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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

First Yearbrain

  • Take Languages courses and explore other programs of interest.
  • Learn about co-op – apply at the end of your first year.
  • Consider the Explore program in the spring to enhance your spoken French.

Middle Years

Final Year

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Volunteer at a local school or another local organization to gain language and professional experience. 
  • Volunteer as a language tutor. 
  • Learn to write articles, draw illustrations or take photographs with Laurier’s weekly newspaper, The Cord.
  • Participate in Sandbox workshops and attend the Entrepreneur Speaker series.

Final Year

  • Consider applying to be a language assistant in France for a year after graduation. 
  • Apply for an executive/coordinator position with a student club or committee.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to launch an innovative new venture.
  • 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

  • Study abroad for an academic term.
  • Gather for Soup Tuesday at the Indigenous Student Centre.
  • Consider the Alternative Reading Week trip with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Attend the Library Culture Series.
  • Attend workshops, events or discussion groups to learn about diversity, equity and inclusion.

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

First Yearspeech bubbles

Middle Years

  • Volunteer at a local school to gain language and professional experience. 
  • Volunteer as a language tutor. 
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Learn to write articles, draw illustrations or take photographs with Laurier’s weekly newspaper, The Cord.
  • Participate in Sandbox workshops and attend the Entrepreneur Speaker series.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive/coordinator position with a student club or committee.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to launch an innovative new venture.
  • Consider applying to be a language assistant in France for a year after graduation. 
  • Share your Laurier experience with prospective students at open house events. 

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

First Year

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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

  • Study abroad for an academic term at a French university.
  • Gather for Soup Tuesday at the Indigenous Student Centre.
  • Consider the Alternative Reading Week trip with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Attend the Library Culture Series.
  • Attend workshops, events or discussion groups to learn about diversity, equity and inclusion.

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

  • Take required Spanish courses and explore other programs of interest.
  • Learn about co-op – apply at the end of your first year.
  • Study abroad with a faculty member during the summer to experience Spanish language and culture in its own setting. 

Middle Years

Final Year

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

First Yearspeech bubbles

Middle Years

  • Volunteer at a local school or another local organization to gain language and professional experience. 
  • Volunteer as a language tutor. 
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Learn to write articles, draw illustrations or take photographs with Laurier’s weekly newspaper, The Cord.
  • Participate in Sandbox workshops and attend the Entrepreneur Speaker series.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive/coordinator position with a student club or committee.
  • Achieve the official certificate for Basic Business Spanish by taking courses and writing the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry exam. 
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to launch an innovative new venture.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Share your Laurier experience with prospective students at open house events.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

First Year

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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

  • Study abroad for an academic term.
  • Gather for Soup Tuesday at the Indigenous Student Centre.
  • Consider the Alternative Reading Week trip with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Attend the Library Culture Series.
  • Attend workshops, events or discussion groups to learn about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Final Year

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

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 a language degree.