pro Tip #2: Use class as an opportunity to build connections with professors, TA's, and new friends!
Class Packing List:
Plan your day out wisely
If you aren't a morning person, avoid taking morning classes! If you thrive in the morning, plan accordingly
Bring snacks to fuel your energy!
Pro Tip #3: There There are great places to study/grab a bite to eat in-between classes!
Get familiar with where your classes are and find a place to study
Find out where your classes are beforehand to help you get into a good routine
Pro places to study:
Peter George Center for Learning and Living (PGCLL)
Health Sciences Library (Silent spaces)
Thode (Great variety fo study spaces: Silent spaces, group spaces, quite learning zones, quite conversational zones)
Mills: Lots of natural light, great variety of study spaces: Silent spaces, group spaces, quite learning zones, quite conversational zones)
MUSC: 2nd and 3rd floor spaces are open to students, 24/7
MSU Grind Cafe: Basement of MUSC
Tip 3: On-Campus Academic Resources
Important forms on the DeGroote website
MSAF: missing assessments under 25%
Academic Accommodation for RISO (Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observance)
Career Counselling and Job Search Coaching
International Student Services
Week 2: Thriving at McMaster and in Hamilton
Tip 1: Off-Campus Essentials
Main grocery stores near campus: Food Basics (845 King St W) and Fortinos (1579 Main St W)
Near McMaster Campus:
Tip 3: Transit and Travelling Around
Week 3: Thriving Personally
Tip 1: Staying Physically Healthy
Finding fun ways to stay active
McMaster intramural sports
Sign-up individually or as a team
Variety of sport options: Volleyball, Soccer, Badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo, etc.
NEW rope climbing and bouldering walls are open iN DBAC
Walking or going on hikes around the McMaster and Hamilton area
Students on Meal Plans: Try out different dining halls and match your preferences
Off-Campus Students: take time to plan out what meals to eat each week
Pro Tip #1: Students get 10% off groceries at Fortinos and Food Basics on Tuesdays
Carry a reusable water bottle, and refill at one of the many stations on Campus
Pro Tip #2: Set reminders in your phone to drink water!
Tip 3: On-Campus Resources
Week 4: Thriving Socially
Tip 1: Discovering Hamilton
Exploring nature and hiking areas
Tiffany Falls Conservation Area
Chedoke Conservation Area and Golf Course
Princess Point and Cootes Paradise (close to Westdale and McMaster area)
Trying out new restaurants!
Downtown Hamilton area: The Mule (41 King William St), Amigos (109 George St)
McMaster area: West End Pub (151 Emerson St), Dough Box (1457 Main St W), The Burnt Tongue (1019 King St W), Paisley Coffeehouse & Eatery (1020 King St W), Saigon Asian Restaurant (1024 King St W)
Other fun activities to do with friends:
The Westdale Community Magic (Westdale Movie Theatre)
University Lanes (Bowling alley in University Plaza)
Dundas, Hamilton (Shops, restaurants, etc.)
Tip 3: Welcome Week & FYOP