This is the first day of the rest of your life! Well, for the next 3 or however many years you have left in your degree.
To the first years, welcome! To everyone else, welcome back!
Fresh beginnings are one of the best things in life. Starting anew and with a clean slate feels like such a well-deserved and well earned breath of fresh air. With new beginnings, come new things to learn and new environments to adapt to. There are new people to meet and new challenges to rise up to.
One of the worst challenges: Not knowing where anything is around uni so you end up looking like a deer in headlights walking circles around the room you were looking for. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. I’ve been here for 3 years now and I still get lost from time to time.
Download the Lost On Campus app.
Believe me, it will save you so much time and you’ll not have to rely on the maps around the campus (although, those ones are the best and are super easy to read).
Be observant and follow the signs.
There are arrows and signs everywhere that point to the different buildings around the university. If getting lost stresses you out, take a few minutes out of your day to just wander around the university to familiarise yourself with the buildings you’ll almost always be in.
For SHE College students, knowing where the LIMS building is, the different Sciences building like Health Science (beside WLT), Biological Science (behind the library), The Learning Commons, etc.
Now on to the plot twist:
This whole blog has been a metaphor for your life at university.
By downloading the lost on campus app, this means you’re asking for help which is only right. Don’t ever be afraid of asking for help. Whether you’re up front about it or whether you want it to be lowkey, if you’re stuck and feeling like you’re drowning in life and university and everything else, take a deep breathe and ask for help.
You have good people on your side. You have your family, your friends, and there’s also the SDA- Student Development Advisers, who only want what’s best for you.
Being observant and following the signs: you have to be aware of your responsibilities and all that comes with it. In university, you are accountable for a lot more things. You have to know what assessments are due, what you need to bring into your lab prac, what needs to be done before a tutorial, and so on. You can’t afford to be lax about university because it is so easy to fall behind. Following the signs would be following what is expected of you from your lecturers and demonstrators. Know what the assessment requires and abide by those expectations and you’ll for sure get a good mark.
Maybe I reached too much in this blog post but hey, reaching is definitely better than relaxing! Haha! Conquer your first week of university and all the other weeks will be an easy challenge for you! Good luck, I’m rooting for all of us.
In line with this, Off 2 A Good Start @ Uni is a good workshop to attend. Learn about time management and making the most out of lectures and the tools provided by the university. Here are more details about it.0