- Making friends and fitting in, becoming familiar with surroundings.
- Adjusting to a different learning environment (New courses, increased workload and new methods of evaluation).
- Adjusting to less structure than in high school and the self discipline needed to study.
- Questioning choice of university and/or academic program.
- Feeling homesick, getting along with roommate(s).
- Experiencing new found freedom and testing self-imposed boundaries.
- If living at home, an expectation that life at home will change too.
- Attend orientation events and activities in late August and early September to meet students, staff and faculty. Popular events include Welcome Day, Faculty Mix & Mingle and SCSU's orientation. Student Housing & Residence Life also has a specialized orientation experience for those students living in residence on campus.
- Visit the Centre for Teaching & Learning, the Academic Advising & Career Centre, the Writing Centre and the Library to learn about the academic resources available on campus.
- Talk to a counsellor about how you are feeling. The Health & Wellness Centre on campus offers individual and group counselling services to registered students.
- Register for the First-Year Experience Program from the Department of Student Life.
- Pick up a copy of the Student Experience Guide produced by the Office of Student Affairs & Services for an overview of programs and services available (Student Centre, SL157).
- Pick up a student planner and agenda from the SCSU office in the Student Centre.