Tips for Acing Your First Week of Grad School

Welcome to Grad School! You are joining a thriving graduate community that is driving forward Brock University’s reputation as a centre of excellence in research and innovation. As you begin your first week, here are some tips to help you start off on the right foot.

  1. Attend your Faculty/Program Orientation.Your Faculty/Program orientation is an excellent place to meet the students and professors you will work alongside throughout your graduate degree. You will also learn valuable information about your Faculty and be connected with resources that you may need to utilize in the future.  Most of these events require pre-registration, so be sure to enquire ahead of time.
  2. Visit the Faculty of Graduate StudiesThink of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) as your first stop for any questions you may have or guidance you may need. We want to help you succeed! Our Dean, Dr. Jens Coorssen, has an open-door policy and welcomes the opportunity to meet you and discuss your Grad school experience. Also, be sure to check out our website and bookmark GradScope, the FGS blog.

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  3. Familiarize yourself with your Graduate Student Association (GSA)The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the independent voice of graduate students on campus. They offer many valuable benefits, ranging from an extended health and dental insurance plan, to the graduate student lounge where you can relax between classes and connect with colleagues.

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  4. Consider the Vitae: Essential Skills Program 

    Adding a professional development certificate to your degree could set you apart from others when applying to further academic studies or transitioning to a professional career.  The Vitae: Essential Skills Program offers a number of workshops and programs that will allow you to build and rehearse your transferrable skills.For more information, visit:

We wish you nothing but success on your graduate journey!

Categorie(s): Brock Community, Current Grad Students, Grad Student Success, Professional Development

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