Tips for Back to School
I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer, crazy to think it’s almost over. Here on campus things are really starting to pick up. As we all start to prepare to get back to school I thought I might impart some wisdom for the new students, things I wish I would have known when I started university.
1. Avoid the rush! Line-ups can get pretty insane during the first few weeks of school. Save yourself the time and the headache and try to get things done early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Or before school starts! U-PASS and student cards are already available in Upper Place Riel.
2. Come prepared! A notebook and pen are pretty important. I know it sounds like a given, but I see so many people show up to classes without anything! I also recommend a clipboard for those classes with teeny tiny desks.
3. Be Book Smart! Textbooks don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Buying used or renting can save some serious dough.
4. Be friendly! Introduce yourself to the people sitting beside you in class. It’s always great to meet new people, plus you’ll have someone to borrow notes from if you miss class, and vice versa.
5. Get involved! There are tons of student clubs, societies and groups to choose from. Check out the USSU’s Campus Clubs Week September 17th-21st in the Arts Tunnel. The USSU Centres will also be out looking for new volunteers!
6. Get organized! The sooner you do this, the smoother your semester will go. Whether you prefer paper or electronic, make sure you keep your calendar up to date with assignment due dates, tests and events! Find the USSU exec in the Bowl during Welcome Week, they’ll be handing out Survival Calendars.
7. Take advantage of all the free stuff! This one speaks for itself. Mmm… mini doughnuts.
8. Walk smart! The hallways will soon be inundated with thousands of students. Maneuvering them can be quite the challenge, but the sooner you learn the better.
9. Ask for help! I spent the majority of my first year as a lone wolf, trying to brave the wilderness that is the University alone. Then I realized all these people were here to help me! The USSU Help Centre is full of friendly volunteers who will do their best to answer whatever questions you might have. And if they can’t they will direct you to someone who can!
10. Have fun! University is definitely a learning experience, but it’s up to you to make it a memorable one. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and take as much advantage of it as you can!
See you soon!