What can I do, when and how? These are the questions experience mapping will help us answer. Through extensive design and consultation, Student Life has developed a set of tools to help students like you identify and direct the next steps of your university adventure.
Without a destination, it can be hard to use a map! Many students begin university while still trying to figure out their personal and professional goals. Good news: Memorial is a great place for that! You can learn what you like and what your strengths are by exploring opportunities and experiences available on and off-campus.
The experience compass is a simple tool to help you visualize and explore new directions. Think about what you want to do, what you haven’t done yet and what you could get better at. Look at the cardinal directions on the edge of the compass: does anything match what you thought of? If so, the activities aligned with that direction are a good thing to explore!
Once you know what direction to move in, use the experience map or look at some example experience guides to identify specific actions to take, programs to sign up for, events to attend and so on.
This particular compass above identifies five cardinal directions of the student experience (evidence has shown that students who try to practice these ideas thrive at university!):
↗️ Be a better student
Are you feeling uninspired or having difficulty keeping yourself motivated and focused in your studies? Don’t worry--we have all been there! By following this direction, you will expose yourself to new learning opportunities and initiatives that will enable you to develop new skills that will enrich your academic experiences at Memorial. Chatting with a professor after class, visiting an academic help centre, asking for feedback after an exam, and trying a new study and/or exam tactic are all examples of how you can expose yourself to becoming a better student.
↗️ Make the most of your studies
Another key aspect to having a successful and fulfilling student experience during your time at Memorial is to familiarize yourself with your academic program and faculty--not only to ensure a positive academic experience, but also to meet your peers and to build relationships and memories that will last a lifetime. Examples include getting an academic audit, seeking advice from a faculty advisor, getting involved in your academic society, and getting to know your instructors.
↗️ Find Friends and Connections
This cardinal direction will not only enable you to meet others, but will also give you an opportunity to build work experience, develop new skills, and network--all of which are essential preparations for your future career. Receiving advising from the Career Development, participating in a club and/or society, applying for an on-campus job, or simply saying hello to someone new are all examples of ways that you can find new friends and connections during your time at Memorial.
↗️ Discover New Perspectives
With so many opportunities to meet new people and find new connections, it can be quite overwhelming to know exactly where to start! By following this direction, you will expose yourself to new experiences that will not only encourage you to discover new interests, but will also allow you to contribute to the Memorial community and provide you with a number of ways to learn and develop a number of skills. Becoming a conversation partner, signing up at the Student Volunteer Bureau, attending a seminar and/or workshop, and participating in Make Midterm Matter are just a few examples of the many ways that you can discover new perspectives.
↗️ Face Challenges with Hope
Maintaining a positive perspective is another essential component to living a healthy and enriching student life, but how exactly can we overcome our challenges? This cardinal direction will expose you to a number of student support and resources available that will enable you to face any challenge with hope--examples include receiving strengths advising, taking on a new role with a student society, beginning an experience fellowship, and advocating for a cause that you are passionate about.
Experience Maps chart suggested activities, events, actions and other experiences over the course of a year or in a suggested sequence. Our goal is to help you think about and plan for long-term experiential goals just like how you might develop a course plan for your academic program. You will use the maps to review your options.
What have other students done? What are some likely ways forward? Experience guides are sort of like program guides – they suggest the easy and straightforward routes through your time at university.
Need a navigator? Get help with Experience Mapping
Talk to fellow students trained in the Experience Mapping tools who have extensive knowledge of the opportunities that exist at Memorial. From upcoming events and activities to finding the right MUNSU clubs, societies, and resource centres to providing advice on taking your own actions, these students can help you reflect on your goals and choose your next steps.