Get Ready for the Back-to-School Season

School. It’s coming around the corner, and I am ready to conquerrrrr!

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It’s dreadful to think that school is approaching, but think on the bright side, you can see all your friends again, participate in clubs and sports and whatever else you enjoy 🙂

Here are some ways to make your preparation for school a little easier

 1. Know where your classes areFlamingos roaming

Isn’t it just awful roaming around campus trying to find your class before the actual class?! Save the hassle and stress and know the location 🙂 It makes life a little better!

2. SUPPLIES SUPPLIES SUPPLIES

Kick it back to the good old Back-to-School shopping days and get the shopaholic inside of you OUT! I love B2S shopping.

Using a lap top?Get in loser, were going shopping

Make sure you have pens, pencils and paper on hand for courses that require you to draw/sketch and for exams with scantron.

No lap top?

Binders, notebooks and supplies are always helpful!

3. Know your transportation

If you aren’t living on campus, know what type of transportation you will be taking. Going into university, I have never used transit to go to school because I lived so close to my high school and elementary school.

If you are  first year and this is your first time using this route, such as myself last year, I suggest taking that bus/train/car ride to campus so you know how it works.

I take the train and I didn’t know where it would stop and how I would get to campus. Turns out, there is a complimentary shuttle that takes me to campus, since the station is down the street.

4. Have an empty memory stick on hand

 It’s always nice to have one on you 🙂

5. Be a Goal Setter

Before you start the school year, make some goals for yourself on what you want to achieve during the year. Have this list in a visible spot so you will always be reminded on what you want to accomplish 🙂

What to do the night before 

 1. Set your alarmalarm cry

I know, it’s dreadful. Waking up early for school (if you have morning classes) when all summer long you have been sleeping in and relaxing.

And if you don’t have early classes and you can sleep in as much as you want, well… lucky you! You have been blessed with a wonderful schedule and beautiful sleep. I envy your life.

AND REMEMBER…

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I wish all the best for your first week of school and if you are a first year, don’t worry! University is a great and special time where you experience new things, learn more relevant information and is a time where you find yourself (I sound so philosophical hehe). Anyways, you’re going to have a great time so cherish every moment! And if you are attending O-Week, HAVEEEE FUN!

MEAN GIRLS

See you all next week!

 

 

 

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Choosing Fall Courses

It is that time of year again! Where all students fight for the finish to get the perfect course time!

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First things first, I would highly suggest figuring out when your enrolment time is! You can find this on the Registrar’s  Website.

Registrar's Website

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As you can see from the other options present, this is also where you can add/courses for the Fall/Winter 2014 terms.

TIPS ON CHOOSING COURSE

Picking courses for my first year, I had no one helping me and let’s just say, I had one of the worst schedules. 8:30 a.m. and night classes, 5 hours breaks and don’t forget, I had to commute this back and forth from Newmarket. Just awful.

1st year schedule

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Listen friends,  please don’t make the same mistake I did 😦

1. 8:30 a.m. classes. 

My mentality when choosing the dreadful 8:30 class was that I could go to class just to get it out of the way. I was wrong; I learned that it was best for me to go straight to the library once I arrived on campus at 8:30 a.m. Your brain is fresh and works best in the morning. After a 4 hour sesh in the library with all my Tim Hortons donuts and timbits (TIMMY TUESDAYSS!), I would head over to Atkinson and just relax/ do some council work. You always need a balance of social and academics and I always suggest doing the academics first.

2. Morning bird or Night rider?

Know what type of person you are. If you like getting things done in the morning, book some morning courses. However, if you work well at night and think you can obtain information at 9 o’clock at night, book a 7-10 p.m. course. You can find some really good professors at this time as majority of them work during the day (in a profession that typically suits the course) and teaches at night, especially for ADMS courses.

3. Commuter or Residence? 

If you are commuting to York, always keep in mind how far away you are from your campus and how long the commute will be. Try to leave yourself with a weekday without class so you commute one less day 🙂

If you are living on residence/the village/live really close to campus, well you are one lucky duck and you can make whatever schedule – Wake up early, have night class, you can do whatever your heart desires as it may be just a 5 minute walk to class. I envy your life 😦

4. Degree Progress Report 

This is your bible to succeed in school. Read it, memorize it, breath it, do whatever it takes to acknowledge the precious information in it.

Make sure you know what your required courses are for your major. I have some friends who took all these interesting courses in first year and did very well in them but in the end they didn’t count towards their degree. When picking courses, always ensure you take your mandatories first and if you have space and time, take a fun elective (while ensuring they count towards your credits) 🙂

Find yours here.

That’s all for now! GOOD LUCK and…

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favour

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**If you need any more assistance on how to enrol in your courses, check out this link on the York website here!