Entering college can be a scary time. Making new friends, maintaining your studies, and being on your own can present challenges that even the most mature and responsible student has difficulty mastering.
Entering college can be a scary time. For many of you it may be the first time you are away from home for a significant amount of time. For others you may be meeting people who are nothing like you, and have a completely different set of values for the first time. Making new friends, maintaining your studies, and being on your own can present challenges that even the most mature and responsible student has difficulty mastering.
Most strong universities have a counseling center students can visit if they feel overwhelmed by things. A misconception is that counseling is for people with major problems, but, as many people can tell you, major problems do not get that way overnight. They start with small things such as text anxiety, roommate troubles, and general loneliness. There is absolutely no shame in scheduling an initial appointment to talk out some of the things that are swirling in your head. After your first visit you can make a decision on whether or not you want to continue. If you don’t know where your counseling center is, or you do not have one on your campus chat with your RA or another student affairs professional or advisor that you trust. These people are not just your campus spirit squad. They are also there to assist you in finding the resources you need to be successful in college.
If everything has become overwhelming to the point of becoming an emotional emergency some campuses even have a 24/7 talk line to help you work through the immediate need. Sometimes this number is in your student handbook, on campus billboards, and possibly the counseling center website.
The best thing you can do to be successful in college is take care of yourself. You’re not going to be productive in your studies if you are stuck focusing on some of the very real challenges that can be a part of the college experience. There is not point in remaining stuck if you don’t have to. Never be too proud to ask for help.