Summer 2019 … from the resurgence of Minecraft to the newest albeit bitter-sweet closure of the 3rd phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the summer of 2019 has been one of the most culturally engaging points of the year.
Unfortunately, even with some highlights in pop-culture and some groundbreaking events, such as the Toronto Raptors securing the 2019 NBA Championship and the numerous internet trends and shocking revelations of celebrities and media influencers, the end of this season comes with one of the most dreaded routines of all time; back to school.
The University of Guelph-Humber is a welcoming and helpful school environment, and on behalf of The Avro Post, I would like to share with you how you and your friends can be prepared for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
Whether you are a freshman and are still unsure of what your really have access to, or you are a returning or a transferring student and are wondering what you can do to be more involved at school, this simple guide can help you discover what Guelph-Humber has to offer
Before even setting foot on campus — unless you live on residence, in which case you can still follow this step — the most important pre-semester advice I can provide is to prepare yourself for what to expect over the year by giving yourself at least a few days before classes to prepare yourself.
Keep in check with your roommates or potential friends you might have already made about events and organizations that are available to use.
The first personal top tip from me is to use a planner or some form of calendar to keep all your deadlines and activities in check. Time management was actually a major problem for me throughout the past year, and always has been.
Since then, the value of keeping track of time is crucial to maintaining not only good grades and a constructive academic atmosphere, but it can really help your social engagements and open yourself up to new possibilities. Even a simple record kept on your phone or Google calendar can save you tremendous amounts of time in the future.
You can also regularly check The Avro Post for regular updates on events and campus life.
The second step I would suggest talking is understanding your surroundings and your timings. Carrying on from the previous step, along with time management, your directional capabilities are likely to be challenged in more ways than one, and knowing the basic layout of Guelph-Humber and even Humber will help ease your transition into clubs, events and just straight up fun!
Along with directions, make sure you know your pace when it comes to not only studying, but University life; the worst possible outcome is where you do not feel comfortable, and trust me, nobody wants that.
If you feel like a class is going too fast or you may or may not want to try something, the best possible option you can take is to simply ask; every department at Guelph-Humber has program coordinators and professors are always available to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. Communication with your student email is also crucial, and weekly reminders from Guelph-Humber are always sent, so make sure you are always checking your Gryphmail!
If you have questions about clubs, societies, events and general student life, you can contact them online through social media or in person at regular meetings. The student union at Guelph-Humber, IGNITE also plays a role in improving student life as their mission.
As such, IGNITE is going to be hosting a Frosh paint party on Sept. 21, and will also be hosting the GH “get involved” fair on Sept. 11. As IGNITE does represent the student voice of Guelph-Humber alongside Humber College, I would encourage that you follow along with developments made by IGNITE through their website or by communicating with the IGNITE Guelph-Humber Board of Directors members and VP; Erika Caldwell, Julia Ciampa and Megan Roopnarine, respectively.
Throughout the year, it may seem like a challenge to really focus on school with so many cool things around. Another personal top tip to consider is to set goals and deadlines for yourself and avoid procrastination.
Although it sounds easy, it may be really difficult. For me, the simplest way to organize is by setting deadlines based on priority tasks, much like a challenging exam. Finishing the easy and shortest tasks first will not only lighten your load, but give you a sense of accomplishment to continue grinding through your work.
Ultimately, school is not only about how good your grades are or how high you rank in the class, but more about your ability to be able to learn and apply information in a practical way for your future, and it can make life much easier if your are organized in your work and your relaxation.
Lastly, the most important part of surviving school I learned was simply maintaining good mental and physical health. Since the first time I stepped into Guelph-Humber, I finally felt at a place in my life where I had proper control of myself and how I wanted to act.
This really helped boost my self-esteem and reduce my overall anxiety, and there are many avenues for help on campus. Mental health is taken very seriously at Guelph-Humber, and there are helplines and counselors available to help you if you need it.
The Student Wellness and Accessibility Center (SWAC) is open to students that need help with dealing with any problem, and Guelph-Humber students are available to use all resources for both health and dental at Humber.
Similarly, physical health matters as well, because a healthy body contains a healthy mind. If you don’t enjoy daily workouts or exerting too much effort, you can still find ways to engage in some physical activity such as joining fitness events or intramural sports teams at Humber, taking a walk in the Humber Arb, or simply using the stairs as an alternative to elevators and escalators.
In my first year, I really neglected my nutrition and my eating habits really went south. Fortunately, diverse food options are also widely available on the Humber North campus, and there are even a few shops nearby to purchase groceries.
The Humber cafeteria and Humber Express were particularly crucial to help me get through tough weeks. Overall, personal health should also be taken at your own pace more than anything else because you are ultimately the best reference for your immediate health.
At Guelph-Humber, you will find a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and although you may not feel immediately comfortable, you will eventually find you place here as both a student and as a a participant.
With upcoming events such as IGNITE’s Frosh paint party and the upcoming clubs, residence common events and even just around the school, you can take some of the pressure off your mind by enjoying a party, participating in team activities and even just relaxing with friends.
The most important part about university, and especially the University of Guelph-Humber, is that you find your own way to comfortably express yourself and succeed here, and that you can discover and unlock your potential for the future.
Along with the rest of the staff at The Avro Post, I wish you all the best of luck in the upcoming school year: