Guest Post: Tips for a Smooth Transition to CBU

Hi new CBU students!

My name is Libby Morrison, and I'm one of your Student Ambassadors for 2014-2015. Since the First-Year Advising Centre (FYAC) is opening on May 21st, the Student Transition Team thought it would be a good time to give the incoming first-years some tips for the months ahead. As I am just finishing first year myself, I remember all too well that mix of excitement and nervousness. Here are some tips and tricks that I found made my transition to university life as smooth as possible.

  • If you are graduating from high school this year, enjoy the month of June: The last few months in high school can get pretty hectic! With finalizing plans for prom and graduation, planning grad parties, and studying for exams, the month can fly by before you know it. Don’t forget to slow down and enjoy the time with your teachers and friends.
     
  • Take advantage of Academic Advising: Picking out courses and organizing a schedule for the very first time can be a pretty daunting task. Thankfully, the First-Year Advising Centre is there to help out all first years, with advisors and upper-year students to walk you through the process. You can check out www.cbu.ca/fyac to find out more information about the FYAC, and how to book an appointment.
     
  • Sign up for classes early: Every class and lab you choose at Academic Advising will have more than one section with different professors and at different times. Some sections fill up quicker than others. In order to have your perfect schedule that you mapped out, your best bet is to sign up for classes as early as you can. Class registration opens on July 3rd.
     
  • Take a tour of campus: The first day at any school can be pretty overwhelming, as you probably remember from the first day of high school and junior high. It can be really beneficial to visit CBU sometime during the summer and take a look around, and figure out where your classes are at once you get your schedule. If you would like to book a guided tour, feel free to email welcome@cbu.ca, call (902) 563-1136, or contact the Student Ambassador you were assigned at Advising, and they can help you out.      
     
  • Join in on the Frosh Week Activities starting on September 1st: From comedy acts to bonfires and Start Smart! Day, there are activities that everyone can enjoy. The activities are open to both on- and off-campus students! As an off-campus student myself, I would definitely encourage any local students to make the extra effort to stay for or come back out to the events.
     
  • Have a great summer: Enjoy time with your family and friends, and come to campus in September feeling refreshed and ready for the exciting year ahead. 

Hope these tips help, and please feel free to contact any of the Student Ambassadors if you have any questions at all!

See you in September,

Libby Morrison