Humber students and staff give advice to incoming first-years

Apr 18, 2024 | JRNL219-2024

As the winter term comes to an end, Humber staff and students shared their advice for incoming first year students.

Zoë Pierson, a student in the Journalism Post-Graduate Certificate Program, said to avoid the Tim Hortons on campus.

“The line is always half an hour, 45 minutes long; I swear, it’s too long,” Pierson said.

“Use the Humber Gourmet Express instead, because it’s such good food all baked by Humber culinary students, and it’s really cheap,” she said.

Another piece of advice Pierson gave was to get to know your professors.

“I think at the end of the day a lot of people forget that profs are people too,” Pierson said.

“It’s just nice to kind of learn from someone with so much experience, especially when you want to be going into that profession,” she said.

Mackenzie Swanson, a first-year Digital Communications student at Lakeshore Campus, said staying on top of your work is a good habit for success.

“I would say as soon as you get your school work do it as soon as possible,” Swanson said.

She also said that although school is important, your mental health and well-being should be your first priority.

Jessica Gahunia, a graduate from Humber’s Nursing program in 2016, said designating your time is essential.

“Definitely make time to study, but also make time to exercise,” Gahunia said.

“Try to make time to hang with your friends and family because that’s important, especially if you are in a four-year program,” she said.

She recommended creating bonds with the people in your program who strive for greatness too.

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Photo credit: Nina Kersnik

Anne Zbitnew, a media arts professor for many years said the biggest advice she would give to students is learning how to fail is important.

“Life is full of failure, and it’s okay to fail an assignment, it’s okay to fail a course,” Zbitnew said.

“You’re here to learn, and no one expects you to understand, and to know it all,” she said.

She believes students should view it as a learning experience rather than see it as one to stress over.

Another piece of advice she suggested was being open to trying new things and patient with yourself too.

“Sometimes we think assignments are like ‘Ugh I don’t want to do that’. It’s all for a reason,” she said.

“At the time when you’re doing it you might just think ‘Ugh this is brutal’, but it will come back to you and make sense,” said Zbitnew.

Humber College North Campus offers many services such as peer-tutoring, note-taking support, group study sessions and more to guide students toward a successful school year.