Things I Learned in First Year University

Hello to all! I hope everyone is having an awesome day and had a great summer!

When September rolls around, it generally means one thing: the start of a new school year. Now that I’m going into my second year of university, I thought that I’d share some things that I learned in 1st year that may help you with your university transition. They also serve as good life reminders in general! So, here are 25 things that I learned in 1st year that I found the most important. Enjoy!

  1. A strong work ethic = success.
  2. It doesn’t matter how good you were in high school. Uni will kick your ass.
  3. Profs aren’t that scary. They’re there to help! Don’t be lazy and just go to their office hours.
  4. You need to sleep.
  5. You need to take breaks.
  6. Call your parents. They miss you.
  7. Stay in contact with your friends.
  8. Relationships are a two-way street.
  9. Choose your friends wisely.
  10. Don’t take things too personally.
  11. It’s okay to say no.
  12. It’s okay to say yes.
  13. Relax. No one knows what they’re doing either.
  14. No one cares about you (as much as they do about themselves).
  15. Use all the resources provided. Seriously, there’s so many for first years. Take advantage of them!
  16. Cramming doesn’t work.
  17. THINK. SLOW.
  18. Failing a midterm, exam, or course is not the end of the world. Yes, it sucks, but it’s not the end all be all.
  19. Don’t look down on anyone.
  20. Don’t be so quick to judge.
  21. Eliminate stereotypes. People are so much more than that.
  22. You’ll love/hate almost everything.
  23. Focus on yourself.
  24. Do whatever you want and let others do whatever they want (see #20).
  25. Just because you do everything “right” and “by the book” doesn’t mean that you’ll get what you want.

And most importantly,


Best of luck to everyone with the new school year!



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