Anxiety About College: Is It Normal?


By: Elizabeth Dolin

The anticipation of living in an entirely new environment with new people can be stressful, exciting and anxiety provoking. It is normal to be excited about the adventures and opportunities that lie ahead, but also scared to leave the comfort of one’s home and community behind. Acclimating to college life inevitably takes time; however, there are ways to better prepare oneself and ultimately decrease the anxiety commonly experienced amongst freshman college students.

    1. Use orientation to your advantage. Orientation activities are designed to help you make friends! Socialize, and get people’s numbers. It will be reassuring when school starts and you already have friends you can call.
    2. Familiarize yourself with the campus. Visit your school a couple of times throughout the summer and explore! Knowing where your classes will be and how to get around campus will greatly decrease the levels of anxiety experienced on the first day of school.
    3. Research the classes offered. Having a large and challenging workload is incredibly difficult the first semester of college. Research the classes and professors, and choose classes that interest you and have good reputations.
    4. Research a variety of clubs offered on campus and find what interests you. Joining different clubs is a great way to meet people the first few months of school.
    5. Contact your roommates. Whether you find a roommate on Facebook or are randomly assigned one, message him/her and get to know him/her! You will feel much more comfortable living in a new environment if you know the person you will be living with. (p.s.: Due to personal experiences, I strongly recommend finding someone on Facebook because it can be very risky to do random assignment).

Hopefully these tips will help ease your transition from High School to College. Your college years will undoubtedly be some of the greatest years of your life, but don’t be scared if it takes some time getting used to!

If you are anxious about your transition into college, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling are here to help. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.

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