My first experience with Western University was excitement and apprehension. Excitement because I wanted to move on from my high school and ready for the new challenge of university. The apprehension was due to the idea that I had never lived away from home or been in such a large school. When I arrived at Western I was greeted by so many spirited and excited upper years. I was moved into my residence Saugeen-Maitland Hall with my fellow "frosh" first years. My adrenaline was pumping and I was so excited to meet new friends and get settled in. O-week was fantastic, it took a while to find my niche of friends and when that was done I moved into the habitual act of attending classes and keeping up with course work.
University is not difficult because the work is different or more than what was given in high school. It is the idea that you are solely responsible for your course work. No longer will a teacher be constantly reminding you of your assignments. However, should you seek the help your professors and teaching assistants (graduate students in the field of study) are always willing to meet you and go over course work. Essentially what I am trying to say is that being proactive with your work becomes so important. You will do well if you get work done early and have your teaching assistant check it. You will be successful if you begin studying for an exam 2-3 weeks in advance.
Studying is not everything, on the other hand, keeping up with course work is just as important as getting involved in various activities at Western and keeping up with your friend group. The most successful to leave Western, I have noticed, are the ones that study hard, as well as keep up socially. Get out and have fun with friends, just know when to stay in and prepare.
If you can do all of this you will have an amazing time a Western. If you have trouble then just go and ask for help. Ask your Residence Advisor or Residence Don, your Sophs, your Professors, staff at the Student Development Centre or Student Success Centre or even friends. You are never alone when you come to university, there is a web of people wanting to help you if you only take the initiative to ask.
- Airianna Mapp, HBA'14