Saying goodbye to your family and high school friends, packing up your childhood bedroom, and getting to know your new roommates and floormates are all part of the stressful but exciting new chapter of your life called university! The transition can be difficult for many, but the memories and experiences will last a lifetime and that is why creating healthy habits will also follow you for the rest of your life!
Following these few tips will ensure that you will have a comfortable transition into your university years.
We are all used to hearing something like “if you can’t handle this work, just wait until university” from our high school teachers. Truth be told, they weren’t lying. Keeping up with your work from the first day of classes will help ensure that you avoid getting overwhelmed and feeling behind. Most students think that the first week of school is useless, and they dedicate that week to partying and slacking off. However, once the second and third week comes around, they realize how much work they could have already done and that’s when they start to cram and panic. When you find yourself with nothing to do during the first week, try doing your readings ahead of schedule so that when the class comes around, you are already familiar with the topics of discussion! Keeping a weekly planner is also super helpful to have throughout the school year to map out your upcoming assignments!
As much as people stress the importance of grades and attendance, having a social life is just as important to keep your emotional wellness balanced. Joining clubs and getting involved on campus is a really simple and fun way to make friends and to learn more about your campus! If you are staying in a first-year residence, try to go out to your building’s events and socials and make friends with your RAs/Dons in order to learn more about your school as well! First-year events help the transition period go smoother as they give you tips for living away from home as well as managing stress, and it is a great way to meet the other students in your building and program!
Almost all schools have partnerships and programs to help their students cope with mental health and emotional wellness and it is extremely helpful to figure out what your school has to offer you! Many schools have counseling and therapy, but if your health plan does not cover the cost, it can be very pricey and hard to budget. Luckily, the Reset Zone App is not only more affordable for the student budget, but it is also a portable way to help deal with challenging emotions in the exact moment that you are feeling them. No matter how much support you have around you, sometimes you may still find yourself dealing with challenging emotions during this transition into university, and that is why the Reset Zone App is here to teach you different coping tools to help manage them!
Artemiz Rezvanifar was an intern with Reset Zone throughout the Summer of 2019. She is a full-time student, currently studying Communications at University. She’s an avid #ResetZoneApp user and an occasional Reset Zone Guest Blogger. You may spot her at Reset Zone events or at a Reset Zone booth – Make sure you stop to say hi!