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Re-orientation: Paths Beyond Your POSt

 

A week-long program that takes you to the next stages of your degree: January 12 – 16, 2015

 

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Re-orientation: Paths Beyond Your POSt is a series of events to help 2nd year students find the pathways leading beyond their specialist, major and minor programs. Hosted and programmed by Colleges, this Faculty-wide event gives students an opportunity to get involved in workshops, information fairs and panel discussions on student leadership programs, research & exchange opportunities and graduate school and career options. Plus how to stay calm, cool, healthy and collected while taking advantage of all the academic and non-academic opportunities available.

 

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Grad Expo

Hosted by Innis College & Woodsworth College

12pm-6pm

Innis Residence, Events Room (111 St. George St., 1st Floor) and Woodsworth College, Kruger Hall (119 St. George St., 1st Floor)

 

Grad Expo will feature sessions on the following topics:

• Life After Undergrad with panelists:

  • Cathy Maloney, Manager, Intercultural Learning, Centre for International Experience
  • Junior West, PhD Candidate, Cell & Systems Biology
  • Elenna Mosoff, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, The Mission Business
  • Krishana Michaud, Manager, Student Programs, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
  • Rita Chen, Partner Relations Manager (Canada), IDP Education Pty Ltd.

• Resumes for Graduate School – Candice Stoliker, Career Educator, Career Centre
• Is Grad School Right for You? – Brock MacDonald, Vice-Principal, Woodsworth College
• Reference Letters: Who, how, and when to get them – Jon Bray, Career Educator, Career Centre

• Grad School Panels & Info Booths:

  • Angelica Fenner, Cinema Studies Institute
  • Kristen Pue, Munk School for Global Affairs
  • Olivia Podolak, Department of Psychology
  • Joshua  Villafuerte, Department of Psychology
  • Matthew Light, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
  • Rory McKeown, English Literature; Admissions, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • Ian Macleod, Assistant Registrar, OISE
  • Sabrina J.C. Persaud, Educational Administration, OISE
  • Garrett Morgan, Executive Director, The Wagemark Foundation
  • Anthony Hanley, Department of Nutritional Sciences
  • Kathryn Hopperton, Department of Nutritional Sciences
  • Steffanie Coholan, Nursing
  • Douglas Brenton, Interdisciplinary Life Sciences
  • Madeline Smolarz, Masters of Museum Studies (MMSt); iSchool Ambassador, University of Toronto
  • Shama Bhatia, Pharmaceutical Sciences

 

 

For more information and to register visit http://dean.wdw.utoronto.ca/programs/leadership-development

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Where in the World Can I Go?

Hosted by Trinity College

12pm-1pm

Trinity College, Combination Room (6 Hoskin Ave.)

 

Join us for a student panel on researching and applying for international opportunities.

 

Financing an International Experience

Hosted by Trinity College

1pm-2pm

Trinity College, Combination Room (6 Hoskin Ave.)

 

Advice and information on how to secure adequate funding for participating in international opportunities.

Summer Abroad

Hosted by Trinity College

2pm-3pm

Trinity College, Combination Room (6 Hoskin Ave.)

 

Take a Summer Abroad course and the world becomes your classroom! At this session you will learn about how you can complete an intensive full-year Arts and Science credit in three to six weeks this summer while studying in one of 20 different destinations.

Research and Experiential Learning Opportunities I & Lunch: What’s Out There?

Hosted by New College

12pm-1pm

Wilson Hall Lounge (40 Willcocks St.)

 

Join us for lunch at New College and find out about Research and Experiential Learning. Research and service learning opportunities can take learning to a new level and help prepare you for grad school and future careers. A panel of faculty and students will talk about how to find and apply for such opportunities including independent studies, research excursions and internships. Lots of information and a chance to ask your questions! No registration required.

Research and Experiential Learning Opportunities II: Writing Proposals and Using Advanced Research Skills

Hosted by New College

1:30pm-2:30pm

Wilson Hall, Rm 2007 (40 Willcocks St.)

 

Many applications for these opportunities will ask you to write a proposal or statement of interest, and to describe your current skills. This workshop will show you how to write an effective research proposal. We’ll also demonstrate some key research tools to equip you to succeed, including using Zotero to build a searchable database of research sources. Apply these skills in your coursework too! No registration required.

Research and Experiential Learning Opportunities III: Drop-in Consultations

Hosted by New College

2:30pm-4pm

Wilson Hall, Rm 2007 (40 Willcocks St.)

