Listen to your elders: Advice UBC students have for freshmen

Sep 7 2016, 12:02 am

The first day of university for freshmen is usually nothing short of terrifying. A huge campus, thousands of people, lectures that go on for hours – how does one handle it all?

We asked some older, more experienced students at the University of British Columbia for advice they would like to share with incoming first-year students. After all, the older the wiser, right?

Emily

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Simran Singh/Daily Hive

Fifth-year/ Faculty of Arts, studying political science

“Get as involved as you can. Try out everything. Try to find your groove. If one thing doesn’t work out don’t give up.”

Kelly

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Simran Singh/Daily Hive

Fifth-year /Faculty of Arts, studying English and law and society

“Figure out what kind of classes work best…so you can organize your schedule around when you actually go to class.”

Manraj

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Simran Singh/ Daily Hive

Second-year/ Faculty of Arts 

“All first years should be open to new experiences and not take school so seriously.” 

Matt and Rupert

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Simran Singh/ Daily Hive

Matt (left) Fourth year/ Mechanical Engineering 

“Get involved around campus. There is a lot going on. There are hundreds of clubs to join.” 

Rupert (right)  Second year/ Engineering 

“Prioritize.”

Candy and Brody

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Simran Singh/ Daily Hive

Candy (left) Fifth-year / Faculty of Arts, studying geography 

“Join a club … or else (you won’t) get the most out of UBC.”

Brody (right) Third-year/ Sauder School of Business 

“Don’t fall for the classic freshman mistake… avoid 8 am classes.”

Benjamin

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Simran Singh/ Daily Hive

Third-year/ Faculty of Arts, studying political science 

“Get involved. It’s a great way to meet new people and learn a lot about your campus and discover what you like to do.” 

Simran

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Simran Singh/ Daily Hive

Sixth-year/ Faculty of Arts, studying visual arts and psychology 

“Take courses for learning and (don’t) take them for grades.”