And just like that, summer is over. Though we will miss the long summer days, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome you (back) to Horizon. In honour of your arrival, here are some tips to survive your first few days here:
- Don’t miss Move-In Day
August 27 is our official “Move-In Day” this year and you definitely won’t want to miss it. While there will be food, drinks and games, the main reason you do not want to miss move-in day is the simple fact that it is the perfect opportunity to meet all your new friends!
- Actually go to Orientation
We have a lot of information to give you and it is helpful. Being a smaller school, our orientation is quite a bit different than say that of a big university. It truly is a time to get connected with other students and with the staff and faculty. In the past, students who have missed orientation have often felt lost and it took time for them to catch up both academically and in terms of community connections. While orientation is not always something that people are interested in going to, it will add a great deal of value to your time here. Make sure you engage and ask questions, you will get answers!
- Get Involved.
There are going to be a number of events happening during your first week here, and we encourage you to join in on the fun. This is a prime opportunity to get to know people and to have a little bit of fun before the hectic school year starts. One event you can really look forward to is our fall retreat. It is a great time away where the looming school year seems distant and relationships are deepened.
Saskatoon is a really great city. When you have some free time, make sure you explore it. There are many activities you can take part in and A LOT of good food. If you’d like some suggestions of places to visit, check out this video. Also, the way our semesters are structured allows for students to get a part time job. So don’t just explore for fun, find out who’s hiring if you are wanting to make a little bit of extra cash.
- Make sure you are prepared academically
College is overwhelming. It is a totally new environment with a lot more expectations and that can present multiple challenges. From the get go, get prepared. Here are a few suggestions to help you out:
- For me, this is the best part. I LOVE having new school supplies. Make sure you’ve ordered/received your textbooks, purchased pens, notebooks, highlighters, etc … whatever you may need to note take and study. Arguably your most important purchase will be a calendar or planner, this will save your life!
- As soon as you get your course syllabus, read it thoroughly. Highlight important information and important dates. Look for text in bold. Make notes of questions you may have for your professors. And while you’re at it, put those important dates in your planner/calendar.
- STUDY GROUPS. Create study groups. This should be a relatively easy task as class sizes are smaller. It is always great to have people to study with, especially come exam time.
- Create yourself a schedule that is visible. Have it on your dorm room wall or the fridge. Having it visible and in front of you will help you to remember class times and important details. Let alone any fun activities you have planned or when you’re supposed to work!
- Call your parents
They want to hear from you. And quite frankly, it’ll make you feel better in the long run too.