Happy First Day of Classes!

By Samantha Summers

September 8, 2020. Whether you’re the type to colour-code your notes with ten different coloured highlighters or the kind of student who rolls into class just as it’s beginning with nothing but your Notes app in hand, it’s the moment we have all been waiting for.

The first day of classes.

While we have written a great deal to prepare you for this moment, and while we have many useful posts to come, here are just a few things to keep in mind as you begin your first classes of this year—particularly if you’re new to the iSchool.

  1. You’re here for a reason. If you aren’t quite sure what to say or what something means, don’t fear. You were accepted to grad school because you deserve to have been accepted.
  2. Be kind to others and yourself. Go easy on yourself when things are tough, and be kind to others when they’re struggling. We’re all in this together.
  3. Find community. It won’t necessarily be easy, thanks to the online nature of this semester, but join clubs and student societies, and hang out with classmates (virtually) all the same. You’ll be glad you built a community who understands what grad school is like and with whom you can work, laugh, and commiserate.

With that, I wish you well! Keep checking back in to learn more helpful tips for surviving grad school (and Toronto!), and have an amazing first day.

Image: University College, used with CC Licensing

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