A new school year at Tyndale University means a fresh start and an opportunity to grow into the best version of yourself. But along with the usual butterflies you may experience when walking into a classroom for the first time or logging into an online lecture filled with virtual strangers, there is the added stress of following new safety protocols and getting good grades.
Before you get bogged down by assignments and activities, consider these tips. It will make the difference between an anxiety-filled year and an enjoyable one!
1. Love yourself
Your physical and mental health are linked together. If you don't care for your body by eating right, getting some exercise, drinking enough water and sleeping well, it can impact your ability to focus and study. Set goals for yourself, such as taking a 30-minute walk after lunch every day or sleeping earlier. Your body will thank you.
2. Write in a planner
Purchase a physical planner for the 2021/2022 academic year so that you can easily keep track of assignments and exam dates. Don’t use your phone for this purpose—it’s a huge distraction. Instead, write in a planner so you won’t forget the important things.
3. Show up for class
It's been easier than ever to be invisible and stay hidden behind a mask or a closed camera, but God didn’t create us to live in isolation. Find ways to stay accountable to your teachers and classmates and show up on time (check out “Commuter Life Tips” if you’re planning to be on campus!) The more engaged you are in your education, the better you will feel about yourself and what you are learning. This may mean stepping out of your comfort zone to connect with someone in your class or personally introducing yourself to your teacher.
4. Ask for help
There is no shame in seeking resources that will help you on your journey. Professional counsellors and therapists are available to help you deal with a wide range of emotions you may be experiencing, such as depression, anxiety, grief or loneliness. Visit the Tyndale Wellness Centre to speak with a practitioner. Full-time students receive 10 free counselling sessions.
5. Spend time with God
Prioritizing your faith will carry you through the ups and downs of life, and there’s no better time than now to develop healthy spiritual habits. Stick to a time that works for you, and spend time in His Word and in conversation with your Saviour. The time you take will rejuvenate your spirit.
6. Get social
One of the best parts about the Tyndale community is being exposed to people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, denominations, and opinions. Get involved in your House, join a student organization, or connect online (Facebook: @tyndaleuniversity / Instagram: @tyndaleu). You may be making yourself a little vulnerable, but it's worth it. Make your presence known, and let people get to know you. There’s always room in your life for more BFFs!
Jump in with both feet, embrace the awesomeness of Tyndale’s Christian community, and make the most of this exciting new season. You can refer to the welcome email in your inbox for more advice. You may also want to view campus maps and learn how to navigate the campus. Tyndale faculty and staff are here to support you, too; so, be sure to connect with the Student Life team if you need anything.