Second-Year Learning Communities: Computer Science

By joining the Computer Science Second-Year Learning Community (SLC) you will be surrounded by a small community of second-year students who are learning to navigate their academic and co-curricular pathways to make the most of their experiences as a Computer Science student. The SLC program is designed to help you make the most out of your degree by engaging in various social, academic and professional development opportunities.

For more information about Computer Science, visit the Computer Science website

Apply to a Computer Science SLC

SLC applications are currently closed for the 2023-24 academic year, and they will reopen in Summer 2024. 


To be eligible for the Computer Science SLC you must be a second-year student enrolled in any of the following computer science undergraduate programs:

  • Computer Science Specialist
  • Computer Science Major
  • Data Science Specialist

SLC Course Overview

Students in the Computer Science SLC will meet at a welcome session during the first week of classes and then every other week starting September 18, 2023.

Time: Every other week on Wednesdays from 10 am to 11:30 am

Location: DCSIL lab, on the 2nd floor of the Gerstein Library, Room 2360

Your SLC Team

Headshot of Katy Wang, Computer Science Staff Advisor

Department: Computer Science

Title: Mentorship and Career Coordinator

Years worked for your current department and/or U of T: Four years at U of T

Undergraduate major/specialist and institution: English and Psychology, U of T

Hometown: Toronto

Why you decided to serve as a staff advisor: It can be challenging to navigate second year. I am here to answer questions that can help students with this navigation.

One piece of advice for a second-year student: You do not need to know what you want to do after you graduate. It will work out.

Hobby or interest: Exploring the ravine system of Toronto with my dog.

Photo of Computer Science Peer Mentor Parth outdors

Title: Peer Mentor

Program: Mathematics

Year: Third Year

College: University College

Hometown: Delhi, India

An interesting fact: I like exploring places like restaurants and bars and have probably tried all major restaurants the GTA has to offer. I am confident I can create and maintain a food blog at this point.

Studies: I like my focus of systems in computer science because it's really interesting to explore the extent of functionality a computer has to offer! It's also interesting to see how various smaller tools come together to achieve more complicated tasks and have the ability to control hardware states. I like mathematics because of the number of tools it allows me to add to my arsenal, and lets me analyze problems to get generalizable solutions.

Hobby or interest: I like hanging out with my friends and working out or playing sports like badminton at AC. Of course it's better to explore places with people.

Title: Peer Mentor

Program: Linguistics

Year: Third Year

College: Victoria College

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

An interesting fact: I've recently rekindled my love for books, and right alongside it, my enjoyment of creative writing. When I was little, my big dream was to be an author. Since then I went through a big playwright phase in high school and it seems I've managed to cycle myself all the way back to prose again. What can I say, escapism is one of those coping mechanisms I've really been getting the hang of lately. Though that goes to say—remember to use your escapism in healthy doses only, everyone!

Studies: I'm endlessly fascinated both by the way language shapes identity and thought, and how we can use and apply computational tools to answer these burning questions about the connection between our words and who we are.

Hobby or interest: When I'm not burrowing through piles of research papers, I love slowly working through my stack of borrowed library books, participating in anything theatre-wise that I can get my hands on or playing a couple games of Dungeons and Dragons with a group of really good friends.