Five tips on how to make the most of your first year

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By Chandré Cupido

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 1 of VARSITY News.

 

Welcome to UCT, freshers. University can be a rather daunting experience for many if not all, but you’ve made it (thus far) and survived for the most part. It’s definitely a time to get out of your comfort zone socially, politically and academically. Here are a few pointers on how to make the most of your university experience here at UCT.

 

First things first:

 

  1. SIGN UP FOR CLUBS

Yes, your timetable can be rather HECTIC but trying something new is what you’re here for. Clubs are also a great place to meet new friends. It’s not too late: late sign-ups for clubs can be done at the Sports Center reception.

 

  1. LET LOOSE AND GO OUT

With self-decipline and time mangement, a night out can be a good idea. Taking a break from your studies is very important, so catching a Jammie with friends and enjoying the arts at First Thursdays is a perfect way to unwind.

 

  1. BE ACTIVE IN UCT POLITICS

Whether you’re someone that’s interested in politics or not, join a political party on campus that is interested in the rights of students, as it’s great to be part of a movement that speaks directly to your needs, interests and rights. And when it’s election time, be sure to vote for the students and future leaders of our campus because these changes are beneficial to you.

 

  1. DO FIND A MENTOR

Everybody needs help sometimes and mentors are very helpful in all aspects of your student life and having someone help you organise your thoughts and answer your questions is useful. So get yourself a mentor as soon as possible.

 

  1. DON’T SKIP A TUT UNLESS NECESSARY

Halfway through the semester you’ll find yourself negotiating whether you should skip your tut: worst mistake. Tuts in first year can be challenging, especially when you’re too shy to speak infront of your classmates (or when you haven’t done your readings), but they are very useful to your studies, so attend them.

 

Your university experience will be one of the best moments of your life so make the most of it. Use the tips to help you through your studies, but importantly, make memories and enjoy this stage of your life.

 

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