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Tips For Success

8 Tips for Making the Most of Your Time at Mac

1. Make a home away from home

Come by the Indigenous Studies Office and meet the staff, faculty and students involved in our programming. There is always lots to do and something going on. We have a weekly free hot lunch, usually soup make by our Elder-in-Residence. Our student lounge is equipped with a flat screen television, DVD player and a comfortable seating area. Come by anytime and discover your community here at Mac.

2. A different way of knowing and learning 

Come to our weekly Elder-in-Residence program where Bertha Skye, a Cree Elder, shares food, stories and craft making with students. She is our resident grandmother, and will make you feel at home no matter where you are from.

3. Expand your knowledge and contribute with other learners 

Our courses in the Indigenous Studies Program (ISP) are some of the most unique and dynamic course offerings in the country for indigenous-focused research.

Our goal is to celebrate our ways of knowing and indigenous contributions to academia and the social world. These classes are open to all learners at McMaster and emphasize the importance of indigenous knowledge.

4. Need help with a paper? Visit the Research Librarian!

Every week ISP hosts an in-house research librarian from Mills Library for two hours to assist students with help on research papers, projects, etc. If you are struggling with an essay or need help editing, come to the office for academic and writing support as well as access to our excellent student library.

5. Meet new people with similar interests and backgrounds 

McMaster Indigenous Student Community Alliance (MISCA) is always looking for interested students to volunteer and help plan events. You can also meet other Indigenous students in our office, who come to access quiet study space, socialize in the lounge, access the library, or use our kitchen. There is always someone around to meet!

6. Questions about your degree? Come and see the Student Counsellor! 

Often times planning your coursework and academic goals can be daunting as a new student. The Indigenous Student Counsellor is happy to sit down with you and talk about options available to you at Mac and how we can arrange your schedule to best suit your needs.

7. Take advantage of the University events made available to you! 

Being successful at university also includes learning and experiencing outside of the classroom. McMaster's many clubs, student groups and programs offer a wide-range of activities for students. Get involved as much as you can and enjoy everything Mac has to offer.

8. Feeling overwhelmed? 

Sometimes coming to university can be very overwhelming for students both academically and socially. There are many resources here on campus available to you. You are not alone and there is no shame in asking for help. Contact the Student Counsellor, check out this list of resources, or come into the office if you are in need of assistance or a listening ear.