- Wear the T-Shirt. In real life, you are probably too cool for polycotton blends. But this is Frosh week. Embrace it. “It was frosh week!” is pretty much an all-encompassing excuse you will be thankful for later, and wearing the t-shirt is its price. Besides, if you signed up for frosh week, you’re not too cool for frosh week and all the mindless chanting that comes with it.
- Go To Parties. This is a no-brainer, but if you’re shy, it’s tempting to just stay in your dorm room or head back home well before the last subway. U of T is a huge place, but it becomes very lonely if you don’t make connections from the start. Another common reason students avoid parties is that they don’t drink, and they fear peer pressure, or joyless evenings wasted (pun intended). To this I say, I didn’t drink at all in my first year, and frosh week parties were still super fun. Trust me, most people won’t notice you’re not drinking, and if they do, chances are they’ll have been too drunk to care the next day.
- Explore Campus and the City. Get familiar with where you live! St. George has one of the best campuses in the country, so don’t just stick to your college. I know a lot of people who can count on one hand the times they’ve left the area between Yonge and Bathurst. Don’t let this be you! But start small. Some cool places to check out near campus are Moonbean Café and Free Times Café (live music!) in Kensington Market; Future’s Bakery on Bloor, and Seven West on Charles St W (bonus: the latter two are also 24 hours).
- Sign Up for Clubs. Even if you don’t know how committed you can be, it’s always good to get on the mailing list. Plus, it really is a great way to meet people from different colleges. Also, there’s nothing more embarrassing than being in your fourth year putting together grad school applications and having nothing under extra-curriculars except a joke club you started in your first year.
- Be Friendly. The first step is just to smile. Try your best to be diplomatic to everyone, at least in the first few weeks. Don’t make catty comments about the people you meet; it could turn out they’re the Dean’s kid or an upper year. Besides, there will be plenty of time for petty rivalries later. If you’re a natural misanthrope, consider frosh week your opportunity to conduct field research on your future enemies.