"Please please please seek out opportunities at your university from day one. There are more than you might expect and it looks GREAT on your resume, especially if it’s looking a little blank. It also allows you to gain new experiences and really explore the different avenues of your education. This includes: practicums, work-study experiences, internships, extracurricular clubs, networking events, and volunteering at a lab. There are also lots of Facebook pages dedicated to finding opportunities for students, such as STREAM.
Another honourable mention is using the resources available at your university.
These may include:
Writing Support Centre - to proofread your assignments and provide you with useful feedback
Career Development Centre - to help you create a resume and cover letter that stands out, and help you prepare for interviews.
Health and Wellness Centre - if you have any physical or mental health concerns"