I just moved back home to Mississauga after four years of school in British Columbia, partly spent in Okanagan Valley’s Kelowna and partly in Vancouver. Prior to my move I only spent random X-mas holidays here, hence my ignorance with this city or with my extended family that also lives here. Upon my move, I am met with cousins who are moving to nearby towns to begin University.
As the summer season moves into fall season, high school students are busy planning their move into Universities all over the world. The excitement of frosh and dorms is noticeable all over this town; noticeable most are my aunts and uncles, well I am BROWN and when children are moving out, you see aunts and uncles more than you see their friends.
Join the debate club, the philosophers’ café, varsity outdoor club, run for breast cancer, donate blood or just dance at a cultural night hosted by many of the different cultural clubs available on campus.
Make a fool of yourself. It is your chance to learn. This does not include learning how to do drugs and get wasted 6 days out of 7.
I can look back in time and tally my own experiences with theirs- suffice to say; excitement and nervousness are a normal part of going to University. It is also normal to feel down after the excitement is burnt out. I am not interested in mapping out what a University student may go through but rather what one should aim at.
You will spend, ideally, four years in University to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. You should aim at scoring the highest mark that you can in all your courses, for the rumor is true- GPA does matter. The easiest way for me to do that is by attending all classes on time, listening to the instructor attentively and taking notes, which I revisit every now and then. Everything else is secondary; I only bought books if they were absolutely necessary. My instructors were my books that, for the most part, tell their students of what the exam will look like so the students can ace it. Pity, if one fails to take advantage of that.
I cannot stress the importance of extracurricular life on campus. With myriad opportunities and clubs to choose from; make sure you are active in your school community and the city community. Join the debate club, the philosophers’ café, varsity outdoor club, run for breast cancer, donate blood or just dance at a cultural night hosted by many of the different cultural clubs available on campus. Becoming a university student means taking the summer seriously as well. Don’t sleep it off or work at a useless tree planting camp. Apply to future employees by emailing them and ask for an unpaid volunteer or internship position at their company. Work hard to show your dedication while working for them and hopefully when you graduate they will consider hiring you upon graduation.
While in University, open yourself up to all possibilities. Discuss all and everything; make a fool of yourself. It is your chance to learn. Universities are meant to be grounds for learning, habituate your self to learn. This does not include learning how to do drugs and get wasted 6 days out of 7.
All in all, make the best of your time. I wish you all a successful and joyous bachelors’ degree.
Author: Osama Saddique