The best way to describe freshman year? New. It’s a new chapter, new school, new living situation, and it’s filled with new faces. But with most new things, fear often comes along with it. We’re tackling the five most common freshman fears, and letting you know how to deal with them. Check ’em out!
1. Not making friends.
No matter how many times you’re told that making friends is easy in college, it’s hard shaking this fear! But remember that basically everybody has the same goal the first few weeks on campus — meet new people and make friends! You’ll notice your dorm hall neighbors leaving their doors open to welcome new visitors, you’ll see people striking up random conversation in classes, and you’ll encounter complete strangers asking to take a seat with you at the dining hall!
A few steps you can take yourself? See what events your school offers for new students, join some clubs, and look out for on-campus jobs.
2. Missing home.
Living away from home for the first time is huge — and naturally, this big change can leave you catching a case of homesickness. The best way to combat this feeling is by keeping busy. The good news? That’s super easy in college. You can hang out with some buddies, join more organizations, get in a good workout at the rec center, or hit the books for a study session. And when the homesickness really hits hard? Just pick up the phone and call home!
3. Being broke.
Okay, we’re not going to pretend like being a broke college student isn’t a stereotype, but you don’t have to live off of Ramen noodles every day! You can always grab a part-time job, or find other ways to earn some extra cash. We also recommend starting a budget. You know…so you don’t accidentally blow through all of your money on your morning lattes!
4. Hating your roommate.
Unfortunately, it’s not guaranteed that you and your roommate will hit it off. We recommend knocking some of these important roommate questions out of the way so that you guys can learn how to live together civilly from the start. If tensions do start building, don’t worry! You can always grab your RA for some roommie mediation, and most campuses have a designated roommate swap period so that you’re not locked into your current situation permanently.
5. Getting too much work.
Yes, you will certainly have busy moments in college. However, it’s nothing that a little bit of time management can’t fix! Invest in a planner, stay on top of your syllabuses, and try to stay away from procrastinating. If you’re really struggling, you can always grab a tutor on campus so that your work is a bit easier.
What are you most excited about for freshman year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!