 

Do you have a draft of a research proposal for an independent study? Do you have some initial ideas for a project? Want help getting Zotero set up and working on your laptop? Drop in for feedback, advice and help getting started. No registration required.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Co-Curricular Involvement & Mentorship Fair

Hosted by University College

12pm-3pm

University College, East & West Halls (15 King’s College Circle, 2nd Floor)
Interested in gaining experience to support your future academic or career goals? Want to get involved outside of class, but not sure how? Drop into the Co-Curricular Involvement and Mentorship Fair to learn about all of the opportunities available to you to get involved outside of class, gain experience and meet friends. No registration required.
For more information visit http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/paths-beyond-your-post

Why Should I CCR It?

Hosted by University College

12pm-1pm

University College, Rm 261 (15 King’s College Circle, 2nd Floor)

 

This workshop will explore the following questions: What is the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)? How does the CCR enhance my university experience? How does the CCR help me find a job? How do I use the CCR? You will also learn how to use the CCR strategically during your university experience, and after.

For more information and to register visit http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/paths-beyond-your-post

Working through Stress

Hosted by University College

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Wilson Hall, Rm 2007 (40 Willcocks St.)

 

Based on research in psychology, this highly interactive workshop invites students to try out and discuss strategies that have been shown to reduce the stress of academic life, including test anxiety. Participants will explore reasons why these strategies lead not only to improved grades and a better writing process, but also to enhanced performance in many high-stakes situations, such as job interviews or oral presentations. No registration required.

Unlocking the Web

Hosted by St. Michael’s College

2pm-2:45pm

Kelly Library – 2nd floor computer lab (room 232), St. Michael’s College

Presented by Kelly Library Staff

 

Do you visit the Web first when researching an essay? According to research, if you browse the Web first, you’re not alone—but you likely have trouble making sense of what you find. Not only is the Web vast and fascinating, it is also notoriously inaccurate or incomplete. To address this problem, Unlocking the Web focuses on introducing students to scholarly journal articles—what they are, where to find them, and how to access them. Registration information will be available soon.

Unlocking Your Research

Hosted by St. Michael’s College

2:45pm-3:30pm

Kelly Library – 2nd floor computer lab (room 232), St. Michael’s College

Presented by Kelly Library Staff

 

Baffled by books? Many students are.  But without reading clearly, you cannot understand; and without understanding, you cannot think critically, develop your thoughts, write great essays, and get great marks. Many students have particular trouble paraphrasing authors without parroting the same words or sentence structures. This workshop offers a simple introduction to reading: how to begin; how to pick out the gist and supporting details; and how to paraphrase. Registration information will be available soon.

Locking Up Your Argument

Hosted by St. Michael’s College

3:30pm-4:15pm

Kelly Library – 2nd floor computer lab (room 232), St. Michael’s College

Presented by Kelly Library Staff

 

Learning to develop a written argument is one of the most common, most essential, but also most troublesome skills at university. In this workshop, we’ll break down the main steps to developing an argument: weighing different viewpoints, building a thesis statement, and supporting a thesis with evidence. Registration information will be available soon.

Unlock Your Degree

Hosted by St. Michael’s College

4:30pm-5:15pm

Kelly Library – 2nd floor computer lab (room 232), St. Michael’s College

Presented by Career Educator, Wei Huang

 

Come to the Unlock Your Degree to become open to unlimited possibilities out there. This session is about how to better prepare yourself for great possibilities by understanding what employers need. Registration information will be available soon.

Unlock Your Future: Panel Discussion & Dinner

Hosted by St. Michael’s College

5:30pm-7:30pm

St. Michael’s College, Location TBA

 

Got a degree? Now what? In the style of Actors Studio join us for dinner and interviews with young alumni who took their degree and built a career. Duane Rendle, Dean of Students USMC will dig deep into how graduates found or created jobs in a tough job market. Learn tips, techniques and where the opportunities are. Dinner will be served. This event is free, but SPOTS ARE LIMITED. Register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/153AWrv02kj3j0momA5RFTx2O9ZPQO9kmTzq8t6kTTvE/viewform?usp=send_form

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

How yoga, healthy diet, and mindfulness improve academic success

Hosted by Victoria College

10am-11am

Victoria College Building, Alumni Hall (91 Charles St. W, 1st Floor)

 

This lecture will include accessible forms of breathing and movement in order to allow us to feel their tangible effects.  We will discuss the effects of yoga and nutrition on mind and body and how developing a more conscious way of experiencing life can contribute to your overall success.  All are welcome with no level of experience necessary.

