Dear Parents Newsletter: February Edition

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Greetings from UTM!

Here at the University of Toronto Mississauga, we are dedicated to the promotion of excellence in all areas of scholarship, teaching, and learning. In the face of current world events, it is important for us to unite in support of the members of our community in order to create an environment that embraces the broadest range of people, values their perspectives, and encourages the free expression of their ideas. To this end, we are committed to providing a safe, inclusive environment in which our students can flourish. For more information and a message from the University of Toronto President, you are invited to visit this site. In the event that your student is in need of support, we encourage them to reach out to one of the many services available on campus. 

In terms of your student's academics, this is the time of year during which they are called upon to make an important decision around which program of study to pursue. While this decision can be changed throughout their undergraduate years, declaring a program of study remains an important milestone for our students. For some students this is an easy decision but for others this can be a difficult decision. 

Besides declaring their Subject POSt, this is a time of year when some students feel increased anxiety surrounding finances. Financial strain can have a significant impact on students' academic success. This month's newsletter focuses on connecting you and your family with resources that are geared toward helping your student through these challenges.

In this issue...

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While your UTM student becomes better adjusted to the routines of a new semester, they will be faced with many decisions pertaining to their next academic year. In February, your student may start to think more critically about whether they are taking classes in an area that they wish to pursue further. Between March 13th and April 30th your student may need to request a program (subject POSt) if they are on track to complete 4.0 credits by the end of this academic term. In preparation, it is beneficial to begin having conversations regarding how they feel about the courses they have selected so far.

Electives that your student took to fulfill degree requirements may turn out to be a source of interest - possibly even something to consider as a potential program of study. At this time, some students may have feelings of disappointment and uncertainty if they are finding the courses required for their program challenging.

It is important for your student to consider a backup plan in the case that they do not gain acceptance into the program of their choosing. The UTM Office of the Registrar routinely offers help for first year students to assist them with this process including academic advising, and an online video available through the Office of the Registrar's Website. Having a backup plan can reduce the anxiety associated with deciding on their program of study. A valuable source of information to help guide your students' decision includes seeking out students currently enrolled in their area of interest.

Long periods of darkness during this time of year can take a toll on some students. They may experience restlessness, irritability, increased stress and even homesickness for those who live away from home.  Encourage your student to switch up their environment - instead of exclusively studying in their room, suggest they try visiting one of our cafés or a study room on campus if they would like a quieter setting. 

Financially, now is a good time for your student to reflect on their spending habits and money management skills. Though it may seem like the semester has only just started, many employers have already posted summer jobs that your student can gain access through the UofT Career Learning Network (CLN). To help you better support your student to gain skills in keeping track of their finances, we invite you to come out to our workshop on February 16th titled “Finances and Literacy.”

Consider asking your student the following questions:

  • Have you been thinking about which program of study to declare?
  • Do you wish to speak to an academic advisor about your options? 
  • What kinds of options are available to you if you do not get into your desired program?
  • What activities have you been engaging in to de-stress?
  • Do you plan to apply for summer jobs? 
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Some students may be planning for an upcoming trip during Reading Week, or have just finished paying some of their tuition fees. It is common for students to experience financial drain at this time of year. Learn about supporting your student in managing their money and identifying resources!

Our upcoming workshop features information on resources, support at UTM, and the opportunity to share experiences with other UTM families.

Finances and Your Student
Thursday, March 9th
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Davis Building 3130

Staff from the Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid, will be available to provide information about resources and supports available to your students.

In addition to the session, you are welcome to come and visit the beautiful UTM Campus, meet with student service representatives, and converse with other UTM families.

Register now at http://www.uoft.me/utmparents

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During the month of February, your student may be faced with making some major decisions about setting goals for their future. The Career Centre provides a specific workshop for first year students on career planning. 

In addition to facing program and career decisions, this is a great time for students to consider learning about financial planning. There are also resources on campus for financial support on campus, some of which are featured below.


Career Workshops

First Year Students: Career Planning
February 13, 2017
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

While a career might seem a distant prospect to first year students, there are steps they can take right now to clarify and prepare for their future goals. Career goal setting helps determine what students want from their life and provides the focus and motivation to help them succeed academically. Students are invited to a workshop to explore their goals and how their degree, major, skills, values and experiences can influence their future career.

