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Adapting to University


​Beginning university is a huge transition. We welcome all our new students during the orientation process. Whether you are starting university straight out of high school, returning to school after an absence or joining us from another school, orientation is the first step in familiarizing yourself with university life at Grenfell Campus.

Orientation lays the groundwork for a successful university experience. It's about having fun and hanging out with your peers while learning about academic expectations, making university contacts and becoming part of the community.

Helpful Tips for Parents and Supporters (PDF)

Student tips for setting in...


Take time for reflection

Build in some time every day to just relax rather than bouncing from one event to the next constantly. It is important to get enough sleep, but also to relax with music, a book, in a hot bath, or doing whatever you like doing. Taking time out lets you reflect on your new experiences. You may wish to use this time to consider decisions about your courses, who to spend time with, or what to get involved in.

It's normal to be nervous

Remember this is new for everyone, regardless of how cool and confident some may appear. You are surrounded by people from different backgrounds and nationalities, but the one thing everyone has in common is that they are surrounded by strangers and do not want to be rejected. Anxiety at this stage is completely normal and if you do not find your lifetime friends in the first few weeks, you are certainly not alone. It is okay to be nervous.

2.jpg Meet new people

Go to events and activities you know you will enjoy. Do not feel you have to keep in with the crowd at all costs. If you have longed to explore different interests or change your image, university is a great opportunity. There are many different clubs and societies for you to explore. Do not worry if you are not always at ease socially, or if you say or do something you later regret. Learn whatever lesson is there for you, then forget about it and move on.

Be responsible

You will be responsible for managing your time, money, and fun in university. Be cognizant that you can do things in MODERATION. You will also be in social situations where alcohol, drugs, and sex will become a choice you have to make. Think carefully about your decisions. Talk to people you trust.

Do not bottle up problems

Talk to someone: either a friend, family member or one of the student support teams.

Be organized from the start

University life demands a high level of self-organization because you have so much freedom. Manage your time so you can attend all of your classes, fit in study and reading time, get plenty of rest and exercise, AND still have time for FUN.

Download Weekly Schedule Template

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Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS269
Phone: (709) 637-6232
Email: studentservices@grenfell.mun.ca

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