My first week at Ontario Tech

Vanessa Stanley


The first week of university is scary for everybody. I was absolutely terrified. I’m not a big fan of change, I love routines! After four years of high school, I was so used to my 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. schedule, being close to home and getting a drive to school from my mom.

That isn’t exactly the case anymore.

MyStart: Orientation

My first experience at Ontario Tech University was attending MyStart, a summer orientation program. It was such a great way to kick off first year by making friends and having fun! I was seated with my faculty and started socializing with people near me, easing my way into becoming more comfortable with making new friends. We played games, I saved some friends’ phone numbers, and went home happy with how my first day had gone.

First day of class

Then came my first day of classes. In high school they make university sound so scary! I came to class prepared and feared having to do everything alone. My first lecture was a physics lecture, which happens to be my weakest subject. It added to my stress and I entered the room shaking. Thankfully, I saw some familiar faces from MyStart and sat with them! I set up my laptop and notebook while trying to settle down. 

My professor entered with a smile on his face and began talking about all of the help he would give, how excited he was to teach the course—all of my worries went away. I came to the realization that maybe this won’t be as bad as I thought! I began going easier on myself and I ended up having a great first day.


I spent the rest of my first week exploring campus, applying to club positions and trying to get as involved as I could. Everybody says that getting involved makes your university experience 10 times better and I can confirm that it’s true! You meet people with the same interests as you which makes conversation so easy and comfortable to have. You don’t dread going to school, you actually start to like it!

I am so thankful for the welcoming environment that Ontario Tech has. All I have seen are smiles from everybody. I feel important—and most importantly—I feel cared about.

After an extremely busy but fun first week at Ontario Tech, I was able to sit and reflect on how it went. I felt so relieved and all of my stress melted away! Our university has their arms wide open and we'd love to welcome you to this school as well!

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