Students who are new to Bellevue University can face a difficult transition. Whether the student comes from the local area or has to travel miles, they may feel like they are surrounded by strangers, they may experience stress from being in a new environment, and they may be anxious about adapting to the rigors of university academics. What can help students adjust to and enjoy college life?
First, students need to realize they are not alone. According to a recent UCLA study, more than 30 percent of college freshmen reported feeling overwhelmed a great deal of the time during the beginning of college. Additionally, Johns Hopkins University reported that more than 40 percent of a recent freshman class sought help from a student counseling center to assist with their transition.
These strategies can help a student have a smooth transition into college life:
—Develop a time management plan
—Include time for adequate sleep in your time management plan
—Make friends by introducing yourself to fellow classmates
—Develop friendships with students you feel comfortable talking to and who you feel you can trust
—Learn relaxation techniques
—Include quality time each day in your time management plan to ensure you do something you enjoy
During their college years, students may find themselves developing into a whole new person. Understanding and accepting these changes will help students successfully handle stress and anxiety. These changes include:
—Discovering areas of gained competencies
—Learning how to manage emotions
—Acquiring emotional independence
—Realizing a deeper understanding of their personal identity
—Clarifying their life purpose
—Solidifying their standards of values and integrity
By implementing personal strategies and by understanding how they are changing, college students have the ability to adapt and to enjoy their college years.