Planning For Success

Our Residence Life staff provides a wide array of programs and learning sessions that assist students in finding a balance among their academics and the many other facets of their lives.

The following sections outline examples of common challenges students, in general, may face throughout the academic year, as well as the various programming responses that take place.

Academic SkillsIn the transition to university, students may experience a drop in grades, problems studying for tests or exams, or a lack of understanding of important study skills and habits. Students can be put at ease by being provided with suggestions and support that will help in their academic pursuits. This can include study groups, note taking tips, essay writing seminars, test taking sessions, time management and stress relief techniques to name a few.
Cultural & Spiritual AwarenessResidence is blessed with people of various backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, races, religions and orientations. Since we share this space, we should learn about each other and increase our awareness about the world around us. This is accomplished through an atmosphere of positive contact and mutual respect. Students learn about our similarities and differences in a variety of ways, from multicultural fairs and language lessons to sharing world news and political awareness.
Environmental Awareness and SustainabilityStudents are aware more than ever of their physical world around them, and their respective footprints on this planet. Lakehead is situated in a wonderful, natural setting that allows students to enjoy our nature. This section should give students an understanding of the environment and how it works. What is around them, what is on our campus and beyond and how do they impact it.
Career and Job PreparationStudents come to university to achieve a goal. Part of that goal is acquiring a job or career. Career and Job preparation help students find summer jobs, write resumes, explore the career market and to learn basic but necessary communication skills such as writing and computer literacy which will aid them as they navigate and negotiate their way through the career and work market.
Physical FitnessIt is important that students remain well-rounded at school and do not forget about the non-academic side of university. Educating about and encouraging healthy living is an important part of a student's life. This by no means suggests that students should be constantly training, but to allow them opportunities to think about their bodies, and what they can do to aid them in living a healthy lifestyle. This can include working out, hiking, playing organized or recreational sports, going to the climbing wall etc.
Health and WellnessLiving the student life can be stressful at the best of times. That is why it is a good idea to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This can include anything from physical or psychological health, or social well being. It could include things like using alcohol wisely and following safer sex methods. We are all born with just one body, so helping students to look after theirs is what this is all about.