Ways to prepare for success in your first year of post-secondary.
Summer vacation is basically done, and you're almost face-to-face with your first year of college or university. Dedicate this last little bit of summer to get yourself ready for the challenges and opportunities coming up – it can make a huge difference once classes start after Labour Day!
Here are three tips to help you get the most out of your first term:
1 Be social.
Follow your school on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and maybe even Snapchat. They will share important info, upcoming events and resources available for incoming students. If you discover any online groups, join in the conversation and make some new friends for the school year..
2 Get to know your neighbourhood.
When you get to your new residence or rental unit, check out your surroundings too. Learn where to find everything you'll need (e.g. laundry) and figure out the best routes to travel. Don't forget to review your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, especially if this is your first time living away from your parents' home.
3 Plan your time.
Effective time management can make a big difference. Put key dates for your courses and your personal life on a master calendar for the semester. You may have to make some sacrifices, but seeing the big picture can help you plan when to look at books and when to look at sunsets or celebrities.
Starting post-secondary school is a big transition, but with a bit of time and planning, you'll be primed for success come September.