What challenges did you face as a new student?

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    Susie

    I want to talk about everyone’s university days! Where did you go? How did you fare? When you first started out in uni, what challenges did you face as a new student? How did you cope with the pressure (if any) and what advice would you give someone about to embark in a similar journey?

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    Timothy

    Oh man, that question takes me down memory lane. I remember it was quite a change for me personally making the transition from high school to university. Some things certainly still took me by surprise, even though I thought I’d prepared myself. I had to adapt really quickly during my first year of university.

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    Colton

    Finances were a really big issue for me. The high tuition sucked. Paying student debt sucked. Being poor with no income sucked. Overall, university was not a very pleasant memory for me.

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    Noelle

    I actually went to the UK for my bachelor degree (wanted to leave the country and see other parts of the world when I was young), but I did my teacher’s training back at Western University. It was quite THE experience, especially comparing the different teaching styles between the UK and Canada.

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    Raymond

    Yeah, student debt sucked the fun out of my university days too.¬†What I did learn was how to be careful with my finances. If I couldn’t afford something, I’d just fight my urges and not buy it. As a university student, I learned the importance of maintaining a shoestring budget.

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    Felipe

    Managing my time was a big issue with me. If I could do my university days all over again, I’d tell my younger self to stay organized and keep track of time. Otherwise, projects and assignments can pile up in a moment’s notice.

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    Burton

    Time management was tough. I thought I could balance my studies and my social life at university, but it was almost impossible to do both. Before university, I had a lot of free time for leisure and whatever, but that all changed afterwards. I had to give up some of my activities (sports, dating, etc.) or at least drastically reduce my time with them. There were some painful sacrifices.

    #4366

    Dawson

    Living with my nightmare roommate was the biggest challenge. If you plan on living in a dormitory, DON’T live with a smoker! Cigarette butts, ashes everywhere, not to mention second-hand smoke…yuck!

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    Cal

    In order to thrive in university, I had to learn discipline and how to stay focused. That meant putting aside my video games and other hobbies in order to concentrate on my studies. It wasn’t a fun time, but I managed to survive and came out a better man.

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    Maddie

    Was I the only one who had health issues in university? It was tricky juggling so many things. The stress from cramming for exams also took a toll on me. I didn’t sleep well for weeks and even had to see a doctor about that!

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    Wilson

    I never even finished university. I dropped out after the first year. Wasn’t for me.

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