BY TASNEEM AL-GHAMDI (COMD/IV)
For most of us, a new role in life presents a variety of challenges and some surprises, too. Advice from someone who’s already been there can help get us through the rough spots. In the case of university students, who better than seniors to offer the benefit of their experience?
This week, Shady Zahed, a fourth-year Economics student from Lebanon, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.
A lot of students I have come across generally face a problem with their mathematics skills. Even the most confident of them sometimes struggle in their math courses. If I had one piece of advice for freshmen, regardless of their department, it would be to take math courses very seriously. And if you feel that you have a weakness in algebra or calculus, seeking help from the beginning would be the proper thing to do. On top of that, a lot of freshmen students believe that they can take on a heavy course load. For those who have not tried it, it is the worst venture anyone could undertake. The best approach to this matter would be to start off with a normal course load. And then after that, if you believe that you are capable of taking an extra course, it will be more practical – while bearing in mind the fact that courses get more difficult as you take higher-level ones.
A quick bit of advice on social life: Everyone on campus might not have the same goals as you. If you are here to study, make sure you spend your time with those who are also committed to studying. Otherwise, you are going to face a lot of distractions, which will impact negatively on your academic performance. It is nice to enjoy your time at university; just make sure you are not behind in your studies.