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OMG: Any tips/advice for first years? Things I should definitely do/not do? Stuff I should know about the school/city?

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  1. Don't give a fuck and meet as many friends as you can. It's often more difficult to do this in upper years since people already have their friends group formed.

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    1. can confirm

      upper year people often just use you for coursework then move on

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    2. Yeah the only way I have found to make friends in upper years is to join a club

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  2. don't get below 80 in anything - a world of possibilities

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    1. +1, 80+ in a math or engineering is so possible, and if you do so you will be rewarded by CECA ;)

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    2. 2 here, for u future doctors - 80+ is your competitive 3.7+ GPA. 79 is 3.3, and that's shit.

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    3. Stfu. U gotta be a genius to get that. Or just have no life.

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    4. ^lmao u must be in *some lame program*, at least in science 80+ is more than doable

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    5. are you retarded? 80+ IS doable if you work sufficiently enough. And if you want a good output from your math/engineer degree you have to target for that.

      And if you want medicne, you can forget about it if you dont even have an 80

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    6. +1.

      And don't believe that a social life and an 80+ average isn't possible. I go out on weekends and study my ass off during the week and keep on top of things. I don't cram and wait until last minute. Balance, my friend. Balance is key.

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  3. Run away as fast as you can.

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  4. 1. Join a club. If there isn't one you're interested in, start one. It's by far the easiest way to find friends with common interests.

    2. If you don't want to go to a party, don't go. There are things to do other than drink (see #1). Don't avoid parties if you've never been before, as you might enjoy it.

    3. Get your work done on time.

    4. Get to know at least one professor for a future reference. Make sure you do well in that professor's class.

    5. Eat regularly, sleep regularly, and maintain your hygiene. Your parents tried to instill these values in you, and you should listen to them.

    6. Phil's is dirty, so unless you want dirty, don't go to Phil's.

    7. Be nice to people on campus. You never know when you're going to run into them again.

    8. Don't talk in silent study.

    9. You may have been the smartest person in your high school, but you aren't here. Being pretentious is just going to make you seem like a douchewad with insecurities.

    10. If you hate your program, your residence, or the University after first year, TRANSFER IMMEDIATELY. It's much better to start fresh after only one year when you realised it was wrong, than wait it out and hate your life. Nobody will judge you and tons of people do it (or wish they had).

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    1. +100000000000000000

      Best advice I've ever seen on OMGUW ever

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    2. I agree with everything except for 10.
      If you hate your residence after first year, move out, but don't leave UW unless you also hate your program. Remember, you're most likely coming here for an education and that happens through your program of study, not your residence.
      I hated my residence after first year, but I stayed on at the school and I am so glad I did.

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    3. 4 here. Thank you, 4a.
      4b, when I wrote "TRANSFER IMMEDIATELY", I meant transfer residences (or places of residence) if you were unhappy with your residence. Switching Universities because you don't like residence would be silly. As for programs and Universities, yes, transfer Universities (or just programs, which is possible).

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    4. #6 Should emphasize that Phil's is the cheapest place for drinks in the city, which is an important point for any university student.

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    5. +1000 to number 8. I should also add to it, don't be afraid to tell people to be quiet in the silent study

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    6. in reference to #6, don't listen to that, phils is the best bar in Waterloo and imo the only one worth going to. I would try it at least once. They have different nights if certain music tickles your fancy.

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    7. phils is where it is at. you don't want to miss out.

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  5. Get those high marks in the first year courses!
    You will be tempted to eat all the junk food, and unhealthy meals keep them in balance.

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  6. If you find yourself surrounded by pretentious people (constantly bragging about their smarts and looking down on other faculties), find new friends asap before you turn into a pretentious douchebag yourself. Do this early before you get stuck a circle of negativity (...before you get stuck in a circlejerk). Don't turn into an asshat just to fit in or impress these people.

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  7. 4's pretty much spot on.

    There are some really great people at UW, you just need to look hard for diamonds in the rough!

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  8. Just chill and just pass. Coop will get you all the job experience you need to get an awesome job when you graduate. That is as long as your in cs or se

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  9. 1. Don't get into a relationship. First year is for exploring.
    2. Feel free to make mistakes. It's how you grow.
    3. If it seems like a good idea, go for it. You never know until you try.
    4. Don't pass up a chance to go out at night. Your best memories are those you can't remember with the people you can't forget.
    5. Skip class sometimes to explore or just lazy around. First year is hard, you need to relax sometimes.
    6. A hangover in the morning is a better story than a sober night.
    7. No-one really cares about your grades in first year. It's the connections you make that matter.
    8. Don't actually believe any of these. Fuck Buzzfeed & Fuck Elitedaily

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    1. God, I loved doing 5. Every once in a while, you just want to say "Fuck it" and sleep in, or go to Uptown, go out for lunch, etc.

