WELCOME WEEK 2019
Are You Ready?
First things First
1. Download the Remind: School Communication (by Remind101) App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Create an account/Login using your phone number. Use the code @mes201920 to join the McMaster Engineering Society notification system. This allows you to get notifications texted directly to you and within the app about Welcome Week!
2. Follow the MES on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook: @macengsociety
3. Explore the MES Website!
Meet The Mac Eng Co-OCs
The summer is coming to a close, which means you will be joining the Mac Eng family very soon. Our team has been working hard to ensure that your transition to university life is as smooth as possible. We have created a long list of events dedicated to having fun and meeting new friends and mentors within Mac Eng. Alongside these events, we have our amazing Welcome Week Reps: a diverse set of engaged students dedicated to mentoring you during Welcome Week and the rest of the year! Our team is most identifiable when we are wearing our bright red coveralls, if you see one of us come talk to us! We can’t wait to meet you!
Welcome To The MES
Welcome to the McMaster Engineering Community!
You have embarked on a journey that will take you through some of the most exciting, demanding, and rewarding years of your life, and we could not be happier that you have chosen McMaster to be your new home. While at Mac, you will be embraced by a friendly and welcoming community that promotes inclusion and diversity! Throughout First Year (and the rest of your time at Mac!) you will be supported by upper years, your peers, and the McMaster Engineering Society (MES).
Explore the rest of this website and be sure to follow our social media to get the full scoop on what to expect during Welcome Week, and what else you can look forward to in First Year. We are excited to see you on campus in September!
Melissa, McMaster Engineering Society President
Nervous About First Year?
The MEs Has You covered.
Whether you're in Engineering I, BTech, CompSci, or iBioMed, the MES is thrilled to offer you a wide variety of academic services to make your experience as successful as we can. The MES offers a textbook library, which you can find on the first floor of the Gerald Hatch Center, in The Drain (right next door to JHE). We carry multiple copies of the textbooks you'll be using this year, as well as a bunch of upper-year books (open-book exams, anyone?!). As an added bonus, if you're ever feeling stressed before your midterm tests, MES Academic Resources MES offers midterm help sessions for most of the courses you'll be taking. We'll provide snacks, coffee, and an amazing tutor to work through sample tests with you. We'll also be holding two MES catch-up sessions per term to get you up to date with current course content. Make sure to check out the MES's social media and the screens in JHE for session times. Some other resources you might make use of include:
Academic Advising - eng.mcmaster.ca/programs/academic-advising
Academic Calendar - academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca
Engineering Co-Op and Career Services - eng.mcmaster.ca/co-op-career/co-op-program
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) - sas.mcmaster.ca
Student Success Centre (SSC), which also organizes the McMaster Peer Tutoring Network and the MES Tutoring Network - studentsuccess.mcmaster.ca
This is just a taste of the resources that will be available to you through the MES and the university as a whole this year. Be sure to stay tuned for more information on how we'll be able to help and support you through Level I!
Equity and Inclusion Resources
McMaster celebrates students from all backgrounds, and the McMaster Engineering Society is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment. On campus, we have a variety of services that provide support for our diverse student body, such as Diversity Services which holds events and provides tools for students, WGEN which is a peer support service focused on gender equity, Maccess which focuses on disability support, the Pride Community Centre, and many more. Additionally, McMaster Engineering supports several identity based clubs, such as EngiQueers, Women in Engineering and the National Society of Black Engineers.
Health and Wellness Resources
When school gets tough and you’re dealing with whatever else is going on in your life, please remember to take care of yourself and your mental health. Read on to learn about the resources available to you as a student and what you can
The Student Wellness Center - MUSC B101 - this is where you’ll find doctors and counsellors. The student wellness center is your first stop on campus to access mental health and wellness resources. They offer access to counsellors, psychiatrists, and a wide variety of peer support groups to better help you succeed at McMaster.
SAS - MUSC B107 - Student accessibility services can help accommodate any mental or physical disabilities you may have that are hindering your performance in school.
The MES Wellness Committee - Come out to our events throughout the year focusing on mental health education and destressing. If you’re interested in learning more about mental health within engineering, join us for our Students in Engineering Mental Health Panel. You can also visit us on BellLetsTalk Day to learn more about what mental illness is and how to raise awareness. Come check out some of our destresser events this year, like Plant Potting, Bob Ross Paint Night, and the Super Hatch Bros gaming tournament!
Resources off campus:
St. Joseph’s Youth Wellness Center (38 James St. S) - They provide multiple services to help youth in Hamilton manage and cope through mental illness. You are able to refer yourself as a patient to their location downtown, or work in tandem with the Student Wellness Centre where you can access some of their services within Student Wellness.
Alternatives for Youth (38 James St. S) - Alternatives for Youth is an organization that helps youth access substance use and addiction treatment services. These services aren’t limited to youth dealing with substance use, but also include support for youth whose lives have been negatively affected by the substance use of their loved ones. They also provide free Naloxone kits during specified drop-in hours.