Starting college

Starting your first semester at college can be both an exciting and challenging experience. However, students and their parents can survive the sometimes difficult adjustment.

Most high school seniors are reluctant to leave their old friends and face entering the "real world". The fears of starting over and adjusting to a new way of life are very scary. The important thing to remember is that this is an opportunity to explore new experiences and lasting relationships.

For the beginning student:

  • It's okay to feel homesick, lonely, and scared during those first weeks on campus.
  • Bring your favorite things from home; the things that make you feel comfortable and safe in your new surroundings.
  • Be patient. Remember it takes time to develop new friends and close relationships. Sometimes this doesn't occur until your second semester.
  • Adjust to your new environment by staying at school for the first few weekends. Don't rush home, allow yourself time to "break in" to your new living arrangement. Invite your family to visit you.
  • Talk with a student advisor or school counselor if you're really feeling down. You may even find a friend with some of the same concerns.

Most of all -- have a great first year!