by Gugu Khoza Life is a constantly evolving pattern. It is best enjoyed when one embraces this constantly evolving sequences that life compels us to journey. To make it to a tertiary institution has  to be embraced and adapting to this environment as adequately and efficiently as possible is mandatory. Making it to University is like being the punctuation point in history sentences. Many individuals aspire to make it there. However only a few realize this opportunity. So first and foremost, allow me to congratulate you on making it thus far and remind you never to take this highly sort after opportunity for granted. When you enroll into an institution such as the University of Pretoria, it is often mandatory to do things differently. This involves enhancing your skills and acquiring new ones. Such an institution offers a wide variety of platforms for a promising future. As a first year... It is imperative to familiarize yourself with your new location, find out what your new city has to offer, this will definitely assist you towards enjoying your stay. Knowing what your institution has to offer is also vital for your survival. This may also be the life blood of your academic career. Inquire about certain locations of your interest. At times some things may not particularly interest you. However it may be necessary to generate that interest in order to enhance your academic experience . Historical sites that the University has to offer are worth exploring these may include museums and botanical gardens. It refreshing  to explore non academic facilities that  the University has to offer. The library is like the heart of any academic career. It will be beneficial to be familiar with the library at a very early stage. Learning how to research is mandatory, especially since this is a leading research institution. It is therefore key to attend orientation programmes that equip you with fundamental research skills. Teaching you to avoid plagiarism is the University's duty, as plagiarism is a serious offense which should be avoided at all costs.respecting citation rules is imperative because it is possible to plagerise without being aware of it. Always keep your end goal in sight. Remember that you are here to graduate. Therefore never lose sight of the requirements that must be fulfilled  in order to graduate. Check your credits and module. If you are unclear about this speak to your course coordinator. Not getting clarity will cost you. Getting out there, networking and socializing is a life long skill that must be acquired. Joining societies can help you in this regard . Your parents and loved ones may give you a road map as to how you should embark on this this newly achieves life. This is well and good, however this seldom applies in real life. University life is a cryptic journey, this means that it is a mysterious learning curve. It is helps to bury your head in your books, but not so much that life passes you by...

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