Adjusting to University Life

You’re away from your parents for the first time or maybe you’re a non-traditional student and feel as if you don’t belong here. You’re nervous about your classes and you’re wondering if you’ll make any friends here. Whatever difficulties you are having right now are normal. It’s okay to have doubts and fears when experiencing something new but it is important to keep a positive attitude about your situation. No, you don’t know everything you need to know about college right now but it’s important to give yourself time to adjust to a new lifestyle. Below you will find a few suggestions that may help make your adjustment to university life less stressful.

  • Get to know the people in your classes and/or dorm.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions in or out of class.
  • Get involved in activities on campus.
  • Set weekly goals for yourself such as “I will meet one new person this week”.
  • Seek help when needed.
  • Start exercising.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Start a study group.
  • Meet with your professors to discuss any negative feelings you may have related to your classes.
  • If you feel overwhelmed or have other issues that you need to address and want help, make an appointment at the University Counseling Center (This service is free to you.)