Anonymous said: okay i am so sorry if this question has been asked for. i applied to health sciences/studies. i took bio for grade 11+12. i took chem only in grade 11. how bad will i struggle first year bc i didn't take gr 12 chem?
Most first year courses are designed to make sure all students are on the same page before entering second year. The school understands people are coming in from various levels of education and that not everyone has the same background in certain topics. If you stay on top of your work and study (as you should be doing in any case!), you should be able to manage the work, although you may find the course more challenging than other students who have taken grade 12 chem. There are a ton of resources on campus (review sessions, TA office hours, extra practice questions, professor office hours, etc) that you can take advantage of to help move you forward through the course. Please take advantage of these resources, because they are truly designed and put in place to help you :)
Anonymous said: I'm so excited to go to Western, but I'm really shy :/ is it gonna be difficult making friends there?
Not at all :) There are tons of people from different backgrounds with different interests and personalities that you’ll be interacting with throughout your time here, and I’m sure you’ll find that some stand out to you more than others.
The easiest time to make strong friendships is during Orientation week - your first week at Western, before classes begin. The school spends months planning events, activities, learning opportunities, workshops, meet-and-greets for students in every faculty, to truly assist all incoming students in the transition from high school to university. This particularly helps facilitate friendship-making, and it’ll be an experience you won’t forget. Chances are that you will become incredibly close with your floormates, other people in your building, people in your classes and labs/tutorials, members of clubs you may join, etc.
This is an excerpt from a similar question we answered ages ago; you may find it helpful:
"You’ll be completely fine! There are tons and tons of floor/building/campus events that aim to allow you to make friends as easily as possible. Plus, during O-Week, you’ll meet more people all at once than you’d ever thought possible.
If you leave your door open while you’re in your room, people will casually stop by and say hello. And if you see someone else’s door is open, there’s nothing wrong with just greeting them as you pass by.”
nothing makes you feel more mediocre than being a university student, holy.
Anonymous said: is it really bad to be undeclared in second year?
Is this the situation you’re in?
You will be registered in an alternative program in May (often BA Undeclared for students registering for second year). You will need to include/repeat courses in your 2010-2011 selection that will make you eligible for the module/degree you wish. You may need to contact a departmental counsellor to discuss your course selection after adjudication in May and before web registration.
Talk to your counsellors to work out what suits you best for the future, and work out a plan. It’s best to have some sort of idea of what you want to be doing and working towards it, rather than aimlessly taking courses. It’s not really a bad thing, you’re just figuring out what you want to be doing in the future, academically. Shadow a program you’re interested in, perhaps? But definitely speak to a counsellor if you haven’t. They have the resources available to help, and they’ve managed similar situations countless times in the past.
Anonymous said: my tumblr is very private and I worry as a fellow western student, that you'll spread my tumblr since you recently followed me! please don't.
We wouldn’t do that to any of our followers! The only way your blog could be spread would be if we reblogged a post from you. If you’d like us to unfollow you or to refrain from reblogging your posts, feel free to message us off anon and we promise to do just that. If there’s anything else on top of that that you’d like us to do, just let us know.