First Year 101

By Cambrian College Modified on July 27, 2016

Make the most of your first year at college with these helpful tips!


It’s that time of year again: back to school. Only this year is a bit different – you’re starting college! Whether you’re nervous or excited (or a bit of both), these tips will help you make the most of your first year.

  1. 1. Organization is key

    Staying organized during the school year can be challenging. The key is to start early, make it a habit, and equip yourself with the right tools.

    Don’t have an agenda? Pick one up from the Students’ Administrative Council – it’s free! Consider it your new best friend. Make a schedule, keep track of all important dates and deadlines, and never say, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”

    Take advantage of the calendar app on your phone to set reminders for anything you don’t want to miss.

  2. 2. Prioritize your time wisely

    College life is all about balancing your studies and your social life. Schedule some time each day to work on assignments, and leave at least four days before the due date to review and edit.

  3. 3. Create a student budget

    Making a monthly budget to cover expenses like school supplies, housing, groceries, entertainment, and emergencies can be a great way to use your money wisely.

    Don’t forget to apply for scholarships and bursaries to help cover some of your costs. (Hint: add scholarship and bursary deadlines to your agenda!) You can also apply to on-campus jobs as soon as you become a student.

    Check out this worksheet from the Government of Canada to help you get started.

  4. 4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

    At Cambrian, we want our students to get the most out of their college experience. A number of academic and student services are available to help you succeed, including peer and staff tutoring, academic success advisors, résumé prep support, and various workshops offered throughout the school year.

  5. 5. Enjoy yourself!

    Attend frosh and orientation events, try out for sports teams, join a club, form a study-group – don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone and try new things!