Tips for a Smooth Transition to Campus Life
10 tips for keeping academics, and your personal and social life on track
1- The most important advice is to show up, attend all classes, pay attention and take notes or ask for help if you need it.
2- Time management is key. You will be 100% in charge of your own schedule. Don’t forget important dates and deadlines. Use your smartphone, calendar, apps to keep track of your schedule.
3- Don’t be deceived by your free time! You will discover that “extra” time will be taken by reading, writing papers, preparing assignment, exams, studying not to mention, work, extra-curricular activities, volunteering, friends, family etc.
4- Establish a distraction free study space that will work for you. Keep up with your readings and review your notes regularly.
5- Become familiar with the library- attend workshops on how to do research.
6- Join study groups for the academic and social benefits.
7- Take a mix of courses and don’t forget that it’s OK to change courses or programs.
8- Ask questions and don’t be afraid to speak up in class
9- Meet with your professors to clarify course content, discuss difficulties.
10- Be aware of resources to help you: counselling and accessibily services, academic advising, residence dons, professors, teaching assistants, workshops etc.
1- If you are living at home, you may have to negotiate both your responsibilities and privileges.
2- Work out a realistic budget and try your best to stick to it.
3- If this is your first time living away from home, it will be exciting to truly be on your own but not unusual to feel homesick.
4- Share some of your new experiences with your family.
5- Recognize that your parents are just as nervous, anxious as you may be.
6- Keep in touch with old friends but be open to meeting new ones.
7- Adopting a healthy lifestyle in your fist year is really important for success. Try to maintain balance in your day to day life:
1- Join campus clubs.
2- Apply for a part time on campus job.
3- Volunteer at the Women’s centre or elsewhere.
4- Work out at the campus gym.
5- Try out for an athletic team.
6- Attend workshops at the counselling centre, accessibility services, library…
7- Form study groups.
8- Take an active role in residence life, in your new student life.
9- Write for the student newspaper, work for the campus radio station, join the musical ensemble, audition for plays or work behind the scenes for theatrical productions.
10- Attend movie nights, pub nights, off campus social outings.