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When you first start out at any school there are bound to be some significant lifestyle changes and events taking place, especially if you're moving to a new city. Now, there're the typical things that happen when you go to university, and then there's the stuff that only happens at McGill, and whether you love it or hate it, you can't escape it.


1. Your definition of “Montreal” shrinks significantly

Who knew the entire city was actually within a 6 block radius of McGill?


2. You’ll try to chant your way to fitting in

There’s no quicker way to rally a bunch of McGillians together than starting a round of McGill once, McGill twice.


3. Your standards for grades disappear almost immediately

Forget the fact that A+’s just straight up don’t exist, the grading can get pretty harsh. Eventually you’ll just pray that you’re on the right side of the curve.


4. You realize that you can in fact have samosas for lunch five days a week

And the money’s usually going to some cause or another, so you can feel good about doing it.


5. You’ll get completely and utterly lost

Whoever decided to give multiple buildings the same name is a complete sadist, not to mention trying to figure out the Stewart Bio wings as a clueless freshman.


6. You’ll get whipped into shape

Our school is literally one big hill - your glutes will never look better.


7. Develop a feeling of superiority over Concordia

After hearing I’d rather be a Redman for the 37th time, it’s kind of hard not to.


8. Hurt your brain trying to comprehend the fact that U0 is a thing

“Rather than having CGEP students start as second years, let’s have everyone else say that they’re in year zero. Yes, that makes sense.”


9. Get really depressed about the lack of coffee

When Second Cup is the best option on campus, you know things are pretty bad.


10. Get way too sloppy at Tokyo

It’s like a first-year right of passage.


11. Play beer pong at BDP

Because what else are Tuesdays for?


12. Get extremely overwhelmed by the activities fair

And probably end up signing up for way more clubs than you could ever possibly fit into your schedule.


13. Think that being allowed to drink in rez is a normal thing

Until you go visit another university and realize they get written up for that sort of thing.


14. Get stuck in the giant bookstore lineup

If you don’t plan your trip strategically, you’re going to end up in that giant wrap-around-the-entire-basement line.


15. Be confused as to why you have to go to three different stores to get all your books

Apparently the regular bookstore isn't enough, so you might have to make a trip to Paragraph or The Word.


16. Realize that you don’t actually have to go to every class

This isn’t high school, no one’s taking attendance in a first year lecture. The fact that they’re usually recorded doesn’t hurt either.


17. You start to question how some people got in here

When you're applying to McGill, you’re told the admission standards are pretty high, and yet there are always one or two people that you have to stop yourself from asking who they had to kill to get in here.


18. Feel infinitely less stylish

A good portion of McGillians seem to have that “I just effortlessly threw this on but still look amazing and could easily be on the cover of a magazine” look that takes years to perfect.


19. Fall in love with the rez caf shawarma man

It’s a good day when it’s shawarma day.


20. Lose your faith in the admin system almost immediately

Bad Administration: the only thing McGill is consistent with.


21. Underestimate the power of Beach Day

It’s likely that one of the highlights of your year will be within the first few days, so don’t miss it.


22. Have your life changed by OAP

One of the first things to greet you when you arrive at McGill, it really is the best place on Earth.


23. Have someone tell you to take Terrestrial Planets because it’s an “easy A”

It’s not.


24. Spend more time than you should in Leacock 132

It’s like the first-year lecture hub of McGill.


25. Learn to sleep through the sounds of drunken students.

And if you’re in Upper Rez, the sound of an occasional ambulance visit.


26. Get super frustrated with the school’s schedule

You mean you wanted to have the same Reading Week as every other Canadian university? Don’t be silly.


27. Be shocked, yet kind of impressed, by the sheer number of school-run drinking events

Hype Week, Carnival, Science Games, Faculty Olympics, the list goes on and on.

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