The transition from high school to university can bring up very mixed emotions for most. On the one hand, you are excited to be done with high school, start a new chapter, study something you are interested in, and excited to make great memories. On the other hand you may be nervous, scared, have no idea what to expect, and worried if you will do well. Trust me, I know it’s like a roller coaster of emotions that I was on at one point in time -I won’t say how long ago because then I will feel way too old! However, as I have been in your shoes before and have been able to experience these feelings not once but twice already as I went into college right after high school and then transferred here to Ryerson last year- I would like to say I have mastered it! I also know that most of you have either submitted your application or will be submitting them shortly,  so I thought it would be a perfect time to write a post. Now, these top secret tips I’m about to share with you are going to be very useful to you when you begin your university experience! However, I wanted to share them a little earlier with you so you can start implementing them in your last year as high school student. This way you can master them by the Fall! So here we go… let’s get started!


Tip #1: Be prepared!

My number one tip is to always be prepared before classes even begin. Most of you by now are familiar with course outlines or a syllabus, which are handed out by your teacher/ professor on the first day of classes. In university, you may even be able to get your hands on it before classes start. These will save you if you keep them handy as they provide important contact information, due dates, and grade break down! I would also advise you to print off your class schedule and find your classes before the first day so you can be on time. I also want to emphasize on one important thing, which is GO TO CLASS! The only way you are going to be prepared to do assignments or ace your exam is if you actually attend classes. Most professors in university won’t take attendance, but you want to make sure you are there either way. Start practicing this now by making sure you attend all your classes you are in right now, because I know as a high school student it’s tempting to skip your classes. Also remember in university you are paying for your classes so you should be taking advantage of every lecture!


Tip #2: Ask Questions?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the lectures. I know it may be intimidating as the classes are a lot bigger and you may be scared of getting the answer wrong or sounding silly. Honestly though the best way to learn is to ask questions and participate – you will remember things better! If you are shy try to clarify topics with your professor or teacher assistant during their office hours, after class or via email. I can tell you right now all the professors here at TRSM are very helpful and they want you to succeed. There are also great resources on campus to help you out such as tutoring.



Tip #3: Study Smart!

My advice when it comes to studying is to be ahead of the game. In university, most of your projects will be handed out well before the due date, which means it’s very tempting to procrastinate and leave them till later. However, I would advise you to start working on your projects well in advance because before you know it there will be midterms, all the projects will be due at once for all of your classes, and then finals! Oh and let’s not forget the craziness of daily life! So, get started right away and be organized. Pick up a Ryerson student handbook during your first week to help organize and keep you on track.

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Tip #4: Get Involved

University is also about making great memories and meeting great friends. So, make sure you get involved in some of TRSM student groups or find a job on campus. This way you will be getting involved, while meeting new people. This will also come in handy when you have to form groups for your classes!

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Tip #5: Take advantage of the on- campus resource

TRSM provides their students with many useful on-campus resources from the student resource centre to the career centre. Make sure you look into these great resources, as they will be a great asset throughout your time here at Ryerson. Also, make sure you become familiar with the campus and facilities before the start of your classes. TRSM also holds many fun student activities and events so keep an eye out

Well, there you have it! My top 5 tips for being successful at university or to help smooth the transition. Be sure to start implementing these easy tips into your current studies and life … and before you know it the anxiety of starting somewhere new will melt away. I also want to say good luck to any applicants and I hope to see you around campus! I would also love to hear about your experience of applying to university or what you are most excited about when it comes to starting your university experience. So feel free to share them with me in the comments below

Posted by Alysia Harji

Alysia Harji is a current direct-entry Marketing Management major. She has a love for brand management, finance, traveling and fashion. When she is not balancing motherhood, work and being a student, you can see her sipping a chai tea latte, blogging or watching marathons of Suits and Pretty Little Liars in her fuzzy slippers.

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