Let’s face it: frosh week is a scary time. Unless you’re some phenomenally social deity who coolly adapts to any newfound situation you’re tossed into, the chaos of your first week at university is often an alienating experience.
Fear not, young froshie. You are not alone. Small talk may not be your forte, your dance moves at the club may resemble a crazed orangutan, and the season finale of Game of Thrones just isn’t a relevant topic of conversation anymore — but none of this means you’ll be confined to a life of solitude and Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”. If you find yourself convulsing at the thought of ugly frosh-wear and raunchy college chants, take heed of this advice: you’re going to be fine.
1. Get acquainted with your surroundings
Especially if you’re not from Toronto, a big, complicated city could make things objectively worse for you. To avoid this unwanted confusion, make sure to spend some quality time getting acquainted with the campus and downtown areas.
Know the landmarks: Robarts is a central area of the St. George campus, and walking towards the CN Tower means you’re most likely walking south.
2. Don’t feel obliged to do everything Frosh has to offer
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t leave the ol’ comfort zone behind, but if you don’t want to take part in a sweaty clubbing event that feels like the DJ is remixing your insides, then you really don’t have to. Search out the events that fit your interests, and don’t do anything that you know you won’t enjoy.
3. Reap the benefits of freebies
If there’s one thing you can count on during frosh week, it’s the free food and coffee. If you find yourself with a heap of regret from last night’s shenanigans — not to mention a wicked hangover — there’s no better remedy than a no-questions-asked cup of caffeine.
4. Sign up for things
One of the best ways to meet like-minded people is to sign up for clubs and student unions that appeal to your interests. On Wednesday, September ninth, the Clubs Fair will be taking place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, giving you a chance to sift through the many clubs U of T has to offer — including The Varsity.
Sure, the nausea from the boat cruise doesn’t help, but in the grand scheme of things, this week is only a tiny speck in the entirety of your inevitably sloppy yet glorious undergrad life. Stay calm, drink lots of water, wear lots of sunscreen, and try to enjoy yourself.