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Making the Transition

Whether you are returning to school after years away or making your university debut, we are here to make your transition into the academic world as smooth as possible. As a mature student, we understand that combining home and work commitments with study can be a challenge. Here are some suggestions to help you make the transition to life as a university student:

  • Get to know your campus.  Before classes begin, walk around the campus and get to know locations of the bookstore, library, cafeterias, etc.  This will give you a sense of belonging, and you will feel more comfortable when classes begin. 
     
  • Map your academic future. Meet with an academic advisor who can assist you in choosing classes and ensuring that you have the requirements for your program of study. The advisor can also refer you to other support services at the university.
     
  • Become familiar with academic resources. Look to the the Mount's website and the academic calendar for information about services offered to students, events, university policies and important dates and deadlines.
     
  • Get your family and friends involved. Develop your own support network including family members, co-workers, or friends. Talking to others can be a great source of encouragement during stressful times.
     
  • Arrange for childcare. Having a reliable source of childcare will help you put your mind at ease while in the classroom. Look to Child Learning Centrefor on-campus information.
     
  • Get to know your fellow students.  Network with students in class or join a student organization, such as the Mature Students' Society. Checkout the Students' Union website to find out about other student-run societies.
     
  • Start a study group. This can be a fun way to get to know students and learn from each other in a comfortable and engaging environment.  
     
  • Make the most of your learning. Put into use what you are learning in the class. Mixing theory with practice is what makes the classes really rich. 

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