Common Transitions Freshmen Experience
Honeymoon Phase | “THIS PLACE IS GREAT!!!!”
- Positive anticipation
- Freedom is exhilarating!
- But still some nervousness and fear
Confronted with Reality | “DO I BELONG HERE?”
- Culture Shock!
- Life in the residence halls
- Domestic chores
- Conflicting values
- New friends
- College level academics
- Need to rework relationship with parent/family
- Deal with separation anxiety
- Decisions around alcohol and other drugs
Adjustment Begins | “OKAY, I THINK I’M FIGURING THIS OUT...”
Eventually...become self-sufficient students
- Learn to manage time
- Accept personal responsibility for decisions & actions
- Establish identity with peers (anonymous here, high school reputation does not exist at SHU)
- Settle into a routine, have a general sense of well being
- Regain some control over everyday life, normalcy returns
Integration | “THIS IS MY NEW HOME.”
- Integrate who they are at home with their new environment
- Build a new life and support system
- Feel a true connection to the campus community
Feeling Homesick? We've been there & done that...
These are some of the ways to cope that have worked for your fellow SHU students!
- Get support from family
- Get support from friends at home
- Get support from friends at SHU
- Get support from your RSA, OL or s.w.e.e.t.
- Get support from faculty/staff/advisor/mentor/coach
- Go to the Wellness Center to check in (Make an appointment online)
- Get involved on campus
- Make an effort to meet new people
- Focus on academics
- Explore all that campus and the community has to offer
- Attend student activities/events
- Socialize on or off campus
- Set up a routine to keep busy/organized
Top 3 Time Management Skills
- Make a to-do list of everything you need to do for the day, week, month, semester...
- Rank items on you list in order of overall importance
- Consider due dates, complexity of item
- Tackle high priority items by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable tasks
- Trello App – list maker!
Create Your Schedule/Plan
- First, record all regular activities (class, meetings, practice, etc.)
- Include travel time, time for every day errands, etc.
- Check all course syllabi to get a big picture of your work load for the semester
- Set realistic goals
- Make time for something fun/relaxing every day
- Check with your balance wheel to see how your schedule meets your goals
- You have to stay flexible – life happens!