Hello friends! It’s been awhile, I know! First off, let me say that I hope you all have have been having marvelous summers!
So school hasn’t started just yet, but it’s VERY close! Some students are participating in the Jumpstart program this week, and DFrosh are moving in starting this Saturday! Everybody is super excited and things are starting to fall into place.
However, I know that the closer you get to the actual day you move-in, or it’s the first day of Frosh or your first class you’re going to have question upon question pile up and it might drive you a little crazy!I know that’s what happened to me! It felt like everyday I was emailing someone or calling and asking a question.
I got a chance to sit down for coffee with one of you, Jennifer Cote, because we both hail from Kitchener (even the same area actually) and she asked to pick my brain a bit about some last minute topics that were making her feel nervous or anxious!
(Disclaimer: I was going to post this as more of a traditional interview-question-and-answer type post, but our conversations were so intriguing I didn’t end up taking many notes or transcribing… much of anything. So these will be just little explanations of some key topics that we covered!)
First up… FROSH WEEK!
OKAY! So Frosh. AMAZING. It’s honestly one of the greatest weeks and such a great way to start the school year! If you haven’t bought your Frosh Kit yet, head over to http://www.glendonfrosh.com/ and order it now! Your Frosh kits will be picked up on the 31st. Some of you may feel nervous or anxious about this week, but rest assured that it’s an awesome time. The key thing to remember is that everybody is in the same boat. Everybody is new to school, everybody is wanting to make friends, and everybody wants to have fun! It’s a great way to make friends, get a feel for the school, the energy of Glendon students and celebrate the enormous school spirit that we all have! You not only get to know fellow First-Years, but it gives you a great chance to meet your FABULOUS D-FROSH! These student leaders are here to make sure that you feel safe, comfortable and to answer any questions you have. You’ll be split into teams, that help facilitate getting to know people, and as well it helps encourage some friendly competition (team cheering and whatnot.)
(This year Pink team is the best FYI.)
Next…. LE FRANÇAIS!
Une grande partie des étudiants nouveaux craint que leur niveau de français n’est pas assez bien ou comprehensive, MAIS on ne doit pas avoir trop de peur!
When it comes to the amount of French you’ll use around campus is 100% up to you! The great thing about Glendon is that the majority of student are there because they have an interest in French, so there will NEVER be a shortage of people willing to either help or practice their French with you. Learning a language takes time and effort. It will be very difficult to learn how to speak French if you only practice it for the 3 hours of class you have a week. Take initiative! Talk with some of your Francophone friends in French, or even with your Anglophone friends, try to speak French with them outside of class!
And last but not least, Jennifer asked me a very clichéd but important question!
“What was the biggest adjustment that you had to make?”
For me, especially being on residence and an hour away from my parents, the biggest adjustment was the amount of freedom I had. For the first time, there wasn’t anyone monitoring my time, or telling me what to do when. Of course I had responsibility, with my readings and assignment. But unlike high school, I didn’t have teachers breathing down my neck, and seeing them everyday with them reminding.
For some students, that can be great for them! Some people THRIVE on being independent, and scheduling their own time. Other students, (myself included to an extent), this proves difficult. It may be tempting to just go out and explore the city everyday, or even just to hangout all day with friends in your residence. However, you have to remember to prioritize, balance your time and effectively schedule out your time. Nobody is going to do it for you. It’s a true test of responsibility. But one that you CAN and WILL succeed in.
There are resources available if you find yourself stressed or lost. Feel free to talk Counselling and Disability Services, or your Don. If you have any questions left about school, residence, student life or anything feel free to leave a comment here, tweet me (or one of the other eAmbassadors) or join our Facebook group! Everybody is super excited and looking forward to this year!