The Best Advice from Across Campus

By Rachel

There are some pretty intelligent, creative, gorgeous and inventive people on campus here at the University of Alberta. So I thought I’d walk around and ask them one question: what’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

Maybe you’re just starting your U of A adventure and want to know the best thing you can do during your stay here. Maybe you’re coming back after a long break and forget what it’s like to be back in school and on campus again. Or maybe you’ve been here for a while, plan to stay a while still, or are soon to graduate. Whatever reason brings you to U of A, its students share their best advice.

Found in the Arts/Business Quad

This summer someone told me to “chase your joy” and I thought it was so lovely and simple & I think about it all the time now. Also a good reminder for me usually is to think about if something that’s upsetting me (a bad test grade or whatever) will matter in five years.

Found in Ag/For

“Ask for help when you need it, don’t wait. There are a lot of tools to help you succeed — search them out and utilize them.”

Found in Quad

I’d have to say the best advice I’ve gotten is that it’s ok to take time for yourself because if your mind isn’t 100 then your best effort in anything you do can’t be put forward.

Found in SUB

If I have to say something off the top of my head it would be go with the flow…it sounds cheesy but it’s actually helped me a lot, especially with anxiety and stress! The idea around my tattoo is kinda centered on that. No matter the size of the storm that created the wave, it always gets back to shore one way or another!

The best advice I’ve heard?

Worry about what you can change — forget about what you can’t. Late for your exam? This is something you can’t change (because you can’t rewind time), so focus on preparing your mind for when you do make it to the exam. You’re going to drive yourself crazy with stress if you allow yourself to worry about absolutely everything.

When assignments start to get hard, exams are stressing you out, and you feel like you have absolutely no time to finish what you need to: ask for help or advice.