• Making the Transition: Life Lessons

    With each passing year, students face new challenges. By knowing some of the daily stressors and hurdles students must overcome in each phase of the college experience, you will be better prepared to help guide your student through this important chapter in his or her life.

    First Year

    • Living away from home
    • Learning to live with a roommate
    • Making new friends
    • Maintaining relationships at home with friends and family
    • Meeting with an academic advisor for the first time
    • Learning how to approach faculty
    • First day of class
    • Managing time, money, and health
    • Challenges of a new academic environment
    • Choosing a major
    • Choices about alcohol, drugs, sex, and relationships
    • Getting involved in clubs and organizations
    • Managing part-time employment and schoolwork
    • Going home for the holidays and for the summer (lifestyle adjustments)

    Second Year

    • Returning to school
    • More rigorous coursework as classes in major progress
    • Changing majors?
    • New academic advisor relationship
    • Choices about alcohol, drugs, sex, and relationships
    • Getting involved in clubs and organizations
    • Maintaining relationships at home with friends and family
    • Managing time, money, and health
    • Roommate relationships
    • Managing part-time employment and schoolwork

    Third Year

    • Returning to school
    • More rigorous coursework as classes in major progress
    • Choices about alcohol, drugs, sex, and relationships
    • Maintaining involvement in clubs and organizations, possibly taking on leadership roles
    • Maintaining relationships at home with friends and family
    • Managing time, money, and health
    • New academic advisor relationship
    • Roommate relationships
    • Pursuing experiential education (e.g., internships, co-ops)
    • Studying abroad?
    • Managing part-time employment and schoolwork
    • Possibly preparing for graduate testing (e.g., GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT)

    Fourth Year

    • Graduation anxiety
    • Employment anxiety
    • Interviewing for post-graduation employment
    • Finishing academic requirements
    • Choices about alcohol, drugs, sex, and relationships
    • Maintaining involvement in clubs and organizations, possibly taking on leadership roles
    • Maintaining relationships at home with friends and family
    • Managing time, money, and health
    • Roommate relationships
    • Pursuing experiential education
    • Managing part-time employment and schoolwork
    • Debt management