Tips and Tricks for Getting Back in your School Groove
By Kaelen Pelaia, Staff Writer
A new school year is upon us here at Lakehead University, and with it comes a plethora of new experiences and things to look forward to. However, some aspects of this new year can be a little less appealing to students, such as making tuition payments, stressing about new off-campus responsibilities, and stewing over long papers and assignments. With a little bit of research, preparation, and enthusiasm, these worries can be overshadowed by the joys and excitements of campus life.
To help new students adjust to the culture shock of university life and how to make the best of this new experience, here are a few tips and recommendations to ensure your Lakehead experience reaches its fullest potential.
There are a lot of temptations that come with the freedom granted by post-secondary education. While having a good time and a healthy social life is valuable, it is most important to remember that you are here to further your education, and not here to waste away ALL your scholarship funding or OSAP grants on nights at the Outpost. However, balance is crucial. A few nights out with your classmates and friends could be the difference between being happy and being far too stressed out. Finding that healthy equilibrium can take a bit of self-control, but once you have mastered it, your life on campus will be much more enjoyable.
Having your own computer is a great, albeit expensive, way of enhancing your learning experience. If the purchase of a personal computer is within your means, then notebooks and pens will become less of a bothersome necessity. However, you should still always bring some paper and a writing utensil to class, just in case your computer or tablet craps out during a lecture or you’ve been sentenced to the Ryan Building but need WiFi to access your drive. When taking notes, summarizing the main points of your professor’s lecture will be far more useful than jotting down notes verbatim. Thus, paying attention in class is essential for effective note taking. If you have any personal needs or requirements, Lakehead’s Student Accessibility Services will do their best to accommodate you and ensure your learning capacity is at its absolute maximum.
For those students in science programs and courses, individual professors have different requirements for their respective courses. A bit of common sense and preparation can ensure you are ready for anything your professor can present you with as classes get underway. The best way to make sure you’re adequately prepared for class, regardless of your program or course load, is to read the course syllabus and ask your professor any questions you may have regarding the course. This will save you a lot of trouble later on in the semester With a little bit of forward thinking, you can save yourself plenty of unnecessary stress.
Lakehead University, while primarily a place of learning, is more than just the time spent in lectures or labs. Lakehead is an all-encompassing experience, with a huge variety of ways to get out, meet new people, and further your passions and studies. Our campus has a unique attitude and atmosphere that sets it apart from other institutions. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there or reach out! Your school year will that much more memorable because of it.
On behalf of everyone here at The Argus, we hope that your 2017-2018 school year is the best one yet!