Myths About the University Experience

There are quite a few myths about the university experience that can make entering university seem a lot scarier than it really is. To ease your mind, I will be busting a few of those myths for you all right now.

Myth #1: Professors go too fast and make taking notes impossible

Lectures in university will be very different from how classes were taught in high school, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. All professors go at different speeds, some may flip through slides faster than you can read the whole slide, and some may use the majority of class to go over three really short slides. If you have a professor who is going too fast, this is not a sign that you should give up. Some professors are unaware of how fast they’re going, and will even tell you at the beginning of the semester to let them know if they’re going too fast or can’t be heard. As a bonus, most professors upload their slides on D2L before or after class. If your professor is extra fast, read the slides and your textbook readings before class, so that you will be able to know what is important to write down and what you already know (or what you already have from textbook notes or in the slides). If you’re still struggling to keep up, try splitting up certain parts of note-taking with friends and sharing the notes on a Google document later.


Myth #2: There is an “easiest” elective

Some electives may be easier than others, but this does not mean there is an “easiest elective.” We all have different strengths – meaning some of us are good at math, science or psychology. If a friend tells you to take a science-heavy elective because it is a so-called “easiest” elective, and you’re not interested in science at all, it may not actually be so easy. A course that you’re interested in will always be easier than a course that others are claiming will be easy. Electives are all about learning outside of your major, so why not strengthen your knowledge in another area of your interest?


Myth #3: Residence is the only way to make friends

Residence is a great way to make friends, but it doesn’t mean it’s the only way. Put yourself out there and friends will come. Start your year off right by attending Orientation and making your first group of Ryerson friends. For more tips on how to make friends during your Ryerson experience make sure to check the blog post I did on this topic.


Myth #4: It’s too loud at residence to sleep

Sometimes residence can get pretty loud, but thankfully it’s only temporary. Residence has quiet hours every night to make sure you get your beauty sleep before your early lecture the next day. Quiet hours are also in effect 24/7 during midterms and finals. If you’re the type of person who likes to go to sleep early or take random naps (even when it’s not exams), having a pair of earplugs is an easy fix to random noises. If you’re hoping to study in silence the Student Learning Centre 7th floor and the Library are perfect for silent studying.


Myth #5: You have to buy everything before you arrive

There are some things you may want to have with you before you arrive at residence, like your laptop and your favourite sweater, however it’s not necessary to have absolutely everything you’ll need before you arrive. There are a wide variety of stores near Ryerson that cater to your shopping needs.

The same goes even if you are not in residence, you don’t have to buy your textbooks before class starts. The professors will let you know what textbooks to buy in the first class. Avoid buying textbooks ahead of time as editions of textbooks are constantly changing.


Myth #6: Part-time work is impossible to handle while being in school

University is really busy and sometimes you will have time for nothing but university. However, there are many times during the school year that working a shift here or there at a part-time job is manageable. Being a student and working part-time is a realistic goal and you can read more about how to manage both in my previous blog post.

Myth #7: You’re alone

You may have more freedom, and your professors may not be sending you reminders every day about your assignments and exams, but this doesn’t mean that you’re alone. Ryerson has a wide variety of support services to help you through your university experience. Some of the support systems include academic support, mental wellbeing support, financial support and more. If you’re ever feeling alone, make sure to reach out to a support system as they were all put into place to help you succeed.

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