Commerce 1DEO: The perfect introduction to your next four years

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Contributed by Shanzay Fayyaz, Data and Communications Intern

Feeling lost in a new environment can be unnerving. This is especially true when you’re a first-year student transitioning from high school to university. Thankfully, DeGroote has created a course to ease this time of growth and discovery.

Commerce 1DEO: Business 1 Orientation is a mandatory first-year class. Participants gain knowledge of everything from academic processes and strategies for success to the various support services available to DeGroote students. Ultimately, the aim is to optimize student learning and make life easier.

“The B.Com experience brings with it countless opportunities for personal and professional growth, and the Student Experience team is here to help each student navigate and personalize their degree,” says Cynthia Bishop, Manager, Career and Professional Development. “All of that begins with 1DEO. Customized for B.Com students, this course helps you transition into your new role as an undergraduate students and will enable you set a course toward success,” Bishop continues.

University is not meant to be impossible. It might feel like that at times, but remember why you are there. Everyone at DeGroote is rooting for you.

The course emphasizes the importance of getting involved with student clubs and activities, in order to get the most out of life at DeGroote. Students are asked to participate in two activities within the broader DeGroote and McMaster communities, some of which are offered through Student Experience. The class is also complemented by various guest speakers, giving students an opportunity to meet members of the Student Experience team, as well as upper-year students.

“1DEO really helps with putting into perspective the amount of support available at DeGroote,” offers Samidha Singhal, a second-year Commerce student. “You’re not the only one adjusting, and there are a lot of services available. University is not meant to be impossible. It might feel like that at times, but remember why you are there. Everyone at DeGroote is rooting for you.”

Angela Lukenda, a third-year Commerce student, echoes Singhal’s sentiments: “It helped me understand what I needed in order to move from one year to the next in the program. I got the foundational knowledge that I needed,” she explains. “You also really understand the importance of what you learn, once you get involved in DeGroote clubs and get to actively apply new knowledge.”


As a DeGroote student, you’re part of a vibrant network that will be valuable during your time on campus and throughout your life. Interested in learning more about available support services? DeGroote Student Experience is here to help.

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