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The whole point of taking a risk is the excitement of the unknown. I, like so many other people, left home to go to school far away with not the slightest clue what was going to happen. And while it was exciting at the time, there are some things I wish I had known about beforehand, to avoid slight embarrassment, panic and confusion. Prospective and attending Concordians take note. I’m here to spread the knowledge.

1. How Far Away Loyola Was

Looking back on it now, I really wish I had never signed up for any classes at Loyola. I was living at the downtown campus, and the trek back and forth everyday was something I was not prepared for or pleased with. Google maps is right when they say it’s only a 20 – 30 minute drive. But it feels like an eternity in that god forsaken shuttle bus.

2. How Awful The Caf Food Was

I mean I wasn’t expecting gourmet treatment or anything, but I thought my meat would at least be identifiable. Take it from me, and if you’re going to be living in res and choosing a meal plan, get the one with the most flex dollars. Yeah you’ll be living of Pizza Pizza and sushi for a year, but at least you’ll know what you’re consuming.

3. Where The Library Was

I know it seems dumb, but honestly the amount of people I have talked to who are too scared to ask where the library is, is astonishing. So here are the directions to the SGW library and the Loyola library. You’re welcome.

4. How Many Facebook Groups There Were

It took me so long to realize that Concordia had a crap ton of groups on Facebook. Seriously, every program, faculty, club and event has a group. All you gotta do is search it. They are on top of their game when it comes to social media man.

5. How Shitty Student Services Are

Okay y’all, I’m not going to sugar coat this, student services seriously needs to pick up the slack. I and so many other people has such a hard time when it came to admissions and payment. If you’re currently going through some of this turbulent bullshit, you’ve got to be persistent. Email and phone your butt off. That’s the only way shit gets done.

6. What The Moodle Was

Everyone has that moment on their first or second day when the Prof starts going on about the Moodle and you have no idea what is going on. It’s awful. So to avoid hat moment of terror I’ll let you in on the secret. Basically, The Moodle is a platform in which your Profs can post assignments, announcements, forums etc. It’s right on the side of your MyConcordia column below all the admin stuff. Side Note: JMSB goers, you have another program specific for business students called First Class, which is kind of like the Moodle but more complicated. I’d explain it to you but I haven’t fully figured it out myself yet. Sorry.

7. That There Were Tunnels

The Downtown campus is lined with a bunch of underground tunnels. Once I learned this, I seriously never went outside. You can plan your schedule according to tunnel routes! It’s amazing.

8. You Don’t Have To Use A Laptop During Lectures

I common misconception about university is that there is an unannounced switch from hand writing to typing. Well I don’t know about your school, but I’ve noticed that at Concordia people generally stick to the pen and paper route. I don’t know why either. So if you’re all stressed about getting a computer, you can relax yourself. Lots of Concordians opt out of the technological path.

9. The Green Options

Concordia is on point when it comes to promoting sustainable living and local farmers. Also you can never go wrong with a free vegan lunch. I have a whole other article talking about the advantages Concordia has when it comes to going green, which you should totes check out to get informed and involved.

10. How Friendly Everyone Is

You can’t deny that there is totally a stigma that university students are pretentious and rude. There is no need to be nervous of that when going to Concordia. I have met so many nice people who go to this school it’s ridiculous. If you’re ever lost and confused, just ask someone, I promise they’ll be more than willing to help you out!

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