My life in the first semester was as busy as I had expected. I had a class that started at 8:00am Monday through Thursday, and it was so difficult for me to get to class on time. I had lots of assignments that had to be done every week. They weren't worth many marks, but they were very helpful for my own understanding of the content.
At first it was hard for me to manage my time well. When I recall what I was doing last semester in Grade 12 every day, I realize that I wasted most of my time in the afternoon, and thus I had to stay up till midnight or even later in order to have my work done. I decided not to repeat this mistake this semester.
As for my spare time, I'm usually with my friends. I'm usually on my computer when I am alone, and I go shopping or workout with my friends. I visit my professors during their office hours for extra help, and three of my professors can even call my name when they see me!
I've heard many of my peers saying that their university life is too busy and too difficult. I have the same feeling to some extent, but not so extreme. The reason for it is that I did 8 courses in Grade 12, including English, Pre-Calculus, IT, PE, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Geography. These courses helped me with many of my first year courses, and the tight schedule got me familiar with busy life.
Many of the Grade 12 courses will help students a lot in first-year university courses, even if the content is very different. For example, I did IT 12 with Mr. Lindholm in Grade 12, and we learned Python programming in that course. That actually helped me a lot in my first year computer programming course.
In addition, as most of the students have to do four or five courses every semester in university in order to get a degree on time, it is a good idea for them to get familiar with busy life prior to getting into university. As a result, to better survive in university, I do recommend Sino kids to take a lot of courses in Grade 12, not just the one required for graduation. It is important for Sino students to realize that the point of coming to Sino is to get prepared for university.