Yina (Year 2)
What made you choose this institution over all others? Did the university exceed your expectations?
Medical sciences at Western is a competitive program that I knew would push me to strive further and work harder to achieve my goals.
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.
In first year, I wish I joined more clubs to expand my social network and make new friends!
Briefly describe the academic rigour of your program (in terms of competitiveness, courses, professors, etc.)
Most courses were fair, both content wise and grading wise. However, a few courses were majorly self taught- just because professors are extremely knowledgeable in their field, it doesn't mean that they know how to teach. Course grading was very easy to follow and outlined in the syllabus.
Describe the social life at your campus based on your own experiences (making friends, clubs + extracurriculars, party culture etc.)
I lived off campus during my first year so I didn't experience the res life. However there were still many opportunities to make friends by joining clubs, going to parties, or just making an effort to talk to people in your classes/labs.
What are some of the best and worst parts of your university experience so far?
The best part of my first year was gaining independence and making decisions for myself. It was really fulfilling and one of the reasons why I chose to go to Western and move away from home. The worst part of my experience was the coronavirus pandemic that cut the first year short :(
List three effective study techniques and/or habits:
Stay on track!! It's way harder to catch up on lessons you've skipped than just waking up and going to class
Practice! Courses like math/physics/chemistry are largely based on calculations so practice will definitely help you get closer to perfect
Look for old midterm/exams to practice on. In many courses, profs sometimes reuse questions. Also, it'll help you familiarize with the test format / type of questions.
List advice for first-year students:
Put yourself out there!!
Take advantage of campus resources