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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 navigate university, Queen’s campus and the city of Kingston. You may not have had a typical first year experience in 2020-21 and are looking to create meaningful connections with your peers, familiarize yourself with the campus and the Queen’s community, and feel confident about your academics. You’ve come to the right place! 

This summer, you can:
  • Attend an online session or consult one-on-one with our Off-Campus Living Advisor to get tips on finding a place to live, learn about lease agreements or find a roommate.
  • As an International Student, connect with the QUIC for important information on your arrival and orientation to Canada.
  • Attend a live virtual tour of campus.
  • 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.
Second-Year Stride Week: September 20-24, 2021

Second-Year Stride Week brings you programming and resources designed to ensure you have the supports and skills you need to feel confident in your second year! During the week of September 20-24, attend the events, check out the resources, and follow our social campaigns dedicated to second year success!

Check back soon for specific descriptions, dates, times, locations, and links!

Events

  • Financial Literacy and Managing a Budget (workshop)
  • Assignment Planning and Healthy Habits (drop-In)
  • Jump Start Your Career (workshop)
  • Second-Year Writing: Effortless Thinking, Effortless Style (workshop)
  • Managing Conflict with Roommates (workshop)
  • Fresh Food Box & Online Cooking Class (pick-up and join online)
  • Writealong Peer-Led Writing Group (weekly drop-in)
  • Peer-Led Study Hall (weekly drop-in)
Aerial photograph of Queen's campus

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!

Making Queen's & Kingston Your Home

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

Housing

  • 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 ocla@queensu.ca.
  • 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

Students working out in a park

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.

Taking Care of Yourself and Your Health

Health Screening

  • Before coming to campus buildings, faculty, staff, students, and visitors must download the university’s SeQure App and complete a short COVID-19 assessment questionnaire. The app will advise whether you can proceed with your visit. This app questionnaire should be completed before any trips to indoor campus spaces
  • Review all COVID-19-related health and safety info on the Safe Return to Campus website.

Food

Mental Health

Exercise

  • Sign up for intramurals or fitness classes at the ARC.
Students outside of Ontario Hall

Budgeting and Managing Your Finances

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

Budgeting and Managing Your Finances
Books at a library

Building on Your Academic Success

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

Building on Your Academic Success
  • 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.
Students at a gym on Queen's campus

Growing Your Community 

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

Growing Your Community & Getting Involved
  • 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 Tri-Colour 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!
Queen's campus in the Fall

Connect With Us

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

Connect With Us

Questions or Need to Chat?

If you have questions about second-year stride, or need support, but are not sure who to contact, email student.experience@queensu.ca

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