How to Survive Your First Few Weeks of University

September 5, 2018

Hi Everyone,

My name is Mackenzie and I am one of the DECA U Guelph Directors of Marketing for the 2018-2019 year. I am going into my fourth year of Marketing Management Co-op. I believe that in order to be successful throughout your university education, it is important to start off strong and get into good habits. Throughout this post I will be giving you tips on how to make your first few weeks of university the best they can be!

1. Get to Know Your Campus

As you start to get familiar with the location of your classes, it is also important to know where you can find resources, good places to eat and good places to study around campus. Grab a map and tour around to see what each building has to offer. This will allow you to find places such as quiet study floors, computer labs, the gym, extra help rooms and more.

2. Make New Friends

University is a great time to make new friends! Everyone is in the same situation, as they are new to town and may not know any other people. Get to know your roommates, people in your building, people in your program or even random people in your group projects. Chances are they will be looking to make a new friend as well!


3. Finding Bargain Priced Textbooks

Buying all brand new textbooks from the bookstore can start to add up quickly. You should try and do some research before investing in any textbook purchase. First, make sure you go to class before buying a textbook, as the professor may tell you the textbook is not needed. Second, check out the co-op bookstore to see if they have any cheaper used copies on sale. Third, check on or Facebook to see if there are any students who have taken the course before and are trying to sell it for a deal. You can save some money!

4. Go to Your Classes

Ensuring that you are attending your lectures in person can reinforce the things you are learning, allow you the chance to ask questions and gain any tips or clues from the professor for upcoming assignments or midterms. It also gives you the chance to meet people in your program that you can share notes with and helps you build a relationship with the professor.

5. Keep Up with Your Readings

It is very easy to fall behind in your readings, which can make it difficult to catch up when it comes time to write an assignment or midterm. You can save yourself a lot of time and effort, if you stay up to date with the current classes.

6. Put Your Assignments in Your Calendar

Make sure to put your assignments, midterms and exams into your calendar as soon as you receive the deadlines. This can ensure that you give yourself plenty of time to prepare before it becomes due. Deadlines can creep up on you quickly so it is important to give yourself the time you need to show your best work.

7. Join A Club, Society or Intramural Sports Team

Clubs, societies and intramurals can not only give you a break from academics but they can allow you to learn more about yourself, meet new people and have some fun! Try to find activities that are related to your program. They can also be a great addition to your resume. However, make sure to have a limit of the number of activities you join so you are still able to balance everything with your academics.

8. Go to Events
Even though some events are not ones you are normally interested in, it is important to put yourself out there. You might find you really enjoy something that you wouldn't have thought. Every event is a good networking opportunity; you never know when you will meet a future contact or employer.

Whether you are a new or returning student, I hope you enjoy O-Week and good luck with your first few weeks of university!


Mackenzie Plum

Director of Marketing, DECA U Guelph 2018-2019

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