A Guide to First Year
Congratulations on making the important decision to advance your education at Memorial University. It is an exciting time. As you embark on this new journey, the Academic Advising Centre (AAC) at the St. John's Campus and the Office of the Registrar at the Grenfell Campus are here to help ease your transition from high school to university. As well, the AAC collaborates with many other student support units at the university to ensure that each individual is getting the help they need. University is all about learning, and learning how to be a successful university student is a significant part of this process. The AAC is always here to support you with this.
The Guide to First Year is published by the AAC and is designed for the beginning Memorial University student. It is an invaluable resource that will provide answers to the many questions you may have as you prepare for your first year at university. Keep it accessible (in paper format or the online version at www.mun.ca/advice/guide) throughout your first year so that you will know where to go to address any questions and/or concerns that you may have. As you begin to read through the guide you will probably encounter some unfamiliar terminology. Please refer to the glossary in the university Calendar for further explanation of any unfamiliar terms. For your convenience there is also a much shorter list of some of the more common terms in the pages that follow.
As you will soon discover, the semesters at university are very short compared to the school year and go by very quickly. You will also realize that the expectations of your instructors are very different than those of your teachers in high school. As a result, the expectations you have of yourself will begin to change. Once classes begin, you need to make your studies a priority. Here are some things to think about as you begin your first semester as a university student:
- attend classes regularly
- start studying as soon as classes begin and keep up with assigned readings
- plan and organize a study schedule
- become familiar with the library and other resource centres
- get to know your instructors early in the semester
- read your @mun.ca email regularly – this is how the university will communicate with you
- ask for help when you need it.
Memorial University offers an incredible selection of programs and courses and your interests may very well broaden as a result of exposure to new people and ideas. Embrace the opportunity to learn new things and try to make educated choices. Obtain accurate information and make the most of this wonderful learning opportunity. Good luck and we look forward to meeting you soon!