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Five Things I Wish I Knew Going Into First Year University!!

As summer comes to an end, it's time for all the students to prepare for the next year of studies! I'm going into my second year and really looking forward to it! I've created a list of five things I wish I knew before going into first year university. This list is purely created based on experience. Feel free to share with anyone you know heading off to post secondary education as it may not only apply to first years! I live in Vancouver and go to school in Ontario so this list may be a little biased for the people who are leaving home as that is my experience! Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy and I hope this helps you in some way!

1. FACETIME is a life changer and when you're away from your family and friends it can at times be the only thing that gets you through the inevitable home sick days so USE it.

2. Organize yourself BEFORE school starts. This could include an agenda, making sure your room is organized, creating a workout schedule, etc.

3. Even though university can be time consuming, remain passionate about something. This is a mistake I made during my first semester as I was always used to having something to be passionate about and I lost sight of myself for a little bit when I stopped doing things I was passionate about. This is why I started my blog actually!!

4. Your grades at university will never be as high as they were in high school, accept it. There is a different grading method and it's a huge adjustment. Don't be too hard on yourself, we've all gotten a bad grade on our first university paper.

5. If you're like me and you are going far away for school, you have a fresh start. Take advantage of it. Make as many friends as you can and have fun. You only experience first year once (hopefully). As much as the academic part is very important, it is all about balance.

I hope these tips allow you to have a great first year and have helped you in some way!!


  1. You have a lovely blog. And this reminded me of my college days

  2. Beautiful blog and useful tips!I became a big fan of your website!Thank you for sharing .

  3. Very good points! I only went to college for a year due to health problems, but I enjoyed that year.

  4. it is daunting to start UNI but you have to remember that you have chosen this path and now it's up to you to rock it! Hello independence!

  5. Useful tips. Wish i got them, when i went into the college for the first time. Hope it helps someone else

  6. Good tips. There is a lot I knew before starting college. It's definitely life changing

  7. These are all great tips. I feel like this goes for the start of any school year - even with my kids. I am starting to clean and organize now, and stock up on things too, so that I don't have to be running to the store when we are so busy. Thanks for sharing!

  8. These are useful tips and I really do enjoyed reading your article it reminds me of my colleges days.

  9. I remembered when I was still in college, I would definitely prepare and organize everything before the school starts. You have great tips here, enjoy your second year!

  10. This brings me back to the college years and I really didn't know what was going on... Great tips and I wish all the best and enjoy every moments there!

  11. Those are definitely some useful tips. I myself would have liked to know some of these to help me a little bit in the past.

  12. A h university life is so much and full of adventures and this is why getting organized helps a lot! Have a to do list and enjoy !

  13. When I first started college, the phone system at school went out. It was so hard to stay in touch and definitely made me feel more isolated. FaceTime is awesome!

  14. This remind me so much when I left home for Uni. This list is really what everyone needs to know. Goodluck for second year!

  15. It reminds me of my school n college life. It took me real courage to accept change in grading system.

  16. I think knowing things are different than high school is important. What I really would have liked to have known was that you cannot procrastinate in the same way.

  17. Going to a college/university is definitely a big adjustment. I would agree with most of these, except the part about the GPA. You don't want to be hard on yourself, but some individuals have scholarships, etc. & when you do you must be on your "A" game at all times. Either you're going to work now or feel the consequences later.


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