Why did you decide to come to Western? The best thing about Western is that if you ask this question to any student, you’re going to get a different answer for each person. However, it is incredibly easy to tell that every Western student you ask loves the university they have made their home. When you step onto Western’s campus, you’ll be completely surrounded by opportunities to make an impact. Western is so good at becoming a welcoming home for students because it’s virtually impossible to find something that doesn’t interest you.
However, even with the amount of support that Western provides first year students, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With these three easy steps (sounds like an infomercial but it will work, trust me), you can ensure that you succeed in your first year of university and onwards.
- Meet as many people as you can during Orientation Week and first year, and remember their names. Western ‘s foundation is built on the success of its students. Extraordinary, passionate, and motivated people attend Western, and it’s the best place possible to build your network.
- Get involved in something; doesn’t matter what it is. There are over 200 clubs at Western. You will be handed opportunities to get involved left and right. Don’t turn them down.
- Don’t forget what Western is- a place of academics. Even though Western offers you so much more than academics, it is still a university. Make academics your number one priority; grades matter. Develop good study habits early and you’ll do great!
- Kaiz Alarakyia, BESc'15, HBA'15