My First Week at University

First all, I would like to apologize for going M.I.A this week. But as you may know, I started university this year.

My First Week at University

I am a freshman in communications at University of Sherbrooke, in Quebec. I was a bit scared of what was ahead of me, but I was excited for this new adventure to begin. So now I’m doing a quick recap of what this first week at university was like for me!

First off, you might want to know that I am a commuter. So that means I don’t live in the dorms on campus or in an apartment since my house is pretty close to where my classes are held.

Second, you need to know that my classes are in French. I live in a French-speaking province and therefore, most universities and colleges offer classes in French.

My schedule is also a bit different from what takes place in the States. I have three-hour classes and only five classes a week.

Now that you are fully aware of my situation, let’s get into this recap!

MONDAY

Since I only had one class on Monday, I wasn’t too nervous. My first class was Rédaction: style et clarté, which is a redaction class. I arrived on campus extra early to meet up with one of my friends before the class started so we could go and look for our class together, but my friend got lost! I waited for her for a while before heading off to class on my own, hoping that she would be able to make it before the class started.

The class itself seemed more fun that what I thought it would be like, but since next Monday is labor day and that means we won’t have a class, the teacher gave us extra work to do so we could stay on schedule. I already have a paper due for next class!

While the class sounds fun, it also seem like a lot of work. The teacher told us to expect to have in between 8 and 10 hours of work outside of class each week! I’m freaking out a little, but I guess I should have expected it, since I’m now in uni!

I took Monday afternoon to start organizing my planner and write all the due dates in it!

TUESDAY

My Tuesday class is weirdly built. The class only lasts for an hour and a half instead of the usual 3 hours, but I have to get to class on Wednesday for a workshop that lasts 50 minutes.

The class is called Stratégies de recherche documentaire, meaning that is a class where I’ll be learning how to make proper research. Then again, it sounded like a lot of work, but I can already tell this is going to be so useful for the rest of my college years! In communication, we have to do a lot of research and learning a few tips and tools certainly won’t hurt!

WEDNESDAY

This was my most exhausting day of the week! I showed up on campus in the morning for my workshop of Tuesday’s class. This week, it consisted of visiting the campus’s libraries! Not only did we tour the main library and were introduced to all the services it has to offer, but we also quickly visited our faculty’s documentation center. The class was short and I went home to eat lunch, before heading over to campus an hour later for my next class!

This the campus's main library!

This is the campus’s main library!

My Wednesday afternoon class is called Norme et analyse. This is a class where I’ll learning the basic and complex grammar rules in French.

The teacher presented us the class and gave us our first bit of theory and I felt like dying. The class is sooooo boring! I feel like I already know all the rules that were presented (except a few exceptions) and I don’t think I’ll be learning a lot of new things. I absolutely hate grammar, but the class is mandatory in order for me to get my communication degree. I can already tell that I’m going to hate Wednesdays…

At night, I returned on campus for my ESL test (English as a Second Language). This was really exceptional, but it was basically a classification test to verify our capacities in English and to put us in classes at our levels during our college years. I got ENG, which is the highest level available. I was really exhausted during and after the test, so I went straight to bed!

THURSDAY

Thursday was exceptionally the last day of the week for me. We had Friday off for orientation day in our faculty.

Anyways, I only had one class in the morning, so I was pretty happy with the fact that I would have my afternoon off. Thursday’s class was Outils informatiques. In this class, I’ll be learning how to use a computer properly, but also how to use different programs and all that kind of stuff.

I thought I had basic knowledge when it came to computers, but after taking the little test that our teachers made us do to test our competences, I realize I don’t know much!

I’m really looking forward to this class. There is an average of 4 hours of work outside of class each week, I like the different teaching approach and the topic really interests me!

So far, I think this might be my favorite class!

A shot of my pretty campus!

A shot of my pretty campus!

I took my afternoon to take some advance in my homework. I finished my French grammar assignment, I started working on my redaction paper and rewrote some of my class notes! I will try to finish as much homework this weekend, since I have 4 days off.

NEXT WEEK

I still have one class that I hadn’t had yet, since it was supposed to be on Friday morning, and I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t really tell what it is about with its name, but I’m sort of excited.

I still haven’t come to terms with the fact that I’m now a uni student. I still can’t believe it! It feels so weird to think that I’m finally in college.

In the upcoming week, I’d like to make some new friends, since I’m mostly hanging out with people I knew from cegep, and I don’t know anyone in some of my classes. I’d really like to get to know the people I’ll be studying with for the next three years! I’m a really shy person, so that might be a hard challenge for me, but I’m really going to try my best to make at least one new friend!