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Office of the Registrar: Financial Aid Advising

Staffed with Financial Aid Advisors, Academic Advisors, and Enrolment Service Representatives, the Office of the Registrar offers appointments on a walk-in basis for all UTM students. All questions about OSAP, grants/bursaries, and scholarships, UTM grants, UTAPS, and financial planning will be directed to a Financial Aid Advisor who will discuss any concerns a student may have.


Backpack to Briefcase: Money Matters- Make It Your Business

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
University of Toronto Mississauga‚Ä®, William G. Davis Building, Faculty Club, Room 3140

Hosted by the Alumni Relations in partnership with the Department of Management and the University of Toronto Mississauga Alumni Association, students will have the opportunity to get smart about personal finance. This session will consist of 3 alumni from the financial sector who will give advice on how to earn, manage, and invest money. Students will learn to both master money skills, and achieve financial goals.

Register Now!

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February 5, 2017
For students paying course fees: Last day to drop an S course and receive a 50% course fee refund.

February 7, 2017
Lecture Me! a series features "The First Mass Extinction of Complex Life," presented by Professor Marc Laflamme of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences. This event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mississauga Central Library, and is organized by the UTM Experiential Education Office.

February 15, 2017
For students registered in the Fall/Winter session: Service charges on outstanding Winter fee balances begin (if you were deferred due to a loan). Note: Winter term service charge dates are different for students who were registered by paying the minimum payment or who have been deferred due to a scholarship/award or received tuition waiver.

February 15, 2017
For students registered in the Winter term ONLY: Service charges begin on outstanding Winter fee balances (if you were deferred due to a loan or were registered by paying the minimum payment). Note: Service charge dates are different for students who have deferred due to scholarship/award or received tuition waiver.

New Date to Be Arranged
Parent & Family Workshop, "Finances and Your Student."  Attend this session created just for parents and families of new students to learn more about helping your student to manage their finances.  Starts at 7:00 PM!

February 20, 2017
Family Day holiday. University closed.

February 21, 2017
Last day to cancel (drop) a Y course from academic record and GPA or to cancel or select Credit/No Credit option.

February 21, 2017
For students registered in the Fall/Winter Session or Winter term ONLY: last day to apply for OSAP.

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017
Reading Week

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017
Special deferred examination period for December 2016 exams.

February 28, 2017
Backpack to Briefcase: Money Matters - Make It Your Business session provided by Alumni Relations.  Takes place from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Club.

For more important dates and deadlines, visit the Office of the Registrar's Website.

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Program of Study/ Subject POSt

A program is a sequence of courses in one or more disciplines that are grouped together to form a cohesive area of study.

If your student is pursuing an undergraduate degree (HBA, HBSc or BCom) they must be formally enrolled in at least: one specialist or two majors, or one major plus two minors.

Categories of Programs Available:

Major: a major indicates a specialization with a number of courses from one subject area. At UTM, a major program consists of 6.5 to 9.0 credits, including at least two 300/400 level credits.

Minor: a minor indicates a lesser degree of specialization, with only a few courses drawn from one subject area. At UTM, a minor program consists of 4.0 to 4.5 credits, including at least one 300/400 level credit.

Specialist: a specialist indicates a higher degree of specialization with a number of courses drawn from one subject area. A specialist program is allowed within any Honours (BA or BSc) degree or BCom degree.  At UTM, a specialist program consists of 10.0 to 18.0 credits (out of a total 20.0 credits required for an Honours BA or an Honours BSc) including at least four 300/400 level credits, one of which must be at the 400 level.


In-course Scholarships & Awards
These scholarships and awards are established and funded by individual donors, corporations, faculties, departments, and the governing body of the University. In-course scholarships and awards recognize academic excellence. Other scholarships are determined by extracurricular and/or volunteer activities, along with academic standing and/or financial need. Students can apply for many UTM specific scholarships and awards at the In-course Scholarships and Awards Website.  Deadlines are currently listed from February 28, 2017 to May 30, 2017.

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Did you know that the city of Mississauga is named after the Mississauga Nation, a band of First Nations who live in Southern Ontario? The name comes from the Anishinaabe word Misi-zaagiing, meaning "[Those at the] Great River-mouth."

Our beautiful UTM campus is nestled in a forest and sits next to the Credit River and Erindale Park. If you go into the woods, you may notice QR codes on trees around the Mississauga campus. When scanned on a smartdevice, they link you to a page full of information about that tree. This "tree caching" trail is the work of recent UTM graudate, Nimesha Basnayaka.


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