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Attending university in a pandemic brings about many challenges

For McMaster’s incoming students, the difficulty is compounded by transitioning into university life and also to a completely new virtual experience. This experience creates challenges like adapting to new learning environments, new financial stressors, new mental health realities and new ways of building social and extracurricular networks.

As Mac's newest students face unique hurdles this fall, a big aspect of addressing those obstacles is resources.

Members of the McMaster community are working diligently to deliver a welcoming, supportive, engaging, and inspiring Mac student experience. The kind of experience we all expect from one of the world's great universities.

An archway for first-year students

The students who are starting their Mac careers now are doing so in a new environment, but that shouldn’t hold them back.

Archway is a new support team at McMaster that works with all incoming first-year students from the day they are accepted and right up until second year. This professional team is partnering with students throughout the year to make sure they are connected to the right information, people and fellow students to make their year a success.

Many returning students, eager to help the newest members of the McMaster family, are playing an imortant role in the Archway program.

Heba Shahaed, an Archway mentor, is one of these returning students helping first-years adapt to their online learning environment and build social and extracurricular networks.

How can you help?

Mac’s incoming students are also facing new financial challenges and mental health realities.

A gift today to McMaster’s Bursary Fund, Student Wellness Fund, or the University’s Greatest Needs Fund will help support students applying for financial aid, seeking wellness resources, or adapting to their virtual-learning tools this fall.

We hope you will join us in supporting our newest members of the McMaster family.

We have a chance to respond to some historic challenges by showing what the McMaster family can do when we work together.

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