AHH… is all I can say about being in a new school as a new student in a really intensive program. To say the least, it’s been a whirlwind 3 months since the start back in September. As someone who has done a previous undergrad, I thought I would be ready for the BCIT Marketing Program. Little did I know what I was getting myself into! I’ve been tested and put out of my comfort zone, many, many times (I’m an Arts student, I don’t do math… let alone BUSINESS math). However, I’ve also been challenged and it has been rewarding to grow in areas outside of my realm. The amount of work that is required to succeed in the Marketing Program is plentiful and I know it will all be worth it in the end.
We have all heard about the BCIT (Being Crammed Into Teams) acronym and it’s true. In your first year, you win some and you lose some regarding teamwork. Through the good and the bad, you learn to understand the importance of a good team and how you can help nurture one. Learn from your experiences and make sure you develop habits that help your team grow and leave behind those that don’t. I hear the team projects in the second semester get even more intense so it is important to be prepared and team-minded.
With 7 courses, you really just don’t have time to procrastinate. I used to pride myself on being the world’s best procrastinator but I frankly just can’t do it anymore. I used to be able to write papers the night before they were due but the circumstances here at BCIT just don’t allow me to do so. It is certainly a blessing in disguise because I know that developing strong work habits will be much needed in the future. In addition, anyone in a club can testify how club duties can almost serve as another course. However, I enjoy my club duties and I’m not sure I can say the same for ECON and OPMT. To succeed, you need to adapt the concept of triage into your life! Make sure you dedicate time and focus on things that need your immediate attention. With 7 courses, it’s ok to understand that you can’t do every single thing perfectly and if you can, please share your tips. Give yourself some room to breathe or else you’ll surely go crazy.
The good thing about this program is that you’re never alone. You may think you are but I PROMISE there are many others suffering out there too. You have your set classmates as well as others in the Marketing program. Here at the BCITMA, we have each other. Look to the second-years, who know exactly what you are going through because they are always willing to help. They’re invaluable and a great resource to go to for tips and tricks to make it through the year. It’s always nice to hear from someone who made it through, especially when you feel like you might not. Just make sure you remember to pay it forward next year when you’re a seasoned second-year!
Now that you realize that you’re all in this together, make sure to help each other out! Look out for one another. You see the same people every single day so reach out if you notice something is up. Share your resources such as notes and study guides. Remind each other about deadlines and important assignments. The program is crazy and it can be a little bit more enjoyable if you make it a positive experience. It’s cliché but true that you’ll get by with a little help from your friends.
Everything basically becomes a blur as you try to make it through the semester a week at a time. Although the weeks have been crazy, the semester has really flown by. I guess time really does fly when you’re stressed the heck out and don’t have time to dwell on the date. All I can say is that I’m counting down the days until winter break and I KNOW I’m not alone. Good luck to all my fellow first-years out there, you can do it!!