When our College Life Coordinators talk to students about
following their dreams, they are not referring to rainbows and unicorns but to real,
heart-felt student aspirations.
The charge to pursue your dreams (i.e. do what you love) is certainly
not a new recommendation. Confucius told us to “Choose a job you love, and you
will never have to work a day in your life.” Modern business leaders reiterate
the advice: Steve Jobs tells us,
So many First Years in college feel like everything is
happening all at once. This is what the internal dialogue might be like as you drag
yourself out of bed to face a new day in a new school year in a new
“Will this jacket be warm enough today? Where’s my
toothpaste? What day it is anyway? Tuesday. Right. Where did I leave that
assignment? My favorite shirt smells terrible. Is my phone charged?
Most of us feel anxious or depressed at times, especially during times of significant life change like starting college. Given the number of stressors college introduces—especially within the first semester—it is not surprising that many students experience anxiety and depression.
New college students are called upon to make a huge number of adjustments. Learning to cope with new freedom, a new culture, new ways of thinking and seeing, a new roommate…is understandably difficult.
Educators and parents know that everything can impact
academics—including a healthy social life. New studies show that academic performance
can depend upon good social integration skills—skills which, for many First
Years, are put to the test in the new environment of college.
The transition from high school to university is fraught with change: social, structural, and behavioral. These changes can be related to feelings of isolation, which are in turn related to loneliness and can be linked ultimately,