The Year Ahead

By: Miguel Teran Benalcazar

Congratulations! You’ve made it to university, one of the most exciting stages in a student’s life. Now, you should ask yourself, what can I do next? How can I make the most out of this experience? I’ll give you a brief overview of what you can expect this year.


School can certainly be stressful and intimidating. You will encounter courses that are very challenging or that simply you don’t like. You will also have some failures and drawbacks. But don’t worry; every student experiences this at any point during their studies. As time goes by, you will develop your own study habits that will benefit you the most. Throughout the year you will have to deal with assignments, tests, projects and so on, so make sure to organize your time effectively in order to get the best results. You should also find a way to cope with stress, like exercising or getting involved in an extracurricular activity. Of course not everything at university has to be a nightmare. You will find courses that are very exciting and that you will love. Enjoy all of those and be passionate about what you are learning.


Being part of UofT and Chestnut means you are part of a huge community. And you can getting involved in many ways. Chestnut offers lots of social events throughout the year, where you can meet new people and make friends. If you want to participate in a club, you have an infinite number of options to choose. You can play at the intramurals if you love sports, you can drop-in at a class at Hart House, you can join at any of the Engineering design clubs, or you can be part of an student association. As I said, there are plenty of ways to get immersed in this community. You just need to find the activity that most interests you.

The city of Toronto

One of the best things about studying at UofT is living at Toronto. This city is one of the most diverse and multicultural in the world, meaning that there is always lots of things to do. You can either visit its iconic places like the CN Tower or High Park, try new types of food and go to different restaurants, or enjoy many of the free events around the city. Moving around is very simple and safe. And even though it gets cold during the winter, it can also be very fun.

So there you have some piece of advice for this incoming year. I wish you the best luck and hope you have an awesome experience at Chestnut Residence and at the University of Toronto!