Let’s be honest: you read and hear a lot in the media about fainaiguing millennials and Generation Zers who just want to have fun and not take responsibility. This isn’t true. How do we know? Just take a gander at the student body at Canadian universities.
We don’t want to be kibitzers, but we thought we should bring it to your attention that you will succeed in your first year of post-secondary education. That is, if you work hard, take your studies seriously and concentrate on obtaining your degree. If you adopt these mantras then your future can be propitious – and, of course, you can dispel many myths in the media.
Before you get to your fourth year in university, you need to get through your first year, which is usually the hardest for students. Without being too loquacious and perhaps a bit overbearing, we just want to say this to you: good luck! Here are five first-year tips to succeed at Canadian universities:
1. Refrain from Overcommitting Yourself
Do you want to avoid student burnout? It’s simple: do not overcommit yourself in your first year.
Your first year of university can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Your school of choice offers all of these clubs, sports, activities, classes and so on. In addition to that, you have a job to help pay your bills and keep you well-fed.
How about you do this instead? Don’t sign up for every event you see, only attend the classes you signed up for and work part-time hours at your job.
2. Attend Class, Take Notes & Pay Attention
Some of your senior peers will say that you do not need to attend every lecture; if you do attend a class, you won’t need to take too many notes or even pay attention. Do not heed their advice – no matter how pertinacious they are of the current system.
Simply put: attend every lecture, take as many (relevant) notes as you can and pay attention to what professors are saying. If you adopt all three methods, then you will graduate with honours!
3. Get Some Rest & Eat Healthy
This may be an elaboration of the first point, but it is worth repeating: don’t overcommit. One consequence of this is that you won’t get enough rest.
Yes, you have a million tasks to complete, but you should still obtain at least eight hours of sleep per day. This will keep you refreshed, recharged and rejuvenated for the next day.
Moreover, you must remember to eat healthy. Your parents aren’t here anymore to remind you – plus, you’re an adult now. In other words, you can’t rely on Oreos, soda and energy drinks to remain nourished – where are your fruits, vegetables, grains and protein?
4. Take Advantage of Student Support Services
Are you falling behind? Do you not have enough equipment? Are you feeling stressed?
Whatever the case may be, it is imperative to take advantage of the various student support services that are established on campus. You may not know it now, but these services can act as a lifeline for many students.
In the end, you will ask: how could I have survived without these services?
5. Yes, Please Remember to Have Fun
Finally, and perhaps this is the most important piece of advice, have fun! You will likely only go to university once in your life. This should be a fun, rewarding and positive experience – it should not be consumed with dread, anxiety and resentment. No matter how much work you need to complete, you should always find time for gaiety.
Canada hosts some of the best universities in the world today: University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, McGill University, Carlton University and the list goes on. People from all over the world apply for student visas simply to attend these institutions of higher learning. You apply for university because you want to obtain knowledge, a great career and a satisfying life. University affords you this opportunity, but it is up to you to maximize this opportunity. A strong work ethic, dedication and common sense will go a long way, especially in your first year of university.