A Letter From a Fellow First Year

Long time no see BlogUT! As a first year student who had no clue time flew by so quickly in university, I was naive enough to believe I would be able to fill my year with extracurriculars, school, work and a social life. Boy, was I wrong. I can’t believe it’s already the end of January when my first and only post for BlogUT was in October!

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but so far this term has been a lot harder than the previous. Maybe it’s because I’ve piled so much on my plate and simply don’t have enough energy or time to complete everything. Or maybe, it’s because I’ve gotten lazy. I’m pretty sure it’s a combination of the two. With 6 classes, a part time job, and being a commuter, sometimes student life can really suck. Although times have been hard this term and in the past few months (my lack of posts speak for themselves!), there has been a fair amount going on and I’m happy to say that I’ve accomplished a lot of what I had planned for this year.

I hope all of my fellow first years are dealing with second term better than the first, and feel completely integrated into university life. I’m sure we’ve all had our share of struggles this year, but we’re coming to terms with what it takes to survive at U of T.┬áIt’s all about staying calm and working hard. Take a breather every now and then. Whenever you feel like giving up, remember that we’re close to reading week and before we know it, we’ll be finished our first year!

Your fellow first year,

Christine

Dear Fellow First-Years

Dear First-Years,

Well hello there my fellow first years. Yes, I am one of you – an overwhelmed and stressed U of T freshman. Who knew university would be this hard? I’m slowly (but surely) adjusting to university life, but I can’t help but wonder… am I the only one who can’t believe it’s already October?! Where has the time gone?

Ah, yes… readings, a first-year’s best friend. Speaking of readings, I should probably be doing them at the moment, considering I’m slightly behind in some classes (as many of you probably are as well – you’re not alone!). I’m pretty sure the professors snicker to themselves as they write our syllabi and choose our weekly readings; there’s just not enough time.

September was a month of awkward firsts: the first friend made during frosh (usually through an embarrassing activity), the first time getting lost on campus and, for most first years, the first lecture in Con Hall. Personally, I don’t find classes in Con Hall as intimidating as some people do. Maybe it’s because I sit at the front like a super nerd and zone everyone else out, or maybe because almost every class I have is in it. To each their own, I guess.

Although it may have been an awkward month, September allowed us to feel more integrated within the university and make it seem not as intimidating. Having said that, after my first month at U of T I feel at home. I’m a commuter but, regardless, I think it’s vital for everyone to find their place and not just feel like a number. Whether you choose to join a club, the gym, or a sport is up to you. It might be where you meet a new friend or become your favourite place on campus. Who knows?

As we move into October, I’m still struggling with staying on top of schoolwork, sleep, a social life, and a part time job. University is a lot harder than I thought it would be and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks so. When life gets overwhelming (which it’s bound to get), we need to remember we’re only freshmen. We’re in a new environment, and it’ll take time to adjust. I’m praying this month is less stressful than September, but as I’ve heard from upper year friends the next few weeks are just the calm before the storm of midterms. Sounds like some quality time in Robarts is in store for us soon.

Guess that’s just the life of a U of T student.

Your fellow first year,

Christine