What drew me to become an SL leader? In science, there are a lot of initial courses and a lot of SL sessions that coincide. Taking advantage of the opportunities, I met a lot of SL leaders and got to know some very well. They helped me stay on top of my course work, and they stayed on top of their own; I looked up to them. I became an SL leader to help other students... I wanted to be like the leaders I had previously.
I never go to class without: paper and a pen. Although I often take a lot of notes on my computer, I always find times when handwritten notes become useful. There’s something about drawing or writing essential things by hand that helps with the learning process.
Best advice I’ve ever received:
The best advice I’ve ever received is not to compare yourself to others. This is easier said than done, but it will help reduce stress and take a load off your mental health. Everyone is different, and everyone has to forge their own paths. There’s no right way to reach your goal…Make yourself happy and do the best you can.
What I wish I’d known on the first day of university: TRU is smaller than other universities, which allows you really meet and know your teachers well. Find some time to talk to them. Most are very willing to help with concepts you may not have understood, and they take time to help you succeed.
Also, It takes a while to explore campus and find the best places to study. See where you focus best and are less distracted. Different buildings, and even levels of each building, change the entire atmosphere.
I didn’t think I needed SL until: SL was a life saver in first year; however, by my second year, I thought I knew how to study and succeed on my own. Then I took my first o-chem. midterm. After getting back that grade, I knew I had to get some help and pull my mark back up, and SL helped with that. By the time the final came around, I understood the concepts that I had previously overlooked and felt prepared. I believe SL saved my grade in that course.