Jonathan (Year 2)
What made you choose this institution over all others? Did the university exceed your expectations?
I chose Western based on my academic and future oriented goals that I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be secured with a job as soon as I got out of university, along with great connections and resources. Being at Western definitely has given me a great base to start my post-secondary journey however, has not exceeded my expectations.
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.
Something I wished I did first year was to keep my head down and continue on the path I was comfortable working with. I compared myself a lot to my classmates and other friends that seemed to have a better academic/social life than I did.
Briefly describe the academic rigour of your program (in terms of competitiveness, courses, professors, etc.)
BMOS at Western is as straightforward as it gets. There is no tricks or secret ways to succeed. As long as you keep up with course material and choose your electives well, the grading and fine. Something that also shocked me was the amount of students in the program. There wasn't a class where I had less than 100 students in, unless it was a tutorial or lab.
Describe the social life at your campus based on your own experiences (making friends, clubs + extracurriculars, party culture etc.)
At Western I went in with high school friends which made it harder to reach out and find new ones. However, joining clubs I was able to find like minded students that I was able to hangout and study with. The social life at Western is very diverse and pretty easy to find friends. During the first year, I was able to hold on to many of my high school friends as well as meet many more during my university experience.
What are some of the best and worst parts of your university experience so far?
Something that really helped me throughout the year was having roommates I was able to talk to and connect with. They were there with me to grab food, relax and study. It was something that I overlooked and I regret not spending more time with them apart being in the room. Something that “stood out like a sore thumb” was my attitude towards studying. I realized that as important studying is, it isn't the only thing that will help you get a good grade.
List three effective study techniques and/or habits:
Studying with friends
Extra readings outside the classroom
Find an environment that works well for you
List three pieces of advice for first-year students:
Download social media to reach out to people such as LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook.
Upper years are chill and are willing to help you out.
Bring up a rice cooker