It’s All About Adjusting To College Life…
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 is 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…
Perhaps 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 tutoring resources in the Campus Writing Center.
Your writing and research skills are not where they should be.
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.
And the cost of books is just ridiculous!
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 a sprint, but 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 how well 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.
Remember, now is the time to start building your academic and professional network…so network, network, network…Soon your campus community will become your second home!
A Word to the Wise...
Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice. And that’s okay.
However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.
Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.
And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know. Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.
Disclaimer Reminder: A college student's first line of inquiry should always be with their campus academic adviser. College Success Life Advising Sessions provide additional problem-solving options to undergraduate and graduate students for further exploration on their individual campuses. Students should always consult their assigned adviser not only during the course selection process but periodically to keep apprised of programmatic changes, testing requirements, course additions/deletions, GPA modifications, etc.
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