“Just wait until you get to college!”
Well, I’m here, Mr. Smith, and everything’s fine.

Question for any education students out there: Do they tell teachers to freak kids out about post-secondary education?

It seems like, no matter what program they’re in, every college or university student has a story about a high school teacher who freaked them out about life after high school. You know, you’d ask them a question and they’d say something along the lines of,

“I’ll answer this for you now but, just know, questions like this will never fly at university.”

Or, maybe your class was being a little too noisy and they’d hit you with the famous,

“Just wait until you get to college.”

Lauren Ash shakes her head.

Seriously, what was all that about? If you’re a first-year student, and especially if you’re embarking on your college or university journey right out of high school, you may be fearful of the experience ahead of you.

But we’re here to set the record straight: post-secondary education really isn’t that scary! It can be tough at times, sure (looking at you, finals season), but it’s definitely not the shadow realm certain people made it out to be.

In fact, dare we say, it’s pretty fun sometimes.

So, here are some of our favourite, totally non-scary things about being in post-secondary:

1. You can make friendships that last a lifetime

Sure, you can do this in high school too, but it’s a lot harder.

Before post-secondary, the only things you’ll necessarily have in common with your classmates is that you’re roughly the same age and live in roughly the same area. That’s it.

Patrick Star says, "Who are you people?!"

However, once you get to college or university, you’re studying for a career you chose to pursue. Since, ideally, your program reflects your interests, you’ll already have something major in common with your peers on day one. And, because similar personalities tend to gravitate toward similar fields, it’s more likely you’ll form long-lasting social bonds throughout the length of your program.

2. You get to attend awesome events

Pep rallies were fun — but how about private concerts and exclusive interviews with your idols?

IGNITE puts on both small- and large-scale events year-round catered specifically to help you meet your social needs and career goals. Check our events page regularly to see what you have to look forward to next!

A person dances at a concert.

3. Your post-secondary schedule is a little more flexible

Remember that high school grind? 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m., Monday to Friday? Yuck.

Post-secondary is different. Most classes meet once or twice per week and, usually, you have a different schedule for each day of the week. That means more room for fitting in a side hustle or spontaneous coffee run.

Yes, please!

Pouring a cup of coffee.

4. Your campus is way prettier

We mean, not to toot our own horn or anything.

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5. You’re taking classes you want to take

For the most part.

Of course, every program will have required classes that aren’t your favourite. But, since they’re part of a broader career field you are interested in, they’ll help you figure out what professional lanes you want to avoid and, by consequence, what professional lanes you want to pursue. (It’s like the Cat in the Hat said calculatus eliminatus!)

As for the rest of your classes? They’re fun! You’re learning about stuff you already like! What more could you ask for?

Tyler, the Creator says "This is amazing."

6. You have tons of post-secondary support at your disposal

That’s what IGNITE’s all about.

As Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber’s student union, we know post-secondary education is about way more than going to class and doing your readings. It also includes everything you do after class is dismissed — like your financial security, your social life and your health.

So, we make it our mission to make your life as easy as possible by offering services to cover all aspects of your life. For a run-down of what we have to offer, check out the ABCs of IGNITE!

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Spooky season is for pumpkins and horror movies — not post-secondary.

Trust us, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Here’s one more reason to be excited about post-secondary: the IGNITE Spin Wheel contest.

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