Although the perception of college is that it’s all parties, tailgating, and late night video game tournaments, the truth is that college is not all fun and games. Students are asked to spend the majority of their day attending classes, studying, working on projects, contributing to activist group or that, working to make ends meet, etc. They may be away from home for the first time and away from the people they know and can be sure would have their back. Even just learning how to live on one’s own and manage their time and money can be difficult for the first-time college student.
When you consider all of these things, Stephen Troese Jr. says it’s no shocker that many college students will experience symptoms of anxiety. The actual number is one in five, which means 20 out of 100 students in college will be anxious. Many won’t seek a doctor for help or express their feelings to a peer who may be of some help. Stephen Troese Jr. says there are many different resources out there that you may want to consider using if you are a college student who is looking for help with your anxiety.
Visit Your Student Center: Your college will most likely offer some kind of mental health services, so you should take advantage of them. Most of these services are either free or very inexpensive. You can also talk to a professor or guidance counselor who can lead you in the right direction.
Use Technology: Although social media is generally considered more of a stressor and cause of anxiety than a cure, there are many digital resources that you may want to use if you don’t feel comfortable going to a medical professional in person. For example, telehealth is very big right now and it may be covered by your insurer. Stephen Troese Jr. says you can literally have a healthcare professional see you at your dorm room through your computer or mobile device.
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol: Yes, alcohol or marijuana may temporarily loosen you up and make you feel better, but they are not a long-term solution. If fact, alcohol abuse has been linked with anxiety and depression, and everyone knows someone who has a story about smoking pot and freaking out. Try other ways to destress that are safer and have long-lasting benefits.
Are you ready for spring yet? Stephen Troese Jr. certainly is. Although the winter season is only a few short days old, it has been quite cold in the Northeast. While it hasn’t nearly been as bad as say Erie, PA where they are still digging out, it is still downright freezing in Washington D.C.
If you are heading back to college in a week or two (hopefully somewhere in Florida or Arizona) now is the perfect time to get ready as advance planning could make things so a lot smoother for the rest of the semester. Stephen Troese Jr. says you should try the following if you don’t have every thing squared away just yet.
Make Sure Your Schedule Is in Order: Did you sleep in and now have a bunch of 8 am classes? Do you have a class with a professor who you know is way too difficult? Now is the time to go over your schedule and make sure there weren’t any last minute cancellations. Things happen, and it might be possible to change your schedule around to make your life a lot easier.
Set Up a Meal Plan or Exercise Program: Did you overindulge this holiday season? You’re not alone, which is why so many people sign up for gym memberships this time of year. Don’t be the victim of the Freshman 15. Take the time you ave off to set up a plan that will keep you healthy and in shape for Spring Break.
Take Some Time to Relax: You’re on holiday break. Act like it. Be sure to get some sleep and pamper yourself a bit as you know things will get crazy once the semester starts. Trust Stephen Troese Jr. You will be happy you took some time to relax in February when midterms come up.
Stephen Troese Jr. hopes these tips will help you when it comes time to go back to school. The truth is that college is tough and it can be incredibly stressful at times. By preparing when you can and allowing yourself to relax and enjoy yourself, you can have a successful and manageable spring semester.
Are you going to be a freshman in college this upcoming fall? There is probably a lot on your plate right now, but one thing Stephen Troese Jr. would encourage you to do is attend your college’s freshman orientation. This is an easy way to make contacts within your school, meet your fellow classmates, and get better acquainted with the school and its programs.
Why Is Freshman Orientation Important?
If you are moving away from home to attend college, you might have a lot of questions and concerns. This could especially be the case if you are attending a large university. Freshman student orientation allows students to get acquainted with the physical campus, meet with their academic advisor, learn any safety rules, and view the academic calendar for the year.
In addition to that, student orientation allows incoming freshmen to become more comfortable with being away from home for the very first time. Although Stephen Troese Jr. was a freshman in college more than thirty years ago, he remembers some of the growing pains that he experienced in the beginning. Orientation enables these students to transition to college life easier, so they can prepare themselves for the academic challenges ahead of them.
Please keep in mind that many colleges nowadays also offer orientation for parents as well. If you are attending a school that offers such a program, you should encourage your parents to make an appearance. Parent orientation could include opportunities to meet the school’s dean, seminars on letting go, and information sessions on paying for school, financial aid, and more.