Anonymous asked: i had no idea school would be so hard this early... especially in french immersion. i seriously have no clue what's going on in my class. my prof is really tough and assigns tons of readings that i don't understand. i don't even know what to do. i'm trying so hard but i feel so lost and confused.
I’m sorry you’re struggling right now :( But, believe me when I say that the first few weeks, the first semester even, is the hardest.
I know how you feel. You’ve never been at this level before; teachers are expecting more of you than ever before and you feel completely and utterly swamped with work. It’s like being in a tunnel of stress, and every time you see the light approaching, another assignment/reading/essay/midterm comes along.
Anon, I want to first congratulate you on making it to university, and not only that, but studying in your second language! You are incredibly gifted, even if you don’t see it. Only a small percentage of the population would be able to make it where you are right now!
Second, I want you to know that you have support. There are many resources available to students who feel like they need extra help. The Peer Help Center, Academic Writing Help Center, Counselling & Coaching Service, and Student Mentoring Service are all resources developped to assist students with their studies or mental health needs. Study groups for certain classes are also offered in residences.
Third, I want to encourage you to take advantage of your professor’s office hours! They’re there for a reason! Do the readings as best as you can, take some notes, and bring these notes into the office hours. Profs won’t do your readings for you, of course, but if they see that you took initiative, they will gladly help you refine your notes and break down complicated concepts in order to help you improve your understanding of the readings. Also, try to find a study buddy in that class! Sometimes it helps to compare your notes with someone else’s; you might see something that you missed the first time that helps you understand everything so much better!
Lastly, if you’re feeling really overwhelmed and lost, and no amount of tutoring/extra help seems to be doign anything, you could always switch into an English class if you feel like that would be better. Nothing is worth risking your mental health. If you choose to do this, I really recommend doing it ASAP, as this week is the 3rd week of classes and you might fall really behind if you wait any longer to switch.
I hope you take advantage of one/more of the resources above, and I encourage you to look into other services offered by the university. I wish you luck, anon! Give me an update if you can :)