 

Taught by Juliana Belinko  who has been teaching yoga and studying meditation for a decade.  Having begun with a degree in psychology, her studies include a holistic approach to nutrition based on Chinese medicine and the Indian system of Ayurveda.

 

Free Healthy Snacks!

Paths to Wellness: 3 Ideas and Innovations in 60 Minutes: Faculty, Staff and Researchers share their work on Health and Wellness

Hosted by Victoria College

11am-12pm

Victoria College Building, Alumni Hall (91 Charles St. W, 1st Floor)

 

  1. “Practice More Failure!” | Day Milman, Hart House
  2. “The 3M approach: Balancing Mental Health and Academics” | Nick Sager, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Centre, and Embedded Learning Strategist
  3. “Physical Activity and Mental Health: Does moving more make us feel better?” | Mark Duncan, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
How Can I Become a Stronger Writer?

Hosted by University College

11am-12pm
University College (15 King’s College Circle), Rm 240

 

This event is designed to help you take steps to become a better writer. A panel of UC Writing Centre instructors will provide advice based on their experience as writers, editors, and teachers of writing. Then they will address your questions on the writing process and lead a discussion about writing strategies—what works and what doesn’t. Open to students from all colleges. For more information and to register visit http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/paths-beyond-your-post.

Career-Focused Postgraduate Program Fair & Free Lunch

Hosted by New College

12pm – 2:30pm

New College, Wilson Lounge (40 Willcocks St.)

 

Expand your career aspirations by exploring a range of career-focused graduate opportunities. Learn how you can combine your University of Toronto degree with an Ontario Graduate Certificate Program or professional Master’s Program to develop up-to-the-minute work skills, gain on-the-job experience and make valuable career contacts. Explore program areas ranging from Clinical Research to International Development to Journalism and many more! No registration required.

How to Get Where You Want to Go: Making the most of your Life Science degree

Hosted by New College

3pm– 3:45pm

Wilson Hall, Rm 2008 (40 Willcocks St.)

 

A short interactive workshop hosted by the Career Center designed to help students explore potential career options. No registration required.

How to Get Where You Want to Go: Making the most of your Humanities degree

Hosted by New College

4pm – 4:45pm

Wilson Hall, Rm 2008 (40 Willcocks St.)

 

A short interactive workshop hosted by the Career Center designed to help students explore potential career options. No registration required.

How to Get Where You Want to Go: Making the most of your Social Sciences degree

Hosted by New College

5pm – 5:45pm

Wilson Hall, Rm 2008 (40 Willcocks St.)

 

A short interactive workshop hosted by the Career Center and the New College Dean of Students designed to help students explore potential career options and options for working in Student Services. No registration required.

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Employment Expo

Hosted by Innis College & Woodsworth College

12pm-5pm

Innis Residence, Events Room (111 St. George St., 1st Floor) and Woodsworth College, Kruger Hall (119 St. George St., 1st Floor)

 

Employment Expo will feature sessions on the following topics:

• Writing Resumes & Cover Letters – Candice Stoliker, Career Educator, Career Centre

• Making the change from Academic Writing to Workplace Writing – Brock MacDonald, Vice-Principal, Woodsworth College

• Networking & Social Media – James Costa, Founder & Creative Director, Phuse
• Interview Bootcamp – Jon Bray, Career Educator, Career Centre

• Alumni Panel: Social Sciences & Humanities, with Alumni and VIP Guests:

  • Laurel Green, Senior Cost Management Analyst, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Province of Ontario
  • Boyd McAdam, Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities
  • Renatta Austin, Legal Counsel, City of Toronto; Private Practice Lawyer
  • Danielle Takacs, Government Relations and Communications Professional, Pathway Group Consulting, and Liberal Party candidate for Brantford-Brant
  • Sheila McElrea, Executive Director, Fashion Helps
  • Fazia Ackbarali, HR Coordinator Business Programs Co-op, George Brown College
  • Jowi Taylor, Peabody Award winning broadcaster, author and speaker, creator of the Six String Nation project, cultural entrepreneur
  • Sandy Tse, Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Richard Lautens, Photojournalist, Toronto Star
  • Rita Chen, Partner Relations Manager (Canada), IDP Education Pty Ltd.

For more information and to register visit http://dean.wdw.utoronto.ca/programs/leadership-development