The Real House-Wolves of Woodsworth: Advice From OEC
Hello and welcome back to our bi-weekly orientation blog, Wolfpack! This week, we’re taking a more collaborative approach to the internet– in other words, teamwork makes the dream work.
Crowdsourcing is a phenomenon sweeping the globe, friends, and your Promotions Manager is not one to miss a good meme (does crowdsourcing count as a meme? I’d like to think so). That’s why today, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the other members of OEC for passing along some of their advice for orientation week and beyond.
Let’s get into it!
What is one thing you wish you knew before your orientation week?
“It’s okay to be nervous! Everyone’s just as scared as you are going into Orientation, but you’ll end up having the time of your life!”
“One thing I wish I knew before my orientation week was how quickly I would lose my voice… I’ve been involved with Orientation one way or another every single year after my orientation way back in 2013 and I’ve lost my voice, every single year, after the first 2 days! SEE IF YOU CAN BEAT MY RECORD!”
“[If you’re staying in commuter residence for the week (which you should, more info here)], The showers in the Athletic Centre are a way better option than washing your hair in the sink #commuterproblems”
“I wish I knew to step out of my comfort zone a little bit more.”
(pictured: Orientation 2015 Leaders showing off some Wolfpack pride)
What is one thing you wish you knew before starting university in general?
“It’s great to focus on your grades, but you will do SO much better if you plan time to just relax and have fun. There’s so much to do at UofT and in Toronto!”
“Don’t let the grade drop affect your mental health- it takes a little bit of time to adjust yourself into University academics, and it absolutely isn’t your fault for getting a C instead of an A. It isn’t worth letting your mental health take the toll. It WILL get easier.”
“Food is expensive and eating healthy is even more expensive. Make use of student discounts at local grocery stores and always be on the lookout for cheap, healthy, and delicious food options around campus”
(pictured: a typical day at Woodsworth College… not at all posed for promotional college material)
Any last pieces of advice to the masses of soon-to-be U of T?
“Get to know the Faculty/Staff and student council (WCSA) members at your college. They’ll dedicate their lives and souls to making sure you have the most wonderful year at university!”
“One piece of advice I want to hand over to the first years would be to honestly enjoy and make the most of your time at university… I’m literally entering my fourth and final year at university and I STILL feel like my orientation week was last year. Don’t stress over the little things, make sure to ALWAYS find some time for yourself (concerts are my way of relaxing – legit almost 70 concerts in my life by the end of this year) and ALWAYS make sure to explore Toronto because you never know when you’re going to find your next favourite ice cream or coffee shop!”
“Being involved in Woodsworth makes UofT so much less scary. Woodsworth is such a close-knit community and will make your University experience SO much better.”
“You don’t have as much free time as you may think you have. Plan accordingly!”
“Remember that life always gets better. University won’t always be a breeze, sometimes it’s actually gonna suck – however, it’s gonna be the best years of your life. Try your best, be yourself, don’t give up, and you’ll easily get over those rough patches!”
“Try to be yourself! It’s important to make yourself feel uncomfortable sometimes in order to get past the fear of meeting new people in a new setting but once you do it’ll become easy.”
(pictured: Woodsworth College, as seen from the quad)
And that about wraps us up! Today we wanted to go short and sweet since the past two weeks (Academics and Transportation, respectively) have been more serious, information-heavy topics.
Before we conclude, I’d like to pass along something I learned during O-Week and the first few weeks of classes: You will be genuinely shocked at how well people respond when you just walk up to them and start talking. You don’t need a gimmick or a lifehack or a punny line (not going to lie though, I’d appreciate it). Your classmates and fellow Wolfpack genuinely do want to meet and talk to new people– you can literally just stroll up to someone and say “Hey, is this ENG100/The Quad/Kruger Hall?”
Okay, that’s OFFICIALLY all for this week, Wolfpack! Thank you for joining us for this installment of our bi-weekly orientation blog!
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