Campus Life

Getting prepared for your first year of post-secondary

by Kayzia Boilard

Starting your year with the necessities is key to having fun in your first year.

Starting your first year of post-secondary is an experience that you’ll remember forever. Whether you’re entering college or university the experience will be exciting and a little bit nerve-racking, which is completely normal. To help you feel less nervous, we’ve come up with a list of things that you should remember to do before your first day of class.

Here are a few ways you can prepare for your first year of college or university:

Get the school supplies and items that you need

In order to be prepared for your first year of post-secondary, you’re going to need to buy a few things. These are school supplies, such as notebooks, pencils or pens, a laptop, and any other items that your program might specifically require you to have, like a calculator. On top of school supplies, and especially if you’re moving into residence at your new school, you’re going to need household items like laundry detergent, towels, shampoo, and anything else that you use at home.

Need some help with your finances? Check out IGNITE’s Financial Services. We’ve also put together some money-saving tips that you should check out.

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Get organized and make a schedule

Know your class schedule, and plan work/social activities, and study sessions around it. This is important so you feel ready for your first day of class. If you have a part-time job, knowing your class schedule is especially important. To keep an organized schedule, you can use the calendar on your phone or laptop, or even better, and IGNITE agenda (pick one up at any of our offices!). Whatever you use for your schedule, keeping track of everything you have to do before you start school, as well as your upcoming schedule will help you to feel prepared.

Notebook with a written To do list

Find groups on social media

Starting post-secondary can be scary, especially if you’re moving to a new city and may not know many people at your new school. Don’t worry, most first-year students are experiencing many of the same thoughts and feelings. Thankfully, we live in an era in which social media provides easy ways to meet people in your area, and even your program. Try tracking down your program’s group on Facebook. Not only will this help you meet people, but it’ll also come in handy if you need help with assignments and have questions that your classmates can answer.

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Research the area and the city

Whether you’re going to a school in your hometown, or you’re moving to the Toronto area for the first time, it’s a great idea to research the things around you. This includes the campus itself, and the surrounding restaurants and shops. Obviously knowing what kind of food you can get on campus is important since you’ll definitely end up grabbing a bite to eat in between class once in a while, and knowing what’s near your school for food or other services is great too.

Person looking at a map on a phone

Plan your route of transportation

Knowing how you’re going to be getting to school prior to your first day is important. It will not only save you time, but also relieve your stress. Research the options you have for your route, and plan your method of transportation. You should also try to find out where your classes are prior to your first day so that you don’t waste any time trying to track down the classrooms and risk being late. If you’re driving, make sure your car is filled up on gas, and if you’re taking the bus, have change ready. It’s these little things that will save you time and prevent any unnecessary worrying on your first day of classes.

Inside of a bus

Being as prepared as you can be for your first year of post-secondary school will make the transition a lot easier for you (and your parents). Make lists, get organized, and you’ll feel ready to take on this new and exciting experience in life.

At IGNITE, our goal is to make your post-secondary experience the best it can be. So, whether you’re going to Humber or Guelph-Humber, you should also familiarize yourself with IGNITE and the many contests, events, and services¬†we have to offer throughout the year.

Start your year off on a wild note at FROSH! Join us September 11th for our Neon Nights event, then come see our headliner Lil Yachty on September 12th! Get your tickets before they sell out.

We can’t wait to see you there!