A Member of the College Campus Community?
You’ve been in school for a while now. Adjusting to your new environment has had its challenges, but so far, so good…or is it?
You do have a few concerns…
For one, you’re discovering that everybody was right. College is no way like high school.
Two, making new friends is not as easy as you thought it might be. You’ve already noticed cliques beginning to form and you have not necessarily been invited to join. And, you haven’t really bonded with your roommate(s) yet…could be some issues there also.
Three, creating your own class schedule was great! However, you’re still trying to figure out how you’re going to be productive with so much free time on your hands.
Academic Advice for Anxiety Ridden College Students…
You haven’t seen your academic adviser since orientation/registration. And you’re either not quite sure about your intended major or still trying to figure out what your major should be.
Some of your classes are a breeze, while others have you a little on edge. You may need to get a tutor and/or check out the Campus Writing Center.
Perhaps your writing and research skills are not where they should be.
With midterms just around the corner, you owe it to yourself to use all available resources in preparation for exam season.
The general education course requirements are driving you nuts…why do you even have to take them in the first place?
Moreover, your class syllabi are just loaded with all kinds of deadlines, group projects, exams, and research papers.
Not to mention if you have a job on or off campus. Trying to coordinate class time, work time, study time, and play time is becoming a very stressful exercise.
First of all…slow down!
Adjusting to a new environment is not necessarily a sprint, but more like a marathon experience requiring patience and insight.
You, no doubt, contracted “information overload” when you attended your campus’ orientation session. That experience must be a complete “blur” to you by now in terms of information shared.
So now is a good time to check in with your academic adviser. Give them an update on you’re adjusting to your new environment.
Academic advisers are a great source of useful and beneficial information, particularly when you have issues, concerns, and/or academic challenges!
And make it a point to check in with them on a regular basis.
Develop a pro-active mindset. Utilize your campus resources like tutors, Campus Writing center, study groups, faculty, and the campus reference librarians.
Remember, now is the time to begin building your college success team i.e. your academic and professional support network.