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THE RHYTHM OF COLLEGE LIFE

Certain times of the year tend to be universally challenging to students. Parents who understand the ups and downs of the first college year are better able to help their students negotiate the challenges of transition to college. Below are some typical adjustment issues faced throughout the first year.

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

  • Excitement
  • Testing new found freedom
  • Anxiety about roommates, professors, classmates

OCTOBER

  • Students question "Do I fit in here?" First test grades are returned Midterm exams

NOVEMBER

  • Roommate challenges become clear
  • Many exams and papers due before Thanksgiving
  • Excitement and/or anxiety about going home for Thanksgiving

DECEMBER

  • Anxiety over preparation for finals
  • Sadness about leaving new friendships and/or love relationships for break
  • Roommate challenges continue

JANUARY

  • "Fresh Start" mentality sets in with new term Homesickness
  • Satisfaction and/or disappointment with fall term grades

FEBRUARY

  • Feelings of claustrophobia and depression set in with winter Challenges with love relationships back home

MARCH

  • Excitement and/or disappointment regarding spring break plans Concern over summer employment
  • Concern over winter weight gain

APRIL

  • Excitement with the arrival of spring End of semester pressure

MAY

  • Final exam anxiety
  • Apprehension about returning home for summer Sadness over leaving new friendships and/or love relationships
  • over the summer
  • Realization of how college influences life decisions
  • Adapted from Helping Your First-Year College Student Succeed: A Guide for Parents