Jan. 8, 2020Print | PDF
Welcome back, Golden Hawks and happy New Year! It’s an exciting time at Laurier as we begin a new decade full of possibilities.
Over the next term, we look forward to sharing some exciting developments that are in store for Laurier as we continue to implement a strategic plan designed to strengthen our thriving community and help you to gain the knowledge and skills to face the challenges of the future.
Whether this is the beginning of your second term, or you’re nearing the end of your time at Laurier, you’ve likely come to learn that this is a special place.
Laurier has earned its status as the number one university for student satisfaction in the comprehensive category from Maclean’s Magazine four years in a row through our commitment to deliver the services and support programs that make a real difference in the lives of our students.
Here are some of the newest and most popular services you can access as a Laurier student.
Increase your resilience in the face of academic and social stressors and develop coping skills with the ‘Ride the Wave’ workshops. Held in Waterloo and Brantford, these workshops are free to all students.
The ‘Wellness 101’ workshop series takes you step-by-step through the seven dimensions of wellness and are free to all students. Registration is not required.
The advisors at the Career Centre are here to help you develop your career planning skills needed to enter the workforce after you graduate. All students have access to the Career Centre’s services, including:
Individualized career advising with lifetime access for all Laurier graduates.
The tools to explore and design a career for yourself at any stage of your education.
Laurier’s Waterloo campus is home to four student collectives that provide volunteer, educational and programming opportunities, including the Association of Black Students, Rainbow Centre, Centre for Women and Trans People, and the Muslim Student Association.
Our Brantford and Waterloo campuses also have Indigenous Student Centres with their own educational programming and services. These include peer mentoring, academic skills development, cultural identity guidance, soup lunches, and Elder talks.
New to Canada? The KeepMeSafe counselling service has officially launched, offering online, personal counselling in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi, plus 30 additional languages within 24 hours of contact. This service is available to first-year international students.
Getting through university will be one of the most challenging and rewarding things you accomplish in your life – but you don’t have to do it alone. Laurier offers a number of academic support programs to ensure you make the most of your time here.
A program designed to prepare students for the realities and expectations of university life.
After last year’s successful pilot program, the ASk Certificate has helped more than 230 students build positive academic habits while earning credits toward their Laurier Experience Record. Complete eight ASk activities from a selection of study sessions and workshops:
Mastering Time Management
The University Study Cycle
Student Smarter, Not Longer
Make the Most of Your Reading Week
You’re Up – Presenting 101
Student Groups: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Preparing for Finals
The Writing Centre has helped more than 2,500 student become better academic writers through customized, in-class writing workshops. New writing workshops are now available for students in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ ASPIRE program.
A popular support service offered in the Bricker Academic Building with new labs offering help with CP104/164 and EC120/140.
Staying in shape is a great way of maintaining your physical and mental health while studying at Laurier. On the Waterloo campus, the Athletic Complex is home to the Fitness Centre where you can access everything from our olympic-sized swimming pool and strength training equipment to dance classes and rock climbing wall. Students at our Brantford campus have access to the state-of-the-art Laurier Brantford YMCA, featuring a double pool aquatics centre, cycle fit classes, and Spotify and Netflix-enabled cardio equipment.
These are only a few of the many services offered at Laurier to help you achieve your potential. For a complete list, visit students.wlu.ca.
We wish you all the best for a safe, successful and enriching winter term. We’re always eager to hear from you and to listen to your feedback about how we can do more to meet the needs of our students. Feel free to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deborah MacLatchy, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor
Wilfrid Laurier University
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