Navigating the campus was another big thing - but I found that a lot of the staff were very accommodating in the first few weeks...so even if you get lost its not a big thing.
I think the biggest thing is to be open to everything...get involved...meet new people...join in different activities. It's a very fun and exciting time
My Advice with uni is to focus on the here and now.
It great to try and get ahead with your work or assessments, but don't beat yourself up over getting behind. I am a person that seems to be doing my assessments up until the day they are due, frankly because assessments sit back to back. You move from one to the next.
Sometimes there are unrealistic expectations of how much one can possibly read for a weeks worth of work for one subject and then mulitplying it by 4. I have learnt to read what I think I will benefit most from, or read up on things I haven't read before. Textbooks are always a great start over recommended readings.
Also using your session breaks are great opportunities to knuckle down and catch up.
So just do what you can to the best of your ability. Don't sweat the small stuff & give yourself a break everynow.
After all the uni work and assessments will all be waiting for you the next day...
It is a fact at uni that you will get stressed about assignments and some people do it more than others. No one can fight stress and when we do it can either take away from our studies or it can make us more stressed. I find it best to acknowledge that it is there and then mentally put it to the side.
It really works for me
I took a gap year after high school so I had quite a while to prepare myself, but I still found myself in a totally different and unfamiliar world once I started.
During my first week I remember making friends pretty quickly, found the best places to eat, get coffee and read and just enjoyed the new sense of freedom. Really the freedom was one of the biggest things to get used to since high school is so different. The work quickly accumulated and that got stressful, but making friends early on helped as we were able to help each other out.
I am now on mid sem break (already!!!) and thought I'd check in and see how everyone is going?
I hope for all the first years you are surviving and use the break to catch up on some work and treat yourself for surviving so far!
It is so tempting to stay inside especially now it's colder and ignore all the work piling up but I'm trying to learn from previous years and get started on some essays so I don't get overwhelmed later in the semester.
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