When I was eight years old I loved everything about summer. That is, until those “back-to-school” commercials started popping up everywhere (why they air those commercials as soon as we have our first taste of summer, I’ll never know.) As soon as I saw those advertisements, I was reminded of the horrors of going back to school—but that was before my education included lectures about movies and playing beer pong. So, for those of us lucky enough to go to UofT, seeing a “back-to-school” advertisement no longer needs to fill us with mortal dread. Instead, we can embrace this time; September is reborn as a time for Toga parties, being reunited with old friends, and even making new ones.
While many readers will have already passed Freshman year, I’m sure there are those of you who are still a bit nervous about heading off into the direction of academia. For those lucky few, I have prepared the following crash-course on how to spend your first few weeks at UofT.
1. Don’t freak out.
You’ve signed up for your classes. You’ve paid your tuition (hopefully!). You know where you are going to live. Beyond that, don’t worry over anything just yet. Just because the anti-calendar says your class is going to suck, doesn’t mean it actually will. Just because you don’t know anyone in your class, doesn’t mean you can’t make some new friends– or at least meet someone to share notes with. Don’t listen to people when they tell you to just “turn back while you can!”. You obviously did well enough in High School to get into Uni, so there is no reason you can’t succeed once you get there.
2. Seriously, don’t freak out.
All of those things you are worried about—making friends, tests, term papers, parties, getting lost—they haven’t happened yet.