Going to a new school can be a little bit nerve-racking, especially when your first day is in the Winter semester.

Starting school in January might make you think about how a lot of students have already been at Humber since September, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be just as big of a part of the Humber community as anyone else.

To help you have a smooth transition into starting school here at Humber this Winter, we’ve put together a few things that you should keep in mind.

Take transportation into account

Unless you’re taking all online courses, chances are you’ve got to figure out how you’re getting to school every morning. Whether you’re living in residence, taking the bus, or driving to campus, make sure that you know where to go and how long it will take for you to get there. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of knowing you’re going to be late to your first class! Get there early and put your mind at ease – the Humber campuses are huge and there’s lot’s to explore.

Girl walking, looking at watch


Talk to people – make new friends

Socializing at school can really help you have a great experience! Don’t be shy to say hello to your new classmates, teachers, and peers around campus. A great way to meet new people is by attending events, such as IGNITE’s Frost Full Moon Party! This is where you can meet other people who are in the exact same boat as you – starting school in the winter semester. Attending Frosh isn’t only great for meeting people, it’s also an amazing way to have fun while being a part of the Humber community! If you’re not the party type – you can still meet people by volunteering or finding a part-time job on campus with IGNITE or one of the many Humber departments.

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Don’t forget about food

Being successful at school is largely dependent on your overall health, and this doesn’t exclude hunger. If you’re on a budget or have some good leftovers at home, pack a lunch. If you’re not exactly into packing lunches, or forget, Humber’s got you covered. On campus there’s everything from go-to’s like Tim Hortons and Starbucks, to the food services at the Food Emporium.

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Plan a manageable schedule

Even if you don’t have control over what time your classes start, you can plan out when you’ll do other things. Sure, procrastinating is tempting (we all do it), but time management is important. To get into the habit of practicing this, make a schedule that gives you enough time to get work done, download some great browser add-ons, and try to stick to it.
Calendar and 'to do' list


Get to know IGNITE and the services available to you

Here at IGNITE, our first priority is you. That’s why we’ve got a wide range of services to help make your experience at Humber and Guelph-Humber the best it can possibly be. No matter what the issue you’re facing, we’ve got a service for it. For example, if you need financial assistance or advice, our Financial Relief Program may be your solution. Or if you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone, and you don’t have to feel like it with our Student Lifeline.


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Don’t stress

All changes in life take time to adjust to, and everyone gets a little bit nervous when they go to a new school or start a new program. Be proud of yourself for going to school, and don’t worry too much. If you do have questions though, IGNITE can help. In a short time you’ll meet friends, get to know the school, and feel right at home!

Cat relaxing, getting massage


We hope these tips help you to have the smoothest first day (and semester) possible! The Humber community is one that you’ll surely feel welcomed by. If you have any questions, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, IGNITE is always here for you. Make sure to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming events and make your experience here at Humber the best it can be!