For Freshmen Only

Common Transitions Freshmen Experience

Big RedHoneymoon Phase | “THIS PLACE IS GREAT!!!!”

  • Positive anticipation
  • Excitement
  • Freedom is exhilarating!
  • But still some nervousness and fear

Confronted with Reality | “DO I BELONG HERE?”

  • Culture Shock!
  • Life in the residence halls
  • Roommates
  • Domestic chores
  • Diversity
  • 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...

Orientation PresentationThese 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!