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Life Transition

Change isn't easy!

Transition to college, as any major life change, can be both exciting and turbulent. Students find themselves gaining independence and making their own decisions about how to manage their time, finding friends, juggling responsibilities, and planning for their future career. For many students, all this new found freedom might feel overwhelming. Even positive changes (marriage, a new job, greater responsibilities, leadership roles) can be accompanied with a sense of unanticipated loss. It is normal for first year students to struggle in their transition to life at college. Upperclassmen may also experience unpleasant emotions as the contemplate transitioning to finding a job, making plans for future, finding new roommates, and in general “adult-ing”.

Possible Symptoms

  • Nervousness
  • Sadness
  • Inability to focus
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Worrying
  • Avoiding others
  • Feeling overwhelmed

Here are some tips to help you in the transition process:

  • Practice self-care. Remember to balance school work and socializing with good sleep, exercise and eating healthy.
  • Be patient. It takes time to adjust to this new environment and to find your place.
  • Be ready for change. View your college years as time to learn about yourself and explore new activities.
  • Pursue healthy relationships. Set healthy boundaries and cultivate good friendships.
  • Avoid mindreading. Don’t assume you know what others are thinking about you or about a situation.
  • Prioritize. Many students tend to overcommit and then exhaust themselves. Make wise choices about how you spend your time.
  • Seek out the help you need. Several services are available on campus to help you in your time of transition and our staff are motivated to help you succeed.