Advice for Starting University/College

Advice for Starting University/College

I am not much of a serious person. But before I started school, I spent many hours on Pinterest reading blogs about how to survive school. As a veteran of university, I figured I should share my secrets to survival this week.


  1. Do your readings. For one, you’ll probably be one of the few that actually knows what is going on. And for two, you’ll get way more out of school if you have done them. You are paying to be there, might as well learn something.
  2. Get out and get involved. You are starting a new adventure, and your parents and teachers are no longer there to push you to get involved. So push yourself to participants in things like sports, hobby groups, clubs, or frosh week.
  3. Learn to cook at least one decent meal. If I have learned one thing, it is that greens are important, whether I chose to eat them or not. But knowing how to cook yourself at least one sturdy meal will be an asset and may push you to try to learn more.
  4. Curate a group of friends. My friends are a collection of fine pieces from my classes, my roommates, and work. It took a while, but life isn’t as bad with good friends.
  5. You can say no. You don’t have to go to every party, hang out or event that comes your way. And although you may have a strong sense of F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out) you’ll thank yourself later when you’re not exhausted in your 8 am seminar.
  6. Expect your grades to go down from what they were in high school. It is great to aim high, but high school is more straight forward and technical, whereas university is more theoretical. I don’t want to say it but “C’s get degrees”, but losing your 98 average won’t be the end of the world.
  7. Work hard and play hard. Finding a balance between going out to freshman events and actually attending class is strenuous, but it is worth it in December when you don’t have to read 20 articles before an exam.
  8. Don’t be afraid to do things alone. Whether it be attending a college that you won’t know anyone or taking a class solo. It is a chance to step out of your comfort zone and perhaps meet new people or gain a new skill, plus you will be alone sometimes, you might as well learn to appreciate that time.
  9. Utilize the syllabus. As soon as you get it, read it over and write down important dates in a planner so you can visualize what your workload looks like with all of your classes and plan ahead for overlap.
  10. Have fun. Remember to get out and have fun, college/university is a chance to break out and figure out who you want to be. The years you will be there will go by fast so savour each opportunity.

Good Luck!

-B.

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