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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

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Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

  • Look for summer jobs (e.g., SNOLAB, TRIUMF, FSWEP) or research opportunities at Canadian universities.
  • Be involved with the Centre for Women in Science.
  • Attend the Physics and Computer Science seminar series.
  • Serve as a student representative on a faculty committee.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • 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

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

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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  • Take core Computer Science and Mathematics courses and explore other programs of interest.
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  • Learn about co-op – apply at the end of your first year for co-op work terms after second and third year.
  • Review your program requirements and plan for a successful degree path.
  • Attend the Physics and Computer Science seminar series.

Middle Years

Final Year

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

  • Look for employment opportunities in a faculty member's research lab.
  • Serve as a student representative on a faculty committee.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Seek part-time employment or volunteer opportunities in the Mathematics department or at the Mathematics & Statistics Learning Labs.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • 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

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

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 Physics or Computer Science.