First Years: don’t defecate, please.
Unless that’s your thing. It’s a free country.
Remember that first day of Kindergarten? Remember how you didn’t know what, exactly, you were doing and you had no clue where to go, but you knew you had to go into that big, noisy building? The first day of university is essentially the same, except Mom isn’t there to hold your hand and Dad didn’t pack you an extra peanut butter sandwich. The first day is always the hardest, but it’s not the beginning of the Apocalypse.
The first rule you should always follow when entering a new situation is to not panic. I mean it. Take a deep breath and walk right in through those doors to the chaos of adulthood, or what we believe adulthood to be.
While you’re wandering around, remember that you’re not the only one silently freaking out. There are hundreds of first years just like you who don’t know how they’re going to make it through the day, let alone the semester. Band together. If you see a familiar face, or even if you don’t, go to someone and start talking. You’ll likely find out their major and see if you have the same class together. Don’t be afraid to ask someone who looks like they’ve been doing this for a while how to get to said class. Despite how intimidating it can be, we’re all here for the same reason: get our degree and get the hell out of dodge.
Okay, you got to your class. If you’re taking a class in Campion College or Luther, the size shouldn’t frighten you too much. A hundred students, max. Not so bad, right? If you’re taking classes in large lecture halls with over one hundred students, I fear for your eardrums, but it’s not the worst thing that can happen. Find a place relatively close to the front so you don’t have to strain to hear what the professor is saying. If you need some space between you and the next person, that’s okay. No one wants to be sitting on top of each other, especially when they have an hour-long lecture on the difference between RNA and DNA.
The key to success is taking good notes, so don’t slack off in that area! Those are going to be your go-to come test time. They may seem far off, but tests are ninjas in disguise.
University is a lot of hard work. Your limits are tested on multiple occasions and while sometimes you might want to call it quits, especially if you’re balancing a job and classes, there are fun times to be had. The Owl, our on-campus bar, is great for getting together with friends and having a drink. There is no shortage of clubs, either, and they all give students a chance to make friends and de-stress. Don’t slack off but have fun, too. It will be hard to find the balance, but once you do, it will make university seem less like work. That’s the key to getting through these four years, or however long you’ll be on campus.