Pursuing higher education can lead to various lifestyle changes. College is an exciting journey that comes with social, physical, academic, and psychological challenges.
Adapting to college life can be challenging, especially for those going away for college. Here are some available resources that can help you through your freshman year of college.
Student Health Center
Many students find themselves struggling during their first year of college, whether it’s because they miss home or feel overwhelmed with balancing work, school, and social life.
The vast majority of college campuses have mental health professionals available to assist you. These professionals can help you put together a plan for dealing with stressful situations.
Aside from visiting the student health center, students also have the option of reaching out to faculty members or anyone they trust. Adapting to new situations isn’t always easy, but having someone to talk to can help you feel better.
As a freshman, students often notice changes to their bodies due to the change in their eating and sleeping schedules. Staying active and eating healthy is an excellent way to reduce stress and maintain the same physique.
Most colleges/universities offer fitness centers for students to take a break from their academics while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Also, schools may require students to take at least one wellness class as a graduation requirement. We encourage you to take advantage of such an opportunity and enroll in a wellness class that can help you reduce stress or develop healthy lifestyle habits.
Reach out to your school to learn more about wellness classes and events.
The variation between high school and college classes can be a challenge for students. Aside from the many alterations to their lifestyle, students are expected to adapt to a new way of learning. To some, this might be easy. For others, it can be more than just a challenge.
Schools acknowledge the tremendous pressure students are under and have introduced programs to assist students with achieving success. These programs vary from school to school, but the following are the most comment academic programs for students:
- Group activities
- One-on-one with professors
- Group studies
- Academic adviser
Family and friends
Feeling homesick can be one of the many reasons why a student struggles in college. Family and friends are a great support system to lean on when things get tough.
So, keep in touch. Whether you’re half an hour away or studying across the country, we recommend you reach out to your loved ones as often as possible.
Colleges and universities across the U.S. have hundreds of student activities and events during the school year. These activities are a great way to meet people from diverse backgrounds and make new friends. Joining campus activities can serve as a distraction from everything that may be going on.
Transitioning to college can be challenging, but by reaching out to the various student resources your first-year experience can be fun and exciting.