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    2. Haha agreed with #8. Make smart decision. you do matters. Sure you can balance out some bad decisions with a lot of good ones but it doesn't mean that you can do shit in your first year courses and expect things to just be awesome after that.

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  10. 1) Find friends with similar values to you. If you don't like to go out partying and would rather stay in playing board games, then find friends who also want to. If you get stuck with friends that do stuff you don't like, they won't be good friends for long.
    I don't mean avoid those people, just allow yourself to say no to them, and do what you want to do.

    2) Treat school as a full time job. If you are not spending 40 hours a week on school related stuff, then you are doing something wrong. This is 40 hours or actual work, not work you do while watching tv. Some programs will require more time, but as long as you treat school as a job you will do great. You still have to make time for fun, just don't jeopardize marks for fun.

    3) Learn how to learn. This is probably the biggest thing University will teach you. I am currently in 4th year, and the amount of time it takes me to learn a formula, or process is less than half of what it took in first year, even though everything is now much more complex. My biggest tip is write everything out. There is something special about pen and paper that gets it in your brain. That thing everyone did in high school about what type of learner you are is bullshit. Just write it out, multiple times, and you will be surprised at how well you do. Just because you learn better than others just by reading it doesn't mean that is how you learn best.

    4) Wake up at the same time everyday, weekends can be an hour or two later, but that is all. Doing this will get your body into a rhythm and will let your function better, and you won't waste half the day sleeping.

    5) Save your money. Don't eat out everyday, don't get a new phone just because someone has a better one, etc. If you save your money you will be able to afford the new phone or laptop when yours breaks. Or if your friends want to go backpacking through Europe after exams, you will be able to go.

    6) The prof is always right. The only correct answer is the one the prof will mark correct. They don't care what other courses you have taken, if they didn't teach it, its not right.

    7) Don't be ignorant or a dick. People have different views (such as political or religious) than you, accept it, and don't criticize.

    8) Do not go on reddit.com. And whatever you do, never, ever, ever, go on reddit.com/r/spacedicks

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    1. Damn, I didn't think it would make the hyperlinks, I just made it too easy.

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    2. If the mods can remove the hyperlinks, that would be great

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  11. Disregard Women Acquire Currency.
    DWAC DWAC Dawg

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  12. Figure out where, how, and when you study best.You can study a lot and still get nowhere. Make it your goal to learn what's best for you so you can spend less time with higher quality studying.

    Make friends and be social doing what you like to do. Don't be afraid to explore something new.

    Have fun! (But not too much). I'll be graduating in the spring and the thought of leaving everyone behind is so saddening. You won't remember the nights you stayed home and watched TV by yourself; but you'll definitely remember the times you spent with your friends (and depending on your program, classmates) and all the crazy things you did and went through together.

    Don't go on Reddit... just don't.

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  13. Beware the geese

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    1. When I am driving around campus and the geese walk in front of my car, i put it in neutral and stomp on the gas. I think I have a hole in my exhaust and my car just roars. Scares them pretty well. Turns heads sometimes, but whatevs, don't care if people look.

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  14. Be yourself don't try to be someone you are not.

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    1. I politely disagree. I was a very different person in high school and took coming to university as a chance to be someone better. It is a fresh slate, and I'm much happier for it now. If there was anything about your personality or outlook on life that you wanted to change, first year is the best time to do it. Your peers will associate you with that image from then on.

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    2. OP of 14 Sorry I agree with 14a I meant don't lie about your past don't pretend to be something you aren't and yes university is a time for change.

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    3. ^How are you supposed to become something better if all you ever do is act like yourself?

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  15. Get help early. Don't let it be the day of the exam or assignment.

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  16. Gotta do shots in class at least ONCE

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    1. HA, I remember 1st year, I used to carry with me a captain morgan in a plastic bottle. I was always ever so slightly tipsy at any given point in first year.

      In fact I drank and partied more in 1st year than the rest of my years in uni... go figure

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    2. I'm not even mad, that's amazing.

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  17. university is for getting high marks and learning. fap, party and do other stuff during the summer/coop term.

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  18. Do everything with friends, study, socialize, clubs, network. Only time you should be alone is showering and sleeping.

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    1. Studying with friends doesn't work for everyone... I agree that you should socialize and network, but within reason. You don't have to be around people 24/7 to succeed if you're just not that type of person.

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