Everything You Need to Know About Mac/One
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.
Ready for the best first-year off-campus experience? Register now!
The Top 5 Reasons to Sign-Up for Mac/One:
- Connect with Other People Who Share Your Interests: Become part of our Living Learning Communities – connect with new friends with similar passions and join in activities related to your LLC’s theme.
- Extra-Special Welcome Week: 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.
- Relax On-Campus: 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.
- Get Connected to Community: 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.
- They’ve Been There, Done That: 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.
How to Join
Mac/One starts the first day of Welcome Week – August 25th, 2018 and continues for the entire school year. Spaces are first-come, first-served!
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?
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.
- Creative Expressions: This is the opportunity to unleash your creative spirit while connecting with others who share your love of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and the written word.
- Change Makers: Do you want to make a difference? Get involved in today’s issues, learn about systemic problems in society and how we can create change.
- Health and Wellness: Be surrounded by others who love to explore the physical, environmental, spiritual, intellectual and social aspects of health and wellness.
- Outdoor Leadership: Get outside and into nature, while pursuing your health and fitness goals with others who are just as passionate about physical activity and adventure. Connect and build relationships with students who share the same passion for sustainable living and the natural world.
- Startup: Explore your great ideas with like-minded individuals and gain access to campus networks, passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Women in Leadership: Develop your own personal leadership style and connect with others to grow in your own personal and professional skills advancement.
- eSports & Gaming: Share your passion for gaming; e-sports, game theory, and all other types of games. This community is not just about fun and games; it will also highlight important leadership characteristics necessary for success in the world of eSports.
- Leaders & Influencers: Develop strong leadership skills in the areas of communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and more. You will be able to explore different models of leadership and will gain an understanding of their effectiveness within different environments.
- Teaching & Coaching: Learn the fundamentals of teaching and coaching methods, while learning about various avenues these skills can be used in (i.e. being a classroom teacher). Skills and opportunities that will be offered within this community may include: motivational interviewing, group facilitation, and mentorship.
- Innovation & Society: 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.
- Global Perspectives: Are you are interested in cross-cultural learning, global diversity, and complex international issues? Through facilitated workshops, dialogue, and reflection, students in this living environment will focus on exploring the complex ideas that shape our shrinking world.
Explore Our Living Learning Communities
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 30 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.
- Community members will be given a key card with access rights to their respective building for the September – April timeframe.
- The Off-Campus Community Assistant (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.