We made it–this is the last post of SSC Academics Online 2018! I have loved getting to connect with you over the past four weeks, and I hope that you have found this series helpful! As I thought about these topics, I recalled what I wish I knew in the summer before first year. I remember the suspense, worry, and excitement that I felt, and I remember feeling like I didn’t know where to look for help. It is my hope that the posts in this series serve as a toolkit for you to turn to and that I have convinced you that no matter how much you’ve already thought about life at university, you can benefit from reflection, goal-setting, and trusting yourself.
I asked some of my fellow student staff what they wished they knew before attending university and this is what they said:
Hajirah Mian, Humanities
I wish I knew how to prioritise and schedule so that I could join social clubs but maintain a focus on academics. I also wish I knew that I didn’t need to rush to find friends–I found them naturally when I was just myself and didn’t worry about what other people thought of me.
Annie Wang, Science
I wish I made myself more aware of the financial burden of university so that I could plan accordingly and limit spending when I needed to. I also wish I knew that studying can be easier when you ask a friend to check up on you and hold you accountable.
Jennifer Chan, Kinesiology
I wish I knew that I shouldn’t be afraid to ditch my friends for studying! It’s important to prioritise my own sleep and studies. I also wish I knew that no one will judge you for taking a lot of naps!
Have your expectations changed at all? It’s okay (and totally normal) to still have worries about starting this chapter. That being said, I hope that this orientation series has addressed some of your worries so that you can feel more confident when you step on campus in just a few weeks. You have such an exciting time ahead of you, and it will very likely fly by. How you handle the transition process, managing your time, learning in lectures, and becoming a university learner is up to you, but I’m glad we got to think about it together this summer! Welcome home, Marauder.
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