What to Expect

Summer
September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April

Summer

So excited about coming to Queen’s, kind of nervous too—just found out that I’m going to be in McNeil House residence; it’s right beside the cafeteria, which is pretty sweet. I’m so excited to meet my roommate and I really hope there isn't any snoring!

I’m trying to figure out what I need to bring; I’ve never been away from home for more than two weeks, so I’m making a checklist of anything I might need. Can’t wait to move in!

September

Frosh week was amazing! My Frosh group was called 2 Frosh 2 Furious and a bunch of the people from my Frosh group are in the same classes as I am. The people on my floor all seem pretty cool and Sean and Mary are planning to go into History too, so we might take some of the same courses together next year.

I went to the Clubs Fair with my floor and I’m really excited to get involved this year; I’m hoping that I’ll be able to meet more people from different faculties.

I got lost on the first day of class trying to find a room in Mac-Corry. I still haven’t found it, but I figure if I set aside Saturday afternoon I’ll be able to figure out where everything is!

October

The first month went by really fast and the work keeps piling up. I’ve come up with a new reading system: for classes that have stuff due in the next two weeks, I’ll do the readings and I’ll catch up on the other stuff later. I just need to come up with a good balance.

It was really nice to see my family and catch up with people from High School over the Thanksgiving weekend. Sometimes I really miss having a room to myself, but I’m pretty happy to be back at Queen’s. It was actually really weird to go without talking to my roommate every day.

November

Got my first essay mark back; I’m going to have to work a lot harder than I did in High School. I also think I’m getting sick…I drank a bunch of energy drinks to make it through an all-nighter, so today has been pretty rough.

I’m going to start eating healthier and going to the gym and I’m definitely going to stop procrastinating next semester.

December

Last day of classes! First semester of university is almost done!

I fell asleep in Stauffer last night; I can’t wait until exams are over.

Four of five exams are out of the way, so far so good, now it all comes down to English. I think I’ll go over last year’s exam on the exambank to do some practice questions.

Just wrote my last exam! I’m going to sleep for the next 12 hours and then pack for home!

January

Got some of my marks back; I think I’m probably going to go into Biology. I’ve started studying on the top floor of Douglas; it’s really quiet up there and it kind of looks like a scene out of Harry Potter.

Jasmine, Ayan and Tim have asked me to live with them so we’re going to start house-hunting for next year. Hopefully we’ll find something close to campus, because Kingston winters are a lot colder than back home.

February

My marks are much better this term. I got my first A- on a Philosophy essay. I’m really glad I went to the writing centre to go through my essay with them; it made a huge difference.

Gael applications are due soon and I’m thinking about applying; my roommate Spencer and a bunch of people in my Politics tutorial are doing it, so it seems like it could be pretty fun.

Reading week is coming up and then midterms, so I’m going to crack down and actually work all week to get caught up.

Reading week didn’t go exactly as planned and it went by way too fast, but I’m feeling good about my midterm.

I saw an advisor named Colin at the Peer Academic Support Service and now I think I know that I want to major in Philosophy.

March

It’s hard to believe I’m almost done first year!

We just signed the lease for our house, so we’ll be leaving res and moving into our house in just over a month! I got the biggest room in our house, but the floor is kind of slanted; I feel it’s a fair trade off.

Two more presentations and I’m finished until exams!

April

First year classes are done!

Back to Stauffer being open for 24 hours…I am so close to being finished.

Exams are done and so is my first year at Queen’s! Now it’s home for the summer!