Transitioning to University
Written by: Sophie Steele - First Year Public Management
In the fall of this year, I packed my bags and moved 4,363 kilometres away from my hometown to the University of Guelph. It was a big change, but in the months leading up to the move, I found myself to be anything but nervous. All I could think about were the exciting experiences that were waiting for me, like meeting new friends and getting to know a new city. I almost forgot to consider the fact that I was leaving behind everyone and everything I knew. During the first month of school, every day was overwhelming. My main focus was trying to find my classes and trying to remember which building was MacDonald Hall. Since I come from such a close community, the anonymity of being a freshman in a student body of over 20,000 people was daunting, as the number of students is over 5 times the size of my entire town. The students were welcoming and there was always something to do or somewhere to go. However, until I found the Lang Students’ Association, I was yet to find that feeling of being united by a common set of goals and values that I desired.
When I applied to the Lang Students’ Association I genuinely had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just remember seeing an advertisement on Instagram, promoting an opportunity for business students, and I figured there was no harm in filling out an application. I truly believe that joining the LSA is the best decision I have made since moving to Guelph. Being surrounded by a group of motivated and uplifting individuals has allowed me to make the most out of my experiences at the university. The LSA has given me a road map to the type of student I strive to be. In the transition to university life, the support from being involved in the LSA has been truly transformative. Therefore, I would encourage any incoming or current university students to reach out and make the most of the opportunities available to them.