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College shock: moving in

8-27-2019

Christopher Sahovey, Contributing Writer

You’ve spent the last several years working hard to get to college and it is finally happening. You’re energized and enthusiastic about what lies ahead in the coming years and all the friends you will make, learn, and discover. You are going to meet many new people, sometimes from far away places but you are also going to experience the classroom differently, and you may even see things in a new light like never before.     

College can be a foreign situation for students attending for the first time.  It can be hard to anticipate how this might affect you or your family. When mom and dad drop you off, you might feel excited to get them out and start your life. However, once the car pulls away from the curb reality sets in and you might feel a bit scared. It’s okay to nervous and jittery the first night by yourself, just make sure you are open to making friends and relationships with people in your hallway, it will make the year much more enjoyable. 

One role that many students have a hard time adjusting to is the function of the classroom and how it differs from high school. Situations like using the bathroom without permission or eating in the classroom are some of the many examples. College does not require you to ask to use the restroom, and you can’t just assume you can eat in a classroom because you’re hungry. For the most part, the first few months you will walk on eggshells with your professors until you get to know their conditions for the classroom.  

There are also scenarios where the culture shock is more apparent, leading you to call home panicking. You might feel less competent during finals time and even question why you decided to attend college at all to begin with. If you ever feel like school has given you more than you can handle, meet up with your counselor, you might find that dropping a class or even having to get a tutor is the healthiest option for you. Even if you are paying an arm and a leg for college, it shouldn’t make you feel like your world is ending.  

New experiences and surroundings take time to adjust to and you will. You’ll learn how to solve these conflicts on your own and in productive ways.  After awhile you’ll feel more confident in your ability to function and handle the many obstacles of college. Seek out your peers and have a conversation about some of your struggles.  It’s very likely that someone else is going through a similar situation. Once you have effectively learned how to handle the college culture, you are now bicultural and on your way to learning more about the world, yourself, and the many different people around you.