Some More Advice

One year ago, I started writing on this blog with an advice post outlining seven tips to succeed in your first year of university. They were specifically aimed at first year students and were meant to come in addition to the many pieces of advice students already receive before starting college. To wrap up this past year of blog posts, I wanted to present some more advice in the form of seven more tips – some new things I’ve learned along the way and some life reminders, especially to those who will be heading out at the end of the academic year.

Take advantage of everything the campus has to offer.
McGill is a big university and it’s easy to get lost and feel very small. Never hesitate to reach out to people, get help when you need it, and ask questions. There is a place for everyone here and you’re never alone in anything.

Find time for enjoyment.
Exams, changing weather, shorter days. By mid-October, things start to feel a little slow. Always make time to do things you enjoy. As important as school work is, your wellbeing is crucial and you will do a much better job if you’re in the right mindset.

Believe in yourself.
The sad truth is that there will come a point where it may feel like nobody’s rooting for you anymore. But in all things you try and in all that you seek to achieve, remember to believe in yourself. Never forget all the places you’ve been and all that you’ve conquered to get where you are today.

Take the first step when you have to.
Making the first move in anything can be seriously nerve-wracking, but sometimes you’ll have to do it for things to get done. It’s a great opportunity to take initiative and learn to trust yourself. Don’t be afraid; it’s a learning process.

Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others.
No matter where you are and where you look, it will always seem like someone has it all together. Remember that everyone starts somewhere, and everyone progresses in the way that is right for them. You are doing just fine.

Remember that it’s never too late to do anything.
Especially to those in their final years of their undergrad degree, it’s never too late for something different or something new. Even if you’ll be off on another adventure next year, talk to new people, change your mind, start a sport, redirect your studies. There is never a rush in anything.

Breathe in, breathe out.
Obvious enough, and yet much easier to preach than to practice. Remind yourself that bad things don’t last forever, that there are good people everywhere, that you’ll figure out what you want to do with your life, that improvement takes time, and that things will always turn out okay.

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