It All Adds Up

Reduce your stress. Inform your future.

Have you ever thought:

“I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all of the things I need to do at school, both academically and socially.”

“I feel like I’m always rushing but I’m worried I’m not doing enough.”

“I’m afraid if I don’t get involved in more activities I won’t get a good job after graduation or get into grad school.”

Why not stop for a moment to think about how It All Adds Up?

What is “It All Adds Up?”

Recent surveys have shown that 90% of all post-secondary students sometimes feel overwhelmed by the pressures of their academic life. Many students report feeling that they aren’t doing enough in order to succeed during school and get a great job after graduation. But most students are already doing more than they think they are!

“It All Adds Up” is a provincial campaign that aims to:

  • Show solidarity with other students across the province—the pressure is something all students are experiencing;
  • Help take some pressure off students by showing them all the things they’re already doing.

How does it work?

Visit the "It All Adds Up" station to find out how it all adds up for you:

  • YorkFest: Sept. 21 (10am-3pm in the YorkFest Village)
  • Red & White Day: Sept. 29 (10am-3pm in Vari Hall)
  • It All Adds Up Provincial Campaign 2016: Nov. 2 & 3 (11am - 2pm in the Red Zone)
  1. Talk to the Career Centre representative about your interests and activities both in and outside of York. The rep will write it all on a whiteboard behind you so you can see how it all adds up!
  2. Get your picture taken in front of the white board.
  3. Your picture will be posted on Instagram along with students from 15 other Ontario universities who are adding it all up.
  4. Find more information and resources on this page that can help you add it all up!

Get Involved

Join the campaign now! Post your picture using #italladdsup on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook

Show your solidarity with other Ontario students! It’s easy to join the campaign.

Visit the “It All Adds Up” station

  • YorkFest: Sept. 21 (10am-3pm in the YorkFest Village)
  • Red & White Day: Sept. 29 (10am-3pm in Vari Hall)
  • It All Adds Up Provincial Campaign 2016: Nov. 2 & 3 (11am - 2pm in the Red Zone)

Not available during the “It All Adds Up” station’s hours? You can still participate!

  1. Find a whiteboard, chalkboard or large piece of paper to create a backdrop.
  2. Think about all the things you’re doing or have done in the past that could be valuable in the future.
  3. Write those things on the backdrop.
  4. Take a picture of yourself standing in front of the backdrop (optional: hold up a sign reading “I’m hoping it all adds up to…” or “I’m adding it all up to…” and fill in your goal for the future).
  5. Post the picture to Instagram using #italladdsup.
  6. It’s easier if you do it with a friend!

    Not sure what to write on your backdrop? Try answering these questions:

    • Have you ever had a paid job?
    • Have you ever done volunteer work or helped out in your community?
    • Do you belong to a church or religious organization?
    • Are you involved in any cultural pursuits?
    • What are your hobbies and interests?
    • Have you ever won an award?
    • Are you currently involved in any co-curricular activities at York?
    • What is your major?
    • What do you like to do in your spare time?
    • Is there anything you feel passionate about?
    • Have you ever belonged to a sports team? A musical group? A club or organization?

Wondering how it adds up for you?

Need help identifying and articulating the skills and experiences you already have?

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out all the things you’re already doing (or have already done) that could be valuable additions to your resumé. The Career Centre can help you get started! Register online for one of these free workshops:

Want to talk to somebody about the opportunities your skills and activities might lead to?

Do you feel challenged moving forward with your career exploration? To discuss your career concerns, book a Career Consult appointment to meet with one of the Career Centre’s Career Counsellors.

Want to Add More?

Would you like to get more involved at York?

Student Groups

Did you know there are over 300 student clubs on campus? There’s something for everyone! To see what opportunities are available at York, visit YUConnect and find the club or group that will help you develop the skills and experience you need.


York University’s Athletics & Recreation hosts a number of sports teams and competitive clubs, as well as delivering a variety of recreational programs. To find out more, visit Athletics & Recreation.

Want to develop or enhance your leadership skills?

Student Community & Leadership Development has some great opportunities to develop leadership skills, including Peer Leadership, Leadership Certificate programs, and Leadershape! For more information, visit the Student Leadership Program website.

Thinking about working on campus?

York’s On-Campus Work Programs

There are a variety of on-campus employment opportunities for York undergraduate students to earn extra money, gain valuable experience and contribute to University life, including Work/Study, Research at York (RAY), College Life at York (CLAY) and York Engaged Students (YES). To find out more about these programs and their eligibility criteria, visit the Student Financial Services website.

Career Centre’s Job Posting System

You can search for on-campus work opportunities through the Career Centre’s job posting system.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Volunteer Fair & Twitter Chat

Come to the Career Centre’s Volunteer Fair on November 10, 2016 from 10am-3pm in Vari Hall to meet with over 30 community agencies who are looking for York students interested in volunteering.

Career Centre’s Job Posting System

You can search for volunteer opportunities through the Career Centre’s job posting system.

Other Volunteer Resources

Wondering about the benefits of volunteering?

Watch this Career Planning: Benefits of Volunteering video.

Need Support?

90% of Canadian students report often feeling overwhelmed by everything they need to do to succeed. If you’re feeling stressed or pressured, take advantage of some of these resources and supports:

Feeling stressed out, pressured, or overwhelmed?

Counselling & Disability Services

CDS offers the following personal counselling services to York students free of charge:

  • Short-term individual, couple, and group counselling services
  • Personal development workshops and series
  • Crisis intervention

Help Lines

  • Good 2 Talk is Ontario’s Post-Secondary Student Helpline. You can call them any time at 1-866-925-5454.
  • Toronto Distress Centres sometimes have hold times longer than 15 minutes but can be reached at 416-408-4357 or 408-HELP.
  • Ontario Mental Health Helpline provides free health services information at 1-866-531-2600.
  • Multilingual Distress Lines provide the opportunity to talk to somebody in a language other than English from Monday through Friday 10am-10pm.
    • Mandarin & Cantonese: 416-920-0497
    • Hindi, Urdu & Punjabi: 905-459-7777 x2
    • Spanish: 905-459-7777 x3
    • Portuguese: 905-459-7777 x4

Need support with your academics?

Learning Skills Services (LSS) are all about “learning how to learn”. They offer a variety of appointments, drop-in times, and workshops on topics such as “Writing Tips” and “Exam Preparation” to help you with your academic work, as well as “Time Management” and “Procrastination” workshops to help you stay on track.