Tips for Students Starting University

Reflect

Chances are, you probably have not taken the time to reflect and get to know yourself very well. I would encourage everyone to take the time to learn about themselves. I have found it very helpful to think deeply about my passions, the ways in which I am developing, and the lessons that I am learning throughout my extra-curricular activities and coursework.  

ryanGain Perspective

Professors teach material for a reason. Understanding why it is important and how it will contribute to your growth and development as a future professional is incredibly valuable. Instead of studying to do well on your assessments, make a genuine effort to understand the material and learn how all your course concepts connect. This will help you develop a more genuine understanding of accounting and finance that you will be able to apply during your co-op and full-time experiences.

Long-term Focus

Spend time thinking about your long-term goals and ambitions. Having long-term goals will provide you with the intrinsic motivation to learn and meaningfully engage in the University of Waterloo community. Additionally, having long-term aspirations will keep you focused on the things that are important to you and will help you build long lasting skills that will help you to build a highly successful career.

Set Strong Habits

Having structure in your day-to-day life that dictates how you study, socialize and energize will be very helpful for managing your goals and mental well-being. Focus on sleeping regularly and eating healthily and think proactively about studying for exams by working through material regularly with the intention of understanding the concepts.

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