Ask Meaghan: Reading Week approaches (and so do EXAMS! 😨)

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My name is Meaghan and I’m the Student Advocacy Resource Coordinator with the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University. I have so much to tell you about self-advocacy!! Through this bi-weekly series, #AskMeaghan, my goal is to answer any questions you may have about this crazy-little-thing-called-UNIVERSITY ♫ (see this video to sing along).

When does the exam schedule come out?

I’m sure all you students out there are anxious to find out when your exams are scheduled, right? Well look no further!! The exam schedule will be posted Wednesday, February 20th. Don’t remember where it’s posted? Don’t worry. It shows up on your MyMRU site under the My Program tab. Alternatively, you can access the course search for exams through this link.

Just when you thought you could take a break from school through the reading week, the exam dates get posted – facepalm! Believe it or not, reading week is great time for READING (aka catching up on course readings, doing coursework, and studying for exams) but it’s also a great time for self-care. In all the hustle and bustle of school, our priorities can become lost and we can lose sight of what’s really important. Taking care of yourself is important and should be at the top of your to-do list! Disclaimer: I’m not saying that schoolwork isn’t important, but if you’re juggling school, work, family, friends (maybe even a special someone – heads up, love birds: Valentine’s day is coming up!) and not making time for yourself, your effectiveness in handling and applying yourself to all these areas may be hindered.

Not sure where to start? That’s okay! Here at the Student Advocacy Resource Centre (SARC) we can help you with self-care planning. That means helping you build a routine so that you can schedule in that time to refresh your mind, body, and soul. We can help you with goal setting and we can check in with you to see how you’re doing, too! There are no downsides to doing self-care…and you should absolutely schedule time for yourself to make sure you’re firing on all cylinders – emotionally, physically, and mentally. Because you’re worth it! (L’Oreal, anyone?)

I have a meeting coming up with a professor. They said that a SAMRU representative could accompany me to the meeting if I so chose. What does this mean? Can I panic now?

Yikes! A meeting with a professor? That sounds like it could be stressful! Have no fear, SARC is here! More specifically, me, Meaghan Paturel (the Student Advocacy Resource Coordinator). One of my roles is to be a meeting attendant for students if they would like one. I can attend meetings between students and instructors in formal university processes. Some examples of this includes: final grade appeals, misconduct hearings, and grievance meetings. My role in a meeting is to support you, the student voice, in your own self-advocacy efforts. While I won’t speak for you, I will encourage you to be your best and can coach you from the sidelines. I can take notes for you during the meeting so that you can have a reminder of what was discussed.

Call or email me to learn more about our meeting attendant services, or if you have any other questions or concerns! We’re always here to help.

Happy Reading Break!

How to submit your questions to Meaghan:

Get involved today and #AskMeaghan to discover how you can become a #SAMRUselfadvocacy champion! Submit your questions by using the #AskMeaghan hashtag on social media or email me directly at m.paturel@samru.ca. I’m in the Student Advocacy Resource Centre (Z303) in Wyckham House from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm but feel free to pop by during drop-in hours from 12 to 2 pm on weekdays. The Student Advocacy Resource admins or myself would be happy to help you!