Mac/One Transition Program
Exclusively for first-year off-campus students, Mac/One is designed to help with the social and academic transition to university life. By joining Mac/One, you’ll be connected to fellow students with similar passions and interests through our Living Learning Community (LLC) events, have a home base on campus to relax and study with access to a designated residence building, and get extra academic support with drop-in professional tutoring in our Residence Academic Centres.
The Top 5 Reasons to Sign-Up for Mac/One:
Become part of our Living Learning Communities – connect with new friends with similar passions and join in activities related to your LLC’s theme.
Join in on exclusive Welcome Week programs for a unique orientation experience. Welcome Week is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the best time to start making connections. It’s a jam-packed week of activities, and Mac/One students can attend all the regular Welcome Week events plus many smaller events held specifically for their partnered residence building.
Access extra study spaces located within your partnered residence building, sign-up for special academic skills programming, and meet with scholastic student role models. Mac/One students have access to Residence Academic Centres, which offer free drop-in services offered by upper-year students, and focus on help with math, science, essay writing, resume support and general academic skills.
Experience the first-year fun through community engagement, leadership development, and exciting experiences. Mac/One students take part in the on-campus residence community and participate in a wide variety of Social, Wellness, Academic, and Self-Awareness programming.
Your Off-Campus Community Assistants (OCCAs) who will provide guidance and support throughout the year. OCCAs work with Mac/One and residence students to build community, create connections and provide support and guidance during an exciting first-year.
Who is eligible to join Mac/One?
- Undergraduate first year off-campus students, coming straight out of high school
- Undergraduate first year students transferring from another university, living off-campus
- Undergraduate first year students registered as an international student, living off-campus
Who is NOT eligible to join Mac/One?
- Graduate students
- Postdoctoral fellows
- Exchange students (any year)
- International students (2nd year or higher)
- Students living in residence at McMaster
- Non-McMaster students
How to Join
Mac/One starts on the first day of Welcome Week – Saturday, August 24th, 2019, and continues for the entire school year. Joining us the first day or two will be a critical time to make connections, so please try your best to be here! We will have special programming running throughout Welcome Week for your assigned LLC, too, so you will have lots of opportunities to make new friends.
Registration for Mac/One Opens in July:
- By joining, you agree to pay the $100 registration fee, which will be placed on your student account on Mosaic.
- You also agree to abide by the Mac/One Policy.
Check out our video explaining how to apply For Mac/One!
Which LLCs Can I Participate In?
Although there are 11 LLCs across the residence system, Mac/One students will only be allowed to participate in 1 of 6 (listed below). We decided to limit the selection this year to allow for greater connections between the Off-Campus Community Assistant (OCCA) and the Mac/One participants. We have seen the greatest amount of interest and participation in these 6 communities as well, so believe students will get the most out of the Program through these select LLCs.
Which of these topic areas interests you the most? We’ll try our best to place you in one of your top three choices, and you can meet both on-and off-campus students who share the same interests as you.
What Makes Your Community? McMaster’s Residence Life Office and the Mac/One Program have partnered with The Socrates Project to offer an opportunity to drive positive change in your community (e.g. reducing poverty, increasing community health, and supporting youth). You will be encouraged to ask questions, push boundaries and find common ground while building the skills needed to create awareness and organize support for various community initiatives.
This community is for students who are passionate about all aspects of health and wellness. From physical activity and nutrition, to mental health and social connectivity – you’ll explore all facets of health and discover what a healthy, balanced lifestyle means to you. As a member of Health & Wellness LLC, you’ll have opportunities to join activities focused on fun and fitness, like intramural sports and running groups, attend practical skills-based workshops, and connect with campus and community experts around healthy living topics and careers in the health field. On top of all of this, you’ll be interacting and learning with a group of students who share a collective passion for health and wellness.
This community is for students with a love for all things outdoors and a passion for the natural world. The Outdoor Leadership LLC gives students the opportunity to develop and grow their skills in outdoor education and leadership, take part in outdoor adventures, like field trips and overnight trips, and explore the beautiful natural lands around McMaster and in the greater Hamilton community. Students will not only get outside – they’ll learn more about local conservation issues, connect with environmental groups on and off-campus, and discover ways to live more sustainably in residence and beyond.
What Kind of Leader Will You Be? The Women in Leadership community connects students who are passionate about leadership, identity, and success. Students in this community will discuss and examine their experiences, achievements and positions as women in higher education and society. Students will benefit from exclusive opportunities to connect with successful women leaders working across a variety of fields. Through experiences, connections, and opportunities to lead, you can expect personal and professional development, and a network of friends and mentors to carry you throughout your time at McMaster and beyond. Experiences may include an international service-learning trip, a formalized mentorship program, fireside chats with faculty members, and a variety of leadership development opportunities.
McMaster’s Residence Life Office and the Mac/One Program have partnered with the Faculty of Engineering to offer a community focused on Innovation & Society. Students in this community will have access to programming aimed at building critical thinking, creativity and communication skills. First-year engineers in the Innovation and Society LLC will learn a variety of practical skills essential to engineering. Through workshops, guest speakers, and competitions, students will become better problem solvers, critical thinkers, and effective communicators. At the same time, you will interact in a community that will foster interdisciplinary relationships and multicultural views to help you thrive.
Ready to Change the World? McMaster’s Residence Life Office and the Mac/One Program has partnered with The Socrates Project (https://socrates.mcmaster.ca/about/) to bring together students who are interested in cross-cultural learning, global diversity, and complex international issues. Through facilitated workshops, dialogue, and reflection, students in this living community will be encouraged to ask questions, push boundaries and find common ground while focusing on exploring the complex ideas that shape our shrinking world. Through active engagement with the Global Perspectives LLC, students will develop an increased awareness of self and how they can affect change in their world. If you are dedicated to celebrating the commonalities and differences between cultures on personal, local and global levels, then Global Perspectives is right for you!
What Happens Next?
- Once you register and pay the required fee for the year ($100), you will be assigned to a community based on the preferences you listed in their registration form.
- Each community will have up to 25 off-campus and commuter students + 1 Off-Campus Community Assistant (OCCA).
- Once assigned to a community (based on interests), each community will be partnered with a residence building.
- Community members will connect initially through social media (ie. Facebook) and/or email in the lead-up to Welcome Week.
- Mac/One students will attend events throughout Welcome Week with their community members and OCCA.
- Community members will be given a key card with access rights to their respective building for the September – April timeframe.
- The OCCA will plan regular social events and excursions to keep you connected to the best of McMaster and the city of Hamilton, as you participate in LLC programming and enjoy the benefits of the access to a residence community.