Hello Fresher! Embarking on a new journey as University student.

//Hello Fresher! Embarking on a new journey as University student.

In the upcoming week, the majority of the university will be welcoming new enrolment students. Starting a new chapter in one’s academic journey in a university is an exhilarating and overwhelming experience. For new students, the anticipation of learning, growth, and personal development is tangible. However, to truly make the most of this journey, it’s essential to establish a good relationship with the university, faculty and lecturers who will be guiding you through your educational voyage.

New student orientation programs (Ta’aruf week) are the first steps in your university journey. These sessions provide valuable insights into the university’s culture, resources, and academic expectations. They also offer an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with your professors and lecturers. Engaging in orientation activities allows you to become familiar with the academic environment and sets the stage for building positive relationships with faculty members.

Begin your journey with a clear understanding of your academic and personal goals. What do you hope to achieve during your time at university? Setting specific, measurable, and achievable goals will provide you with a roadmap for success. Whether it’s earning certain grades, pursuing extracurricular activities, or developing specific skills, having goals will give your university experience purpose.

Effective time management is the key to balancing your academic commitments, social life, and personal well-being. Invest in a planner or digital calendar to keep track of assignments, deadlines, and important dates. Create a daily or weekly schedule that allows you to allocate time for studying, attending classes, and engaging in extracurricular activities while still ensuring you have time for relaxation and self-care.

Do not hesitate to seek academic support when needed. Universities typically offer resources such as tutoring and small groups discussion to help students succeed academically. If you’re facing challenges with coursework, reach out to lecturers, teaching assistants, or academic advisors for guidance. Building meaningful relationships with professors, classmates, and mentors can greatly enrich your university experience. These connections not only can provide academic support and guidance, but also potential career opportunities.

Participating in campus activities and organizations is an excellent way to build a sense of belonging and make new friends. Join clubs, sports teams, cultural events, volunteering or community services to expand your social network and develop leadership skills. Involvement in extracurricular activities can enhance your overall university experience and provide opportunities for personal growth.

Active participation in class is key to establishing a rapport with your lecturers. Engage in class discussions, ask questions, and seek clarification when needed. This not only demonstrates your commitment to learning but also shows your lecturers that you value their expertise and opinions. On top of that, work on improving your written and verbal communication skills, as they will be invaluable throughout your academic and professional journey.

While academics are a significant aspect of university life, it’s crucial to prioritize self-care. Maintaining a healthy balance between your studies and well-being is essential for long-term success. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat well, exercise regularly, and manage stress well.

University is a time for personal growth and exploration. Stay open to new experiences, subjects, and perspectives. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone, as doing so can lead to personal and intellectual growth. As a new enrolment student, building a strong foundation is essential for a successful and fulfilling university experience. By setting clear goals, managing your time effectively, seeking academic support when needed, getting involved on campus, honing your communication skills, prioritizing self-care, building relationships, and staying open to new experiences, you’ll pave the way for a successful and transformative journey through higher education. Remember that your time at university is an opportunity for growth, learning, and personal development, and with the right foundation, you can make the most of every moment.

Best wishes to all the incoming freshmen! Here’s to a successful journey ahead.


Dr Ahmad Dzulfikar Samsudin

Deputy Dean,

Student Affairs & Alumni

Faculty of Dentistry, USIM