How to Survive Your First Day of University

Some people tend to get extremely nervous on the first day back to school, but with these back to school tips, you won’t have to worry about being nervous on your first day of university.

1. Take a campus tour
Many universities offer campus tours throughout the year and during the summer for students who will be attending in the Fall. This is a great opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with the campus along with the people.

2. Print or take a picture of your schedule
It is always a good idea to carry around your class schedule. A lot of the hallways and classrooms can look very similar, so it is important that you familiarize yourself with the room numbers.

3. Meet as many people as possible
Chances are, everyone is missing their friends and family so why not take advantage of the fact that everyone is looking to make new friends. Whether you knock on residence doors and introduce yourself or just talk to the person beside you in your lecture, be social and try to meet as many people as you can. You can also get involved on campus, check out this link to see some ideas of how to get involved. The Freshman 15: Ways to get involved on campus

4. Pack snacks
Even though you may not think you will, reality is you will get hungry. It is a lot different not being able to get up off of the
couch and go straight to the fridge when you want. Three hour lectures can be long, especially when you don’t have a snack with you. Check out this link for some snack ideas! The Best (and Easiest) Study Snacks

5. Dress nice, but be comfortable
Often, students want to dress up and look nice on the first day of school, but university campuses are large, and often require a lot of walking. Be sure that you are comfortable

Fast fact: Did you know that according to Universities Canada, “in 2014/2015 there were 1.4 million students at Canadian universities”? (Universities Canada, 2015)


2 Comment

  1. Gaia says: Reply

    OMG what a useful post Rachel!! I love it!!Really wish I could have read it on my first day of University especially because I underestimated the walking part!! 🙂

  2. Ryan Huckla says: Reply

    Having multiple first days of post-secondary education I can agree that these are some very important points. Hopefully, the incoming students get to read this in time as you know what you’re talking about.

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