Academic advice offered for first-year Humber students

Apr 24, 2022 | Features, JRNL219

Transitioning to college from high-school can be pretty challenging for some especially when it comes to the workload.

Humber has many helpful resources to help with any problems that may arise.

“Be prepared from the first day,” said Anivet Verma, a second-year business student.

He stated that procrastination will get you nowhere and that you should get started on your work as soon as possible and not leave it to the last minute.

Verma himself also admitted to procrastinating in his first year but wants people to know that it is not a good thing to do.

By having discipline and not waiting till the last minute will ensure you good grades and give you a head start on other assignments.

“Don’t forget to also have fun,” said Verma, stressing that mental health comes before anything else and should be prioritized.

A first-year student, Adun Tenseaw, who is in the carpentry program, expressed that having friends can make your experience easier.

“I think the one piece of advice I can give to people is to make friends that can teach you what you don’t know and vice versa,” said Tenseaw.

The workload from having almost eight to nine classes can sometimes be unbearable and can help ease the pressure of meeting deadlines.

Tenseaw, who is about to finish his first semester, recalls not being able to understand some aspects of his work but having friends to call and ask for help was a big relief to him.

Saanvi Singh, a third-year business student, recommends that you meet with your academic advisor on a regular basis and form a great relationship with your professors as they could help you in the future with networking.

The most important and relevant piece of advice Singh had for first-year students entering college is to make sure that all of your work is your own.

“Never. Ever. Plagiarize,” she said. Don’t even think about it. By plagiarizing you are stripping yourself of learning core skills that you will need in the long run,” she said.

“Copying and pasting will get you nowhere,” she said. Learning how to cite and your sources and develop a writing routine is the only way to truly learn.

Advice from photojournalism Professor Anne Zbitnew is simple: “No one remembers the stories you never told. Tell your stories and hand them in!”

Zbitnew spoke of the importance of staying on top of your work, showing up to class; putting everything in a calendar, and submitting your work on time even if it’s not complete.