College Prep // Make the Most of Your First Year

University is a chance at a fresh start that many fail to utilize to its maximum ability. It’s an opportunity to re-invent yourself in all spheres of life . For many schools, like mine, your first year isn’t counted in your GPA. However, don’t take this as a hint to barely pay attention to your courses and party your life away. Instead, use this time to expand your resume, build your repertoire and start making a name for yourself in the wide world.  Here are some tips for doing just that.

1.  Join a club– Colleges are known for unending list of clubs and societies. In Semester One, I joined the Trinidad and Tobago Students Association (TTSA) which allowed me to connect with fellow Trinis through events and meetings. It definitely reduced my homesickness. There are language clubs, religious groups and even subject-related organizations. Take your pick!

2. Take up a sport– Played a little badminton in secondary school but you’re a little rust now? Learn it all over again during your first year. I am the ultimate girly-girl and naturally, being a cheerleader was one of my dreams. Second semester, I tried out for the team and became a UWI Mona Pelican Cheerleader. I love the sexy uniform and the girls on the team my sisters but ultimately decided this wasn’t for me.

3.  Get a campus job– Personally, I have a mental block against studying and working at the same time but most campus jobs are part-time. First year’s workload is pretty light and you’ll find yourself with a lot of free time. There are positions for computer lab monitors, hall office liaisons and library prefects among others. Think of it as a way to fund for your monthly BB or data plan.

4. Experiment with your look– Switch up your style. Get a new hair colour. Try a new piercing. Or maybe not. This is the time to find out who you are what you want your appearance to say about you. Use celebrities and friends as inspiration but don’t forget to stay true to you.

5. Take part in college activities- Sports Day coming up? Try out for a race. Campus Carnival? Join a band. Chances are you won’t have time for any of these in your remaining years so why not do it now? They make for great attributes of the well-rounded student we all aimt to be. 


One Comment Add yours

  1. Tiffani says:

    I thought they don’t let you get a job your first semester. Oh I didn’t forget that those same cheerleaders you calling ‘sisters’ left you high and dry and went on the beach without you. Doh sugar coat the reality for dem. Yuh hadda tell it like it is!


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