Western will be the best four years of your life. You’ll hear this about 100 times before you even get to your first class. This is absolutely true but in the end, it will be what you make of it. You are becoming a member of the Western Community, something that is hard to explain to somebody that hasn’t had the privilege of experiencing it. Take every opportunity you can to experience the different aspects that are available. This varies from intramurals, student government, dance teams, residence staff, sophing (look forward to learning about this in your first week at school), charity initiatives, and the list keeps going on.
One other thing to keep in mind: never be afraid to ask questions. Western offers a ton of resources. First year is absolutely overwhelming. You are going to be juggling life in a new city, meeting 10 new people an hour, new classes, new teachers, laundry, and lack of parents. First thing you’ll need to do is learn to prioritize. Figuring out how to manage your time will be the most important lesson you’ll learn. Second thing, is ask for help if you need it! You’ll have upper year students eager to help out as well as resource centres for all your needs all around campus.
Lastly, be absolutely stoked to arrive! Everyone is already waiting for you to step on to campus.
- Galina Kashkina, HBA 2013