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#10Tingz Every 'Fresher' Must Do At University

Updated: Aug 28, 2022

Congratulations you've made it!

You have passed the entrance exams, you have made your parents and family proud, you have matriculated to University and now begins the rest of your life. So, now what? What are you to do now that you are starting college?

Well luckily you are not the only one thinking about this, we asked some of our members from universities across Jamaica this same question and we have their responses:

1. Join a Club or Society

Joining a club or society is the easiest way to start networking and creating status for yourself at university. Seriously, join a club!

2. Get Involved with your Student Guild

Guild of Students/ Students Union / Student Guild, it goes by many names depending on your college. The Guild is a powerful autonomous council of students usually lead by a president, vice presidents and a range of other councillors. The role of the Student Guild is to lobby for and protect the rights of students at tertiary institutions. Get involved with your Guild and make your voices heard.

3. Do Not Choose Early Classes...

...If you are not a morning person. Many times students choose early classes to free up time in the days for 'other activities'. If you do not wake up at 6 am on a regular basis DO NOT, we repeat DO NOT choose morning classes. You may end up going a whole semester without seeing your classmates once!

We don't like to toot our own horns, but you should definitely join the Campus Elite College Community. Who doesn't like networking, fun, new experiences, jobs, corporate experience and so much more!

5. Get All Your Life Documents

You're a young adult now it's time to step up your game. It's time to get all your important documentation such as Learners/ License, Food Handlers Permits NIS, TRN, Passport, Voters ID etc. These will come in handy eventually. trust us.

6. Get to Know Your Professors and Tutors

This one is crucial to your academic success at university. You never know when you will need just a few more marks on your grade to turn a A to a A+. Your lecturers are people too and people do good things for the people they know.

7. Budget Sensibly

At college, your spending habits are different. You are exploring a lot of things and you need to have the right plan for this. One way to do this is by setting a budget in the beginning of the year and then make sure that you stick to it. Start with a budget of $xxx per semester and then carefully monitor your spending habits as they come up.


8. Try New Things, Keep Your Options Open

College is a great place to experiment with new things. It's also an opportunity to learn about yourself and grow as a person. The first year of college can be exciting, it's the start of your academic career. But it is also one of the most difficult years for students because there are so many things to learn about and figure out in that short time period.

It’s important to keep an open mind and not get too stressed out in order to make the transition into college easier on yourself.- take classes in different subjects, not just your major. Try new things.

9. Make New Friends

Not saying you should get rid of your day-ones but ...

It's easy to make friends with people who are like-minded and similar to you. But it's hard to get along with people from different cultures. When you're at college, it is a great opportunity for you to expand your social circle by getting along with people from diverse backgrounds.

Here are some ways for you to make new friends and see what college life can be like in this way:

  • Join a club that matches your interests (e.g., drama, biology, astronomy) or join a Brand Club

  • Join an international organisation on campus that supports students from different cultures

  • Ask an international student if they need assistance getting to know their way around

  • Become friends with people from diverse backgrounds and try to understand their cultures

10. Have Fun But Be Responsible

College is a time to make lifelong friends and experiment with new things. It's also a time to make mistakes that you will learn from later in life. In the end, college is a stepping stone on your path towards success. Some mistakes however follow you into the future, like getting pregnant or contracting a STD/STI. Be responsible with your decisions and make smart choices always!

Welcome to university, we're glad you're here. #DoTheMostatUniversity #BeEpic



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