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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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  • Take required History courses and explore other programs of interest.
  • Learn about co-op – apply at the end of your first year.
  • Review your program requirements and plan for a successful degree path.

Middle Years

Final Year

  • Learn about Research or Instructional Assistantship opportunities in History.
  • Submit your academic work to the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts for a chance to be published.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.
    • Sign up for a scholarship proposal-writing workshop or book a writing consultation for help with your proposals.
  • Consider registering for a capstone seminar experience by taking a one-credit Reading and Research seminar (required for all honours History students).

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Volunteer at a local school, or look for opportunities with local museums, libraries, or the Waterloo Historical Society.
  • Be a part of the Library Council or Student Advisory Group.
  • Attend the Annual History Teachers’ Conference for professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Years

Final Year

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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Middle Years

Final Year

  • Complete the Ancient Studies Capstone seminar – an opportunity to gain hands-on research experience and develop professional writing and presentation skills.
  • Submit your academic work to the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts or Minerva: Laurier Undergraduate History Journal for a chance to be published.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.
    • Sign up for a scholarship proposal-writing workshop or book a writing consultation for help with your proposals.

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

Final Year

  • Learn about Research Assistantship opportunities in Ancient Studies or History.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.
  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Years

Final Year

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 History or Ancient Studies.