Starting your first semester at college can be both an exciting and
challenging experience. However, students and their parents can survive
the sometimes difficult adjustment.
Most high school seniors are reluctant to leave their old friends and
face entering the "real world". The fears of starting over and adjusting
to a new way of life are very scary. The important thing to remember is
that this is an opportunity to explore new experiences and lasting
For the beginning student:
It's okay to feel homesick, lonely, and scared during those first
weeks on campus.
Bring your favorite things from home; the things that make you feel
comfortable and safe in your new surroundings.
Be patient. Remember it takes time to develop new friends and close
relationships. Sometimes this doesn't occur until your second
Adjust to your new environment by staying at school for the first
few weekends. Don't rush home, allow yourself time to "break in" to
your new living arrangement. Invite your family to visit you.
Talk with a student advisor or school counselor if you're really
feeling down. You may even find a friend with some of the same
Most of all -- have a great first year!