Leaving for college marks a major transition in your life. For most students, going
to college may be the first time living away from home. Beginning college means exploring
a new place, making new friends, learning new things, and setting your own priorities.
Changes you may experience as you transition to college
Increased Personal Freedom
Many students welcome the freedom to decide what they want to do each day. Others
may find this freedom strangely difficult or unfamiliar. Even though most new students
maintain frequent contact with their family by way of phone or computer, most are
still making many more personal decisions and choices than they did in the past.
With increased personal freedom comes greater responsibility for ones daily schedule.
New students must find their own balance of studying, socializing with new acquaintances,
becoming involved in activities, budgeting money, exercising, and making time to eat
and sleep. What works for one person may not work for another. Some days may be unpredictable
or full of obligations and this can be overwhelming. Some students may find their
schedules manageable, but they may not feel comfortable relaxing in their free time.
As students make the transition to college, relationships with parents and other significant
people change. First-year students may call home frequently during their first few
months away. It may be hard to say goodbye at the end of holiday or semester breaks.
Some students may be leaving significant others when they go to college which can
cause strain on existing relationships. Towson may be a new place with new faces and
making new relationships may be difficult for some people. These changes in relationships
may create feelings of loneliness, sadness, or jealousy.
We are here to help
If you are struggling with the transition to college, there are some ways you may
be able to help yourself adjust:
Reach out to others in your housing - roommates, suitemates, RA's, etc.