Humber College community welcomes upcoming first years with anecdotes and advice

Apr 15, 2023 | JRNL219 - 2023

Humber students and faculty are sharing their experience on campus and giving some guidance to the next generation of students on how to make the most of their time in college.

As summer arrives and students finish their winter semester courses at North and Lakeshore campuses, some people were reflecting on their time and what they would do differently.

Imani Love, a third year Justice Studies student at the University of Guelph-Humber, said she had some difficulty with meeting people when she first transferred to North Campus but having a friend made it easier.

“It was very isolating coming to a new school and not knowing anybody, so it was kind of hard to make friends but luckily I transferred with my friend from my previous college so that kind of helped a bit, ” Love said.

She recommends new students should try to talk and make connections to classmates and other students around campus to make their experiences better..

“Try to be more outgoing, try to be polite to everyone you meet because you might make a friend,” she said.

“Go with the flow and see where it takes you,” said Love.

First year Information Technology Solutions student Surya Sharna said his first year has been challenging with balancing workload and having a job outside of school.

“First year has been challenging with a lot of assignments plus work I have to keep up. It’s challenging but I still manage,” he said.

Sharna said students should try to be confident and be the type of person they would want to meet.

“Just explore and talk to strangers, even if it feels weird at first,” said Sharna.

Kevin Tang, a Sports Management graduate in 2022 and Senior Administrator for Humber Esports, said his program experience translated well outside of the classroom and into the realm of Esports team management.

Humber Esports is one of the many co-curricular initiatives that students can use to meet others and participate in activities outside of program

“Like athletics, we are a co-curricular activity. Students from any program can come to us and usually we do after school stuff.” said Tang.

Tang shared some advice and said to utilize the resources around campus and take advantage of what Humber has to offer.

“I always say ‘Make use of it, you’ve already paid for it, might as well get your worth out of it,’” said Tang.

“There is a lot that’s available in college that is free or in a sense, your tuition has already paid for.” he said.

A large part of the Humber College experience is seated in front of instructors and faculty members teaching and guiding students to their soon-to-be professional careers.

Robyn Foley, Broadcast Writing and Radio Broadcasting instructor in Humber’s Journalism program, said students should take advantage of every opportunity presented to them.

“Look at what’s around and take advantage of it, it’s so important. Soak in as much as you possibly can,” Foley said.

Foley emphasized the importance of making connections while in college and said “get to know your professors because they are so willing to help.”

“They can help you with what you’re learning now, what you’re going to learn and ultimately when it comes time to look for work, we can help you achieve all those goals,” said Foley.