The transition from high school to college marks an important milestone along the path from adolescence to adulthood. It’s a big step for you and your family that is both exciting and sometimes stressful. You are exploring fuller independence and your relationships are changing, too. How much support do you need? What are common transition challenges that you might face as a new college student? How will you communicate with your family and friends? What do you do to ease the transition to college if you have a preexisting health or mental health problem? These are important considerations for anyone going through the transition from high school to college. This section will address common transition and adjustment concerns and more.
Starting college may be the first time you are living away from home. We’ll provide some ideas about how this might impact relationships with family and friends and how to manage these changes.
Adjusting to College Life
If you are living at school (and even if you are not), a lot of basic things in your life will change: lots of new people, more independence and freedom and new responsibilities. We’ll provide a rundown and tips about all the basics of life on campus.
Academic Performance and Pressure
You went to college to get an education. This can sometimes be more complicated or challenging than high school. Here we’ll review what you should know about academics from dealing with competition, deciding what courses to take to how to relate to your professors.
Transitioning Health and Mental Health Care to College
If you are starting college and have been receiving treatment for a medical or mental health problem there are things you can do to make sure you stay healthy while in school. If you manage your health well, you will not only feel better, but being healthy will help you to succeed in school!
Some students have unique needs or circumstances and these can sometimes create special challenges or at least different things to consider. Student athletes have time pressures, first-generation college students have less family guidance, and international students have added things to adjust to. In this section we’ll provide guidance and tips for a number of groups with unique needs.