Cover: You @ the U: A Guided Tour Through Your First Year of University, by Janet Miler. background: the title is on a coloured background that shifts in gradient from orange at the top to yellow, to light blue, and to green-gray and gray-blue at the bottom.
232 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
14 tables
Release Date:15 Aug 2021
Release Date:15 Aug 2021
Release Date:15 Aug 2021

You @ the U

A Guided Tour through Your First Year of University

SERIES: On Campus
UBC Press, On Campus

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If you’re gearing up for university, you probably have a few fears and concerns. Am I smart enough? How do I know which major is a good choice? How can I make friends and contacts, get good grades, and still get enough sleep?

Whether you’re making the transition to university straight out of high school or have taken a gap year (or a few!), this guided tour will help you

  • register for class
  • make the most of orientation
  • connect with new people
  • work through imposter syndrome
  • reduce fear and embrace uncertainty
  • recover from setbacks
  • steer through the sharp corners of academic life
  • know when to pull an all-nighter
  • and prepare for final exams.

University is supposed to be challenging, but, as Janet Miller promises, it doesn’t need to be stressful or overwhelming. As a university counsellor and registered psychologist with a behind-closed-doors view of university life, she understands that when students have guidance and support – when they know what to expect – they thrive.

With wit and wisdom, she shares what she’s learned from thousands of students who have walked the campus hallways before you. This book doesn’t tell you what you should do. It tells you what you need to know so you can follow in their footsteps and hit your own stride.

This book is a must-read for anyone heading to university for the first time and for parents, counsellors, and teachers who want to help them make the transition.

A note for educators: The author, Janet Miller, feels so passionately about helping students navigate their first year of university that she has offered to speak to the students either in person or as a zoom event. If you would like to arrange a You @ the U session with author Janet Miller, please contact Kerry Kilmartin.

You @ the U is a great resource to help students navigate their first year of postsecondary education. It is practical and grounded in Dr. Miller’s first-hand experiences working with university students for many years. This step-by-step guide will save students a lot of stress! Anusha Kassan, associate professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, University of British Columbia
Too often, in the transition to postsecondary education, students try to figure it out as they go, and bump into brick walls along the way. You @ the U will empower students to understand what to expect and how to access support before they hit a wall! Cindy Mancuso, Career Counsellor/Diversity Advisor, McGill Career Planning Service, McGill University
You @ the U is like having an advisor in your back pocket. It demystifies many of the hurdles of a first-year postsecondary student. I wish I would have had a resource like this when I was starting out on my academic career. Erin Luong, president, Alberta Teachers’ Association, Council of School Counsellors
Janet Miller’s authentic joy for life and care for others permeate this book. She candidly shares her experiences and insights as a counsellor, weaving in perspectives from many students in order to guide her readers through all facets of university life – from registration and orientation to mid-terms and final exams, and through the emotional ups and downs of student life, cataloguing the many services available to ensure student success. Neil Buddel, vice president of Student Success, Centennial College, Ontario

Janet Miller is a registered psychologist with a PhD in counselling psychology. She has spent twenty-plus years working as a university counsellor at Mount Royal University and as a certified trainer with the Centre for Suicide Prevention. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary. Enthusiastic, warm, and wise, she is a step-parent to two university grads and a mother to two future first-year students. She makes her home in Calgary, Alberta.

Foreword: Blessings for All on Your Journey / Elder Roy Bear Chief

Introduction: First-Year Guidance from a Friendly Student Counsellor

1 What to Know before You Go

2 Moving (Even If You’re Not)

3 Orientation and Welcome

4 Early Days on Campus

5 Finding Your Peeps and Settling In

6 The Crash (a.k.a. October, First Grades Back)

7 Maybe I’m Not Smart Enough

8 Time Machines and How to Use them

9 Messed Up about Majors

10 The Sh*t Has Hit the Fan

11 All-Nighters and Late–Late-Nighters

12 Managing the Stress and Coping with Outside Distractions

13 End in Sight but Losing Steam

14 Race-Day Strategies for Final Exams

15 Planning for Second Semester and Second Year

Conclusion: Looking Forward to the Second Season

A Quick Tour of Student Services

Notes; Index

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