Western will truly be the greatest four years of your life. In deciding to come here for your undergraduate studies, you are embracing so much more than just a school – you’re embracing a whole new way of life. From the trials and tribulations of communal living in your first year, to the wonderful opportunities available to you throughout your university career, Western provides an environment within which anyone can flourish. The key is to be able to identify those opportunities, and capitalize on them. You’re going to have the chance to experience everything that you’ve ever dreamed of here, while getting a world-renowned education at the same time.
My best advice would be to, first and foremost, meet as many different people as you can. Get out there, whether it’s through campus-organized activities, or social events that you organize on your own, make sure you meet and become friends with absolutely anyone that you can. This is the heart of the Western experience – building your social network. Once you start to do this, everything else just seems to fall into place. But you have to prioritize your activities as well; it can be quite easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of things going on around you at all times, and to make sure you get the best Western experience possible, you have to strike a fine balance between work and play. Focus on getting good grades, and building smart study habits within the first two years of school. If you can accomplish this, then there’s nothing you won’t be able to do while you’re here.
Lastly, have fun while you’re here. If you don’t take the time to have fun, and discover who you truly are and what you like, then no matter how hard you work, you’ll never truly get to experience Western. So work hard, play hard, and get ready to have the time of your life!
-Iman Kanji, BMOS’11