I still cringe a little when I think about my entry into Simon Fraser University at the tender age of 17. I knew no one, and to be honest, that did not change right away. However, two things did change which changed my experience at SFU. The first was declaring Communications as my major. I was the first cohort, and even with all the growing and development pains, I knew on the first day that I had chosen correctly.
Education finally meant something to me and I learned with a passion rather than with adolescent reluctance. I also really started to make friends who meant something.
The second thing that changed me was entering the Professional Development Program. To be honest I really backed into the program because I just could not figure how to make a career within communications, and the PDP gave a clear path to a career. I also owed something to all those teachers I terrorized during my public school years, so this became my penance program. The faculty, the students, and the practicums gave me so much confidence that education could be a positive and worthwhile experience for students.