College is known as the best 4 years of your life because of ultimate freedom. But as exciting as it sounds, college can be very overwhelming and stressful especially if it’s your first year. The thought of being away from your loves one, the pressure to grow up & be an adult, or trying to adapt into a new environment can cause emotional distress such as depression, sadness, frustration, anger & etc.
If you are feeling any of these emotions, know that it’s okay to feel like this. In fact, it’s actually quite normal to feel this way because it’s part of a normal development transition to college.
Adjusting to college can be very hard but here are some tips to help with the adjustment:
- Reach out to others on your floor or dorm. You may noticed you aren’t the only one who feels this way
- Talk to your R. A. and ask for help in figuring out how to cope.
- See if your school can pair you up with an upperclassmen, who can share their ways & experience of college adjustment
- Join clubs & organization on campus to help you interact with more students outside your dorm.
- Take care of yourself; make time to eat, sleep, workout
- Make time for yourself even if it’s just for 20 minutes a day
- Practice relaxation method such as deep breathing, long walks, or meditation & use it when you are feeling distress
- Talk to your professors, advisors, or faculty on campus that your trust.
- Take it one day at a time and give yourself time to adjust
- Seek professional help on campus.
Remember it’s normal to feel all of these emotions. It’s how you deal with them that matters. Smile & know that they are people on campus who feel the same or once felt the same, & are more than willing to help you cope. Just reach out to them. And if you ever really an extra person to talk to, you can always me at firstname.lastname@example.org.