University life is similar to what happens when you get high — i.e., you have a vague idea of your surroundings and forget who you are and where you wanted to go. Don’t make that mistake. It will cost you years.
Some of you may face a difficult time during campus. Whether it be failing where you’ve previously only succeeded or facing a family health crisis, know you are not alone.
As you embark on this journey towards attaining your first degree, here is some advice that will help you during your time at the University:
Feeling too stressed to take a break is a sign you need to take a break!
Schedule a regular time to call loved ones for this emotionally add points to your performance.
Sleep cannot be overemphasized because at this point in your life, you are adopting to the flashing speed of the world.
It is impossible to focus in class if you are “taking notes” on a laptop or in a book. Always have your ears and eyes glued to your lecturer because this will note only help you understand but will also help you capture a visual expression as he/ she explained a point as you write your exam.
Talk through ground rules and personal living preferences with your roommate(s) at the very beginning of the year. It will be a useful conversation to refer back to if/when issues come up.
Your grade in one class does not define you.
Make sure you check in with yourself now and then. How are you doing? If the answer is not so great, treat yourself. Prioritize your well being.
Some readings are more important than others. It’s O.K. to skim sometimes.
Don’t be afraid to call campus security if you or a friend is sick/feels unsafe, as security is priority to individuals.
Take naps. Preschools are the only times when napping is socially acceptable, but take naps to help your brain relax and also be ready to take up other material for processing.
With the above advise, I hope that this will greatly help you through your journey. Read hard, be focused, enjoy life and be creating.
Assistant News Editor