First-Year Issues

  • Student unpacking bag in residence hall room

    It is important for parents to understand the ups and downs attributed to a student’s transition to college.

    Here are some typical issues faced throughout the first year:


    • Excitement
    • Anxiety about classes, roommates, and a new environment
    • Freedom


    • Students begin to question whether they made the right choice
    • First test grades are returned
    • Midterm exams


    • Roommate challenges become clear/potential room changes
    • Many exams, papers, and projects due before Thanksgiving break
    • Excitement/anxiety about going home for their first break


    • Fear about preparing for upcoming finals
    • Different emotions about going home for the holidays


    • “Fresh start”
    • Homesickness/excitement for return
    • Satisfaction and/or disappointment with Fall term grades


    • Depression may occur with the onset of winter weather
    • Anxiety about finding housing for the following academic year


    • Midterm exam stress
    • Concern finding summer employment/activities
    • Spring Break plans


    • Excitement with the arrival of spring
    • Final exam anxiety
    • Apprehension about returning home for the summer