This year, we’re introducing monthly articles by student editors. Here’s our first series detailing what Optometry/Vis Sci students wished they knew. Oh boy, I wish us final years had access to these tips earlier on…We’ll be releasing one article per day this week (for 1st,2nd, 3rd and 4th year), so keep tuned!
What I Wish I’d Known in First Year – Veronica Giang, Class of 2020
Here are a few things I wish I’d known so that I could start first year on a good note!
- There are plenty of people in the same boat as you, so don’t feel nervous. Try and get out of your comfort zone and talk to someone; it could really make their day and turn out to become a great friendship!
- Don’t stress too much about work and exams. Obviously, do the best that you can and study hard, but try to really enjoy first year! The workload gets heavier as the years go by, so go make some memories while you have plenty of time!
- Be friendly and get to know your lecturers well because they’re there in the background throughout your degree to help you!
- Manage your time wisely to reduce stress levels. Likewise, try to get a healthy balance of social and educational activities to get the best out of uni.
- You can eat in lectures – there’s no need to try hiding your food.
Editors: Cindy Van and Celine Zhang
Disclaimer: The views & opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of the UNSW OptomSoc or UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science.