While starting college may feel like an exciting change, we may still react with worry and concern about what lies ahead. We may experience a sense of loss as a result of leaving friends behind and being away from family at the time we need them the most. In times of transition, we may also experience insecurity and feel as though we have to prove ourselves academically and with new friends. So many changes can be overwhelming and impact us negatively if left unaddressed. In times of stressful transitions, we may also find ourselves using coping skills that could cause us more distress in the future. Some of these coping skills may include: abusing alcohol or drugs; eating issues such as restricting, overeating, or binging and purging; isolation; self-critical behavior; or acting out with roommates, friends, or partners. Some of these behaviors could impact your ability to make the most of your college experience.
If you are looking for strategies for making the most of your college experience and setting yourself up for success, you can request a Freshman Success Workshop in your hall.
For more information, contact CAPS at (858) 534-3755.
Written by Christina Castro, Ph.D.