Twenty-five things to do during your first week of university

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The first week of university can be a whirlwind, but you’ll get through it: The Peak’s got you covered. Here is a list of 25 things every freshman should do in their first week of post-secondary.

  • Attend your first tutorial.
  • Personally introduce yourself to your T.A., a.k.a. your fearless tutorial leader.
  • Ensure you meet at least two people in every class (for future note taking requests).
  • Show how prepared you are on the first day of class by showing up with seven spare pens.
  • Suggest a seating chart to your fearless tutorial leader.
  • Do all your readings for the week.
  • Ask for sample test questions.
  • Ask for sample test question answers.
  • Seek out a different classmate each day and get to know something about them.
  • Wear pink on Wednesday.
  • Pursue your passion for amateur ushering by standing near the lecture hall door and then guiding classmates to their seats.
  • Answer your professor only in the form of questions.
  • Conduct idea-generating brainstorming sessions during pop quizzes as a form of protest.
  • Set up a buddy system so you can have someone to bug constantly for any minor issue.
  • Evaluate your professor’s teaching style, then provide them with constructive feedback.
  • Make a slow-motion entrance for one of your classes, so people know what a big deal you are.
  • Go to the gym, check out their operation hours, and never go for the rest of the semester.
  • Make sure the librarian knows your literary taste so they stock the “right” books.
  • Resist peer pressure by walking around with a soundproof, transparent ball around your head.
  • Attend the first pub night event to see what the next 57 pub nights will be like.
  • Write down your semester goals on a piece of paper.
  • Throw the aforementioned piece of paper into the garbage.
  • Learn where paper goes in the four-bin disposal system by spending 20 minutes in front of the garbage bins.
  • Offer to rub off the white boards after your tutorials.
  • See your fate suffer as rubbing boards becomes an expectation.