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How to be involved on campus



Being involved in university is crucial because it fosters personal growth, builds a strong social network, enhances academic learning through practical experiences, and prepares students for future career success. University is not just about textbooks; it's about embracing opportunities and growing as a person.


Join a club

Joining a Telfer club is a great way to be involved in your faculty and to deepen your professional aspirations, from a speaker panel on finance to a case competition in marketing or a networking session for business tech and much more. Each discipline has its club, offering you the opportunity to discover your own business interest. Click here to learn more about these clubs. Moreover, uOttawa has one of the largest lists of official clubs in Canada here. Explore the clubs and organizations on campus that align with your interests, whether it's a philanthropic or cultural club, an academic organization, or a hobby-based group. There's likely something for everyone. You can find more info on CVUO’s website.


Get campus-active!

Whether you're striving for glory on a varsity team or just looking to have fun with recreational activities, there's a place for you to thrive on campus. The intramural programs offer a variety of team sports organized as competitive and recreational leagues in order to provide participants with a pleasant and entertaining experience.


Prepare before your lecture

Yes, the professor will cover the subject during class, but come prepared. You won’t go to a networking event without at least looking for the companies that will be there and looking up what they do. Well, do the same for your classes. Take some time before class to read a little ahead in the textbook or PowerPoint. You could follow better and develop enough confidence to ask questions since you already gave the material some thought. Reading ahead it’s an investment, but it pays off by making your classroom experience a valuable use of time.


Take a part-time job on campus

Consider joining the Work-Study Program on campus to broaden your uOttawa experience. This part-time job opportunity not only enhances your sense of initiative but also sharpens essential skills like planning, teamwork, problem-solving, organization, and communication – all of which can impress future employers.


Volunteer around campus

Boost your academic journey with volunteering through our community partnerships. Join us in creating a positive impact locally and globally while enhancing your skills and career prospects. Visit the Career Corner to explore exciting volunteer opportunities or log into your uoZone account to browse the list of volunteer opportunities in the Community Engagement Navigator and make a meaningful difference today!


Attend workshops around campus

Joining campus workshops is a smart way to get involved! These sessions offer skill-building, networking, and personal growth opportunities. You'll learn, connect, and develop essential skills outside the classroom. Whether it’s through Telfer career, the Career Corner or any other services on campus, explore the world of workshops and watch your horizons expand.


Attend events around campus

Attending campus events throughout the year, such as O-Week or the Panda game, is an incredible way to get involved and enhance your university experience. These events foster a sense of belonging, helping you make new friends and become part of a vibrant community. They offer a break from your routine, allowing you to relax, have fun, and create lasting memories. Plus, they showcase your school spirit and support, contributing to the lively campus atmosphere. Don't miss out on these unforgettable moments during your college journey!


Join study groups

Attending study groups organized by Telfer mentors is a fantastic way to enrich your university experience. By participating, you can enhance your understanding of challenging subjects, improve your study techniques, and build valuable friendships with fellow students. Plus, you'll benefit from the insights and guidance of mentors who have already navigated the academic journey successfully. Don't miss out on this empowering and supportive community within Telfer!


What to keep in mind when you are looking to be involved around campus

Your college journey is a canvas waiting to be filled with colorful experiences. Be open to new adventures, step out of your comfort zone, and explore activities you've never considered before. College is your time for discovery. Stay informed about campus events and opportunities by keeping an eye on bulletin boards, newsletters, and social media. There's always something exciting happening!


Remember, it's okay if you don't find your perfect fit right away. Be patient and persistent in your quest for the right clubs and activities that truly resonate with you. The path to involvement is a journey worth taking.

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