10 tips to nail your first week of classes

Your first week on campus is an exciting time; you’ll meet new people, experience being in a lecture and be able to take part in lots of fun stuff happening on campus. Here are our top ten tips to nail your first week of classes!

  • Say hi to the people next to you in lectures –  chances are they’re feeling exactly like you and will respond to a friendly face. You don’t have to end up best buds but maybe you’ll share notes one day or grab a coffee after class :)
  • Feel free to sit next to people in your lectures – leaving gaps can make it awkward when the room starts to fill up.
  • Finding your way around campus can be a bit daunting and room numbers can be hard to understand until you get the hang of it. Read up on how to find your classes and get around campus. Miss your UniGuide campus tour last week? Head to AskAuckland Central, where guided tours of the City Campus will be running Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm. Book a tour of the City Campus.
  • Get involved! Some people you meet at uni could be your friends for life (cheesy but true). Head over to the Rec Centre on Tuesday- Thursday this week for Clubs Expo; join a club (there are more than 200 to choose from!); find out about volunteering opportunities; have a go on the ice at Winterfest in the Quad; say hello to your AUSA executive at AUSA House or grab lunch with someone you’ve met in class.
  • Check back regularly on CANVAS, it’s where you’ll find important information, course outlines, readings and required textbooks.
  • Get comfy – wear something you’ll be comfortable in for the whole day (pro tip: bring a jersey if you tend to get cold, there’s a reason why the Fisher and Paykel Auditorium is nicknamed ‘the fridge’). Campus style is pretty laid-back, but not quite pyjama territory. Oh and it’s wise to carry an umbrella – you never know when it’s going to rain in Auckland!
  • During your first week of classes, your lecturers will ask who wants to be a Class Rep. This is an important position – Class Reps advocate for the class they represent, helping to come up with solutions to problems that affect all students. If you have leadership inclinations, find out more about the role and when the time comes, put that hand up! (It doesn’t hurt that this position also looks great on your CV!).
  • Get familiar with the IT services and support on campus so you know what to do if you need to print or find out how to access lecture recordings. Did you know you’re eligible to receive Microsoft Office 365 for free?
  • If in doubt, ask! There are lots of ways to find out what you need to know, and there are plenty of people around to help. You’ll get the hang of it, but ask away in the meantime. Visit your faculty student centre, talk to your lecturers and tutors, ask your classmates, contact your UniGuide, look up your query online or look out for a Student Ambassador wearing a blue ‘Ask me’ t-shirt.
  • Two words: tactical snacks. Uni days can be long – don’t get hangry.