New student checklist

  1. Learn about the campus and its services

    Become familiar with the student resources that are available on the campus. Awareness and knowledge of these services will help enrich your academic and personal experiences while at college.

  2. Be aware of your surroundings and your personal safety

    Campus safety of all students and visitors on campus is a priority. Become knowledgeable about what Durham College is doing to keep students safe. In addition to these efforts, be responsible and avoid putting yourself in a risky situation.

  3. Get Involved

    There are a variety of opportunities to get involved over the next year. For example, there are over 50 student clubs aimed at meeting the diverse needs of students on campus. If you have an idea for a club that Durham College does not currently offer, you can start a new club. Please visit the Student Association’s website for details.

    But that’s not all. There are opportunities to get involved with your program or school, the Outreach Centre, tutoring, DC Crew for leadership development and so much more. Search through the Co-curricular Recognition Program portal to discover how you can get involved today.

    You can also take advantage of social events such as: cheering for a varsity team, listening to guest speakers/lecturers on a variety of topics and attending a many different cultural activities throughout the academic year. There is something for everyone.

  4.  Establish a schedule

    The first year of college promises to be a busy one, so create a schedule to follow which includes time to study, work and have fun! This will ensure a balanced lifestyle as you prepare for tests and finish assignments on time. If you want to learn more about how to manage your time effectively, attend a Time Management workshop at the Student Academic Learning Services.

  5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

    When establishing a schedule don’t forget to schedule in some time for taking care of yourself. Don’t underestimate the importance of getting the right amount of sleep, eating healthy and exercising. Look for the Balanced Choices menu items on campus and take advantage of the fitness facilities on campus. Taking care of your body will help you stay focused, adding to your success. Exercise can also be a great stress reliever!

  6. Meet with your instructors

    Don’t wait until your last year of college to realize the importance of talking to your instructors. Instructors are open to answering questions and assisting students during their office hours. Use this opportunity to ask clarifying questions and discuss academic performance.

  7. Develop a financial plan

    Financial Aid and Awards offer a number of services to full and part-time students with varying financial needs. Visit their website to learn about applying for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program), scholarships, bursaries and donor awards and become familiar with the deadlines associated with all financial aid programs. It is important that you investigate any assistance that you may be eligible to receive.

  8. Make time to socialize

    Forming new relationships is one of the best things about college, so take time to socialize and meet new people. If you are hesitant about meeting new people, try joining a club or asking your fellow classmates to study one evening over coffee.

  9. Get to know your student advisor

    Student advisors are experts on your program and can offer assistance with course selection and many other academic decisions. If you find yourself with any questions about your program or are struggling with your courses be sure to contact your student advisor.

  10. Explore Durham Region

    For students new to Oshawa or Whitby, it is important to get to know your new city and what it has to offer. Be sure to take the time to be a tourist in your new hometown.

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