I just came back from the most enjoyable fun-filled weekend at Cypress Mountain Ski Resort in West Vancouver. My four friends and I reserved a car through the ever-so-amazing Maven app, where we were able to pick up our car from a convenient location, make a few stops along our journey, and enjoy our hassle-free couple of days skiing. As young millennials living downtown Vancouver, none of us own our own car. It was so great to have access to an eco-friendly vehicle to be able to go out and about in the evenings after a full day of skiing. One of the most enjoyable memories of the weekend was having a dance party in the car on the drive up to the mountain. We were able to plug in our phone with Apple CarPlay and listen to all of our favourite tunes! What an unforgettable weekend thanks to the easiness of Maven!
The time is quickly approaching, and soon enough you will be packing up your belongings, saying goodbye to your family, and moving in to residence- your home, for the next year. It is promised to be an experience that you will never forget. There are bound to be good times, and bad. You will experience highs, and lows. But in the end, it all comes down to what you make of it. University, and more specifically, freshman year, is all about finding yourself, and about discovering who you are. University gives you the opportunity to create a new identity for yourself, as both a student and as an individual. No one at university knows who you were back in high school; you decide how you want to define yourself the moment you walk on to campus for the first time.
First impressions are everything. I’m sure that this is not the first time you are hearing this. That’s because it is true. It takes seven seconds for someone to make his or her first impression of you1. Whether you’re networking, speaking to a professor, or socializing with friends, how you present yourself for the first time forms the basis of other peoples’ opinion of you as a person. In this blog post, I will pass along some of the best pieces of advice that I was given before going in to freshman year. Follow these simple four steps, and I guarantee that your transition in to freshman year will be a breeze.
- Be confident in yourself. Getting in to university is a big accomplishment, and you should be proud of yourself. There are so many different committees, groups, and opportunities to get involved with on campus, so you are bound to find people with similar interests. Stay true to your values and morals, and people will like you for who you are.
- Get involved, but don’t get too involved. You want to get involved so that you can meet new people, and have some valuable experience to supplement your resume. But beware of getting over-involved. Having too many commitments will leave you overwhelmed, and could result in you falling behind in your school work, which should be your top priority in first year.
- Take Risks! You may have been the best dancer at your studio back home, but that doesn’t mean you will make the varsity dance team. Either way, put yourself out there, and try out anyways! Auditions are a great way to make new friends, and to try new things. Don’t give yourself the opportunity to regret not trying out, or you may end up thinking, “what if…” later on in the year.
- Be friendly! Get to know the people on your floor, in your building, and in your program. Smile when you see someone, start-up a conversation in the elevator. Everyone is in the same boat as you are, it’s everyone’s first year!
1 “Seven Seconds to Make a First Impression.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2015.
Digital image. Http://cdn.tinybuddha.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Confident-Pose.jpg. N.p., n.d. Web.
Digital image. Http://millo.co/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/first-impression.jpg. N.p., n.d. Web.