So you’ve left the awkward High School years and gotten into Law School. Gone are the days of teachers telling you what to do and what to wear. The world is your oyster because you’re a real adult now right? Transitioning from year 12 to First Year can be intimidating and nerve-wracking when you don’t know what to expect and don’t have your high school friends with you. You’re basically the new kid all over again.
Here, you’ll find tips and tricks on getting through your first-year units, the easiest way to make friends and the best social events of the year for JAFFYs.
“… In order to help you navigate yourself through your first few weeks at Monash Law, we have developed a dos and don’ts list that we would have liked to read during our first years …”
“… Have you ever had questions you wanted to ask but were too scared to post on the Monash Law page or ask literally anyone out of fear of looking like another JAFFY? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here are a list of 5 questions and answers we have accumulated from our own experiences in first year law …”
“… Whether it be in your first few weeks of classes, halfway through the semester or even as you are leaving to go on Christmas break, pretty much all first years will at some point question what they are doing, why they are doing it, and who they are doing it for. Chances are, you’re reading this and thinking ‘yeah this is me right now!’ Well you’re definitely not alone and lucky for you we’re here to help you out!”
“A few weeks later and this initial wave of excitement had worn off and I found myself feeling like a very small fish in a very big pond. I was not used to knowing no one. I started to feel like I was a mere number at university and that nobody really cared – this was a tough time.”
“… Sure, I maintained a 4.0 GPA; sure, I received awards for my grades; sure, I stood out in my classes. But did I focus on building relationships? Was I content with my social outreach? Were “heck yeah!” or “sure!” my usual responses to social invites? No. I lived in a textbook and I – therefore – became one.”
“Three years down the track, I can definitely see how I was making a massive deal over a first world problem. But everything feels like a big deal in First Year. So to anyone starting their first year, I just want to say it’s normal to panic and stress over things you have never worried about before, and it’s normal to not always be on top of everything. Just remember, first year is the best year to learn how uni life differs from high school and to start some new routines. Clearly, I could have laid the outfit out the night before, but being the last minute person I am- I didn’t …”