Transition to University

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Transitioning to university is a process both you and your young adult will experience during their university career. It occurs throughout university and every experience is different. Transitioning can pose difficulties for both you and your young adult.

Throughout university your young adult will run into new experiences and responsibilities. A certain level of independence and autonomy is required to handle these new experiences. It’s when she/he feels unable to deal with them that the transition from their past environment to university can pose problems. Recognizing when your child is struggling during a transition period is important.

Examples of transitioning situations and periods:

  • Higher expectations and more autonomy.
  • More control over her/his schedule.
    • Choosing and registering for classes. 
    • Holding sole responsibility for attendance in classes, seminars and labs.
  • All classes are different. Certain professors have certain styles and different teaching models. It’s important to accept and adapt to these models.
  • Adapting to a new city and campus.
  • First exam period.
  • Residence living.

Tips to make the transition to Brock smoother:

  • Attend the Smart Start day program in the summer prior to your first day of classes.
  • If you are unable to attend this program, arrange for a campus tour to familiarize yourself with your new environment.
  • Set up an appointment with your academic adviser to ensure your courses properly line up with those of your program requirements.
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    Student Health Services

    Located in Harrison Hall
    (next to Campus Security)
    Physicians and Mental Health Nurse
    905-688-5550 x3243

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    Personal Counselling

    Located in the Schmon Tower – ST400
    905-688-5550 x3240 (crisis)

    905-688-5550 x4750 (non-crisis/

    appointment booking)


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    Campus Security

    Located in the Kenmore Centre (across from the Walker Complex)
    905-688-5550 x3200 (crisis)
    905-688-5550 x4300 (non-crisis)

Crisis Services
at Brock

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    Brock Campus Security

    905-688-5550 x3200

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    In Case Of Emergency

    Call 911

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    Niagara Distress Centre

    905-688-3711 (support line)

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    Niagara Health System, St. Catharines Hospital

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    Personal Counselling

    905-327-2244 (emergency after hours)

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    24 Hours Post-Secondary Student Hotline (Good 2 Talk)


After Hours Crisis Resources