Electives are an opportunity for students to add breadth to their degree. They allow students to study subject matter outside of their primary degree focus. Perhaps there is something in addition to Nursing you've always been passionate about? Or perhaps there is something new you would like to learn about? Which elective courses you take are entirely up to you! When deciding on elective courses, take the time to read through course descriptions using the Academic Calendar(https://www.trentu.ca/calendar/documents/20170428_Undergraduate_Academic_Calendar.pdf) or the Academic Timetable (https://www.trentu.ca/timetable/). It will be helpful to browse through the calendar or timetable and make a list of several different possible electives you are interested in. Not all courses are offered every year and not all courses offered will necessarily work with your Nursing timetable. There are additional resources at the bottom of this page.
Try to choose something that sounds interesting. If you are learning about something you are interested in you will be more likely to go to class, participate in class, and keep up with readings and assignments. All of these things help achieve successful grades! It's particularly important for Nursing students to choose something they like. Your required Nursing courses will often take your focus and so having something that is interesting to you will help bring your attention back to your electives courses and ensure you are successful.
Another strategy for picking first year electives is to look in the calendar at upper year courses. Many upper year courses will have prerequisites (they are listed in the course description for the course). If you find an upper year course that you would really like to take, let the prerequisite requirements guide you on what you should take now, so that in future years you can take what you are really interested in.
Alternatively, you could also consider content areas that complement your degree. The Trent/Fleming School of Nursing has 5 strategic foci including: Indigenous Communities, Women's Health and Gender, Rural Health, Aging, and Mental Health. A few examples of subject areas that would complement these foci include; Women and Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, Psychology. But don't let this limit you! If you find another subject that you think you might like, head that route!
When choosing electives ensure they are the correct level for your degree requirements using the program course maps (http://www.tfsonorientation.com/program-requirements.html). 1000 level courses are first year or YR 1 courses. For example, PSYC 1020H, SOCI 1001H, etc... 2000 level courses are second year or YR 2 courses. For example, PSYC 2500H, WMST 2121H, etc... 3000 level courses are third year or YR 3 courses. For example, NURS 3560H, INDG 3102H, etc...