Census Day

Eric.2Alright folks, this is a public service announcement from your friendly neighbourhood SAL, Eric.

August 31st is Census Day.

What’s that you say?

“All the commercials on the tv say that the census is on August 9th

Well, yes, that’s true too.  But it’s a different census.

The one on the 9th is the government one.  Is all about standing up and being counted.  It’s pretty important, that’s why they make it mandatory.

(A little fun fact.  About 10 years ago in Canada the Conservative government did away with the census.  I think it’s because they don’t like making informed decisions.  But there was this big outcry from scientists, and statisticians and even the general public.  So, when the Liberal government came to power last year, one of their first actions was to reinstitute the census.  And people were so excited that the government got something like the highest response rate in the last 50 years.)

So, fill out the census next Tuesday.  It’s what the government uses to make all kinds of decisions, and informed decisions are good decisions.

But, that’s not why I’m here.  I’m here to talk about the University Census Day.  The one on the 31st.  This one is possibly even more important.  Census Day is the last day you can withdraw from any courses without financial penalty.

It’s in the middle of Week 6.  So at that point you should have completed at least one assignment and got it back.  And you’ll have a fair idea of how you’re totally smashing the course.  Or, maybe it’ll help you realize how totally lost you are.

And if you’re lost, that’s ok.  There are tons of services on campus to help you out.  There’s the Student Academic Leaders like me, who work on the ASK Desk.  And the Learning Skills Advisors.  And there’s academic counsellors at Student Connect.  And of course you can always go and talk to your lecturer.

But maybe you’ve tried all that, and it’s still just not sinking in.  Or you’re overwhelmed a little and want to drop down to just 3 courses to manage your time a little bit better.  If that’s the case, don’t feel bad about withdrawing from a course.  You’re not the first, and you definitely won’t be the last.

The key though is, do it before Census Day.  If you wait until after, it’ll show up as withdrawn on your academic transcript (which isn’t necessarily a big deal) and you’ll be charged fees (which is a big deal).  Because, why spend a thousand bucks on something you’re not even getting.

So, to sum up.  Census Day.  It could change your life.  Ok, that’s a bit over-dramatic, but it is important.  And by “it” I mean both the 31st and the 9th.  For your health as a student, and for the health of the country.

– Eric

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