Top 5 Tips for First Year Students

First year can be a lot.


There’s so much happening, many things are changing and it can all be extremely overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to help ease this transition and welcome you to Telfer and uOttawa with open arms!

So, here are our top 5 tips for every first year student…

  1. Don’t wait to get involved – seize opportunities that interest you!

    • applying for clubs can be the single best way to get involved with your school and help bring your University experience to a whole new level.

    • not only do you get to meet great people who a lot of the time become some of your closest friends, but you also get some real experience putting things you learn in the classroom into practice!

      • learn about: working on a team, how to manage people, balancing a budget, how to create content, improve event planning skills, enhance your time management skills and the list goes on…

    • being on a student club will 100% make your University experience so much better, so just do it!

  2. Put yourself out there!

    • First year is the time to meet your future roommates and friends so have fun and put yourself out there! Remain open minded when meeting new people and when experiencing new things, you’ll be surprised who you will meet and what you might learn.

  3. Try your best!

    • The shift from high school to university is HUGE and can be extremely overwhelming and take a lot of time before you feel like you have fully adjusted. The best, and only thing to do in this situation is just try your best and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

    • Although having good grades in first year helps give you a solid foundation to build your CGPA on, getting a few bad grades is NOT the end of the world, so don’t be too hard on yourself.

  4. Actively work to improve your time management skills!

    • Time management is arguably the most important skill for any and all university students. It’s important to figure out how to schedule yourself in order to set yourself up for success.

    • With this in mind, make sure to take care of yourself and always TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FRIENDS!!

  5. Immerse yourself in the city!

    • Ottawa is an amazing place to live and there is always something going on, take time to give the city a chance; explore and discover all that it has to offer!

    • Check out cafes, bars, restaurants, museums, malls, gardens, and anything else that is cool.

    • Find things to do aside from studying… seriously.

We hope this helps you as you prepare to begin this chapter of your life and we can’t wait to meet you!

— The TECDE Team