The transition from high school to university was huge. I went from a senior class size of about 150 at Sha Tin College, to an incoming first-year class of more than 6,000 at the University of California, Los Angeles. You could say I went from a big fish in a small pond to a tiny fish in a vast ocean. No joke.
Now, not everyone’s first year will be like mine, navigating unfamiliar faces in an unfamiliar place, but no matter where you go, you will be able to reinvent yourself. You can be whoever you want to be. Seriously! University is the place to become the young and responsible adult that you were destined and raised to be (am I right parents?).
I’m no guru, but here’s a tip for success: it’s all about balance. However, that’s easier said than done. Finding the balance between studying, eating, doing laundry, staying healthy, socialising, going to class, participating in clubs, and – maybe even – having a job is not easy, and I’m sure I’m still missing some things on this list. Trust me, I’m going through this right now.
This new-found independence can be overwhelming but, take it in small chunks, and you will be fine. Find people who have similar interests and who can support you with your goals and aspirations.
And remember: university is the place to become whoever you want to be. You can reinvent yourself.
As the author Charles de Lint said: “You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else will follow.”