My name is Matt and I will be filling in the big shoes left by Kayle, as he has recently ascended to the throne of Editor-in-chief of the Bolt. Some of you I have had the pleasure of meeting in previous semesters, others I merely shared these halls with but look forward to being able to meet and communicate with everyone through the school newspaper. I was given some samples of Kayle's work for the advice column before and I will do my best to impart what wisdom I have to you in the clearest way possible. And that brings us to the topic I thought most appropriate for this month: Just Getting Started.
At the risk of sounding trite, everybody starts from scratch here, in some way or another. It’s a new kind of environment and not everyone comes with a retinue of friends. Many of us don't know anyone coming in to the school, and even if we do, it's incredibly unlikely to be together all the time. For some of us, this poses the seemingly insurmountable problem of talking to strangers and making new friends. This can be the most horrifying thing ever, right? The best thing I can tell those of you who may feel this way is that you have nothing to be afraid of here; Concordia is a warm and welcoming place, and that is all thanks to the delightful student body. Making new friends is relatively easy; you're about to be in a series of small rooms next to these people for the foreseeable future. Trust me when I tell you, it'll be harder to walk out of the classroom or Tegler by the end of the semester not knowing many by name. Ping pong, and the Concordia community in general, has that effect on people.
Or, in another situation, you may be a social butterfly and have no problems connecting with your new classmates but are worried about the workload. We've all heard the horror stories from high school about papers and midterms and other words the more veteran students are wishing they didn't just read. My friends, you have been grossly misinformed, and we are not currently in the seventh circle of hell awaiting a punishment of essays and homework. In some ways, this is probably the simplest advice I'll ever give, and that is to not start anything at the last minute. Don't start studying for that test the night before, or write that paper a few hours prior to class in the library. Well, yes, study the night before but make sure that it isn't your first time reviewing the material. If there was any pattern I was able to notice in one semester, it's that there is plenty of lead time available for assignments and tests.
But don't let my talk of work and studying and exams get you down because university life isn't all bad! Considering all the downtime there is between major assignments and exams, and all the events thrown by the school through our lovely CSA team, there is more than enough fun to be had for all of us! This is the thing I want to stress the most: get involved while you’re here at Concordia. When I first started here, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with anything that wasn't my studies, largely because I was scared. I was (and still am) incredibly uncomfortable with the idea of trying to get involved with something and not knowing a thing about it. I watched events unfold for a long time but wasn't truly party to any of it, and that is my biggest regret of last semester: not being more involved. That's part of the reason I'm even writing this article right now, it's a way for me to be directly involved with school and everyone in it.
If anyone has a question, or needs advice, please feel free to contact of me through my student email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good bye and good luck!