Second-Year Stride

Second-Year Stride: How to Prep, What to Expect

Welcome to Second-Year Stride! Designed specifically for second-year undergraduate students, Second-Year Stride brings together resources and activities to help you successfully transition from first to second year. If you are looking to find opportunities for meaningful connections with your peers, explore the Queen’s and Kingston communities, and feel confident about your academics, you’ve come to the right place!

Check out Levelling Up: Essential Skills for Second-year Success, our online mini-course for undergraduate students entering their second year. In this series of short lessons, you’ll learn more about core second-year topics:

  • Interpreting feedback to understand your professors’ expectations at this level and improve your work over time
  • Developing your critical thinking so that your analytical and evaluative skills can tackle second-year work
  • Integrating complex research into your writing by synthesizing, summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting work
  • Becoming part of a friendly scholarly community

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Start where you choose, dive in and out of the course as you please, and return to the course whenever you need it throughout this year.

Get started now to feel confident about and prepared for your second year!

Student Academic Success Services (SASS) and Student Wellness Services (SWS) have created a playlist of TAO sessions and exercises designed to help you develop key academic and wellness practices for 2nd year students. Find more information about the TAO 2nd year stride group and register to join this group today!

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Making Queen's & Kingston Your Home

Welcome to the Queen’s Campus and the city of Kingston! Learn more about navigating campus, having a successful off-campus housing experience, finding places to eat on- and off-campus, and more!

Come explore our campus from anywhere in the world! Take a virtual Campus Tour or click through photos to be taken to a virtual experience platform


  • Connect with our Off-Campus Living Advisor to find housing and housemates, and with the AMS for information on tenant responsibilities and rights.
  • Subscribe to our Off-Campus Living newsletter by emailing
  • Access support from the Housing Resource Centre in a safe and confidential space if you are experiencing a conflict with a landlord or housemate.
  • If you are an international student, learn about living in Kingston through the QUIC.

Eating On and Off Campus


Exploring the City

Student Community Relations

  • The Student Community Relations Office strives to foster positive neighbourhood relations and good citizenship with Queen’s Students living in the Kingston Community. Please visit the student community relations website for further information and to learn about opportunities for local volunteerism, community engagement and more.
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Taking Care of Yourself and Your Health

Second year can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, and it’s important to take care of your well-being. Queen’s offers programs and services that promote healthy living to help you thrive.

Health Screening

Mental Health


  • Sign up for intramurals or fitness classes at the ARC.
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Growing Your Community

Queen’s offers many exciting opportunities for you to get involved in the community!

  • Are you an international or domestic student? Visit the QUIC for social activities, programs and events.
  • Connect with Yellow House, a safe, comfortable and accountable space for QTBIPOC students to create community, feel empowered, empower others, and celebrate and honour your histories.
  • Check out the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (4D), a home away from home for Indigenous students, offering support services, feasts, and social and cultural activities.
  • Learn more about the AMS, your student government, and the clubs, programs and opportunities they offer.
  • Meet students with common interests and join a club at the Tricolour Open House.
  • Attend our Leadership Workshop Series to expand your leadership knowledge, develop new skills, and connect with peers.
  • Get matched with an upper-year peer mentor who can help you continue to develop the skills you need to be successful at university. The program aims to build confidence, encourage healthy lifestyles, and contribute to a satisfying university experience.
  • Looking to get involved? Discover the various volunteer opportunities available to you on campus.
  • Learn about how to be sustainable off-campus!
  • Visit the Clubs Directory for all kinds of communities you can get involved with.
  • Discover more ways to get involved at Queen's!
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Building on Your Academic Success

You don’t have to manage your academic career alone; Queen’s is here to support you! 

  • Complete Levelling Up: Essential Skills for Second-year Success, an asynchronous mini-course designed to help your academic transition to and through second year.
  • Book a 1:1 appointment with Student Academic Success Services (SASS) to enhance your skills in writing, critical thinking, reading, studying, and time management.
  • Attend a SASS workshop delivered by our professional staff and/or peer volunteers on a variety of academic topics related to second-year success. 
  • Are you a multilingual student? Use SASS' programs and resources to build confidence as you work on academic English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
  • Connect with an Academic Advisor from your faculty for program-specific questions.
  • Familiarize yourself with Queen’s University Library, a key resource for all students, and develop the necessary search strategies to ensure success in your courses.
  • Visit the Academic Grievance Centre if you have questions or concerns about academic grievances, discipline, or regulations.
  • Check out our award-winning Major Maps—tailored to every program—which provide advice on academics, extracurriculars, networking, international opportunities, and career planning.
  • Connect with Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) about academic accommodations if you have a disability that affects your participation in the academic learning environment.
  • If you are a student with an accommodation, contact the Adaptive Technology Centre to find out how to access assistive devices, computer hardware, and specialized software that enable students with disabilities to research, write and study more effectively.
  • Let Career Services help you make informed decisions about your career, further education and employment next steps.
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Budgeting and Managing Your Finances

Learn how to budget and even save money at university with the help of Queen's resources and supports.

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Connect With Us

Have questions or want to chat? Find out more information and who to contact.

If you have questions about second-year stride, or need support, but are not sure who to contact, email

For information on all student services and how to connect with them, visit the DSA Student Resources page.