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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 required Kinesiology courses, as well as required Biology and Psychology courses, and explore other programs of interest.
  • Learn about co-op – apply at the end of your first year.
  • Complete the WHMIS online training.
  • Review your program requirements and plan for a successful degree path.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make key academic decisions.
  • Live in the Outdoor Adventures Residence Learning Community to enhance your academic and social success.

Middle Years

  • Explore courses in related areas of study and begin thinking about a minor or an option to complement your degree.
  • Choose an area of concentration.
  • Consider taking the fourth-year thesis option.
  • Meet with a potential advisor to discuss research topics for your senior-level research thesis.
  • Consider taking science entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Complete a course with a community-based practical experience placement.
  • Apply for a FOSSA research scholarship or the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award to get funding.

Final Year

  • Learn about Research or Instructional Assistantship opportunities in Kinesiology.
  • Complete the capstone experience course and prepare yourself for graduate school or the workplace by exploring and critically analyzing a particular area in Kinesiology.
  • Attend the annual undergraduate research conference.
  • 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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  • Join student clubs such as Kin Kouncil, FitHawks, Laurier’s Heart and Stroke Foundation or a special interest club. Or create your own!
  • Participate in the Kin Games.
  • Participate in residence leadership opportunities or LOCUS events.
  • Contribute to Laurier’s weekly newspaper, The Cord, or submit a creative piece to Blueprint Magazine.
  • Begin completing your 96-hour volunteer requirement.
  • Explore your interests by volunteering on campus (e.g., Sustainability Office, Schlegel Centre's Innovation Squad, peer programs, Students' Union and more).
  • Join intramural sports or participate in recreational activities.

Middle Years

  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities and complete your required community-related leadership/activity experience.
  • Look for employment opportunities as a varsity sport student trainer or at the Athletic Complex.
  • Look for research opportunities at the Laurier Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre or the Centre for Physically Active Communities.
  • Obtain your First Aid/CPR training certificate.
  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Prepare to write the Registered Kinesiologist (RKin) exam after your final year.
  • Pursue certification with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (Personal Trainer or Exercise Physiologist). 
  • 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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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 a degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education.

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Connie Palenik, Senior Administrative Assistant

E: cpalenik@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4156
Office Location: BA501, Bricker Academic Building, Waterloo Campus

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 pm

Stephen Wenn, Undergraduate Advisor

E: swenn@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4160
Office Location: BA517, Bricker Academic Building

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 pm and Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 pm

Mark Eys, Graduate Coordinator

E: meys@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4157
Office Location: BA526

Office Hours:

By appointment.