10 Things First-Years Should Know

Green Day sang about waking up only when September ends but for some of us, non-pop stars and mere university students, we don’t really have a choice. Whether you like it or not, you will have to drag yourself back to your beloved university.

As for the matriculation and school leavers, it is time to enrol in a new university. Buuuuuutttttttt, before you waltz into your new university like you own the place…

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….let me give you a couple of advice.

I just wanna say I am not writing this with hostility towards any first-years or anything. I am merely giving tips and reminders so that you would not embarrass yourself when you entered university.

WARNING! The following content contains reality wrapped in a series of harsh words which may or may not hurt your feelings. Proceed with caution.

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1. You are a FIRST-YEAR not a ‘freshman’. Don’t try to pretend like you’re Americans. Nobody in Malaysia addresses first-years as freshmen.  People would just call you “budak first-year”. AND do not EVER call yourself a ‘FRESHIE’. You will just sound stupid.


2. You are NOT COOL. Nobody really cares if you were your school representative for whatever competition. Nobody cares if you were a prefect or you get straight-As. Some people might but most people don’t. So don’t bother bragging about it. What you can do instead is just do your thing. Be good at it, AT THE UNIVERSITY. Then, people might respect you for that. But don’t try to brag about how great you were in high-school. You’ll just end up looking pathetic.


3. DON’T BRAG ABOUT YOUR CONNECTIONS, unless your father is VC. You don’t have to brag about how many seniors you know or how the pegawai-s treat you like their own children. Just keep it to yourself and enjoy the benefits that you get in silence.


4. DON’T BE KIASU or in other words JANGAN JADI PULUN. I don’t really know how to explain this in English. But I think you get what I mean.  Just don’t try too hard to be better than others. No matter what lame excuse you can come up with to defend your kiasu-ness, just don’t. If you feel like you really really really need to be kiasu because it will save the world and make it a better place to live in, wait until you are at least in your second-year. You will at least be seen as a kiasu senior instead of a kiasu first-year who doesn’t know his/her place so God please help him/her.


5. You are NOT POPULAR. You don’t have to go on and on and on about how many people you’ve dated or how many people have asked for your hand in marriage or how many people wanted to suicide because you rejected their love. Most people don’t care while the rest would just smile and will secretly laugh at you. Some of your equally shallow friends might be interested and they will get competitive and start bragging too, and this will quickly escalate into some weird form of competition.


6. GO TO CLASS. Don’t get me wrong. It’s normal to skip class sometimes. Even the best students skip class, but it usually starts on the second half of the semester. Because that’s when you start having a lot of assignments and tests and you just naturally have gotten lazier. But what is not tolerable is being a compulsive skipper. Some people would just wake up and not want to go to class. Some skips class when there is an assignment due, so much it became a pattern and trust me your course mates will see that pattern and would gladly inform your lecturers about it.


7. DO YOUR ASSIGNMENTS and DON’T BE A PARASITE. Do your assignments. I can’t stress this enough. Do not wait till the very last minute. Do not copy your seniors assignments! Yes you may use it as your reference, but don’t just take it,  change the name and submit it, you fools.


Try to at least show some effort. Don’t mock the education system. And don’t try to say all of those “our education system is so f**ked up” and “education in university does not reflect your real intelligence” bullshit. If you can’t even do your own assignments, you are the one who is f**ked up. And another thing is, don’t be a parasite. There are going to be a LOT of group assignments. Do not the useless entity who does nothing and only leech off other people’s hard work.  If by any chance any of your group members acted this way, please do yourself a favor and report him/her to your lecturer or at least drop their from the project.



Well, it is the reason you’re here. So of course you need to study. It is your choice to join any extracurricular activities. In fact, you should. But don’t let it interfere with your studies. How do you know when your non-academic related activities start interfering with your studies? It is when you start giving excuses like “I’ve soooo many things that I’ve to do. I don’t have time to study” or “I had a meeting till 3 a.m. last night. By the time I got back to my room, I was too tired so I just went to sleep.” and etcetera.



This point is kinda related to the previous point. Don’t overwork yourself and complain about being tired. If you choose to participate in all sorts of activities, be willing to accept everything that comes with, that includes the glamour and the workloads. Don’t join those activities if you’re just gonna complain and act tired and hope other people will feel sorry for you. Extracurricular activities are not an excuse to slack off.


Also don’t always act lost and all blur. Don’t whine about not knowing how to do stuff. If you don’t know, go find out. You can ask people. You can search online. You can read up on that issue. Don’t just sit and whine.You’re not in primary school anymore. Grow up or…



And last but not least, enjoy your university life. It’s not a walk in the park. There are going to be moments when you would feel like..



StewiecrayBut there will be moments when you will feel..




So don’t give up. As Haldir of Lorien once said,


“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

So have fun…


Create memories…


Eat good food…




And graduate!!!!


On that note, I will end this post. =)



3 thoughts on “10 Things First-Years Should Know

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Hi all!

    I would like to share about life in university, especially for those who will be first year students this September, but since I can’t write better than this.. So here it is.. Enjoy and good luck in your degree! 🙂

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