Applying to college is a thrill. You rush to the mailbox every day. You check your email more in one week than you ever have in your whole life. You anxiously scan social media as your friends post their acceptance letters.
Finally, the day comes. You hold the mail in your sweaty palms and take care to open it, preserving the moment forever. Your parents look at you with the same anxiety, even though they’ve told you over, and over again, “They’d be crazy not to accept you.”
And you’re in!
You’ve made it; you’re excited to be a college student because that somehow makes you an adult… kind of. But, suddenly it’s the week before school, you don’t know a soul in the halls, and the excitement has evolved into a massive pit in your stomach – did I pick the right program? Will I make any friends? Will my teachers be a spawn of Satan? And worst of all, what if I’m a failure.
Luckily, all students at Humber can relate to these feelings and even when they scurry past you in the halls, rushing to class with a coffee in hand, you can be sure that you’re not alone.
Michael Hall, a 2019 graduate of the Sports Management program, remembers walking into Humber just three years ago. “I was super nervous about the whole ‘college life thing.’ On the other hand, I was excited to meet new people and start a new chapter in my life. The social life at Humber is unreal, seeing as it’s one of the most diverse schools in Toronto, you’ll be meeting people from all across Ontario, Canada, and even international students.”
You might come from a small town where you knew your classmates from kindergarten, but here, at Humber, you can expect to meet great people from every walk of life imagineable.
While making friends and finding your place can feel like a huge priority, it’s important not to let your workload build up. Tricia Keane, a second-year Nursing student, said that staying organized is her biggest struggle, even after the first year. “Keep on top of notes and just set aside at least an hour every day to organize your notes and readings. You’ll thank yourself later.”
This can be one of the hardest learning curves for students and while most teachers will help students navigate built up due-dates, “When students fall way behind, the hole they have to climb out of seems so deep that many throw up their hands in despair and give up,” said Jim Coyle, a Journalism professor teaching first-year fundamentals of reporting.
Another good way to avoid this turmoil is to just show up. “Honestly, don’t skip. It’s so easy to (skip) when most lessons are posted online, but it’s not worth it, you’ll fall behind even if you convince yourself that you’ll get the work done from home,” said Matthew Galang, a first-year Sports Management student.
Most importantly, “Enjoy yourself. You are young. You are not part of a generation sent to war at 18. Savour the adventure of being alive and learning about the world and the people in it,” said Coyle.
That means savouring the struggle too, savour the moments where you bond with classmates over tight deadlines and hard assignments because as you reach for your diploma in a few years – that will fly by faster than you know- you’ll be wishing you could do it all over again.