TROY— For many students, the freshman year of college is an exciting time but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a stressful time, according to counselors at Troy University.
TROY counselor and Director of Student Development Teresa Rodgers said following a few guidelines will make that transition to college life easier.
“I think the first thing to tell them is that they’re normal because most students come in their first semester not knowing what they are going to face and what issues there are going to be and that college in the first few months is so much fun,” said Rodgers. “Most people have confidence and then they do poorly. There is that shock factor that sits in.”
Along with the shock factor from trying to become independent, Rodgers says that money becomes an important issue. “They have had money and they are starting to feel the squeeze along with their academic requirements,” said Rodgers. “They procrastinate and you add to that most students spend their money in the first half of the year and don’t budget. Then, they are stressed and out of money.”
Rodgers said that parents and students both have high expectations when the student enters college. This alone can provide a main source of stress. “College is a step by step process, and it takes some maturity and growth to get over that hump,” said Rodgers. “They need encouragement from family and friends and instructors”.
To help entering or continuing freshmen adapt to the college lifestyle, Rodgers gave these pointers that she believes is crucial in the process.