What an exciting time. It’s the start of your first semester at EHL. Your campus is flooded with thousands of new students from around the world who will be starting their first year at university. For many students (and their parents), transitioning to university is an exciting yet daunting experience. Questions are racking your brain: Will I fit in? How will I make new friends? Am I going to survive my crazy hard Microeconomics course? Lix sat down with EHL student, Fanny Goppelsroeder, who shared five study tips to help first-year students succeed in and out of the classroom. Let’s dig in.
Lix: What is one thing about EHL that every first-year student should know?
Fanny: EHL has an amazing community of students who are always ready to help one another. If you’re ever in need of advice on studying, jobs, internships or life in general, there are so many people you can go to—it doesn’t matter which semester they’re in, they’ll help. Another thing that makes EHL so special is the many events—in and outside of school! So keep your eyes peeled and make sure to follow committees on social media.
Lix: What has helped you survive a tough semester?
Fanny: An important factor during your study period is finding the ideal place to work. Once you’ve found your favorite spot, studying comes more natural and turns into a “sort of” habit. Other than that, make sure to take some time to relax. A lot of studying can also be done in between exams, so don’t worry about learning everything by heart before your exam starts!
Lix: What techniques do you use when studying for a big exam?
Fanny: I personally love creating mindmaps—I take notes in a way that looks like I’m brainstorming, when, in fact, I’m linking subjects I’ve already learned and am going over them again and again to find common themes. This helps me remember certain theories in much greater detail.
Lix: What do you recommend to students who are struggling to make friends at a new university?
Fanny: Always be yourself! Confidence is important and if you don’t feel good about who you are, you’ll have a hard time creating meaningful friendships. Also, I suggest joining committees and sports teams to find other students that share common interests.
Lix: What is the best advice you could give a first-year student?
Fanny: Even if you feel like you have a lot of work ahead of you, don’t view it as a mountain that has to be climbed within a short period of time! If you work towards something steadily, on a day-by-day basis, you’ll achieve your goal, without a doubt. Consistency is key!
Remember, university isn’t just about studying hard in order to achieve one’s career goals. It’s also about making lifelong friendships and connections. So go grab university life by the horns and enjoy the ride! We are rooting for you and wishing you the best as you start your first year of university. And if you need some help organizing your studies, we’re just one click away!
Fanny Goppelsroeder is studying Hospitality Management at EHL. In need of some more tips? Check out A Student’s Guide to Cheap and Free Things to Do in Lausanne, where Fanny offers up some tips on where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Lausanne on a student budget.