During my last year of university, there were many times that I thought, ‘I wish I knew that before I started university’, or ‘that would have been helpful to know’. That’s why I am writing this post today, to share things that I wish I had known before starting university.
First, going to university straight from high school is a drastic change. There are far more students, it’s a larger campus and in general, it can be extremely overwhelming. One thing I wish I had known was that it is going to be harder than high-school, and that you need to actually try and study. Schulich Leader Scholarships blog, discusses this further.
Don’t forget to actually experience university, and to make the most of the time spent there. This means that your entire time spent at university doesn’t have to be spent studying.
- Your grades you get in first-year, can affect your averages for the rest of your university career
- Before exams check out where you’re writing, so that you don’t panic when your exam day comes
- Take advantage of free food
- Know which microwaves are good, and clean
- Take advantage of school events, like basketball games, frosh week ect
- Take advantage of your TA and profs office hours –Why it’s important to talk to your professor
Maclean’s Magazine, also gave some tips on different things that many university students wish they had known first-year.
Fun Fact: According to CBC, only 39.5 percent of freshmen reported that they studied at least six hours a week as high school seniors.