Attending university is an amazing and exciting milestone and we're so proud of you for making the decision to attend! In this article, we've highlighted some helpful pointers and advice to get you going in your first year.
Making new friends
Building a social network of friends and classmates is crucial for a well-rounded university experience. We know that making new friends can be hard for lots of people, so here are some ways in which you can get yourself out there and make meaningful lifetime connections:
Orientation week is a rite of passage for all incoming university students which encourages you to get active within the King's community.
Becoming involved with orientation, events, and clubs allows you the opportunity to initiate conversations with fellow peers. The best tip is one we're sure you've heard before: be yourself!
University is such an amazing and diverse experience. You will meet people from all walks of life, from all over the world, with different interests, hobbies, and each person being uniquely themselves. Give other students the opportunity to get to know you for who you are — everyone else is just as nervous and eager to make friends too!
Balancing school and social life
Maintaining a healthy balance between academics and social activities is essential for success. It's important to set priorities where you can excel as a student and a new member of the university environment.
Examples of this can include:
- creating study routines
- avoiding procrastination and implementing time management techniques
- utilizing the various academic supports provided on campus
- making room in your schedule for social activities
Any good university experience features a healthy school/social balance, so don't be too hard on yourself! Be sure to find time to unwind and relax when you can.
Finding your home away from home
Choosing the right place to live and taking advantage of available resources on campus can greatly impact your first year experience. Explore the on-campus residence options to see if there's a good fit for you.
When choosing on campus living, consider the proximity to classes and public transportation spots. Also consider roommate compatibility and discuss with friends or potential roommates what each other's expectations would be. With that being said, personalize your dorm and decorate the space to make it feel like home and a comfortable safe space for you!
Preparing for university involves more than just packing bags and choosing courses. Navigating finances, building new friendships, maintaining a balance between school and social life, and selecting a living space that's right for you are all essential components of a successful university journey.
We hope these tips have better equipped you to thrive academically and socially as you embark on this exciting new chapter of your life. We're rooting for you!
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