WELCOME TO CAMPUS
NESTLED IN THE COULEES ALONG THE BANKS OF THE OLDMAN RIVER, ULETHBRIDGE IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BLACKFOOT TERRITORY
You’re here, and you’re ready to hit the ground running, make friends, join clubs, and relish the new freedom that comes with being a university student.
Your schedule, your classes, your extracurriculars, your entire life is now in your hands. Before you run and sign up for everything, or if you’re a little more like me and aren’t even sure where to begin, let us help guide the way.
Battling imposter syndrome
It can be tough feeling like a little fish in a big pond. But it’s important to remember that everyone starts somewhere. You belong here, and you deserve to be here as much as the next student. In fact, chances are the person sitting next to you in class feels the exact same way, regardless of how put-together they look on the outside. As cliché as it sounds, your experience at university is a journey, not a race! Take the time to soak it all in and know your limits. Your biggest competition is yourself, so lean into your strengths, and don’t be embarrassed to admit when you need a hand—nobody is great at everything.
Feeling alone on campus
Feeling alone on campus is normal, especially in the beginning, but everyone deserves to have people they can lean on. A piece of advice I heard during New Student Orientation was that ‘the best time to reach out for help is before you crumble without it.’ If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed, struggle with mental health, or aren’t doing so well in class, there are professors, advisors and fellow students you can speak with. No matter who you contact, they should be able to direct you to the correct place. So, don’t be afraid to reach out! More on student services in ULife Hack #6 Study Hard & Connect.
CHECK OUT THESE TOP PICKS FROM STUDENTS FOR A FEW THINGS TO DO ON CAMPUS
“Pronghorn Games are a great way to get involved with the student body and community and are also a great place to make new friends. The rugby, basketball, soccer and swim teams have lots of local meets and events, and students get in for free with their student ID card! Bringing a group of friends to the games is so much fun.” - Madeline
“The Zoo is a really fun place to hang out for events, wing nights, and taco nights. Residence puts on some great events for students living on campus, from spontaneous food nights with high-quality meals sourced or even cooked by your RA’s to sundae and movie nights, to trips out to some unique hangouts in the city. Take advantage of as many of these as possible.” - Angelica
“There is a huge poster sale in UHall every year. The posters are pretty cheap, and there are so many to choose from.” - Nicko
“Karaoke night is the last Tuesday of every month, and it’s so much fun! Seeing students come out and step out of their comfort zones with good food and drinks always makes for a fun night with friends or even by yourself.” - Caileigh
“I really enjoyed the music festivals on the grass by the cafeteria. A lot of the artists were really good. Zodiaque was awesome.” - Derek
“Every Wednesday, I looked forward to wing night at the Zoo! Gathering up all your friends and having some wings is such a great time!” - Cassady
“The ULSU hosts Dirty Bingo every month, and if you want to be (safely) pushed outside of your comfort zone, that’s the event to go to! Also, Fresh Fest is always a great event; you can meet some awesome people and get to experience a good concert.” - Cayley
“I’d say you have to have the Fresh Fest experience at least once!” - Angelica