A Road Map To First Year, From a Soon To Be Grad.


As a fourth year student at Ryerson, in the Graphic Communications Management program, I have been privileged to some amazing experiences that indefinitely shaped the person I am today. From first to fourth year, all the things I saw, participated in or accomplished had a lasting impact on me. Whether it was breaking a Guinness World Record during Orientation week, volunteering with the Community Food Room, participating in the #RURunning CIBC Run for the Cure as the Ryerson Co-Captain, or getting involved with my program’s Course Union, I definitely took it upon myself to get involved early in my university career. However, if I could have done things all over again here are the 10 things I wish someone had recommended for me in first year:

  • 1. Go for a campus tour. Yes, “You go here now,” but seriously, it will be really helpful when you’re looking for classes in different buildings. You might even learn some history about Ryerson too!
  • 2. Attend the Ryerson wide Orientation Week & the RSU’s Week of Welcome. This is a great opportunity to meet other people in different programs as well as your own, not to mention they’re a lot of fun.
  • 3. If you commute sign up for a locker as soon as possible. Textbooks and your gym bag can get really heavy; a locker can make all the difference.
  • 4. If you live in residence or close by, check out the new Mutual Street Eatery on the first floor of the International Living/Learning Centre (ILLC) for some yummy food.
  • 5. Attend a session at the Learning Success Centre to get the inside scoop on how to adjust to university life, get great stress-relief tips and plan your university success step-by-step.
  • 6. Need a job on campus? Check out the Career Centre. They provide awesome resume critiquing services as well as mock interviews.
  • 7. Sign up for Tri-Mentoring. This is a really great “buddy” system where you’re paired with an upper year in your program or faculy. Whether you’re looking for a new friend or helping hand, it’s definitely worth it!
  • 8. September and April are important months. Not just because they signify the start and end of the school year, they are important because in September the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) uses the Ryerson Theatre for film screenings (get your tickets early) and in April Mass Exodus, on of the largets run student fashion shows in North America, takes place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on home ice.
  • 9. Make use of the Ryerson library. Book break out rooms, take out books, and borrow a laptop. These services and features are student focused and incredibly helpful.
  • 10. Cheer on the Ryerson Rams at a varsity game. The Rams now have a new home at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, which was the former Maple Leaf Gardens, go check it out!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope my suggestions make it into your first year “to do” list. Make it one to remember! For those of you who have been reading my blogs throughout the semester thank you so much for reading, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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