With the start of the fall semester only a week away, university students in Montreal are mentally preparing themselves to go back to school. If you've already gone through this, you know what to expect! 

For you new kids though, the prospect of starting university can be frightening. I remember the nerves and all the preparation I had to do leading up to my first semester. Though I'm a born-and-raised Montrealer, I wish I had someone give me some advice! 

From frosh regrets to expensive booklists, your first time at a Montreal university is definitely intimidating. But to calm those nerves, we reached out to the community and asked them: "What advice do you have for new Montreal university students?" 

These helpful and sometimes hilarious responses will hopefully help you get through your first semester of university without much trouble! Remember, you aren't the only one who's nervous about starting university for the first time and you won't be the last. Freshmen can use all the help they can get! 

Without further ado, here's the best advice for first-time students in Montreal that we received from our readers!

As a university student in Montreal, you might be forced to pick a side — to party or not to party.

Many of our respondents apparently fall into the "party" camp. It's Montreal, after all, and many are taken by our vibrant nightlife and access to all kinds of sin. 

Still, though many recommend not taking things too seriously, our readers suggest that you find a perfect balance and focus your energy on academic achievement. 

Keep in mind that if you do choose the "party" scene, don't get caught up in it and all the unnecessary drama that comes along with it. 


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Of course, Montreal isn't only about partying. Since you'll be spending most of your waking hours at school, here's some clever life advice. 

I would add to this that many of your books will most likely be available on Amazon. Say what you will about the site, but do you want to spend $150 or $15 on that 1,000-page anthology you'll only use for like, three short poems? Yeah, I thought so. 

The above is all dependent on your program and the class, but the advice rings true. Many professors will remember you if you have an interest and participate in class discussions, even if it's only once in a while. 

Another pro tip from yours truly: go to your professor's office hours at least once or twice and ask about that assignment you're having trouble on. Your prof will definitely give you all the information you need and it might even boost your grade. 

Say it louder for the people in the back, please! 

Most importantly, enjoy the moment and try to get the most out of your university experience as possible! 

It might not seem like it now, but these truly can be some of the best years of your life if you embrace it. 

Have a great semester, Montreal! 

 

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