Following the academic year, students are often adjusting to a new routine again. Their schedule may be changing with the demands of a new job, or they may be returning home. Your student has successfully completed their first year and this should be celebrated! While enjoying their summer, the student should also begin to prepare for the coming academic year.
Students may be:
- Taking summer courses: Students may take additional courses to reduce their course load in the future, or to make up for a course they missed.
- Adjusting to a changing support network: As your student settles into their summer routine, the people they are spending time with may also change.
- Reconnecting with old friends: Students may be returning home for the summer, or reuniting with friends who have been away.
- Starting summer jobs: Students often work during the summer months to fund their education. Schedules may change with the needs of a new job or increased hours at an existing one.
- Developing a financial plan: The knowledge gained in their first year can be applied toward creating a budget for the upcoming academic year.
- Exploring options with the Student Awards and Financial Aid office: There are many scholarships, grants and bursaries available to students with varying criteria for eligibility.
- Gathering all required documentation for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP): Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
- Choosing courses for the upcoming year: Course registration for the upcoming academic year happens during the summer. Students should be aware of these deadlines and what courses they need to take.
- Contemplating elective courses: Some courses are required, but certain programs also offer a choice of elective courses where a student can explore other interests.
- Planning for new living accommodations: There are a variety of accommodations available on and near campus. Students may be thinking about what they want and need to bring for September.