In a survey conducted by our University & Academic Counselling Department, our Grade 12 students had asked for a day with free food, time to hang out with their friends, no “real” classes and no tests, zero stress, music, prizes, a movie and time with their teachers. With the support of the Grad Transition Planning Committee, the graduating class of 2021 were invited to the first ever YHS University Transitions Day on June 9th.
With a jam-packed schedule, students attended a number of workshops aimed at introducing them to university life, navigating their first year and keeping healthy. They also enjoyed a virtual panel of recent graduates who offered tips on those first few weeks of university with a focus on making connections and finding your people.
Over lunch, the grads enjoyed delicious salads from Tractor Foods sponsored by the YHS Alumnae Office before heading into their final workshop on wellness, led by our counselling team.
The day ended with a fun beading activity and an opportunity to sign each other’s polo shirts (a YHS tradition) while connecting with their teachers who came down to say a casual hello.
Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive and plans are already underway for next year.