A message from the editor


Greetings, first-years. My name is Matt Lawes, and I’m here to tell you exactly what you need to do during first year.

I’m kidding, of course. Rest assured that anyone who tries to come across as some sort of expert on university life is probably full of themselves and/or full of crap. After all, university is more than just a series of dos and don’ts.

DO try to study when possible.

DO make time to have a social life.

DON’T take this as a suggestion to bring whiskey to your next study session.

While that’s all good advice, not every answer to university comes quite so easily. There’s more than one way to go through university. With so many different opportunities available, it’s far beyond me to tell you what the best way to go through university is. If that’s what you’re looking for, you may want to pick up a different newspaper.

The goal of this orientation edition is to tell you about all the different things going on around campus and in KW, the things that first-years should know starting university, and even give you a few tips to make life a bit easier. This paper will give you all sorts of information about UW — however, whatever you choose to do with that information is up to you.

An important part of putting together a paper that encompasses many different approaches to university is getting a lot of people with different perspectives to work on it, and so I want to thank all the people who helped put this paper together. Our stories were written by so many different people with different backgrounds and experiences, and I feel like they truly come together to show the sheer variety university offers.

So yes, DO take other people’s advice. DO read this orientation edition (please, you have no idea how much time I spent putting everything together). DO have some idea of what it is you’re going to be getting yourself into. But at the end of it all, DON’T let other people decide your life for you. Listen to all the mistakes and regrets people had, all the things they’re glad they did, and all the ways they’ve managed to make their university experience uniquely their own.

And then do it yourself.

Good luck out there.



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