Eugene (Year 2)
What made you choose this institution over all others? Did the university exceed your expectations?
The reputation of the program earned made me want to go to Western. Also, the lack of a cutthroat culture; something I desperately needed to avoid, was very important for my mental health. The program itself seems to be the perfect program for pre-med students, like myself.
Do you have any lingering thoughts or regrets in your year as a whole (ex; application process, mistakes going into first year). If so, describe them.
I need more of a social life. It was great in September but I was mentally challenged by the increasing workload and my personal life. If I was more organized with my thoughts and struggles, it would have been a smoother experience.
Describe the social life at your campus based on your own experiences (making friends, clubs + extracurriculars, party culture etc.)
The social life at Western is very diverse and people are very welcoming. Most individuals who study at Western come from other places. There are lots of clubs, extracurriculars, and a large party culture (although no one will pressure you to party).
What are some of the best and worst parts of your university experience so far?
Support from the friends that I made this year helped me a lot both academically and mentally. The transition to University was the hardest part; being away from home, doing a long distance relationship, etc.
List three effective study techniques and/or habits:
Don’t leave anything until the last minute
Plan your studies by the day
Discover your learning method and don’t be afraid to explore
List three pieces of advice for first-year students:
Make new friends
Enjoy the Uni life
Learn how to study
A professor once reminded me that everyone in one program is smart. What sets apart the students who get high 90’s vs the ones who get 50’s is:
Knowing HOW to study
Natural talent is a small factor that will be evident to those who don’t know how to develop those two skills that can bring you to your fullest potential.