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There are a ton of ways to get involved at Ryerson and in Computer Science. It's a great way to spend time, make friends and boost your resume. Here are some of the ways that you can get involved.

Getting Involved

Getting involved is to transition from high school into university. You can find similar people and people who enjoy the same things. As well as giving you fun things to do in your free time instead of going home and doing absolutely nothing. There are hundreds of student groups on campus and in the community. We are in downtown Toronto, you can literally do anything. There are so many things out there and would be easy to find with a quick google search. But here’s how to get involved on campus:

Computer Science Course Union

Main article: Computer Science Course Union

The Computer Science Course Union (CSCU) is the student body that represents all of the Full-Time Undergraduate Students enrolled in Computer Science. We are one of the Course Unions under the Ryerson Student's Union, and we are here to support, encourage and provide opportunities to students in our program. We run tons of events, academic, professional and social, and we love working with the other student groups in science to provide great experiences to students.
If you like being a leader, helping out your peers and being involved in how the department runs this is a great opportunity. We have a first year representative and one to two deputies that will help the course union work and spread information to the first years. They would also be responsible for communicating things that first years are experiencing back to the course union. If you’re interested, email cscu@scs.ryerson.ca, we usually hire before the end of September so do so soon. At the end of each year we have elections for upper year positions, so you can always run for those if you don’t get the first year position.
We encourage students to come to our events and get involved that way if they do not get chosen for first year rep, or don't want to be first year representative but still want to be involved.
Some examples of services that the CSCU has provided in the past is Workshops on CS-related topics, pub nights, LAN/Board Game nights and career nights. In addition, the executive team is always working to improve the student experience, such as advising faculty on curriculum changes, organizing tutoring sessions in the SLC and many other things.
Contact Us: Website
Phone: 416-979-5000 x6974

Ryerson Science Society

The Ryerson Science Society (RSS) is an umbrella society that works for all the students in the Faculty of Science (FoS). They support student groups, encourage student involvement and provide tons of resources for the student population in Science. There are two Computer Science Representatives on the RSS that work to represent the desires of our program to the Board. Past RSS events have been Science Formal, Board Game Night, Science Frosh and Pub Nights.
It is really good to get involved in committees that they have, and at the end of each year they have elections for positions on their Board of Directors


Contact:
Website: http://www.rssonline.ca
Email: secretary@rssonline.ca (this person could direct you to which person on the society you should talk to about your question/message)

Ryerson Student's Union

Their mission is to empower students and build community on Ryerson’s campus by advocating for your rights, supporting student groups, events and initiatives, and providing discounted services to save you money!
The RSU is here for you. A platform to encourage collaboration, engagement and empowerment — we are your trusted allies, a resource students can depend on for timely and accurate representation now and in the future.
The RSU has tons of student groups on and off campus. Many are culture based like Ryerson Muslim Student Association (RMSA) and there are a ton of interest based clubs and groups. Eerything from Musicians at Ryerson (M@R) to the Ryerson Super Smash Club. There's definitely a club that you would find interesting. If not, you can always start your own.
You can also get involved on their Committees and then each year they also have elections for elected positions
Visit this website for a list of all student groups, and this website for affiliate RSU groups. You can click here to learn how to start your own group.

Athletics

There’s tons of intramurals (not professional) sport teams like dodgeball, volleyball etc. and Varsity (professional sports) that you can be a part of. There are two gyms on campus, both have great facilities for working out or playing sports (both free to use for Ryerson students, so yu may as well make use of them). One of the gyms is the old Maple Leaf Gardens, now called the Mattamy Athletic Centre. It has amazing facilities if you're willing to walk 5-10 minutes north of campus. If not, the on campus gym is still great. There’s a bunch of programs that you can join, some free some paid like yoga or different classes you can take.
Visit the Athletics Website


Why Get Involved?

Student Opinion:
Getting involved is one of the reasons I transitioned so well from high school into university. I found similar people and people who enjoy the same things. As well as giving me fun things to do in my free time instead of going home and doing absolutely nothing. There are hundreds of student groups on campus and in the community. We are in downtown Toronto, you can literally do anything. There are so many things even I don’t know about, but would be easy to find with a quick google search.