Dear First Year Students

Written by: Sarah Camacho

The first year of university can be terrifying. It’s the start of a new chapter. One that is filled with unknowns, obstacles, and, let me tell you, a ton of meltdowns. As a fourth year student preparing to leave TrentU Durham, I want to leave with a few tips for incoming students.

For those who are starting here at TrentU Durham in September, I know it’s going to be overwhelming. It’s going to take some time getting used to the independence and having to sit in your chair for three hours. I remember how terrified I was and how bad my anxiety was. So, I want to share with you some tips that will hopefully make this adjustment a little easier for you guys.

1. Take a deep breath:

This make sound so simple but you’ll be surprised how many times over the course of the year that you will forget to slow things down and breathe.

2. Smile:

When things get tough, smile! If you tackle your assignments and your workload with a positive attitude, the stress will have a harder time consuming you. A positive attitude and a positive mindset can make all the difference.

3. Sleep:

Rest is important, especially when you have those 9 a.m. lectures. If you are sleep deprived (which is a common habit especially around the middle to end of the semester) your mind will get foggy and it will be difficult to think clearly. If you allow yourself to rest and give yourself a good amount of sleep, you’ll have more energy to tackle your assignments and do well on tests.

4. Eat healthy:

Just as rest is important, so is a healthy diet. The “Freshman 15” can be a myth as long as you aren’t eating junk food every day and drinking more alcohol than you are water. Make sure you’re eating healthy and living an active life style, because not only will it keep you healthy, but it will also have a positive impact on your schoolwork.

5. Live in the moment:

It’s easy to think in the past and what you could do differently. It’s also easy to think into the future and what your end goal is. But it’s so important to live in the moment because you are creating memories that will last a lifetime. As you are working towards your end goal, make sure that you are having fun with your friends and taking a break from the craziness that is school.

These five tips may be simple and common sense, however it’s easy to lose track of what is important, which is you. Make the most of this chapter because you don’t want to get to your fourth year and be full of regret. Be responsible, but at the same time be reckless. Find the perfect combination where you are able to achieve great marks, but strengthen your relationship with the people you care about.

With that being said, I hope you all have a great first year and enjoy your time here at Trent Durham.

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