Things I Wish I Knew in First Year

Things I Wish I Knew in First Year

As one of the co-Presidents of the Laurier Marketing Association, I’m excited to welcome you not only to Laurier, but to the Laurier Marketing Association. Without a doubt, I can tell you’ve made the right decision to come to Laurier. This year we’re bringing you events and opportunities in collaboration with big brands such as Hershey’s, Google, MLSE and so many more. We can’t wait to experience this year with you!

First year – It feels crazy that it’s already been two years since I was in your position. Now that I’m older, and (somewhat) wiser, I’m ready to share some insight into how I’ve gotten halfway through my undergrad (mostly) unscathed. All jokes aside, you’ll hear this a lot, and you’ll hear it again: everything goes by FAST. Take advantage of all that university has to offer while you’re still here. Here are a few tips that I wish I knew when I was in first year.

Put yourself out there.

First year is your time to experiment with different clubs and associations. Go to the Get Involved Fair, stop by clubs’ tables while they’re boothing, “Like” all the clubs’ pages on Facebook, do some research on their websites. Go to one of their events, ask questions and see if this is the right fit for you. Learn what there is out there before you decide you’re completely disinterested.

The Lazaridis Society is filled with exceptional business clubs, but keep in mind that Laurier has so much to offer it’s okay to have passions and interests outside of just business. It’s easy to shy away from the unknown, but if you don’t put yourself out there, you might be missing out on something you’d love.

It’s okay to take a step back.

That last point being said, once you’ve gotten a taste for different clubs, events, and activities that are out there, it’s totally okay for you to take a step back. Focus on the things you find yourself enjoying the most. Don’t overload your schedule with too many extracurricular activities – balance is key.

Finding and maintaining that balance isn’t easy, but you’ll get there.

University isn’t high school – everything is amplified. There’s a lot more work and a lot more play. The comfort of having your day planned out for you and having your parents being at home with you aren’t necessarily there anymore, and that can throw you off balance. Just keep in mind that both school and your social life are important. There will be times when your first round of midterms shows up with your first round of exam stress, and there will be times when you were out with your friends a little too late the night before and end up sleeping through an in-class quiz. School comes first, but not at the cost of your mental health. Remember to keep room for both studying and socializing in your life.

Talk to people.

Talk to students in your classes and labs, talk to your professors, talk to older students and executives on clubs. You’re surrounded by people who are either going through similar experiences as you are, or have gone through them already. Take advantage of that.

All this being said, I’m another student who’s still trying to figure everything out. I hope you benefit from knowing the things I wish I knew in first year. Feel free to send me a message whether it’s about LMA specifically, or just university in general. Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to never miss out on an update.

We wish you the best of luck for first year! Remember, you’re the future of clubs like LMA – don’t shy away; It’s your time to make a statement.

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