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Experience Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Year-to-Year Experience Guides

The following is a year-to-year outline of the kinds of experiential learning activities that work well with your program.

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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Middle Years

Final Year

  • Learn about Research or Instructional Assistantship opportunities in Geography.
  • Consider completing a thesis in your final year to research an area of interest.
  • Obtain your certification for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.
  • Register for a seminar or capstone course with a field or community placement.
  • Pursue the Professional Geoscientist designation (BSc students only).
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

Final Year

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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  • Learn about and get involved with diversity, equity and inclusion centres of activity and engagement.
  • Visit Laurier International to learn about international options available to you.
  • Complete the Intercultural Certificate with Laurier International.
  • Engage in training on consent, bystander intervention and disclosure related to sexual violence.

Middle Years

Final Year

  • Participate in Indigenous Education Week.
  • Visit Laurier International’s Global Kitchen
  • Earn your Certificate in Accessibility with Accessible Learning.

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

First Yearbrain

Middle Years

Final Year

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive/coordinator position with a student club or committee.
  • Provide environmental assistance to outside advisory panels (e.g., Laurel Creek Citizens’ Working Group).
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Submit a paper and/or attend a conference to showcase your research.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to launch an innovative new venture.
  • Attend the Geography and Environmental Studies "Life After Laurier" event.
  • Share your Laurier experience with prospective students at open house events.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

First Yearhead

  • Learn about and get involved with diversity, equity and inclusion centres of activity and engagement.
  • Visit Laurier International to learn about international options available to you.
  • Complete the Intercultural Certificate with Laurier International.
  • Engage in training on consent, bystander intervention and disclosure related to sexual violence.

Middle Years

Final Year

  • Participate in Indigenous Education Week.
  • Visit Laurier International’s Global Kitchen
  • Earn your Certificate in Accessibility with Accessible Learning.

Your graduate degree at Laurier will take you in many different directions and prepare you to be a leader in both your field and community. Your Laurier experience includes many opportunities to engage both in and outside the classroom.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides academic leadership, administrative support and program advice to all graduate students. There are also scholarships and financial awards, fellowships and other teaching and research assistantship positions that you can access during your time at Laurier.

Graduate students gain knowledge about professional skill development through Laurier’s ASPIRE program. This program provides a framework for you to design an extracurricular learning plan for navigating your professional journey and entry to the workplace. There are also teaching certificates, career development workshops and other skill development opportunities.

The Graduate Students’ Association provides many services and supports with a focus on wellness. They provide various opportunities to be involved and contribute to the Laurier community.

The Laurier graduate school experience is more than research and scholarship – it’s about becoming an engaged citizen and applying your advanced knowledge to real-world problems.

Checklists

Completing the checklists below will also help ensure your academic, professional, and personal success during your time at Laurier – and beyond.

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When you're ready to start thinking about your life after graduation, you should check out the career and postgraduate options for people with degrees in Geography or Environmental Studies.