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Adjusting to College

Posted October 9th, 2012 by floresm

It is a common cliché that “the college years are <supposed to be> the best years of your life.” If you are a new student who is feeling upset and miserable, this can be a very confusing and scary expectation. It is important to remember that it is normal to feel sad and scared during the first several weeks of college. You are in a new, demanding environment and everything is different. You may feel like you are expected to “grow up” all at once, and this may feel depressing or even overwhelming. You may feel far away from the people who usually are there to love and support you. Or, perhaps you are a student who does not feel “homesick” per se, but feels disappointed in the people you are meeting or the lack of reciprocity by others in initiating activities or friendships. If you are a new student who is distressed, you may see other students seeming happy and optimistic. But it may surprise you to hear that lots of other students are scared and sad, even if they don’t obviously show it or admit it.

If you are struggling with the transition to college, there are some things you can do to help yourself make the adjustment:


The SUCCEED Program at OSU

The SUCCEED program at CAPS is designed especially for students who want to reduce their stress on campus.

In the workshop, participants will learn how to “Create, Energize, Excel, and Determine” and how to draw on campus resources to maximize their benefits from them, using this multi-modal approach.

Students who wish to register for the workshop are served best if they email under the subject heading “SUCCEED REGISTRATION”. Space is limited, so priority is given to those who register first.

This article was adapted with permission from the Villanova Counseling Center, to read the full article please visit


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