In the midst of today’s such unique circumstances (COVID-19) it’s easy to forget some of the normalities of life. However, for the students preparing themselves mentally and physically for the college transition it can add an extra layer of anxiety to an already unpredictable time. As a recent college graduate myself, I’d like to offer some advice for new college students, parents, and their families.
- Expectations: Although it might seem counter-intuitive at first, try to come into your new surroundings with very few expectations of what it will be like. When we inflate our expectations of new places and people it is easy to feel let down, so attempt to remain open-minded about your new circumstances.
- Preparation: If you have the chance to arrive at school early, I would highly suggest walking the campus to find your classes before your first day of class. I missed the first 45 minutes of a 60-minute class on my first day because I got on the wrong bus, so take the extra time to get acquainted with your classroom locations to make your first day run smoothly.
- Mental Health: Remember that there are always people around to talk to! It’s a new and strange time and it is easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Reach out to friends on the phone or talk with new friends, roommates, or classmates. Chances are they are feeling a lot of the same emotions and needing to talk with someone as well. Most campuses also offer free counseling for students, so check out your school’s resources!
- Fun: Even amid unknown times remember to have fun, do things that you might not normally do, explore your new campus and city, meet new people. This time only comes once in your life and it will go by far more quickly than you could ever imagine. Enjoy where you’re at and just take it one day at a time!
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