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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

First Yearbrain

  • Take the two required Psychology courses (and any other required course for your program) and explore other programs of interest.
  • Take the Foundations for Community Engagement and Service course and plan for any requirements needed (e.g., police checks) if it is required for your program or if you plan to take a Community Service-Learning course.
  • Learn about co-op – apply at the end of your first year.
  • Attend the annual thesis poster presentations in the spring and look at student projects.
  • Live in the Faculty of Science Residence Learning Community to enhance your academic and social success.
  • Earn the Writing Certificate.

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.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Register for courses with a Community Service-Learning (CSL) component.
  • Look for student representative positions on departmental committees.
  • 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.
  • Explore the Science Maker Lab.

Final Year

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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  • Get involved with the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • 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 provided through Gendered and Sexual Violence Prevention Support.

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.


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 Psychology.


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