Whether it’s your first year of college/university or your last, we all need a little help navigating the system. As much as we don’t want to admit it, high school hallways and classroom prep doesn’t cut it. It’s nothing compared to the maze that is post-secondary education. I remember my first day at Humber, I thought I was going to have to set up camp in one of the hallways I had been aimlessly wandering in for 2 hours trying to find one class. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to help all of you from suffering the same fate as me. Here are a few tips for an easier year.
1. Map out your bus routes beforehand.
This is crucial. Find out exactly how long it takes to get from point A to point B and give yourself an additional half an hour to get there. For example, it takes me an hour and a half to get to Humber, but I give myself 2 hours of travel time in case of any traffic or if I need to find a classroom. I unfortunately figured this out second year. The amount of times I’ve arrived to class 30 minutes late was unreal. Don’t let that happen to you.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions
Usually it takes asking two or three people before you finally get the right route to your destination, but it’s better than aimlessly wandering scared out of your mind because you don’t really know what’s going on. Plus the people here at Humber are extremely friendly and if you get lucky like I did, they’ll even walk you to the building you need to be at. Better safe than lost am I right?
3. Know your schedule
Take the time to learn and memorize your schedule, because it’ll differ from day to day rather than have the same four to five classes every day in the same order. Plus each class will be in a different class room, and maybe even in another building in the school. So on your first day or even the day before, come early and take the time to walk around the school and know your routes. And know what classes are which day so you’re not carrying around a 10lb backpack all day.
4. Figure out resources near you
Typically with all, if not some, programs, resources are offered to aid with your studies. Whether it’s studios, simulation labs, or even science labs. In accordance to each program, there are specific rooms and or resources available to you if you ever need a place to study or do some work. If you don’t know what they are, feel free to ask your professor what’s available and use it to your advantage.
Now keep all these in mind and it should make your year a bit easier to handle now that you have a few tips and tricks!