Parent Update

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Common adustment issues

As a regular feature in Parent UPDATE, we are providing you with a list of common adjustment issues for first year students typically described by students at this time of year. (Source: Helping your First-Year College Student Succeed, Richard Mullendore and Cathie Hatch, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.)

  • “Fresh start” mentality sets in with new semester
  • Homesickness after break
  • Relief may be felt at being away from home and being back at school
  • Loneliness for relationships back home
  • Feelings of cabin fever and depression with winter
  • Potential increase in alcohol or other substance abuse
  • Challenges with romantic relationship back home may begin to develop
  • Valentine’s Day may increase feelings of loneliness and isolation 

  • Anxiety about Midterm exams
  • Anxiety about finding a roommate for next year
  • Excitement and/or disappointment regarding Spring Break plans
  • Concern over winter weight gain 
While these are noted common issues that impact students during these month, students may find that these issues can interfere with studying and academic goals.  The Counseling Center staff are always available to meet with students on either campus to discuss concerns and identify helpful coping strategies. (Counseling Center St. Paul campus, 690-6805; Counseling and Student Development Center Minneapolis campus, 690-7830)

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