By Carla Wintersgill
On the morning of my first day at Ryerson, I was so nervous about my reporting class that I threw up before heading to school.
I found my prof so terrifying that I would throw up before her class for the better part of two months.
By the end of the school year when we were on good terms, I told her about my pre-class anxiety.
“That’s really pathetic, Carla,” she replied.
She was right, but there’s no way I would have been able to see that at the beginning of the year.
I had to suffer through stomach cramps and cold sweats for two months before I knew the score and could allow myself to feel at ease.
But that’s the way it always goes. By the time you figure out how to navigate a situation, it’s too late and you’re nearly done.
To this year’s froshies: Congrats, you made it to Ryerson. After years of listening to parents and teachers harp at you about the importance of getting good grades in high school so you can get into a good university, which will eventually lead you to a good job with good benefits, you’re finally here.
You can relax and enjoy the ride.
Sort of. The bad news is that the stress doesn’t end here. Not only will you feel the normal school pressure, but there is also the added weight of the hefty tuition you’ve shelled out to suffer through midterm season.
A lot of you have moved away from home and are experiencing big city life for the first time.
You’re wondering if you’ve taken the right classes, if you’re going to fit in, if committing rez-cest is okay (it’s acceptable, but floor-cest definitely isn’t).
The good news is that The Eyeopener is here to help you cut through the misery of experience and straight to the knowlege.
Sure, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the system eventually, but why not find out now?
Our editors and writers have been through it all before. From scoring free laundry to finding cheap food, the Eyeopener’s Frosh guide is the ultimate school survival tool. Hopefully we can spare you some first-year anxiety.