If you’re a first-year student who will be attending York University this Fall, congratulations on officially becoming a York Lion! The York community is as excited for your first day on campus as you are. Whether you’re a new or returning student, the first week of a new academic year is an exciting time, and a busy one. Don’t know where to start? The #YUBlog is here to help with our guide to your first week at York U. If you’re a current York U student who is returning to campus this term, you may also want to check out the Back-to-School webpage.
1. Go on a Campus Tour
To get to know the campus and avoid showing up to the wrong lecture, sign up for a tour with York U’s RED Zone! This friendly group of Student Ambassadors helps orient new students by assisting with inquiries about transportation, events, orientation, on-campus jobs, and more! You can chat with RED Zone team members in person at the Student Community & Leadership Development kiosk in Vari Hall from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, or you can call them at +1 (416) 736-2100 ext. 55481. Visit the Take a Tour website for more information about booking a campus tour. P.S.: this Keele campus map will be your best friend during your first week. Use it to find the location of important buildings like the York U Bookstore, your lecture halls, York Lanes, Mental Health and Wellness services, and the Tait McKenzie Centre for athletics and recreation.
2. Learn Time Management and Don’t Be Late
Once classes begin, I suggest that you avoid being late. (Knowing your way around campus will help with this.) First impressions matter and you don’t want to be that student who is always rushing into class 30 minutes late and interrupting the professor. To avoid lateness and make the most of your time, consider signing up for a Time Management workshop, offered by Learning Skills Services. This academic support center will give you the skills to learn effectively and achieve your academic goals. Additionally, if you attend eight or more workshops during your time at York, you will receive your Passport to Success certification, which is a great addition to your academic record.
3. Buy Your Textbooks and Get a YU-Card
If you haven’t read our previous YU Blog post, Getting Your Textbooks on a Student Budget, it’s a good idea to buy your books and school supplies before class starts. By starting your textbook shopping early, you can find deals and avoid potential lineups at the York U Bookstore. You can find your reading lists for the Fall/Winter term on the York U Bookstore website.
You’ll also want to get your YU-card (your official York U identification) as soon as possible. To save time and beat the line-ups at the YU-card office, you can submit your photo online using your Passport York login information and pick up your card once it’s ready. If you decide to get your YU-card in person, be sure to bring your York U student number and a piece of government-issued identification. You can check the YU-card webpage for more information.
4. Get Organized and Make a Schedule
When you buy your school supplies, you’ll probably want to pick up an agenda. One of my worst fears as a university student is forgetting a deadline for an assignment. I would hate to be having fun with my friends and then suddenly remember, “My philosophy essay is due at midnight!” To make sure this never happens, I use a planner or a school calendar to write down all of my due dates at the beginning of the term, as well as my weekly readings and assignments. If your schedule is digital, it’s a good idea to subscribe to the Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Important Dates calendar to sync academic deadlines with your devices. If you’re planning your course schedule for the term, you can also use the Visual Schedule Builder, an online tool that allows you to graphically view your schedule options and create an easy-to-read timetable. Not only does a schedule prevent my worst nightmare, but it helps me manage my time wisely. You may also want to use the Time Management Worksheets on the Learning Skills Services website.
5. Reconnect with Friends and Get Involved
One of the best things about going back to school is seeing your friends again or, if you’re a new student, making new ones! To manage your back-to-school transition, you may want to check out the Back-to-School webpage. If you’re a new student, be sure to sign up for York U Orientation to participate in fun activities and meet peer mentors, professors and students in your program. If you are a returning York U student, you can reconnect with your old friends and meet new ones by joining an on-campus student club or volunteering. To find a list of the 300+ official York U clubs and student organizations, go to the YU Connect website. No matter who you are or what you are interested in, getting involved on campus will enrich your University experience. Not only will you make new friends, but you can contribute to the York U community, build resume skills and have fun!
We at the YU Blog hope that our guide to your first week at York helps you transition smoothly from summer to the Fall term. Keep an eye on the YU Blog page for more student-focused resources and valuable information about the goings-on at the York U campus.
What are you doing during your first week at York U? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @YorkUStudents.