Going to college is a right of passage for many adolescents. It is the beginning of new experiences and new friendships, but it is also a time of extreme anxiety and stress. What classes should I take? How many classes can I handle? Will I make friends? Many will adapt to the new trials of college life, but some will struggle with new personal freedom, motivation, and homesickness.
Oftentimes students don’t see the entire equation when preparing for college. In addition to demanding courses and a new environment, students must grapple with adapting to life without their traditional family structure. Understanding some of the core challenges will help new students thrive at college.