We just want to let you know we've been there. This article is a list of simple things we wish we knew while going through our first years.
- Plan your academic calendar! It helps keep you motivated to study and accomplish the great goal of getting your degree/diploma. It also helps to reduce the stress and worry about the course requirements for your degree. Knowing which courses are essential to your degree helps to avoid last minute panic while selecting courses. If you're doing open studies, it's a great idea to take general courses that are academic requirements applicable to all the programs of studies.
- Have a central formal email address where all important contacts/info can reach you.
- Get involved on or off campus! There's lots of amazing clubs, activities and sports to be a part of. Whether that just means attending club events once a week, committing to a sports team or just attending festive events within your community. Taking time to get involved can make coming to school a much more pleasant and exciting experience. Having a quick break from a hectic school schedule and taking an hour or less to attend a club meeting or school event can be a great short term stress reliever.
- Practice self-care. Self-care is any action you take to improve your physical, mental or emotional well being. This can involve exercising, playing sports, drawing, painting, meditating or simply taking forty minutes to watch a show you enjoy. It is important to do what you like every so often or else you may become burnt out from the constant work and stress. If you're getting to the point where you stop caring about if you fail a test, take a break. Do what you need to do to feel better. Mental wellness is just as important as grades. But realize the double edged sword of grades; short term pain for long term gain!
- Your happiness shouldn't depend on grades! Yes feel great about all the hard work you’ve done, but don't tell yourself you're only "good enough" if you get a certain grade on your test or assignment.
- It’s okay to enjoy your youth if you know what I mean, just take calculated risks and always allow enough time to recover so you can study and get an appropriate amount of sleep. Moderation is key!
- Always strive to be the best you! Go to the gym, study more, get involved in your community, be kind and helpful!