The transition from high school to college can be daunting. So, if you’re like me, and are beginning your college journey this fall, you most likely have had some (or all) of these fears come to mind since your acceptance.
Here is a list of my most common freshman fears and how I am overcoming them, which you can do, as well.
Not all that long ago, you were a freshman in high school, too. If you’re like me (as well as the rest of the freshman), you were afraid of getting lost and being late to your classes as a result. But, after a couple of weeks got over it, didn’t you?
The same goes for college. Luckily, Conestoga’s orientation schedule includes time allotted for a campus tour. If you’re still feeling nervous, you can head to your campus on your own time and tour around.
Don’t forget, you aren’t alone! There are many other new Conestoga students in the same place as you, likely with the same fear. There are other students and teachers to help you find your way around in your first few weeks, too.
Eventually, you will know Conestoga College like the back of your hand, trust me.
2. Not Making Friends
Worrying about not making new friends is normal, especially when you’re starting at a school where you may not know anyone. For some of us, this may be the first time attending a school not knowing anyone – which is intimidating!
But, you still shouldn’t worry about it. You’re not the only one by any means. Virtually every first-year student is in the same position as you. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet new people, including orientation coming up! Consider joining social clubs, a student organization, or sports teams to find others who share your interests.
3. Not Knowing How to Juggle All of Your Commitments
Time management can be one of the most difficult skills for students to acquire. However, the sooner you work on it, the better prepared you will be for handling the demands of a part-time job, classes, family, extracurriculars and your social life.
Experimenting with different organization techniques will help with this. Some ideas include making to-do lists, using a calendar or planner and setting goals for yourself.
For me, I could not live without my planner. There are many free planner or calendar apps as well that can help you to stay organized, and master your time management skills in no time!
4. Not Doing Well in Your Classes
The fear of not succeeding in your classes, or your classes being harder than you anticipated, is normal. It may take some time to adjust to the new learning environment, but don’t let it intimidate you. As long as you work hard and seek out help when needed, you’ll be fine!
5. Not Being Able to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
There are many ways to stay active on campus. Conestoga offers multiple sport and recreation opportunities including recreation facilities and courts, drop-in fitness classes, drop-in sports, student fitness events and varsity teams!
As well, there are healthy food options are available. You may also choose to bring healthy snacks from home.
Your experiences in college will be some of the best of your life, so embrace all of the fears you come across along your journey.
By: Erika Schneider