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Advice for First Years

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

The transition from High School to University can be a very scary change. Going from living with your parents to maybe moving out, being in a new city, new province, or maybe even new country. You are with all new people and taking courses in a completely new nature. While it may seem like a big change, before you know it you will begin to feel at home.

As an upper year student who has been in your shoes, I would like to share my five best pieces of advice I learned while I was in my first two years at University.

Get Involved!

I am likely not the first person to say this to you and let's face it- I won’t be the last! Getting involved allows you to build a connection to the space around you. You have the opportunity to meet new people. It provides a base for you to grow as a person. And, it allows you to find different things that might interest you.

Build connections with your TAs and Professors:

These are individuals who want you to succeed and who want to help you. They are also amazing resources who are well connected. Simply put- these are extremely valuable relationships that will help you in the future, whether it be in one year or ten years. Get to know your professors starting in your first year.

Don’t forget about school!

At the end of the day, we are all here to get an education. There are so many fun distractions throughout your time at University but make sure you are always staying up to date with your studies. Deadlines and exams come so much faster than expected- make sure you are prepared!

Put yourself first.

There are so many things that will pull your attention and your time- make sure you are still focusing on your health. Whether it be your mental health or physical health, keep yourself in check. If you are ever at a point where you need professional help, there are so many fantastic resources on campus. Never hesitate to get the help you need!

Have fun!

There will be no other time like this in your life, make sure you make the most of your time while you are here. Do what brings you joy, helps you grow, and gets you out of your comfort zone!

You are embarking on one of the most exciting adventures of your life. I hope these few pieces of advice will help you feel more comfortable heading into the year!

Wishing you the best of luck this school year.

By: Natalie Hamel

SPMA Council President

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