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Seasonal Student Issues

There's a seasonal ebb and flow when it comes to student issues. Here are a few things your student may be experiencing this month:

  • Getting adjusted to college life for the first time (or once again) — feelings of loneliness and homesickness
  • Worries about being able to handle academic pressures and schedules
  • Anxiety about perceived restrictions of campus policies
  • Roommate adjustments and conflicts
  • Money management struggles
  • Experimentation with drugs and alcohol
  • International students may feel confusion, vulnerability and lack of advocacy
  • Lack of social life and lots of questions about how to get involved in new activities
  • Feeling sad about leaving established friends and family at home
  • Concern about issues of "belonging" and finding a comfortable place on campus
  • Excitement coupled with anxiety about making a fresh start
  • Worry about academics being "hard" and beyond their abilities
  • Thinking about what type of first impression they'll make
  • Concern about roommates and housing (if living on campus)
  • Wondering what to pack and what to leave at home since space will be limited
  • Possibly transitioning into a long-distance relationship or deciding to end a current relationship
  • Financial worries — wondering if they'll be able to make enough during the summer and also how much they'll need to work once school begins

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