Adjusting to College: For Students
- Going to college is a huge change. It will have its good and bad parts. Some of the good parts are the excitement, new experiences, and new friends. The bad parts may include missing family, old friends, and sadness about the life you have left behind.
- Recognize and acknowledge these events. Talking about these changes and feelings with family and friends is one good way to feel better and to cope more effectively.
It Takes Time…
- Adjusting to being in college and the changes it brings happens slowly over time. You will have good days and bad days, ups and downs. These mixed feelings are natural.
- You will face new challenges both in your social life and your studies.
- Making new friends can be difficult. You may feel lonesome and homesick sometimes.
- The study skills that worked for you prior to college may not be as effective now. You may need to learn some new study habits and techniques. All of this can be quite stressful but is also natural and expectable.
- Talk with your family and pre-college friends about your feelings. Discuss with them how you want to keep in touch with them. Take the steps you need to do to stay in contact.
- The transition of going to college after high school naturally involves some confusion and uncertainty about identity, priorities, and life goals. Questions such as what is most important to you and what do you want to do with your life become prominent.
- Having fun and developing your new social life may be a distraction from your studies. Try to strike a balance between these two areas of your life.
When help is needed:
A wide variety of resources is available throughout the UCM community to help students in adjusting to college life. Student Affairs offers an array of services to assist in the academic, personal, and professional success of UCM students.