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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 experiences that work well with your program.

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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  • Complete Leadership courses – Leadership Foundations, Communication Skills for Leadership and/or Organizational Leadership and your Introductory seminar. 
  • Build critical thinking and communication skills by completing two of the four required Foundations courses in your first year. 
  • Earn certificates with Learning Skills and Development

Middle Years

Final Year

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

  • Get involved in the Youth Leaders on Board initiative that matches undergraduate students with non-profit boards seeking a youth perspective.
  • Apply for the Faculty of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research apprenticeship program to work on a specialized project with a faculty member. 
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Contribute to Laurier’s biweekly newspaper, The Sputnik, or submit a creative piece to Blueprint Magazine.
  • Participate in Sandbox workshops and attend the Entrepreneur Speaker Series.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive/coordinator position with a student club or committee.
  • Connect with employers and learn about job opportunities through the Graduating Student Employment Service
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to launch an innovative new venture. 
  • Take advantage of the Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence program and refine your writing skills through events, lectures, workshops and one-on-one meetings with a resident writer. 
  • Share your Laurier experience with prospective students at open house events.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Years

Final Year


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

Academic Success Checklist

Experience Checklist

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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 degree in Humanities with Leadership Foundations.