My name is Karlee and I am currently in my second year here at Ryerson. I hope my blog post will give you some insight and advice about some things I’ve learned throughout my last two years. Living in residence for the last 2 years (especially HOEM!) has definitely been a bonus for me, due to the opportunities to meet new people and the convenience of living on campus.
Number 1: Make the most out of your university experience – get involved!
There are so many ways to get involved at Ryerson such as course unions, student groups, the Tri-Mentoring program, RU Leadership and even residence council. Getting involved allows you to get to know more people and potentially even meet some of your new best friends. Personally, I have been pretty involved around campus from residence, RU Leadership and the Tri-Mentoring program. Keeping myself busy in extracurriculars has helped me to manage stress from school work and to maintain a structured schedule. I will be VP of HOEM on residence council next year, so if you have any event ideas, reach out to me!
Number 2: Take care of yourself
As I write this towards the end of the semester, it’s always important to reinforce the importance of taking care of yourself. University is a lot of work and it’s often a challenge to balance school work with a social life, a work-life or whatever else it might be. Be sure to get enough sleep, take time to yourself and treat yourself (whether it’s food, shopping etc). Your mental health always comes first, so be sure to take care of it.
Number 3: Take any sort of failure as a learning opportunity
Whether it’s failing a midterm, not getting a job you wanted or even just a recipe that didn’t turn out, it’s important to take it as a learning opportunity. Don’t be hard on yourself and think you’re a failure because of it. Self-evaluation is something you tend to do a lot in university, so it’s important to keep things in perspective. Separate your failures from your personal identity and review certain situations to approach them differently next time. Just remember: A certain grade does not define who you are as a person. Not getting a job you wanted doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t try again or find other opportunities. A recipe not turning out the way it was intended doesn’t mean you can’t try it again or even find another recipe. You can “train your brain” to see failures as opportunities!
Number 4: Family is really important
Coming all the way from Sault. Ste. Marie to Ryerson was my first time being away from home for a long period of time. I never realized how much I took my family for granted until I finally arrived and sometimes I was homesick in my first year. It’s important to stay in touch with your family but gradually, leaving gets easier and I learned to appreciate the time I do get to spend with them. Don’t think about university as leaving everything behind, but rather that it’s about starting your own life, while the people who love you the most remain at home and remind you that they’re always there for you, no matter what.
Number 5: Independence is key
Similar to my last point, moving away from home and taking certain steps to independence is important. University will allow you to step out of your comfort zone and face new challenges, but in the end it’s worth it. We all have different levels of independence, but whatever yours is, be proud and keep adventuring! As they say, “nothing ventured, nothing gained!”
Well, that is all HOEMies! I hope you enjoyed this post and that it has helped some of you either thinking about your upcoming transition into university or how you are currently managing life at university.
Karlee Reece Second-Year Professional Communications
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