Advice I would give to my first-year self

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
by Jared C., 2B AFM student

Entering university can be both exciting and intimidating but you certainly don’t have to struggle on your own

picture of Jared C.,2B AFM student
Hello prospective students! I’m Jared, a third-year Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) student at the University of Waterloo. Going into my first year, I was very nervous and didn’t know what to expect. However, upper-year students really helped me in the transition to university, so I thought I would return the favour and provide some advice to anyone going into their first year.

The main piece of advice that I would give to anyone going into their first year is not to stress and just enjoy your first year in university. First year is an incredibly fun time where you meet a lot of new people and make a lot of memories. There will be times where you are stressed with school and extracurriculars, but it is important to take a step back and enjoy yourself.

Transitioning to university can be tough. There are many things to learn, and you have to get used to a different environment than what you were previously used to. However, everyone is in the same boat, so don’t worry about it! Everyone just learns as they go.

So, welcome to the University of Waterloo, and I hope you have a great time in your first year of university.