Thompson Rivers University

10 tips for first semester survival

  Posted on: October 5, 2016

Now that Orientation Week, BBQ’s and Welcome to TRU bru-haha has quieted down to a dull roar—the assignments, exams and deadlines have started rolling in—so begins the potential for anxiety.

Fear not first year friends. All is not lost. Did you know there is all kinds of support within arm’s reach? Say buh-bye to stress with these handy, helpful tips.

1. Your health is your wealth.

Above all, take care of yourself. Pop by the Wellness Centre for a moment of respite, a chat, a nap or a cup of tea. Get details on upcoming sexual, mental and physical health and wellness classes and special events.

Fun Fact: Have you heard about Therapy Dog Thursdays? 10am – 12pm in Student Street.

2. Learn how to learn.

Everyone learns at a different pace.  What works best for you? Supplemental Learning Study Sessions offer skills, strategies and informal study sessions that lead to scholastic success.

3. Write Better, Right Now.

Citing sources? Clear and concise sentences? Strong outlines? Articulated arguments? Taking the thoughts from your head to the page is sometimes way harder than it looks. Develop your skills, join tutorials and discover online resources with the help of faculty and peer tutors.

3b) Crunch the numbers.

Mathematics can be quite intimidating. Subtract the stress, divide anxiety and add support and multiply success. With guidance from the Math Centre the subject will be much easier to calculate.

4. Plan ahead.

Trouble choosing classes? Academic Advising is available to guide you through the mammoth list of course options. Chat to an advisor about registration options.

5. Speak your mind.

Counseling Services are available to help you tackle whatever ails you. Safe, confidential and supportive—discuss academic, career, or personal growth with trained professionals. who care.

6. Explore the employment fields.

Career Education guides you towards suitable employment options that compliments your fields of study.

Co-op offers paid work in a field of your choice.  Build a professional network. Develop your resume. Access exclusive job postings. Figure your career focus—with support, guidance and advice from the TRU staff.

Fun Fact: TRU Symplicity is a great way to check out available job postings.

 7. Don’t worry about money, honey.

Being short on funds is no fun. Financial Support and Student Awards are available for eligible students. Another reason to achieve high marks in class—academic excellence pays off!

8. Community is key.

Cplul’kw’ten (The Gathering Place) is a home away from home for Aboriginal students. Mentors, Elders and the Aboriginal Services staff are available to support students and offer workshops, resources, funding. Take a walk, have a talk, share a meal.

 9. Disability does not mean defeat.

Disability Services are available to offer support to individuals with physical and academic disabilities—exam accommodation, alternate format text material, sign language interpretation, facilitation of in class note taking, and access to adaptive technology.

10. Say yes to success.

Student Success offers courses in communication, wellness, Intercultural Perspectives and Performing to Academic Standards. The one-credit elective classes will be offered in both fall and winter semesters with full or half-term options available.


For more information on Student Services, call (250) 828-5023.