Anda (Year 2)
What made you choose this institution over all others? Did the university exceed your expectations?
I was waitlisted at the university that I originally wanted to go to, but I didn’t end up receiving an offer of acceptance. Therefore, I decided to go to York to continue to study what I’m passionate about. The university did not exceed 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.
I wish I prioritized school before work and managed my time more wisely.
Briefly describe the academic rigour of your program (in terms of competitiveness, courses, professors, etc.)
The school uses a letter-grade system as the fundamental system of assessment of performance in undergraduate programs. Professors are stern and can come to aid when needed. However, at times they can be unclear. In this program we must complete 12 fitness courses in order to graduate and we would need to complete one full year course of mathematics and any of the 3 sciences while completing each year of the kinesiology courses in the bachelor of science degree.
Describe the social life at your campus based on your own experiences (making friends, clubs + extracurriculars, party culture etc.)
Considering York is a commuter school, it was difficult to make friends. I made friends through tutorials and labs. The school itself is not considered to be a party school and there are no fun events. I never had the time to join clubs/extracurriculars due to my job.
What are some of the best and worst parts of your university experience so far?
The best part of my experience is that I made some incredible and supportive friends that provide leverage. The worst part is the 8:30 am lectures and commuting to school.
List three effective study techniques and/or habits:
Rewatching the lecture videos to help in studying for finals/tests
Writing notes by hand to help understand the concept more
Having proper sleep
List three pieces of advice for first-year students:
Manage your time wisely
Study ahead of time
Review your notes after lectures