It's not all that uncommon for some level of University staff to be on strike somewhere, and for a very large group of Ontario students to be left waiting to get back to class with so many post-secondary institutions in the province and especially here in Toronto. Now I offer a few suggestions of the things I was glad I did with my time, and also some things that, in retrospect, I wish I had done so  I was stuck doing that very thing in the nearly three month long York University strike of 2001. First of all finish your assignments. Obviously the first thing to do is to finish any work that has already been assigned. Complete research, write essays, and finish any hands-on projects you can do outside of a studio setting.  Now's the time to do whatever re-reading or discussion with your classmates is necessary to be all caught-up and exam ready in case you fell behind during the year and feel like you don't understand a concept that was taught. Second, bond with your university buddies. Have you met some fantastic people in your classes or in residence? Take the time to really get to know them, and cement the at-school friendships into long-term relationships.

Things to do while your university is in strike

This can be as simple as spending more time hanging out together or can (and most likely will) turn into much more elaborate games and discussions. Because you likely don't have the specifics of the assignments and you also can't know how the plan for the year is going to be amended when you return to class, looking at your class syllabus and working ahead is a tricky proposition. But all of the texts you were assigned at the beginning of the year are something your professor felt was relevant to the class topic, so you can never lose by reading ahead. You can take notes and create outlines, which won't feel like too much wasted time if the assignment is eventually canceled or re-worked, based on the upcoming assignments originally laid out in your syllabus. Explore the city - now's a great time to get out and experience the city with your other classmates in case you came from out of town to go to school. This can range from checking out touristy attractions to visiting neighbourhoods. Feel the need to make it useful? Scope out where you'd like to live in the summer if you're planning to stay in town. Do you have a career plan laid out for after graduation? t doesn't matter if you're in your first year or your last, it's never too soon to start learning about your post-grad options. Go online, check out industry publications, and maybe even get in contact with potential mentors to learn about opportunities. You can skip a lot of the floundering many people do after their final exams are written in case you identify specific companies, internships, or freelance career paths in advance.